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Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane.
Represented by the lovely Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency and published by Kensington.
A Day in the Life - Ella Quinn
My typical day has changed so much from when I first began writing. It used to be that I’d lay in bed, plotting out my scenes, then get up, feed the household menagerie, eat breakfast and start writing. Sometime around two o’clock I’d stop to eat, then carry on. I did this for six months. It netted me the first three books, and about fifteen pounds. When I attended my first Romance Writers of America chapter conference in New Jersey, I was shocked, shocked I tell you to discover I couldn’t zip my pants all the way, and I had pitches!
After that my routine changed. I started exercising first thing, after feeding the animals. Other than that, I wrote all day. Nanowrimo was going on and I finished in two weeks, then went back to editing book #3. I’d also added critique partners, so in addition to writing my own stuff, I was critiquing them as well.
Shortly thereafter I got an agent. That’s when my routine really started to change, I had to learn social media. Some things I’d sort of set up, Facebook, twitter, and my blog, but to make sure I was doing it all correctly, I took a class, and my writing day changed again.
I had to focus on building a following, and I did. These days, I begin with exercise (after feeding my four-legged children), eat breakfast and drink my tea while I check email accounts. (currently 5 of them), then take a look at Facebook and Twitter. Because I like to support my author friends, I also swing by their blogs or blog stops, comment and tweet. All of this takes most of the morning. Then I start to write. I am not a night owl, and if I write when I’m tired, what looked find at the time, looks like gobble-gook the next day.
Because it’s important to read, I stop around nine PM and read for an hour or so before bed.
After a book is finished, and I’m in the editing stage, I have a little more time to do other things that get lost in the shuffle, but now that my books are releasing, I’ve had to spend more time on the marketing aspect of writing, and even though my friends, agent and editor tell me not to feel guilty about not writing every day, it hasn’t helped.
I’m afraid I’m making this sound like drudgery, but the fact is that I wouldn’t do anything else. I also have a wonderful view of the ocean to keep me at my computer. I do miss not being able to write all day, but I’d rather do it without the weight gain.
Coming January 14th, 2014
Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts…
Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…
Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…
Ella is giving away one e-book copy of THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA to one lucky person!
To enter, you must be 18 or older. This is open internationally. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.
Winner will be randomly selected and announced next week.a Rafflecopter giveaway