Queries, Qualms, & Quirks

Sarah Nicolas

Queries, Qualms, & Quirks asks published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from first spark to day of publication. Author Sarah Nicolas interviews authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication.

Welcome to Queries, Qualms, & Quirks - starting April 8th!
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Mystery Author Leslie Budewitz joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the lawyer to writer pipeline, Sisters in Crime, when the struggle was finding publishing information instead of curating it, the pre-internet writing community, writing fiction feeling too daunting at first, publishing as a business, and not having a linear path. ✦  Leslie Budewitz is a three-time Agatha Award winner and the best-selling author of the Spice Shop mysteries, set in Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in NW Montana, where she lives. As Alicia Beckman, she writes moody suspense. Leslie is a Mystery Writers of America board member and a past president of Sisters in Crime. ✦  Leslie: Query | Website | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqbudewitz ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.

Nov 18

34 min 5 sec

Young Adult Author Dante Medema joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a massive earthquake the day your book goes to auction, being overwhelmed by writers conferences, knowing when a book is the one, the non-glamorous life of an author, ten years to overnight success, debuting during a pandemic, and separating the business from your ego. ✦  Dante Medema is the author of THE TRUTH PROJECT and MESSAGE NOT FOUND. When she isn’t writing she can be found chasing her dogs and four daughters around Alaska, obsessing over aliens, or embarrassing herself on Tiktok. ✦  Dante: Query | Website | Twitter | TikTok | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqdante ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.

Nov 11

37 min 20 sec

Romance Author Farah Heron joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the benefits of being a joiner, the problem with being Canadian, DVPit, finding your genre, the important of publicists, deciding if writing is worth the stress, the danger of self-rejection, being a chapter President during the RWA implosion, and nothing being more important than the writing. ✦  Farah Heron is a critically acclaimed author of romance and romcoms.. Her recent release, Accidentally Engaged, was praised in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NPR, Glamour magazine, and has been named one of the year's best romances by Vulture. Her YA debut, Tahira in Bloom, will be out November 1, 2021. ✦  Farah: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | LibroFM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqfarah ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 

Nov 4

35 min 26 sec

Horror Author Jessica Lewis joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going from self-insert fanfiction to original fiction, the support of NaNoWriMo buddies, entering all the publishing contests, Pitch Wars, the pressure of writing for money, mental health, and trouble coming up with titles. ✦  Jessica Lewis is a Black author and receptionist. She lives with her way-funnier-than-her grandmother in Alabama. When she isn't writing or working, she enjoys watching cooking or HGTV-type home shows and playing farming sims. ✦  Jessica: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqjessicalewis ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 

Oct 28

19 min 10 sec

Young Adult Author Annie Sullivan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting two requests out of a hundred queries, why “write something new” and “don’t give up on a book you love” are not contradictory, learning about publishing rights and contracts, the migration of goalposts, leaving Easter Eggs for her readers, and not putting time limits on your self. ✦  Annie Sullivan is the author of three young adult fantasy novels A Touch of Gold, A Curse of Gold, and Tiger Queen. She lives in Indiana but loves to travel the world. She has a passion for all things fairytales and Jane Austen and loves interacting with fans. ✦  Annie: Query | Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | LibroFM ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  PubTalk Live: Ask the Agents: Contract Terms If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqannies  ✦  This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show. ✦ 

Oct 21

35 min 50 sec

Middle Grade Author Sarah McGuire joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss shelving a book after six years, being orphaned by your publisher, the revelation courtesy of her opera-singer sister, creating Egmont’s Last List, learning who to take which critiques from, and imposter syndrome. ✦  Sarah McGuire is math teacher who sailed around the world aboard a floating college campus. She writes fairy tales and fun fantasy and would love to open a wardrobe and stumble into another world. She wishes Florida had mountains, but she lives there anyways with her husband and their family. ✦  Sarah: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound  ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsarahm

