Author Spencer Quinn answered some of our most burning questions in a rapid fire Q&A! Read his answers below, and get ready for the release of Of Mutts and Men on July 7th!
My preferred method hasn’t been invented yet. It would involve prose traveling directly from the mind to the blank page. Until then, I type. My handwriting cannot be read by human eyes.
What’s your favorite cure for writer’s block?
I step back and think of the engine that drives the story. Unfortunately, some novels don’t have engines, but in the case of Chet and Bernie, the engine is the love between the two main characters. When I remember that, some narrative route always suggests itself.
What song/album/musical artist inspires you?
Music is very important to me. I often listen while I write. Right now I seem to be enjoying the old Marty Robbins song “Begging to You,” both in Marty’s version and also Cyndi Lauper’s cover.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
My mother, who taught me almost everything I know about writing by the time I was eleven or so, said, “Push every situation as far as you can.”
Favorite way to unwind outdoors?
It used to be skiing and playing tennis. Now it’s bike riding and playing tennis. I’ve ridden at least ten miles just about every day since the lockdown, often on Cape Cod’s beautiful Shining Sea Bike Path. (I still ski in my dreams.)
Favorite way to unwind indoors?
Sleeping at night! Isn’t that how we’re supposed to unwind? Knitting up the raveled sleeve of care, and all that? I’ve always been a great sleeper (not a napper).
Best dog name you’ve ever heard?
Chet! A surprising number of readers seem to have named dogs after him.
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