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Quinn Barrett is a native of Southern California, currently residing in the West Los Angeles area. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, she worked as a corporate business development strategist specializing in emerging growth technology, software and Internet companies. She is married and raising a teenage son. Her hobbies include reading, walking, golf, cooking, and travel. Invisible Snow is her first novel.

About Invisible Snow

Invisible Snow is a classic family drama about wealth, power, greed, and redemption. Marriage is a delicate dance of power between lovers, but Kate and Paul Delacroix are strangers caught in a disparate union somewhere between betrayal and truth. Confronting their true selves for the first time results in an epic clash of wills where only one will prevail. The legacy of the family business is at stake, but power is not always about money. Their showdown results in a shocking twist of fate—a destiny Kate never saw coming.

First-time novelist Quinn Barrett takes readers on a riveting journey about personal empowerment and self-realization. She explores conventional perceptions about families and the illusions we attach to them. This complex family drama challenges us to consider the personal choices we make and why we make them.

Visit www.invisiblesnow.com for more details.

The Interview

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

My father was an avid reader and it rubbed off on me. I read and re-read everything I could find. My favorite book series as a child was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series. It was the first time I ever thought about being a writer.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

My novel is a story most of us can relate to on some level. Invisible Snow is a classic family drama about money, power, greed, and redemption, but it’s not a romance novel or a soap opera. It’s about finding the balance within the family unit as well as life. The idea itself has marinated over time from years of sitting in work and church meetings, women’s groups, booster club and PTA meetings. I sensed an underlying hostility from many dutiful women who performed their simple assignments with masterful precision, but seemed frustratingly unfulfilled. It made me realize that most of us lose ourselves in simple tasks to avoid walking our true path, living our own dreams. Kate’s journey is about coming to terms with her choices and breaking free of her self-imposed limitations.

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

I use an outline, but it’s a fluid outline. The story has a way of writing itself, but the outline gives me general direction. I find myself updating the outline frequently during the writing process.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?

Good ideas can hit anytime, but I seem to get a lot of promptings while exercising. I think the best ideas come when we’re not fixated on the process. Walking and aerobic exercise helps me to get out of my head.

Are you a disciplined writer?

I am naturally very organized and that helps a lot. I try to write every day, but I don’t force anything. If I’m not feeling the juices flowing, I just try again the next day or when an idea hits.

When it comes to writing, are you an early bird, or a night owl?

I’m a total night owl. Some times I write so late that I could be considered an early bird, too.

What is your opinion about critique groups? What words of advice would you offer a novice writer who is joining one? Do you think the wrong critique group can ‘crush’ a fledgling writer?

I am wary of writing groups especially groups where there is a mixture of genres between, fiction, non-fiction, poets, etc. Group information can be very subjective so beware.

I’ve had opportunities to join writing groups, but I prefer to work alone. I have an editor I work with closely, but also I have about eight close friends who are avid fiction readers so once I’m far enough along I ask them to take a gander to get their impressions. After I incorporate their notes, I ask my first wave of readers to enlist their fiction book-loving friends who don’t know me to read my draft. You’d be surprised how many people are happy to participate in this process.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Yes . . . www.invisiblesnow.com

Readers can also get more information about me at http://www.quinnbarrett.com which provides links to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter account, too.

Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?

I’m working on a sequel as well as another original book, but I have lots of ideas in notes and journals that I plan to develop and write eventually.

As an author, what is your greatest reward?

I just got a review for Invisible Snow praising my skillful writing style . . . that was pretty cool. In general, however, personal accomplishment is the best reward. Not everyone can write a novel so I don’t take the achievement lightly.

Quinn Barrett can be found on:

http://www.invisblesnow.com
http://www.quinnbarrett.com
http://www.facebook.com/quinnbarrett
http://www.facebook.com/invisiblesnow
http://www.twitter.com/quinnbarrett

Invisible Snow is available on: Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Smashwords.

Invisible Snow Giveaway

Connect with me on Facebook, like my Invisible Snow fan page, and follow me on Twitter to become eligible to receive an Invisible Snow eBook. Once you connect with me, email me at info@quinnbarrett.com. My first 10 new friends, fans and followers will receive an Invisible Snow eBook in the digital version of their choice: PDF, .mobi or ePub.

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