Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quinn, Susan Kaye

A little note for everyone stopping by for the A to Z challenge:

First off, hi! Welcome! Look around, have fun. My posts will be short this month, but they'll be following a theme: Books and Authors. I'll be showcasing some of my favorites within those categories. But I'll also be having some special posts regarding the release of my debut novel, Elemental, from time to time.   

Bio (taken from her official website):

Why is the word graph in biography

Now I have a strange urge to create a graph of my life.
I grew up in California, where I wrote snippets of stories and passed them to my friends during class. My teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated my stories a couple times.

I left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering) and work everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to a little Venice Beach restaurant called The Green Bean (I was the bookkeeper). I've designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that I write novels, my business card says "Rocket Scientist and Author," and I don't have to sneak my notes anymore.

Which is too bad.

All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up dystopian future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. For my stories, of course. Just ignore that stuff in the basement.

My middle grade boys clamor for more middle grade books with magic and gadgets and less teen novels with kissing. Unfortunately for them, I enjoy writing both.

I write from the Chicago suburbs with my three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as I can handle.

Wow! Right? Susan is pretty amazing. Her books Life, Liberty, and Pursuit and Open Minds are two of my favorites. You should definitely check her out.



  1. i'll have to add these to my list of books to check out!
    Also, OT - guess what i got in the mail yesterday???!
    It's so pretty! I can't wait to read it (as soon as i'm done with my current read)

  2. Open Minds is AMAZING!!! I could not stop reading it. Great choice for Q.

  3. Susan's OPEN MINDS is still on my to-read list. I need to bump it closer to the top. :) She was also my Q author featured on my Surrounded by Books Reviews blog.

  4. Hi Susan
    interesting factoids of your life, Ms Rocket Scientist! Looking forward to being part of your lunch party.

  5. Thanks for sharing this - what a fun bio!

  6. Wow...if I ever get to live again I want to be just like Susan! Great post Emily and congratulations on your book...I'm part of the Elemental blog tour!
    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

  7. Wow! What an awesomely sweet surprise! Thanks so much for having me as your "Q"! :)

  8. YAY for sue!!!! LLP and OPEN MINDS were both terrific! looking forward to CLOSED HEARTS!


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