Monday, July 26, 2010

Meet an Author Monday

YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Here's how it works:

READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

How Does This Writing Thing Work?

I got an email from a friend the other day who had a suggestion for what my next book should be. Of course like all the rest of the authors out there, there are already about 50 new ideas banging around in my head. BUT...she actually had a great idea.

The problem is that my friend thinks that I'm funny. Which I guess in person I can be. People laugh at me (they say "with me"), but are they rolling their eyes and thinking that I'm a dork? Or are they truly laughing at what I say? They are usually my friends, so I'll never know.

Anyway, the story my friend wants me to write would be very funny...and require me to move...but I don't write funny. Anyone who knows me and my writing will tell you that. My stories are plot driven, with a lot of angst (and a few witty lines thrown in for good measure). I know authors who write dialogue beautifully, or it is the character interactions that drive the story, or they are just plain funny. Which is what makes this such a great world to live in! Can you imagine a world where all the stories where written exactly the same?

All of this got me thinking about whether or not an author should stick to what they do best or if they should try to expand?

I mentioned that one of my favorite authors is Maeve Binchey. The first book that I read of hers was Circle of Friends (you know the movie with Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell - where the big girl gets the guy in the end?). I loved this story! So, I kept reading her books. My favorite of hers is The Glass Lake; beautiful story about 1950's/1960's Ireland and how the morals of the time dictate the relationships of the characters. All of the books that I originally read by Maeve Binchey were similar to this and I couldn't get enough.

Then she started writing contemporary stories...And, while I still think that her writing is very captivating, I don't love these stories as much. I wish that she would write more of the 1960's Ireland stories.

Try to imagine someone like Stephen King writing a romance? Or Jackie Collins writing historical fiction?

In the end, I think that no matter how you write; funny, angsty, hot and sexy...Be proud of that and go with it. That is what your readers expect of you and want from you.

So, while I will definitely be making notes in regards to the story can be sure that my next book is a plot driven angsty's what I do!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


I'm so glad that you all came to check out this fun new MEET an AUTHOR blog hop organized by fellow author Lisa Sanchez over at Confessions of a Cali Cheer Mom.She started this for readers to find and get to know new authors and discover great new reads.

Let me start with a little about me...I'm a stay-at-home mom of two active kiddos who keep me running all day long! I live in Utah which I love because there are so many things to do here. My husband of 20 years was my high school sweetheart that I found again a little later.

My first novel is a collaboration with my good friend Alison Oburia called Passion Fish. We were lucky enough to be in the debut collection for Omnific Publishing and are so proud of our book!

Passion Fish is a story about friends who work together and play together dealing with love, relationships, and life in Santa Barbara. While out at their favorite local bar the girls play their "Passion Fish" game where the goal is to "hook" a perfect passionate kiss. Eve Carwyn has just come out of a bad relationship with a moody artist and agrees to be the "bait" in their game. When she recieves the best kiss of her life from a total stranger it changes everyone's life.

You can click my little link over there to see more of the book at

How this blog thing works -

READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Use the Linky list below to hop along from author-to-author and discover some great new reads! Leave a comment and introduce yourself! We're all happy to chat and get to know our readers. You're the reason we write!

AUTHORS: If you have a book for sale or under contract, joining the Hop by following the instructions below.

* Follow the Meet An Author host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
* Create a post about the hop, including the Blog Hop button, and write something about you, your writing, your book, whatever.
* You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool on Cali Cheer Mom's site. This allows readers to hop from blog to blog. If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog, just follow the link and grab the code.
* Hop around and meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads!

Happy hopping!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Now what?

Hi all!

I guess I should start with introductions (that's what my mom taught me was proper)?

So I'm Jessica McQuinn. I'm a 40ish mom of two living in Utah and trying to write. I have been lucky enough to have my first book, Passion Fish, published recently and have just finished my second.

As a new author and full time mom, I'm finding it hard to keep up with life in general. That's why I called my blog "Life Happened." Becuase it's like I turned around one day, and suddenly I was married with kids in school...what happened? When did life happen and I didn't notice? So a lot of what I will talk about will be things that happened while I wasn't looking (my kids both being in school full time is the one that is boggling my mind right now!).

One thing to know about me is that I am a tech tard!! I wear the badge proudly (take note of the age mentioned earlier!!)! Honestly I didn't even know how to text until a few years ago, and I have recently been yelled at for not being able to take and send pictures on my phone. Things like, "We have to teach Jessica how to__________(fill in the blank)." can frequently be heard when I'm among friends. So, in all likelyhood, I will mess something up and either forget to hit a button or something along the way. Be patient with me!

Okay, so I am a mom and have been married to the my husband for 20 years (I told you I was 40ish!). I have two beautiful children; a boy and a girl. I have TRUE Irish Twins. My daughter was born in January of 2003 and my son in November of 2003! Remind me someday to tell the story about finding out about that!!

Both of my kids are involved in a lot of activities from theatre, to wrestling (that's going to pay for the boys college - *fingerscrossed*), to cheerleading...then throw in school and church and we stay busy! The one good thing about driving them all over the place is that while I wait for them, I can read.

One of my best friends told me, "Behind every avid reader is an aspiring writer." And it's true! I don't think that I would have started writing as a young girl if I hadn't been a big reader already. I read every Judy Blume that I could get my hands on (including Forever, which I took to school in the 6th grade and got in trouble for reading all the "good" parts to my friends). After Judy Blume I moved on to SE Hinton, and then anything else that I could find. So, I will also talk about some of the books that I like or that I'm reading from time to time.

I will say that I recently recieved a Kindle as a gift (thank you all of you - you know who you are!) and I absolutely love it!! I am reading one of my favorite authors, Maeve Binchey's, newest book, Heart and Soul on it right now, and I take it everywhere with me. If you haven't read anything by Maeve should.

My recommendation for this first post is one of my favorite books of all time, The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchey. I absolutely love this book. My paperback copy is tattered and even missing pages I think because I have read it so many times. It is the story of life in a small Irish town in the 50/60's. All the relationships and how everything is tied to together are some of my favorite things about Binchey's writing. Every decision that is made can affect not only that person, but those around them as well. Binchey does such a beautiful job with this, and I love all of her work

In the end, I hope that I can make you laugh a little at the things that go on in my life?

Ohhhh...check back on Monday for a new feature we are starting called Meet the Author Monday blog hop! (Hopefully I will get it set up right - techtard, remember!!)