Episode 60- LGBTQ Romance Writer Quinn Anderson
This week we’re talking all things smut and sexy with author Quinn Anderson. Quinn has built a successful career in the LGBTQIA romance arena. She’s also built quite a name for herself for her ability to write a good sex scene. For all of you listeners blushing out there, we know you only read half the books you do to get to the dirty bits.
Quinn started writing as a teenager. Growing up a total self-professed pop culture nerd, in a family of fellow fans, she was exposed to the world of Fan Fiction quite young through her parents and brother who were mega fans of some of the trinity of fandom: Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Quinn’s rise as an author began in that world of Fan Fic but she took her own path, creating anime stories and built up a following of avid readers who became avid positive reviewers. She was so loved through her writing and specifically her love scenes that she even had some of them lifted by other authors and put into their stories claiming they were their own. Imitation is the best form of flattery and all that, right? This sparked an idea for her and she created The Ultimate Guide to Writing Smut Fic. Her guide is a veritable toolbox for the craft and includes quite the thesaurus of terms. We encourage you to check it out for yourself!
She broke into the world of published books when she was struck with inspiration by a phone sex hotline commercial late one night. Her spirit, much like ours here at Why?, got her thinking about what it would be like to actually explore the lives and humanity of people working in a trade that is often minimized and de-humanized.
She started writing and soon the Murmur Inc. series was born. These three books follow the lives of sex workers and what it’s like when they aren’t on the job. The books were a hit and truly launched her career. Today, she continues to craft a steady stream of stories each year to the delight of her publisher and fans.
Quinn was a lot of fun to talk to and shared a great peek behind the curtain of her process for writing as well as some fantastic tips for those who may be looking to start writing themselves. From how to get started in fan fiction to the details on how she made that leap into the more ‘traditional’ book world.
Her smut writing guide continues to be a benchmark for writers with a block in the bedroom and we even think it could come in handy for some people in the actual bedroom too.
Next on the docket is a new story with a title she’s being a bit coy about. We’re sure it’ll be something readers will be excited to delve into.
You can get Quinn’s books and check them out for yourself on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. Here’s her Amazon link for your convenience.