Coffee and Conversation with Quinlan Lee

Hot enough for ya? Well, in case it’s not…try tomorrow. Yes, it can get worse. In honor of this unbearable heat wave going on in our region, I am officially dubbing today Farenheit Friday!

Before you go running for the Arctic Circle, there is relief in sight and not just in the long term forecast. It also comes in the form of the lovely Quinlan Lee, who is dropping by the Cyber Cafe for a chat. So, crank up the AC, grab your favorite icy cold beverage (whatever it is…no judging here), put your feet up and chillax!

Quinlan Lee is an agent at Adams Literary who has experience as a published author of books for young readers and more than 15 years of business expertise.  She’s been with the agency for four years, representing clients in genres from picture books to YA. Quinlan enjoys meeting others who share her love of children’s literature. She is an active member of SCBWI and a founding board member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Quinlan graduated from Tulane Univeristy and has lived all over the United States—from the mountains of Western Colorado to the Garden District of New Orleans to downtown Chicago—and for the past eleven years she’s been raising her family in Charlotte with her husband, Steve. She has three children who keep her busy with book clubs, homework and identifying creatures in the creek behind their home.

Welcome, Quinlan!

First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

Chai Tea Latte–Skim

And your favorite snack?

Hmmm…anything salty, especially Pringles, Cape Cod Potato Chips or Cheez-its!

What was your favorite book as a child?

I had MANY!  I lived at the library and actually got special permission in Jr. High to eat lunch in the library if I shelved books and updated the card catalog. (Does anyone else remember the little index cards with the rod going through them to keep them in place?  I loved those little drawers and neat cards!)

Are you kidding me? I so miss the sound and feel of flipping through those cards in search of a favorite book!

As far as books, the ones that jump to mind: Anything by Roald Dahl, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis.  I was also enamored with the ‘teen romances’ that Beverly Cleary wrote like FIFTEEN.

It’s no secret. I love, love, love all of these!

You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? 

I’d treat my best friend to lunch, have a pedicure and spend the rest on iTunes downloading lots of cheesy music that my family can dance to in the kitchen while we’re making dinner.

You’ve been locked in a bank vault like that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses remain unharmed, (whew,) so what’s the first book you crack open?

I’d grab one of the teetering stack on my night stand: THE YEAR OF THE GLADFLY by Jennifer Miller, THE FLGHT OF GEMMA HARDY by Margot Livesey or THE RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles (it’s still sitting there from last summer!)

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

I’d be an actress.

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would it be?

Read like a writer.

Now that’s great advice!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Quinlan. It’s been a real pleasure! We are all looking forward to hearing you speak next weekend at Creating Sparks: Kindle the Fire of Imagination.

Can you believe it’s only one week until our regional conference? I am so excited and hope you are too! Have a wonderful pre-conference weekend. Stay cool, my friends.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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