L. M. Quinn welcomes you to her website The Writingame. Please stop by often to check out the ups and downs of her life as a writer living and working in L.A.
Yes, being a writer in L.A. has its own perks and quirks. We have the best year-round weather in the world and complain if the temperature goes below sixty degrees, designer shades a given. Within one-two hours from downtown L.A., you can swim in the Pacific, bask in the Palm Springs desert heat, and ski Big Bear's slopes. All this (including Santa Ana winds that turn people into werewolves and shake them senseless with periodic earthquakes) makes for stellar writers and writing.
The writing game of course includes tons of social media so you can get to know an author's reading and writing choices. You can check out my social media on the sidebar of this website and leave me your comments and opinions.
I'm an eclectic reader (see my book choices below) and write fiction that includes mystery and YA (working on a novel as you read this). I also write memoir and essays.
A current social media project is my Blog (Our Family Secrets) that ties into my current YA novel in progress. Please stop by and add your secrets and post comments.
“Raymond Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.” — Ross Macdonald
L. M. (Linda) Quinn lives in L.A. and writes mystery, memoir, and mayhem that reflect the L.A. scene’s good, bad, and ugly. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and is currently working on a YA mystery (contemporary and multicultural) set in L.A.
Her short stories: "A Not So Clear Case of Murder" included in the anthology Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery; and "The Red Lipstick" included in the YA anthology You Don't Have a Clue (both books from Arte Público Press). She also had her personal essay ("A Grown-up") accepted in the anthology Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our Stories.
"I'm a witch woman--high on tobacco and holy water. I'm a woman delighted with her disasters. They give me something to do. A profession of sorts...I have the magic of words. The power to charm and kill at will." — Sandra Cisneros
BOOK REVIEWS: ELLE magazine.
SHORT SHORT: Travel 50 & Beyond magazine.
SHORT STORY/PERSONAL ESSAY: "A Not So Clear Case of Murder" in Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público Press, March 2009).
"The Red Lipstick," YA mystery anthology You Don't Have a Clue (Arte Público Press, May 2011).
"A Grown-up," Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our Stories (November 2011).
See you there:
March 9 -10, 2013 Writers Day YA Diversity Conference - SCBWI (San Gabriel, CA). A very well-done conference for those already publishing and those looking for the nuts and bolts of how to do so. Great panels by authors, agents, and editors. A good transition to the yearly LA/NY SCBWI conferences.
April 6, 2013 Literary Orange Conference (Irvine, CA).
June 22 - 23, 2013 CA Crime Writers Conference (Pasadena, CA). Sponsored by Sisters in Crime/LA and SoCal Mystery Writers of America. Series of panels, keynote speakers like Sue Grafton and Elizabeth George, and pitch sessions.
August 2013 SCBWI Summer Conference (Century City, CA). Large West Coast conference for children/MG/YA writers.
September 21 - 22 2013 National Book Festival (Washington, DC). Big name authors confirmed to appear include Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, and Joyce Carol Oates, among dozens of others scheduled for this year's event.