About Livia Quinn:
Livia Quinn is a D.C. native living in Louisiana. She began pursuing her dream of publication after a layoff and a little known event called Katrina in 2005. With several interruptions in her career, all involving weather, it’s only natural that storms would be at the center of many of her stories. She is a business owner and professional singer, salesperson, plant manager, computer trainer, and mail lady.
She has written eight books based in the communities surrounding Storm Lake— an infamous, though fictional lake in Southern Louisiana. She has never met a Tempestaerie or a sexy Aussie gemhunter, but she recently met some awesome cover models in the name of ‘research’ so…Anything Can Happen!
What inspires you to write?
What triggers a story could be anything from an overheard conversation to lyrics of an emotional song and beyond. When the characters start acting in my head I must document their stories. In the case of my Storm Lake series, it’s weather. A long standing fear of storms and living in the heart of storm country added a new element to my characters’ lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
COMPLETE pantser. More and more I realize that I should not even try to plot. In Hard Days Knight my hero sat down to tell the heroine about his family and blew me away with the details. I had no idea. When I attempt to plot I never have these miraculous moments. I’ve used Scrivener exclusively since 2007 which allows me to collect my research and character sketches and work with scenes and structure as it develops.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them. I literally sit down as I write and allow them to feed me their background, decide their path, and dictate the direction of the plot. Usually, they don’t let me down.
What advice would you give other writers?
When someone advises you to just write, when they say that is the most important thing, believe it. Thinking about writing, planning about writing, scheduling writing isn’t writing. I rationalized that it was for years. But now I know, for me, writing begets story. The more I’m writing the more characters speak to me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I planned on publishing traditionally but personal (weather related, lol) circumstances changed my mind when my career was derailed for nine months in 2011. I’d always had trouble fitting my stories into a certain category or length though so I felt like self-publishing was a natural fit.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have thought since 2012 that we are in a new renaissance period for artistic expression, especially in book publishing. I expect it to continue for at least a few years though I also think we’ll see many more strategies and changes from our competitive publishers.
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print