Oct 14

41 min 48 sec

Historical Crime Author John Copenhaver joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an MFA, querying via snail mail, changes in the mystery genre landscape, what happens if you never get published, and the importance of forming relationships in the industry. ✦  John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning, won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Award nominations. His second novel, The Savage Kind, was just released. He writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda called “Blacklight,” and cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show. He lives in Richmond, VA. ✦  John: Query | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqcopenhaver

Oct 7

38 min 44 sec

Science Fiction author AJ Super joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not getting into Pitch Wars, how far kindness can take you, a successful query letter that is not perfect, how long it takes to put out a good book, mental health challenges, and taking measured risks. ✦  Angela/AJ Super is a 2021 debut author. Her space opera, Erebus Dawning and its sequel, A Star Reborn have recently released from Aethon Books. She lives in Kansas with her husband and fuzz-brained kitties. ✦  AJ: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqajsuper

Sep 30

29 min 34 sec

Picture Book Author Kira Bigwood joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying for eight years, how many picture books you should have ready before submitting, the process of writing a picture book without an illustrator, querying too soon, the importance of making connections, and how making a picture book is truly a team effort. ✦  Kira Bigwood is an advertising copywriter turned children’s author. Her debut picture book, Secret, Secret Agent Guy, illustrated by Celia Krampien, released this spring from Atheneum Books for Young Readers, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kira is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, and lives in Chicago with her husband, three children and their pandemic puppy. ✦  Kira: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound ✦  12 x 12 Challenge ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkirabigwood

Sep 23

29 min 33 sec

Mystery Author Kellye Garrett joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting an agent offer at a bar, Pitch Wars, when your publisher abruptly shuts down, writing a book because of a headline, selling a book after a year versus five days, waiting ten months to announce a book deal, and never winning NaNoWriMo. ✦  Kellye Garrett is the author of the upcoming suspense novel Like A Sister and the Detective by Day lightweight mysteries. The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY for best first novel. She serves on Sisters in Crime’s national board, is a former Pitch Wars Managing Director and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. ✦  Kellye: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookshop | Libro.fm | Amazon | Indiebound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqkellye

Sep 16

35 min 41 sec

Middle Grade author Deva Fagan joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss having a contract cancelled, leaving multiple agents, feeling like a failure despite selling three books, how referrals aren’t a golden ticket, when your fears come to pass, and asking for what you need.  ✦ Deva Fagan is the author of middle grade fantasy novels Nightingale, Rival Magic and more. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog. When she’s not writing she spends her time reading, playing video games, doing geometry, and drinking copious amounts of tea.  ✦  Deva: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop: Nightingale -- Rival Magic | Libro.fm | IndieBound  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqdeva

Sep 9

38 min 32 sec

Speculative Fiction author EJ Wenstrom joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss taking a chance on a small press, not being too precious with your work, the zero draft method, not staying with an agent who’s not a good fit, writing off trend, and positive ADHD representation. ✦  E. J. Wenstrom believes in complicated heroes, horrifying monsters, purple hair dye and standing to the right on escalators so the left side can walk. She writes dark speculative fiction for adults and teens, including her new release, the young adult dystopian novel Departures. ✦  EJ: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | IndieBound | Bookshop ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqejwenstrom

Sep 2

42 min 51 sec

Science Fiction Author Mike Chen  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss resurrecting shelved novels, querying transitioning from paper to digital, going to acquisitions five times in 20 months, releasing a pandemic book just before a pandemic started, acquisitions nerves, drafting in layers, and getting better with every attempt.  ✦ Mike Chen is the author of We Could Be Heroes, Here And Now And Then, and A Beginning At The End. He has contributed to Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View and covered geek culture for sites such as Tor.com, The Mary Sue, and StarTrek.com. In previous lives, he has been a musician, DJ, aerospace engineer, and credentialed NHL reporter. Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals.  ✦ Mike: Query | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound  ✦ Links from Mike: What Happens After You Get a Literary Agent An In-Depth Look at His Query Letter A Post About His Book Deal QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here:  https://bit.ly/qqqmikechen

