Today I am so pleased to welcome Quinn Anderson to Joyfully Jay. Quinn has come to talk to us about her latest release, All of the Above. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Five Fun Facts About All of the Above
Here are five fun facts about my new novel, All of the Above!
- The side characters Sasha and Areesh are based on real people! When I was a teenager, I worked at a kiosk in the mall, just as my main character, Brendon, does. A married Muslim couple owned the one next to mine, and we became close friends. The woman’s name was even Sasha, and she spoke Hindi, just as the character does in the book. Sasha isn’t a perfect copy of her namesake, but I did implement many of her experiences with growing up in India into the novel.
- I named Brendon after Brendon Urie, front man of the band Panic! At the Disco. His personality reminds me a lot of Brendon, and I was listening to their album, Death of a Bachelor, around the time I wrote this novel.
- Brendon is my first “effeminate” character. Normally, I write men who are more traditionally masculine—like Zack, from Hotline, who worked on cars, or Ellis, from The Other Five Percent, who was a metallurgist. I found Brendon fun, refreshing, and relatable. His hair problems in particular were definitely based on real-life experience.
- Matthew, on the other hand, is my first “writer” character. I tend to shy away from writing writers, for a whole slew of reasons, but since Matt wrote for a magazine, it was different enough from what I do that I felt comfortable with it. And it was fun to get to talk about some of the woes of writing through a character!
- Areesh’s name was originally Arjun, but it was pointed out to me that Arjun is a Hindi name. Since Areesh is Muslim, that had to be changed. I like the new one better!
Brendon isn’t in a rut, per se—he just always seems to be in-between things. Jobs. Degrees. Boyfriends. He never finishes what he starts. The perfect path is out there somewhere, and if he can just figure out what it is, he’s certain everything else will fall into place.
The last thing he expects is to meet his soul mate in the pages of a magazine quiz. “Who Is Your Perfect Man?” by Matthew Kingston seems like a road map to his future husband: the author himself. Brendon may not have his life figured out, but if Matt is as romantic as his quiz, Brendon can check “true love” off his to-do list.
When Brendon fakes a meet-cute between them, Matt proves to be as wonderful as he hoped. The more Brendon gets to know him, the harder he falls. But Brendon has a confession to make: how can he explain to Matt that he arranged their “fated” meeting? Brendon can’t tell if he’s found his soul mate, heartache, or all of the above.
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Joss Whedon reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.
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To celebrate the release of All of the Above, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 25, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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