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Friendy Friday with Bria Quinlan

Greetings Rock 'n' Rollers... I reached out to you a while back and asked who you'd like to see on the blog, and when Bria's name came up, I could totally see why. Bria and I have been friends on Facebook, interacting on posts from time to time, but I hadn't really had a chance to check out her books so this is a win for me...All you need to do is read her bio and you'll see why:

RWA RITA award finalist and USA Today Best Seller Bria Quinlan writes Diet-Coke-Snort-Worthy Rom Coms about what it's like to be a girl and deal with crap and still look for love. She also writes books for teens that take hard topics and make you laugh through your tears. Some people call them issue books. Some people call them romantic comedies. Bria calls them what-life-looks-like. Her stories remind you that life is an adventure not to be ignored.

Rep'd by Laird Lauren Macleod of the Clan.... Oh, wait. Of Strothman Agency.

The Highlander reference was the icing on the "I dig this chick" cake...but then her book cover...There's actual icing. She's like the best sort of cavity...yeah you have to go to the dentist to get it fixed, but he's hot and you fall in love and live happily ever after. I'd take that cavity, wouldn't you?

So here's Bria's answers to the author-y interview:

1. Give us a visual of you dancing. The Carlton? Napoleon Dynamite? Solid Gold?

I'd like to think I was the tap scene from White Nights... but I"m proooooobably more like Albert in Hitch. "Start the fire, make the pizza. You can't stop cannnnnnoooottt stop it!"

OMG White Nights!!! That was incredible. But the Hitch scene? Classic. "The Q-tip, the Q-tip, you throw it away..."

2. What’s one thing every reader should know about you?

I love to tell stories. I'll always tell them - but I write for my readers <3

3. What’s your worst habit as a writer?


For real. Do you keep files in your Docs with all of the ideas as they come and save them for a rainy day? Or is that just me? I think I have like twenty or so just waiting for me to, you know, have time...

4. Ever get caught reading/writing sexy times in an awkward place/time/situation?

I was trying to see if I could write sexy times and had a book opened and highlighted and sticky noted and had notecards...when my boss sat down and asked what I was doing with my lunch hour. Ummmm...


5. What is the best reader response you’ve ever received?

Every time a reader tells me they feel less alone or that reading my books makes them feel seen... that's it right there


6. What is the most fascinating/creepy/disgusting thing you’ve discovered because of writing?

That otters aren't as sweet as they seem. Don't google it, you'll never unsee what those creepy bastards are really like.

Of course I'm headed to YouTube right now...

7. Name a book that scared the bejeebers out of you and why it scared you.

Stephen King's short stories get me. The Raft... UGH. Just the whole last one left, can you make it to morning thing???

For me it was his story in Night Shift called The Boogieman...

8. What music inspires you?

I love music. It's more a matter of what music is inspiring this particular story. Selena Gomez's Back to You is the theme for this story and a matchy-matchy for the title. But every book gets edited to a remix of a Badly Drawn Boy's The Shining.

9. Did a teacher in school ever encourage or discourage your desire to write? Care to share?

WOW - In college I had a prof who decided she HATED me. Apparently being in the top 3 of all my classes rubbed her the wrong way and she tried to have me booted from the advanced program for Creative Writing. I heard after the fact that faculty throw down happened (thank goodness!) It was so inspiring that my other teachers would stand up for me without my knowledge that I definitely doubled down to please them all with my work.

10. What's your favorite genre to write? And...what's a genre you haven't written but would LOVE to write?

I love funny...but I'd love to write suspense. Of course, knowing me it would end up being funny.

Which would be awesome...

11. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I'm really proud of my nominations and such, but honestly, writing Secret Life, a book about BDD, is my proudest accomplishment. As someone with BDD it was the premise I said I'd never write, but that book wouldn't stay silent (and it ended up being one of those nominations!)

And I shall be one-clicking this now.

Thank you Bria! I'm so tickled to have gotten to know you a little more through this interview. Check out her latest book, The Sweetest Thing, which looks sweet, which means I'm hungry and need to go eat now...

SO much going on, dudes, that there will be another newsletter-y thingie going out SOON. And Summer of Hush comes out Tuesday, the pre-order for Ghoul Me Once is up... And I'll get you all of those goodies ASAP. In the meantime, Stay Tuned for more Rock 'n' Romance...


Oct 07, 2019

Love this interview, Bria and Ro! Bria, I'm most decidedly NOT googling unsavory things about otters--I have to keep this mental image of them as the most adorable creatures ever! And WOW--happy your teachers stood up for you like that with that vindictive professor! The Sweetest Things is on my e-reader--can't wait to dive in!


Oct 04, 2019

Thank you so much for having me! I had to think hard for these questions and none of them were top five...which I stink at. I'm always like "I have 3 or 1 million...5 just doesn't seem to be a good set for me" ;) <3

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