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Many thanks to Rachel for arranging the following interview with Barbara Quinn…..

The Summer Springsteens Songs Saved Me author
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I’m a multi-genre author. My latest novel, The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me, is a story about the healing power of music, in particular the music of Bruce Springsteen. The main character, an older woman,  is struggling to overcome a bad marriage and other losses. She finds a way to heal through the music of Springsteen. Each chapter is titled with a Springsteen song, and that song is woven into the chapter. It’s an inspiring story of rebirth.

Other novels are in the fantasy, chick lit, and paranormal genres. I’m inspired on a daily basis by the people I meet and the places I visit. I enjoy traveling and finding interesting places to set my books. But I also often use a familiar childhood neighborhood as a setting. I’m a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, raised in Westchester and on Long Island. Currently I split time between Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, Florida.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes a snippet of a passing conversation sparks a scene or a story. When I’m traveling, I enjoy learning about the mysteries of the area, and everywhere has its own fascinating story to tell. Recently I went to Sardinia, where I visited several ancient stone Nuraghi sites. No one is sure about the origin or meaning of these tall stone towers. I climbed one and was amazed at being able to use the same hand holds as someone used thousands of years ago. Those nuraghi are bound to show up at some point in a story.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Oh yes, many of the characters come from people I’ve met and known over the years.  I love finding character markers in real life. Someone once told me about being unable to leave the house without straightening all the blinds to the exact same level, and the curtains to the exact width, and that appeared in a book. I based one of my characters on my grandfather who took me fishing, crabbing, and clamming. All those activities appear in a novel via a young girl who fishes with her grandfather.   
How do you pick your characters names?

Sometimes I look to my past. As a child I wanted to be called Celeste. My character in Speed of Dark who falls from the sky and can change the weather is called Celeste. Phoebe, the lovable, pudgy dog in The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me is named after Phoebe Caulfield, Holden’s sister in Catcher in the Rye. I gave a character who instructs his daughter on his deathbed never to go to Italy the name Domenic, which is my paternal grandfather’s name.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

A story bubbles up but it’s amorphous. I can see a main character. I write the part that I know first. Usually that’s the beginning. From there I often know the ending. I write the scenes that call out to me. And then I fill in the gaps. It’s a messy process that is unnerving and agonizing. I’ve learned to trust that the story will tie together.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors? 

Anne Tyler F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ann Patchett John Irving Raymond Carver

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them? 

Bruce Springsteen. I’d like to ask him about his struggles with depression and what exactly he did to fight those big battles.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I read constantly as a child. The bookmobile used to travel to my street in the Bronx and I exhausted the books on the shelves. When we moved to the suburbs I loved being able to take out dozens of books.

When did you start to write?

As a young child, I wrote plays with my brother. We performed them for my parents. My first “produced” play was in Girl Scouts. It was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in which Red was evil and the Wolf was a kindly soul. I can still hear the applause!

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

1984…I think I’d like to have put a little hope into the ending.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The Great Gatsby would be grand to have written.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

An Ordinary Girl

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
 
I’d like to go down the rabbit hole and have tea with Alice in Wonderland.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a new women’s fiction that’s tentatively titled It Can Always Get Worse. It’s the story of two women who are friends from a very early age.

Do you have a new release due?

No

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

My husband and I pop a bottle of bubbly and take silly pictures.

How can readers keep in touch with you?
 
I’m on Twitter as BarbaraQuinn and on Instagram as AuthorBarbaraQuinn

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Barbara 🙂

Thank you, Kerry for this wonderful opportunity!

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The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me


Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. So, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing never to look back.
Seeking solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.
In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.


Purchase Links


Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Springsteens-Songs-Saved-Inspiringebook/dp/B0764KZP34
 Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0994451253
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-summer-springsteens-songs-savedme-barbara-quinn/1127124454?ean=9780994451248
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36221316-the-summer-springsteen-ssongs-saved-me?ac=1&from_search=true
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-summer-springsteens-songs-savedme/barbara-quinn/9780994451255


Author Bio – 


Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.
Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.
Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.


Social Media Links – 


Website: http://baquinn.wixsite.com/barbaraquinn 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbaraQuinn 
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/BarbaraQuinnAuthor 

happy reading 🙂

 

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