Hi, booklovers! It’s great to be back!
Today I’m interviewing Nancy Quinn, author of ‘Go West, Young Woman’.
Hi Nancy, it’s great to have you here.
Hi, uh… Book Squirrel? Squirrel?
What should I call you?
Sure. You can call me anything except late for dinner.
Haha , okay!
Tell us, Nancy, what inspired you to write?
Books have always been such an influence in my life; I secretly wondered if I would ever write one. I had greatly admired the books written by James Herriot, and being a wildlife artist and having a love for animals, I enjoyed the stories of his encounters and relationships with dogs, cats, and livestock. As I grew older and began to have my own experiences with both domestic and exotic wildlife, I often thought my own true stories might make an interesting read. When my husband and I moved our family from Washington, D.C., to a rural mountain in Montana, I felt I finally had a story worth sharing in written word. My debut book, Go West, Young Woman! tells of our adventures living with our new neighbors – wolves, cougars, and grizzly bears.
Wow. Scary! Any squirrels over there that haven’t been eaten yet?
You bet there are.
Phew! Okay, sorry for the distraction. Next question…
What are you working on writing now?
I am currently writing the sequel to our story. It covers the next five years of our western experience.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
I still adore the pioneer stories like Little House on the Prairie and the Nancy Drew mystery series, so much so that I read them with my daughters.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
I enjoy writing about nature and the behavior of animals, so I try “painting” a picture with my words. I think some of my best writing describes the weather and climate here in Montana – thunderous summer hailstorms, water-colored sunsets of ever changing hues, and autumn frost twinkling on golden brown leaves. Other favorite topics include my “conversations” with animals, and their discussions with each other. It’s fun to describe their unique personalities by expressing their thoughts in words.
What’s your favorite season? Why?
Summer! Summer in Montana is warm and dry. We don’t have much humidity here, and I can stay outside for longer periods of time. The rolling mountains have shed their blankets of snow, the green grass is cool underfoot, and we can pick wildflowers throughout the meadows. After the morning rain passes over the mountains, we can see a rainbow or two. I get to spend more time with the horses, enjoy a different sunset every evening, and marvel at the night skies so intense with stars.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
Prior my husband retiring from the United States Air Force, we were investigating where we wanted to live, so we decided to take a trip out west and see a part of the country unknown to me. We rented a mini-van for a month, and spent that time exploring Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. We traveled at our own pace and explored countless towns, looking for one to call home. The feeling of freedom from not having a schedule, combined with the scenery of the wide-open spaces and the self-reliant and self-assured people we met along the way, are memories I hold very dear.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Spy Handler, a Memoir of a KGB Officer. I enjoy true stories and this book is a fascinating memoir by the Soviet agent who recruited Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames, two of America’s’ most infamous traitors. I also am a fan of Sherlock Holmes, so any story, book, or movie involving the fictional sleuth is a must read or see for me. Did you know there’s a recent book about Holmes and Watson visiting Montana?
Really? That’s quite a fascinating idea!
I know! That’s why I mentioned it.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
I love the movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn. It has some hysterical one-liners and situations that make me laugh every time.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a vocalist and win a Grammy Award! As a young woman I studied voice and learned opera with a retired instructor from Julliard. I used those skills to sing in night clubs, much to her chagrin. I sang professionally for a few years and even generated some mild interest from MCA records. Since I was never offered a contract, and it was hard juggling music with a job in law enforcement, I decided to pursue my art, and later my writing, as a career.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
I wish marketing my book was easier! I also wish I didn’t have to be so careful with my diet; I used to be able to eat anything without gaining weight. Now, I find myself passing up some of my favorite foods (is chocolate a food group?) for the sake of my health.
I’d love to know more about your book…
You could watch my book trailer!
Great! Where’s it hiding?
It’s on Youtube!
It’s on SquirrelTube?
Uh… I’ve never heard of that.
I’m keen to read your book, Nancy. Where can I get a copy?
Hellgate Press… is that a fire sale?
Okay. Where can we find you online?
My Website: https://nancy442.wixsite.com/quinn
Thanks for being here with me today, Nancy.
See you soon!
Bye for now, Book Squirrel!