Giveaway and Book Review: Quintina

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Quintina (The Starseed Series #2)
by Meghan Riley

No longer on Earth, Anna must now piece together her memories on the strange, new world of Enki. Guided by Julianus, the mysterious man who brought her back, she soon realizes this isn’t the same world she was starting to remember, making it even more difficult to figure out why she was sent to Earth. Will she be able to solve the mystery before the people who sent her away realize she’s back? Or will her memories forever remain lost?

 I have received a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions here are 100% mine!  This post contains affiliate links.

I had the opportunity to talk with Meghan Riley about her favorite author and writing process.

Who is your favorite author?  Why?

I have a lot of authors that I enjoy reading and professional writers will tell you that you should read what you write. I write Young Adult and there are some very creative writers in this genre; however, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark is my favorite overall. He’s the one that got me into reading sci-fi. His Space Odyssey series really pushes the reader to think outside the box of what is scientifically possible and where the human race is going. I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t go back and re-read his work very often, but it left a strong impression on me that is only closely followed by the amazing world-builder Anne McCaffrey.

Who is your favorite or least favorite character in your book?  Why?

I have a loyalty to my main character, Anna, as many other writers do, but I really enjoy writing the leading male characters in The Starseed Series. They’re complicated and not quite what they seem, so they’re fun to develop. I especially enjoyed writing Julianus in book 2, because he has many layers. He’s a jerk at times, but you can’t help but like him.

How do you handle writer’s block?

Two Oreos, a cup of coffee, and determination. There’s always another angle from which to approach a stubborn chapter. It’s found by trial and error. Stuck in a spot? Skip forward to another and come back. It’ll figure itself out.

What advice do you have for young/student writers?

Just write. Every first draft is rough. It’s the editing where the real magic happens. No matter how emotionally attached you may be to how your story is going, nothing is set in stone. Some of the best ideas come after you spit out the bad ones. It’s a process, not an all or nothing scenario.

Explain your revision process.

I don’t write in a linear fashion, and I don’t do well with outlines, which means that I oftentimes return to the first few chapters before I even finish the book. Revising and editing helps me generate new ideas. Once I get the final chapter done, I then go back through chapter by chapter and revise again before sending it to the editor.

About the Author

Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the next book in The Starseed Series. 

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