Susan Quilty

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Susan Quilty is an indie author who writes novels featuring strong women in unusual circumstances, often with a sci-fi, fantasy, or psychological twist.

She is currently writing The Psychic Traveler Society, a young adult series. The first book in the series, Healers and Thieves, is available now.

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Susan Quilty The original idea for The Insistence of Memory came to me many years ago, back when reality TV was really taking off. I was particularly curious about…moreThe original idea for The Insistence of Memory came to me many years ago, back when reality TV was really taking off. I was particularly curious about the popularity of shows like Big Brother and The Kardashians that claim to show people's actual, unscripted lives.

Those shows always seemed more invasive than interesting to me. One day, I wondered if there would ever be a future market for recording and airing people's actual private thoughts and memories (if the technology existed). Reality TV taken to a disturbing next level.

While the story in The Insistence of Memory takes an entirely different path, it was that creepy thought about reality TV that originally inspired the book. (less)
Susan Quilty I don't like the term "writer's block." There are times in any story where I need to walk away before I can write more. For me, that's just part of th…moreI don't like the term "writer's block." There are times in any story where I need to walk away before I can write more. For me, that's just part of the process. There are days when the story flows and days when it stagnates.

When I hit a point where the ideas (or words) aren't flowing freely, I know it's time to take a break. I've learned from experience: Whatever idea has me stuck will work itself out with time, but it's unlikely to respond to force.

However, walking away doesn't mean that I stop writing completely.

I typically have multiple books (or other writing projects) in the works. If I feel stuck on one story, I can switch to another for a while. Usually, that means setting aside my dominant project to work on the outline or rough drafts of another.

The first four chapters of Healers and Thieves were written during a break from To the Left of Death. Some scattered scenes from To the Left of Death were written during a break from The Insistence of Memory. And so on...

The key, for me, is to trust that the tricky idea will sort itself out.

Besides working on other projects, I also give myself plenty of time to quietly sketch, knit, meditate, etc. I know the story is churning somewhere deep in my mind. Those quiet activities are a great invitation for those thoughts to break through with the Aha! moment that gets me back to work. (less)
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