Welcome Author Ella Quinn

Today, I'm welcoming fellow writer Ella Quinn to the blog. Her Regency novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH is coming out this November. She was gracious enough to stop by today to tell us about herself and to share with a little sneak peak from the story. 

Welcome Ella!!!

1.     When did you start writing?
Just over two years ago. I’d had a feeling for a while that I wanted to write something, I wrote poetry in high school, I just didn’t know what I wanted to write, until I read an author interview where the author said, write what you read. After that, it all started coming together.
2.     Tell us about your latest book.
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, book #2 in The Marriage Game, is about a couple who have known each other all her life. Individually, they always thought they’d marry, then a series of incidents occurred which made that much less likely. After Anna decides she can’t marry Rutherford after all, he decides he’ll do anything to make her his.

3. What inspired the story?
Both characters are introduced in my debut novel, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, and their story was interesting, but it wasn’t until after I’d written the third book in the series that they decided to talk to me. 

4.     When one of my writing friends or I are stuck in a story, we suggest that something in the story get burned down in order to get the plot unstuck. Do you have any interesting or drastic tricks that you use to get a stalled story moving?

It’s not a plan, but usually an unexpected event takes place. It could be another character showing up or doing something no one was thought they’d do, or something like that. My novels generally have at least a couple of plot lines.

5.     What’s the weirdest research reference you’ve ever used?

LOL, probably the 1812 dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, and the Big Book of Filth. I also read some very old erotica. But quite frankly, that’s not uncommon in my genre.

6.     What’s the strangest or most interesting/gross/startling fact you’ve uncovered in your research?

In the book I just sent to beta readers, I had to study the manumission laws in the West Indies. I was actually surprised to discover that the British, who’d already outlawed the slave trade, were the most liberal when it came to sheltering escaped slaves. My muse, who is much smarter than I, told me, but I had to do the research and prove it to myself. Other things involve ice and chocolate.  

7.     What is your proudest author moment?

Probably getting a cover quote from Grace Burrowes for the Seduction of Lady Phoebe.

8.     What is your most cringeworthy author moment?

I haven’t had it yet, but don’t worry, Nationals are coming up so I’m sure to do something.

9.     And finally, who do you think is the hottest actor in any Regency film or TV role?

Colin Firth

Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane. Ella loves when friends connect with her


THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH ~ On pre-order now. Releases November 17, 2013
“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

by Ella Quinn

Anna reached the morning room door and stopped when she heard Marcus ask how Sebastian felt about her. Mama always said one should never eavesdrop, but this was too tempting not to. Then he spoke, and Anna wished she’d not given in to the lure. If Sebastian expected her to be comfortable and take her lead from him, he didn’t know her at all. If that was what he wanted in a wife, it was not she. Even if she “came around,” she wouldn’t be what he wanted, and did she really wish to marry him at all? When had he become so stodgy?
She’d never even thought of marrying anyone but Sebastian. Her head swam for a moment as the reality of what he’d said struck her. He’d never be her husband. The dream she’d had since childhood of her future shattered like thin ice. She rapidly blinked back the tears pricking her eyes. She’d never felt so lost.


Kary said...

Congratulations, Ella. It looks like a great story!

Nancy Fields said...

Love this Ella! Tweeted

Barbara said...

Great interview, Ella and Georgie. Ella, this books sounds just as terrific as your first. Looking forward to its release. Barb Bettis

Andrea Cooper said...

Great interview and blurb.

Anonymous said...

Another great interview, Ella.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Kary, thank you!!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Thanks for coming by and for the tweet, Nancy!!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Andrea, thank you so much!!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Collette, you're so sweet. Thanks for your support!

Daryl Devore said...

Chocolate?? You said chocolate. Tough thing to have research. :-)

Katherine Bone said...

Romance writers live such glamorous loves, don't they, Ella?

Wonderful interview!!! You're an inspiration and I wish you all the greatest success with your series!!!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

I did, Daryl!!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

We do, Kathy!! But it's all in our heads!!!

Jenna said...

An excellent book and a must read! And I absolutely agree with your choice of Colin Firth. Just like Connery is the only Bond, Firth is the only Darcy. :)

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Thank you so much, Jenna!!

Suzi Love said...

Great interview. Ella, it's hard to keep up with you. You're zooming around the world. Enjoy the fun.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

I am, Suzi. I'm starting to feel jet lagged! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Holly McDonald said...

Great post! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

Holly at Not Done Growing

My Eclectic Loft said...

A great interview. Congrats!

alyssa zech said...

I love author interviews! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Sarah Honey said...

Awesome interview!! Thank you so much for sharing & linking up at Thank You Honey's Whatever Wednesday Party!! The party goes live every Tuesday! Let's connect by adding me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest as I already did with you!


Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Wonderful interview. I look forward to checking out Ella's work. And I couldn't agree more about Colin Firth. :)

Anonymous said...

You will keep this post up if you have any respect for our service men and women who have been the literal “victims” of Marion Browning-Baker (or “Ella Quinn” now) when she was a lawyer. If it is all about the political correctness of your blog and keeping everything nice and cutesy, then take it down. However, the financial damage whish she created for military families for over 15 years does not go away with the removed post. In other words, the facts will ALWAYS remain. Just Google “Marion Browning-Baker” and see for yourself. (From a concerned veteran)

So Marion Browning-Baker or “Ella Quinn” as you call yourself today - you can run from your criminal history but you cannot hide. You DID NOT go to the Virgin Islands “to retire, write romance books, and live in paradise” despite what you try to tell your readership. And there was certainly nothing “fortuitous” about this move to the tax hide-out Virgin Islands either as you claim in your author interviews. You fled the country of Germany in less than 60 days after they charged you with federal tax evasion where you evaded taxes for no less than 15 years as a lawyer operating a business on German soil. How smart was that when you bragged about it to one of your clients which you then ripped off for over $50,000 in legal fees?

Now you have a totally new identity. There is no lawyer reference in your bio anywhere despite that you spent most of your adult life as a lawyer. In fact, you even removed your law degree from Campbell University in NC and are now calling it a master’s degree in “Political Science and Government” on LinkedIn. But the reality is that you were a totally unethical lawyer who stole money from EVERY ONE of your military clients in Europe from 1995 (which was after the US Army kicked you out as a JAG lawyer) and until your Georgia State Bar disbarment on April 15, 2013 which is shown on their website.

As far as we are concerned, you have an active network now of at least 75 ex-clients and you OWE THEM a lot of money. We have legal counsel and there is a class-action lawsuit in the making. So “Ella” or whatever person you are playing today, do not believe that this is over and we will see you in court as who you really are: disbarred lawyer, tax fugitive, and criminal Marion Browning-Baker.