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Author Interview: Reese Quinn Chats about Venus’s Power

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Get ready to learn more about the book Venus’s Power in this discussion with sapphic author Reese Quinn.

Join us for an exclusive peek behind the scenes as we quiz Venus’s Power about Reese Quinn, writing, reading, and more.

This book is part of the Set in Canada category in the 2024 IHS Reading Challenge.

Why did you write Venus’s Power?

I never planned on writing Venus’s Power, or any others in the series for that matter. But after finishing the first book, I couldn’t resist the urge to explore Shane’s perspective on their love story. It was an opportunity to immerse myself in the tale through her eyes. After all, every story possesses two sides. So, why not tell them both?

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Shane, without a doubt. She has a vibrant energy that I truly admire. The way she carries herself, with a sense of openness and unwavering determination, is truly inspiring. In stark contrast, I find myself often trapped within the confines of shyness and timidity.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

I wanted the title to link to the first book in the series in some way. It was during this quest that I stumbled upon Venus, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. It became apparent to me that the character of Shane possessed a remarkable and authoritative presence, as if power itself radiated from within. And just like the pieces of a puzzle fitting together, the title began to take shape in my mind.

How much research did you need to do for Venus’s Power?

Growing up on a ranch surrounded by horses, I found myself well-versed in certain aspects, making research unnecessary. However, when it comes to Shane’s mysterious profession, a lighthearted remark about the ever-watchful eyes of the FBI comes to mind.

If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

With two additional books already added to the series, my mind is brimming with ideas for a couple more. The sprawling ranch beckons for constant vigilance, and Aims, with her watchful eye, feels like the perfect character to achieve this.

What is your writing process like?

Pantser! I’ve tried plotting before, but it just never seems to work out for me. I actually enjoy not knowing what surprises and intricacies the story holds. Occasionally, even I am caught off guard by the unforeseen twists and turns that arise from it.

Where do you usually write, and what do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

I can write in almost any place, as long as it’s quiet. I usually do most of my writing in the morning when I have the house all to myself. However, my absolute favourite spot to write is outside, late at night, particularly during a rainstorm.

What’s your favorite writing snack or drink?

In the mornings, I indulge in far too many cups of coffee. Lately, I’ve developed a strong passion for the vanilla hazelnut blend from a local roaster I stumbled upon. It’s absolutely divine, requiring no additional flavourings. During my evening writing sessions, I enjoy sipping on a combination of southern and ginger ale. The ginger ale perfectly balances out the sweetness of the southern comfort, creating a delightful and soothing experience.

Do you have a pet who helps/hinders your typing?

Absolutely! Jack, Jack (no, it’s not a typo) was a chocolate point Siamese who adored watching me write. He would perch on the edge of my laptop, eagerly observing as the words sprang to life on the screen. Occasionally, he would even lend a paw to assist me. Unfortunately, in May 2023, at the age of fourteen, he left us. Now, I am fortunate enough to have two new companions to keep me company while I write.

Sean, a long-haired tuxedo cat that we rescued, recently discovered that my laptop has a touch screen, which adds an element of fun to his life. However, I have quickly learned not to leave it open and walk away unattended.

Olaf, an older mixed breed cat, found himself rudely evicted from his home, so we kindly welcomed him into ours. Now, as I sit down to write, he happily settles into my lap, curling up for a peaceful nap.

Have you ever cried when writing an emotional scene?

All the time. My mind is filled with vibrant imagery as a result of my condition, Hyperphantasia. This heightened state not only allows me to visualize vividly, but it also serves as an emotional amplifier, enabling me to experience the same intense feelings as the characters I’m writing about.

Have you ever hated one of your characters?

I didn’t necessarily hate Willow’s character, but I harboured a strong disliking for her. Since her introduction in the series, I knew that at some point, I would have to explore her backstory to understand why she carried herself the way she did. As her story unfolded, I couldn’t help but develop some empathy towards her and a slight sense of regret for the actions I took against her.

What type of books do you enjoy reading the most?

Romance. Because of my hyperphantasia, my mind becomes a blank canvas that creates vivid and realistic imagery, which tends to stay with me for extended periods. Ideally, I would much rather have these mental images filled with cheerful and delightful scenes, instead of being overwhelmed by gloomy, haunting, or fantastical visions.

Describe your favorite reading spot.

Anywhere quiet. Having grown up on a ranch, I was fortunate to have plenty of quiet spots where I could simply lean against a tree and lose myself in a good book for hours. However, since moving to the city, I find myself yearning for those moments of peace.

Meet Reese Quinn

Reese Quinn is a passionate author, specializing in the enchanting world of Sapphic romance. With a unique and fearless storytelling style, Reese possesses a remarkable ability to evoke emotions and transport readers to the emotional heart of her narratives.

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