Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about Action, coming out June 5th. Stay tuned to get an inside look at what filming porn is really like, hear fun facts about this novel, and find out what’s next for the Murmur Inc. series. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
Writing What You Know
I’m a firm believer in writing from personal experience. I think it gives a story an element of realism and emotional depth that’s difficult to achieve otherwise. Of course, that’s not always possible. For example, the Murmur Inc. series takes place in Los Angeles, a city that I’ve never been to. So, when I write about it, am I writing what I know? Yes and no.
If I had unlimited time and resources, I would hop on a plane and tour the city, but alas, I’m just a new author with a (feline) mouth to feed, so instead, I rely on the fact that I grew up in a city and have been to several world capitals: New York, London, Dublin, Madrid, Marrakesh, and so on. I take little parts of each of those cities and mesh them together until I have something that resembles city life. And then, I stamp “Los Angeles” on it through research.
I start by checking out the city on Google Earth. That gives me an idea of what it looks and feels like. Next, I speak to people who do live there, and through their eyes, I’m able to add more detail. Last, I find the names of actual business, landmarks, restaurants, and more and incorporate them into the novel.
The settings in Action are a mixture of real and fictional places—some in L.A. and some not—and just because the club or coffee shop I mention really exists, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s exactly how I wrote it. Murmur Inc., for example, is based partly on real phone sex call centers and partly on my experiences with working in an office. I fully believe that you can read about office culture all day, but you’ll never understand it until you’ve sat beneath buzzing fluorescent lights for nine hours a day, or had your lunch stolen out of the communal fridge.
These personal experiences are what odd color to black and white type, in my opinion. Same goes for situations. My characters tend to work jobs I’ve had in the past, read books I like, and experience the trials I’ve overcome. I like to think I do a decent job of writing experiences that are foreign to me, but the scenes I find most relatable are the every-day emotional turnarounds we all experience, and so those are what I write.
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Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.
Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”
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About Quinn Anderson
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching ’em all.
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To celebrate the release of Action, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 10, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!