Aug 26

40 min 37 sec

Thriller Author Tammy Euliano joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss putting yourself out there, getting killer author blurbs, the way writing is harder than being a doctor, the exercise that gets her unstuck, and the importance of writing community. ✦  Tammy’s writing is inspired by her day job as a physician, researcher and educator at the University of Florida. Her short fiction has been recognized by Glimmer Train, Flame Tree Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, and others. Her debut medical thriller, Fatal Intent, was published by Oceanview in March, 2021. ✦  Tammy: Query Text | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro.fm | Amazon ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqtammy

Aug 19

35 min 28 sec

Middle Grade author Adrianna Cuevas joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss writing for a specific audience, the kindness of other writers, making massive revisions, writing with the television on, and fear of not being good enough.  ✦  Adrianna Cuevas is the author of the Pura Belpre honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and the upcoming Cuba in My Pocket. She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son.  ✦  Adrianna: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop: The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez | Cuba in my Pocket | Libro FM | IndieBound ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here:  https://bit.ly/qqqadrianna

Aug 12

45 min 4 sec

Historical romance author Royaline Sing and her literary agent Sara Megibow join Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss querying an agent with a publication offer in-hand, Sara’s normal submission-reading process, finding the time to write, breaking the rules, trusting your partners, and surprises being the norm in the publishing industry. ✦  Royaline Sing writes through the noise of my lovely two kids, a very supportive husband, and a bank job where numbers rule. She is currently writing Historical Romances, with heroines setting their own norms and coming toe-to-toe with heroes worth loving. She is a huge fan of Bollywood romantic movies and Marvel. ✦  Sara Megibow is a literary agent with kt literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. ✦  Royaline: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Linktree | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound  ✦  Sara: kt literary | Twitter ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqroyalinesara

Aug 5

42 min 36 sec

Picture Book Author Tara Lazar joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how to do picture book market research, writing in between wiping baby butts, publishing surprises, coming up with book titles before anything else, figuring out what works for you, and not having a writing schedule. ✦  Street magic performer. Award-winning ice sculptor. Hog-calling champion. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes stories for children featuring quirky characters and hilarious happenings. Tara writes the 7 ATE 9 series of picture books from Little Brown, illustrated by Ross MacDonald. Her latest book is BLOOP with illustrator Mike Boldt, about an alien who comes to conquer earth but thinks the dogs are in charge! ✦  Tara: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqtara 

Jul 29

43 min 37 sec

Contemporary Fiction Author Suzanne Park joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss going to acquisitions (multiple times) without getting a book deal, repurposing life stories for fiction, the impact writing for standup has on her novels, the lack of a linear path after Pitch Wars, and amassing a thousand rejections.  ✦  Suzanne Park is a Korean-American author who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life as a stand up comedian, Suzanne appeared on BET, was the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up For Diversity" showcase. ✦  Suzanne: Query Text | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro FM | IndieBound |  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsuzanne

Jul 22

46 min 15 sec

Romance novelist Kait Ballenger joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss not meeting publisher's sales expectations,  writing on the tail end of a trend, getting a starred review without knowing what it means, only writing what you love, and getting an agent after a literal elevator pitch. ✦ Kait Ballenger is the award-winning author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night. When Kait’s not writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons. ✦ Kait: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren’t clickable, find them at: https://bit.ly/qqqkait

Jul 15

42 min 59 sec

Mystery Author Susan Elia MacNeal joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss almost giving up, how being a writer is like being a boxer, writing a cocktail book while pregnant, and publishing a book with a slow start but a long tail. ✦ Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, which is now in its 23nd printing. Her most recent book is THE HOLLYWOOD SPY, which just came out on July 6. ✦ Susan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound | Libro FM ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: https://bit.ly/qqqsusan 

Jul 8

29 min 53 sec

Middle Grade author Laura Segal Stegman joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss dozens of revisions over 28 years, the importance of writing community, deciding to sign with a small press, querying too early, and both the benefit and distraction of Twitter. L.A.-based arts publicist and author Laura Segal Stegman’s middle grade debut, Summer of L.U.C.K., was released in September 2020 by INtense Publications and will be followed by a sequel in 2021. Her non-fiction credits include the travel book Only in New York. Her feature stories have appeared in Los Angeles Times and Westways Magazine, among others. Laura: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | IndieBound QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon If the links aren't clickable, find them at: https://bit.ly/qqqlaura

