1. What made you create the site?
Well, to begin with it started with a rather odd sense of indignation. I’d recently written an article for the University Newspaper, but they’d decided to print something about Blondes being better than Brunettes instead. For once I decided to turn that indignation into something productive, and thus this site was born…well…re-incarnated anyway. I’d had the domain name for a while, but I just didn’t have a direction for the site. Now I do, and I’m pleased that it’s gone as smoothly as it has!
2. Why literature and not films or music?
Short Answer: I’m a graduate of English; it’s what I’m good at.
Longer Answer: As well as the above, I wanted a definite focus for the site. You can see that I specify ‘literature’ and not just ‘books’, so that gives me a bit of scope whilst not allowing me the whole sandbox to have to try and choose from. I love listening to music and I am partial to a good film, but books have always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.
3. Do you get paid?
Not for contributing to the Blog. In time, I will earn a wage from the Publishing side of Inspired-Quill…but since I treat it as a ‘proper job’ anyway, I feel that’s justified! My wonderful team of writers help me with blog content for the experience, or just the sheer joy of doing so.
4. Who is your favourite author?
Anne McCaffrey. I find her work inspiring, witty and immersive. She’s been the biggest literary influence in my life, I think. As a writer, her works are rather inspiring. I’ve always been a Sci-Fi and Fantasy fan, and she was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. I met her in Copenhagen back in 2007, and I can also say firsthand what a wonderful woman she is to talk to.
5. I’m a new author; can you review my book / interview me?
Of course! I’d be happy to read and review your latest book. Inspired-Quill aims to highlight new and non-mainstream literature in its reviews and news. Interviews are also very much welcome, whether they’re conducted face to face or via email. Get your voice heard!
6. Why is there no creative writing on the I.Q?
This is probably the question that I get asked the most. The simple answer at the moment is that there’s no room for such things on the site. If people want to post their creative writing, there are dozens of sites for that purpose. Hopefully in the future, I.Q. will be able to expand to allow this, but for now because of the nature and size of the site, it’s strictly non-fiction.
7. How can I contact you / get involved?
It’s very simple! Just send an email to the address on THIS page. I‘d love to hear from you! Getting emails – for whatever reason, whether they’re enquiries about the site or simple praise or suggestions – means that people are reading the site, so I’m doing something right at least!