Indie Author Spotlight – Daelynn Quinn and “Fall of Venus”

Indie Author Spotlight – Daelynn Quinn and “Fall of Venus”

I’ve got another great indie author for you to meet this morning.  Say hello to Daelynn Quinn:

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Daelynn Quinn was born and raised in southern Maryland where she spent her youth exploring and falling in love with nature in the woods behind her house. She graduated the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in dietetics, which she promptly abandoned to pursue writing. Daelynn’s writing is fast-paced and laced with current issues that concern her. Her first dystopian trilogy, Fall of Venus, focused on climate change and the biochemical industries. Her recently-released YA novel, Neverland Academy, delves into child abuse and negligence. Daelynn is excited to be commencing a new series, which will tear into the animal exploitation industries. While she is not reading or writing, Daelynn enjoys brainstorming while mowing her lawn, cooking healthy meals her kids refuse to eat, and watching old episodes of Mr. Bean with her three boys.
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And here’s her book…
Fall of Venus - Daelynn Quinn

In the aftermath of a virus that has obliterated ninety-three percent of the population, Pollen McRae, a young woman plagued with a tragic past, finds herself scarred and abandoned in the wilderness, unable to remember the previous weeks. There she meets Marcus, a mysterious man with a similar plight. Together they are determined to escape a trio of bounty hunters and rescue Pollen’s niece, Evie from her imprisonment at the Crimson Survivor Refuge, a refugee camp which serves as a cover for a much more sinister plot.

Meanwhile, a renegade environmental organization is recruiting survivors for a mission that will change the course of human existence forever.

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My overconfidence and distraction caused me to miss the stone completely and I’m quickly sinking into the river. But Marcus’s quick reflexes react and he grabs my right hand before the river washes me away. He clenches his jaw. His face reddens and strains, forming deep wrinkles on his forehead.  The veins in his arms protrude like the mountain ranges on a textured map. He’s playing tug of war with the river, and right now we’re losing. From the lack of food, we are both weak and tired. It seems we used our last bit of energy sprinting for the river.

The velocity of the cool water smacks my face like a thousand sharp fingernails scratching my skin. Water penetrates every orifice of my body—my eyes, my nose, my ears. I’m even swallowing more water than I can handle and I cough violently as I inhale it into my lungs.

Despite his tight grip on me, I can feel myself slipping through Marcus’s rough hands. Jolts of panic are erupting throughout my body. Fear and hysteria slither through my veins. I’m not ready to die. Not like this! The thoughts racing through my mind are incomprehensible. Visions of Glenn, Evie, and Drake pop in and out, like a game of whack-a-mole. Even images of Marcus and other faces I don’t recognize appear in my mind. But there’s no time to analyze my thoughts.  I just need to survive.

Somehow, underneath the rushing rapids, my foot catches a hard object, a rock perhaps, and I am able to anchor myself and push up high enough for Marcus to grasp my slippery left hand. He mouths something to me, but I cannot hear over the whooshing deluge of water encasing me.

Again, he yells out. This time I can make out the muffled words, “Hold on!” With my foot pressing against the rock I give one final push before the rock dislodges and once again my feet are suspended among the galloping white currents.

And last but not least, I’ve got an interview with Daelynn…

Who is your favorite author?

Wow, this is a hard one. I have to say this changes with almost every book I read! I grew up on Stephen King, so he holds a special place on my favorite authors list, but I won’t say he is among my current favorites.

To answer this question, I imagine a scenario where I am in a huge library book sale or used book store. Then I see myself finding a book that I’ve never heard of by an author that I’ve read. Do I pick it up or not? Here is my top five based on this imaginary book sale: Ellen Hopkins, James Dashner, Scott Westerfeld, Margaret Atwood, Cassandra Clare.

How do you describe your writing style?

When I can, I like to write fast-paced stories, with a plot twist near the ending. Action and social tensions play key roles in my books.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Though I write primarily for pure entertainment purposes, my books tend to address some very “real world” issues, such as climate change and child abuse. The outcomes in my books could possibly happen, given the right circumstances.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

I think most characters I write have a little bit of me in them. But none of them is me completely. Apart from my stories, I lead a pretty boring life, so I don’t think I would make a very interesting book character. 😉

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I would definitely be Pollen. She has the kind of strength of heart and tenacity that I wish I had. Yes, she gets into trouble a lot and she makes some really stupid choices, but somehow she manages to crawl her way out of it and kick some butt while doing it!

What books have most influenced your life?

The Hobbit, Skinny Bitch, Lord of the Flies, Beowulf, The Hunger Games

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not sure exactly what I would do, but I absolutely hated the ending.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Grr! I like them both. Okay, Beatles, because I grew up listening to them (via my dad).

Who should play you in a film of your life?

An unknown actor. I really can’t see anyone famous playing me. Plus, the only way a movie would be made about me is if I became famous and I hate when well-known actors try to portray famous people. It usually results in a poor performance.

 

 

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