HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
After my first international trip to Portugal at age 17 I was hooked. Stuck by an extreme case of wanderlust I try to travel whenever work allows. That said I am up for going anywhere at any second. I can plan an international trip in days- which is usually the way I travel. While I’ve been to many destinations, all of which I have loved, I think my top three trips were to Iceland, Rome, and Phuket (Thailand). Iceland for it’s amazing arctic beauty and different experiences I could have nowhere else (even with only four hours of daylight); Rome for it’s lovely people, clearly it’s history and amazing food; and Phuket because I think it’s as close as one may come to experiencing utopia.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
Besides writing I spend most of my time either working in the thoroughbred racing industry or at the farm delivering baby horses, depending on the season. When not surrounded by horses I love going to the movies or just wandering around photographing anything in nature.
5. Who are you reading right now?
At the moment I am reading two books, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a children’s book about a rabbit made out of china who is thrown overboard and thus begins his journey, and also The Yellow House, a nonfiction piece set during the period of 9 weeks when VanGogh and Paul Gauguin lived together in Arles, France. While these are obviously two very different works, both are equally as fascinating, to me anyway.
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
If I had to pick a food to eat every day it would have to be dessert so probably pie, that way I could have lots of choices for fillings. I love anything sweet, the more sugar the better. I could cut out anything else from my diet but not sweets.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I believe I should outline my story, and therefore always try, but I get so caught up in the details that I end up having to jump right in and start writing or I may never begin. I find the more I try to outline the more I feel the need to be committed to those original ideas and write the story or article I’ve planned for. However, that leaves me feeling confined and almost backed into a corner, so it usually doesn’t work for me. I may outline a scene or maybe define the beginning and the end, but after that, it’s all trial and error.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
I love cartoons as well as animated films. Currently my favorite cartoon would probably be Jimmy Neutron and I have no problem watching him even when no child is in the room. I think he’s so creative and adventurous that I can’t help but love him.
Ana E. Quinn is a free lance writer for the Jersey Shore Racing Journal, a thoroughbred racing magazine focusing on the happenings of the New Jersey racing industry. She spends her summers at Monmouth Park Racetrack, hosting TV segments or in the racing office contributing to the daily running of the track. In the winter, she works on a rehabilitation farm caring for postoperative horses and delivering foals. When time allows she loves to travel internationally, making as many stops a year as possible.
In January 2007, Ana graduated from Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Master's Program. Her thesis novel Genuine Deception is about family secrets and thoroughbred horse racing.