Jul 1

44 min 20 sec

Young Adult Author Angeline Boulley joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting 28 years to write the book, the most illuminating question to ask offering agents, prioritizing Native talent when negotiating her film rights, ensuring her craft was worthy of the story she wanted to tell, and the single most helpful thing she did for her writing. ✦  Angeline Boulley is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who writes about her Ojibway community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her debut novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, is a Reese’s Book Club selection and received the inaugural Barnes & Noble Young Adult Book Award. It’s being developed for a Netflix series by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions. ✦  Angeline: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bookshop | Libro.fm | Amazon | Indiebound ✦  Questions to Ask a Prospective Agent from Jim McCarthy ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqangeline

Jun 24

38 min 19 sec

Literary Fiction Author Catherine Adel West  joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the dangers of pitching your book before it’s complete, the advantages of virtual book tours, the need for publishing to reflect the world around it, advocating for yourself, and letting go of bitterness. ✦   Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. Her debut Saving Ruby King was published in 2020. Catherine's short story “Orion’s Star” is featured in the body positive anthology Every Body Shines. Her sophomore novel Becoming Sara King is slated for release in 2022. ✦   Catherine: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | LibroFM | Bookshop | IndieBound ✦   Every Body Shines: Bookshop | Amazon | IndieBound ✦   QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqcawest

Jun 17

39 min 37 sec

Cozy Mystery Author Mia P. Manansala joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss how a one-day writing workshop change everything, the pressure to represent your community well, the importance of a writing support network, being jealous of writing friends, and choosing the right agent for you, even if they’re not the biggest agent that offers. ✦  Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, is out now! ✦  Mia: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop | LibroFM  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmiapm

Jun 10

48 min 33 sec

Romance novelist Mary Ann Marlowe joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss getting into Pitch Wars but not getting an agent, finally finding and losing an agent, the importance of loving the writing first, imposter syndrome, and the relief in being a hybrid author. ✦ Mary Ann lives in central Virginia where she works as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. ✦ Mary Ann: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop: Dating by the Book | Kind of a Big Deal | Some Kind of Magic | Libro FM: Some Kind of Magic | A Crazy Kind of Love ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqmaryann ✦

Jun 3

37 min 49 sec

Middle Grade author Alyson Gerber joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss separating the art from the business, gaining confidence as a writer, writing to understand your own truth, being waitlisted for your dream, and the importance of persistence. ✦  Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically acclaimed, own-voices novels Braced and Focused published by Scholastic. Her third novel Taking Up Space released on May 18, 2021. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family. ✦  Alyson: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Taking Up Space -- Braced | Audiobooks: Taking Up Space -- Braced ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqalyson

May 27

36 min 14 sec

YA Author Jenn P. Nguyen joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss fanfiction as a gateway drug, querying by mail, starting over after separating with your agent, trying for a publishing hail mary (and getting it!), and trying to like coffee. ✦  Jenn P. Nguyen is the author of THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME and FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT. She was born in Mississippi, raised in New Orleans, LA (Go Saints!), where she currently lives with her husband and high school sweetheart along with their two wonderful although slightly crazy kids. ✦  Jenn fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. Partially because the weather in New Orleans was always scorching, but mainly because she loved to be surrounded by books. Now Jenn get to spend my days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching addicting Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’. ✦  Jenn: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Amazon | Bookshop: Walk of Shame -- Fake It Till You Break It ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦  If the links aren't clickable, find them at: http://bit.ly/qqqjenn

