The Author Interviews: Nancy Quinn

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To give my readers and fellow writers an insight into the processes and successes of other like-minded creatives, I'll be featuring some hardworking authors in my journal each week.

Today's author is Nancy Quinn, and she's published with a small press.



I am a new author and my first book, Go West, Young Woman!, was published through Hellgate Press about 18 months ago.

I have been a wildlife artist for over 30 years, so a few of my illustrations are in my book.

I live with my family, including dogs and horses, in rural Montana. My book is about our true story of leaving the urban life of Washington, D.C., to live on a mountain with cougars, bears, wolves, and other new “neighbours”.

Watch Nancy's latest appearance (Dec 2017) on author Bryan Aiello's channel!

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What made you want to become a writer, Nancy?

So many people enjoyed my descriptions of our modern day pioneer life that several of them suggested I write a book. I wrote our story to inspire, educate, and entertain, so I don’t mind if you learn from my mistakes!

Books have always been such a huge influence on my own life that I feel honoured now to be a published author.

Are you working on another book, perhaps a sequel?

Yes, I’m almost halfway through the sequel. It will cover the second half of the ten-year period we’ve been here. I’m planning another book in the future, but it will be about my earlier life as a wildlife duty officer and budding artist in Florida where I often worked with exotic animals, including tigers, cougars, leopards, monkeys, cobras, and assorted birds of prey.

What do you think about the e-book revolution?

I think ebooks are a wonderful way for authors to market their work. So many of my readers enjoy the price and convenience of them.

Watch Nancy's second appearance (Aug 2017) on my podcast, The White Room!

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Do you use a typewriter, computer or pen and paper to write your books?

I use a pen and paper to write notes and outlines, but my manuscript is written on a computer.

Do you write alone or in public?

Definitely alone when it is peaceful and quiet, although in reality, I usually try to block out everything around me and press on. Being an artist, I find certain music enhances my creativity, but when I write I prefer total silence.

What have you put most of your effort into regarding writing?

I like to paint with words, focusing on precise, clear, vivid descriptions, so my reader is never confused by the structure of a sentence or the meaning of a paragraph. I try to make it a visual experience that engages their other senses.

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents, unrelated to writing?

Yes, I was trained as an opera singer when I was a “wee bit” younger.

Watch Nancy's latest interview on my podcast, The White Room (Feb 2018).

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Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book ? Why is it a must-read?

Because our story is a true life adventure, it includes a fun and humorous look at the modern American West. It contains some enjoyable history of how the Montana territory was settled; I share some of our more interesting encounters with wild animals; and if you like dogs and horses, the stories of our relationships with them will touch your heart. It’s a wonderful way to experience the west without getting your boots muddy! I hope it will be read for generations.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I would love to express my gratitude to my readers. When someone takes time out of their day to read my book or send me a comment or question, I feel honoured because time is something we all have to prioritize. I think most of us need more hours in our day, so I truly appreciate it when someone spends part of their valuable time with me.


Thank you so much to author Nancy Quinn for sharing her insights on writing and publishing books. If you would like to support Nancy and her work, please consider purchasing a copy of the book, Go West, Young Woman! available on Amazon now. Check out the handy link below: