Interview With Bellora Quinn

Welcome to the Cafe Bellora,

Bellora Quinn is the author of the urban fantasy series AURA, written in collaboration with Angel Martinez as well as two urban fantasy series co-authored with Sadie Rose Birmingham, Elemental Evidence and Wanted. She lives in Florida where she’s the Mother of Dachshunds. When she isn’t writing she’s creating art and entertaining her friends with her latest DYI misadventure.

What/who inspires you?

I draw inspiration from a lot of different sources. People I meet, stories I’ve read, music…it all depends. I never know what’s going to spark an idea. Music often puts ideas in my head. I’ll be jamming along, and a phrase will catch my ear and suddenly, I’ve got a character living out those words in my head, or maybe doing something completely different but the music fits, or maybe the character isn’t new but it gives me an idea for a scene I want to write, all from hearing ten seconds of a song. Oddly though, I find it difficult to write and listen to music at the same time.

Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?

I read Jordan Castillo Price’s series Mnevermind and I was blown away by how deftly she wrote a main character who was not neurotypical. I filed the idea away that someday I’d really like to write a non-neurotypical character. Several years later Angel Martinez and I were discussing ideas for continuing the AURA series. Kai, who is a drow, is a series favourite and I thought I’d really like to see how he interacts with another drow. These two ideas converged and became Ryld.

Ryld is one of those characters that came almost fully formed into my head. His background, his mannerisms, the way he looked, were all there very quickly. The one piece that was missing was how his magic worked.

At the time I was a caregiver for my mother-in-law who was suffering with dementia. She would tell me about her hallucinations and how real they seemed to her and it was hearth breaking. I could only imagine how terrifying that must be, to see these things you absolutely believed were real and had no control over. From that experience grew the idea of how Ryld’s magic would affect him.

What is the hardest part of writing any book?

Nowadays the hardest part is just finding the time to write. I appreciate so much when I had the hours to focus on writing instead of little bits of snatched time here and there. Once I’m writing though things usually go pretty smooth. This book in particular was finished before I knew it.

Are there any genres you prefer to write, and if so, why?

I’ve always been fond of Urban Fantasy. I think it’s because I’m a big fan of cover songs. I love hearing new takes on familiar songs and seeing how an artist interprets the music. Urban Fantasy is a lot like that. It’s usually a familiar setting, but you never know what interesting spin someone is going to put on it. It just gets my imagination going to think this could be going on right under our noses and not even know it.

Are any of your characters based on you or people you know?

Sometimes. You know that old axiom about don’t get on the bad side of an author, or you just might end up in their next book? That’s very true. I can’t name names but let’s just say I’ve known a few trolls who’ve ended up literal trolls in a couple of my stories.

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Tell us about your pets.

I have 3 dachshunds that are my world. I’ve had many dogs over the years, and I love them all, but none ever made me laugh like these guys do. I think dachshunds are the comedians of the dog world. I spoil them rotten and I have more pics of them then anything else on my phone. I’m totally a crazy dog lady now. I love cats too but I’m pretty allergic now, so I don’t have any. I mean, I love animals in general really. If I could spend my days just lounging around with them that would be perfect.

If you had access to a time machine just once, is there anything you’d go back and change? Either on a personal level or an historical event?

Not really. The past doesn’t interest me as much as the future. Does the time machine have a future setting? I’d totally do that. I’d go forward and see what the world is like, what problems it has and what cool new things have been invented. Then I’d come back and make a bunch of investments and try to convince people what catastrophes we’re headed for if we don’t knock it off. Probably no one will believe me and I’ll mess up the continuum but at least I’ll be rich, which means I’ll be eccentric instead of just crazy.



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