May 20

37 min 19 sec

Editor and fantasy author Rebecca Enzor joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss unlearning passive voice, writing nine books before finding success, the importance of critique partners, and the surprising ending to her publishing career. ✦ Rebecca Enzor is an analytical chemist in Vancouver, WA, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and sometimes chickens. Her articles on writing science in science fiction can be found in Writer’s Digest “Putting the Science in Fiction”. Obsessed with everything ocean, she studied fisheries biology in college and electrocuted herself collecting fish in a river, which inspired several key scenes in her debut novel, Speak The Ocean, out now with Reuts Publishing.  ✦ Rebecca: Query | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren’t clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqrebecca

May 13

34 min 26 sec

Mystery novelist Abby L. Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss the differences in self-publishing and traditional, being a hybrid author, acknowledging you can’t edit yourself, and learning from other authors. ✦ Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author, Abby L. Vandiver also writing as Abby Collette, has penned more than thirty novels and short stories. She is a hybrid author, being traditionally and self-published. Abby writes cozy mysteries and has a women's fiction book, Where Wild Peaches Grow, coming in August 2022. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. ✦ Abby: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Abby Vandiver Amazon | Abby Collette Amazon | Bookshop: Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies | A Deadly Inside Scoop | Libro.fm ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqabby

May 6

43 min 24 sec

Middle Grade author Waka T. Brown joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss transitioning from screenwriting to book writing, how a single hurtful rejection can almost derail your writing, finding inspiration on runs, and the importance of writing community. ✦  Waka T. Brown is graduate of Stanford University and the first American born in her family. Her debut memoir While I Was Away was published in January 2021, and her second novel Dream, Annie, Dream will be released in 2022, both through HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books. ✦  Waka: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | Bookshop | Libro.fm  ✦  QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon  ✦  If links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqwakatbrown

Apr 29

36 min 5 sec

Romance novelist Denise Williams joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss waiting for it to be your turn, debuting during a pandemic, your worst fears coming true (and it being okay), not reading your reviews, and no trade review ever being as harsh as her young son’s feedback.  ✦ Denise: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: How to Fail at Flirting | The Fastest Way to Fall | Libro.fm  ✦ QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon ✦ If the links aren't clickable, find them here along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/QQQdenisewilliams

Apr 22

40 min 7 sec

Science Fiction author Michael Mammay joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss diving in too soon, the book that saved his writing, the power of a one-sentence compliment, and the single quality that will guarantee a writer’s success. Michael: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Bookshop: Planetside | Spaceside | Colonyside | Libro.fm <> QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon <> If the links aren't clickable, find them here: http://bit.ly/qqqmichaelm 

Apr 15

45 min 26 sec

Historical fantasy author Cass Morris joins Queries, Qualms, & Quirks this week to discuss pitching too early, the perils of the acquisitions board, accepting that some readers won’t like your book, the importance of knowing the business side of things, and being too stubborn to quit. Cass: Query Text | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon | Worldbuilding for Masochists podcast | Amazon | Bookshop: From Unseen Fire | Give Way to Night >>> QQQ Home Base | Support on Patreon >>> If links aren't clickable, find them here, along with the transcript: http://bit.ly/qqqcassm

Apr 8

43 min 27 sec

Hello, I'm Sarah Nicolas and I would like to welcome you to my new podcast Queries, Qualms, & Quirks. The show will officially launch on April 8th, 2021 and will release an episode every week on Thursdays. This podcast is for authors early in their career, those who are writing their first book, and those who are querying. It's for those who are wondering what exactly a successful query letter looks like, if other authors share the same worries as them, and if anyone else has a similar writing process. Queries, Qualms, & Quirks will ask published authors to share their successful query letter and discuss their journey from when they first got bit by the writing bug to the day of publication. I will interview authors of all genres about how they got started writing, their writing process, getting their book deal, and their experiences with publication. I hope that these stories will help inspire you on your own publishing journey and remind you that you are not alone in what can be a long, complicated process and a confusing industry. Please subscribe now and look out for that first episode on April 8th. I look forward to sharing these stories with you and hope we’ll soon be able to talk about your own queries, qualms, and quirks. If you're a published author interested in appearing on the podcast, go to sarahnicolas.com and click on the image in the sidebar. That's Sarah with an h, Nicolas with no h.

Mar 21

1 min 28 sec