Let me introduce you to a wonderful writer named Sophie Quinn. She is a romantic trying to spread the love and wishes to make women swoon over her words. She has achieved so much at such a young age and I am excited for you to get to know the woman proving that Chick Lit is not dead!
Why don’t you first tell us a little about yourself?
I started writing when I was 14, but only published my 1st novel at 23, via Lulu.com. My 2nd novel was published March this year. Sophie is my 2nd name, (Sofia), and Sophie Quinn is my alias. Im originally from Portugal, and just moved to the UK in january.
Did you always possess a passion for writing? When did you have the epiphany that you actually wanted to publish your work?
I always loved everything that had to do with creating something from someone’s mind, e.g. music, movies and books. I 1st decided I wanted to write myself when I started to read this most wonderful novel from Juliet Marillier called ‘Daughter of the Forest’. It had everything I looked for in a story, and I was only 13 years old. I started writing around that age but, believe you me, my manuscripts from that time are laughable.
It has been said that Chick Lit is a dying genre. Do you agree?
Not at all. I do believe that are other genres that are coming back, like mystery/thriller and sci-fi. I think all genres have phases and they come and go. I can tell you, and the readers, that I also have phases, as a reader and as a writer.
It’s basically a love story , who tries not to be a cliché, with some twists and unexpected moments. It’s the story of common girl Alice, who meets the not so common (at least not at 1st), Prime Minister Charles Whitehall, and they fall in love.
The rest, I cannot unveil, I prefer my readers to be surprised, angry, and in love as they read.
Where did this idea come from?
Alice came to my mind as a character, and as soon as I started to know her, I wanted to write about her. the Prime Minister story looked perfect, because I like to take my characters out of their comfort zone and play with them.
What kind of research did you do for your book?
Since I live in England, most things I write about, I’ve learned it right from the source. Regarding all there’s to do with the Prime Minister himself, I have to admit that no amount of research could make him perfect. You see, you don’t really know the daily life of a politician unless you’re one, or know one personally, and since I’m neither, well I had to take a leap of faith.
Who are your favourite characters and why?
Alice. I love her transparency. She’s a girl with no pretenses, common girl who wants the common life. I think she’s my favourite just because she’s ordinary (much like Georgia from ‘Diary of a size 12’, and I like to write about people that could be real.
What is your favourite scene and why?
I don’t want to give anyone spoilers, but I can say the scene when she breaks up with a certain character, because it was really hard for me to write about it, and at the same time a relief.
What overarching themes have you explored?
Something that I am very fervent about which is violence in relationships; the relationship between sisters, having a little sister of my own it strikes home to me. But, the big topic on this book is something I can relate a lot, and that is when you date the guy/girl that’s perfect in every way, in paper, but after a while you start wondering why the “perfect guy” isn’t working for you.
I do, and I have to be honest to say that I am a very organised person. I use Microsoft Excel to draw the basics for my stories, e.g. the characters (their physical appearance and their traits), the places, the relationships. I am a very visual person, so I always have a background Soundtrack and also a lot of photos of the places the characters live, work, etc. I only start to write when I have all the basics covered, I hate to write about something I’m not (not even a little bit )familiar with, unless it’s Paranormal or Fantasy, because the genre is all about your own imagination.
Who do you think would like your story and what kind of readership are you aiming for?
All the romantic people out there, no matter their age or background. If the person loves to read stories about boy meets girl and it’s complicated, this is the right story for them.
Are you using an editor and beta readers? How did you find them and how have they helped you?
I’m using both beta readers and online/add-on editors. I only started using beta readers recently, for ‘Mr Prime Minister’. I think beta readers are the best because they not only edit, they can also give you an idea if people will (overall) like your story or not.
You chose self-publishing. What made you go down that route and what advice do you have for other writers who are thinking to publish this way?
I decided to choose self-publishing after reading a few stories from Self-published authors and getting to know about their stories. I think a publishing house is a much bigger help, for obvious reasons, specially when it comes to publicity and marketing, but I think you can be successful by your own accord.
I think the biggest advice I can give anyone who decides to self-publish is, never EVER stop advertising! Share like a lunatic, because it’s really really hard to reach readers, believe me. Sure, you can reach about 100, or 1000 if you’re lucky, but everyday there are dozens if not hundreds of books that are written, published and downloaded all around the world. Make sure people remember yours.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! Your story is such an inspiration to writers and budding self-publishers everywhere. I have no doubt that there will be countless romantic adventures to be had and I foresee great things in your literary career. It is people like you who keep romance alive!
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