Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn – INTERVIEW

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Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

All of her life, Cadence “Cade” Williams has been lied to…

With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.

Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…

But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark.

Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…

Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise—including her own—Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.

Her first assignment just became more interesting…

When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects.

She’s faced with a choice—get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, I’m Michelle Jo Quinn. I’m a wife, mother of two, and Romance writer, hailing from Eastern Ontario, Canada.

What is your writing process? Do you outline your stories/characters?

Everything starts with an idea. I run that idea in my head, give characters backstories, goals and conflicts (I’m often seen staring at nothing in particular). When I’m satisfied that they’re sufficiently complexed, I begin typing. Halfway through the story, ideas burst, characters continue to become more complex, their conflict heightens and that’s when I know that I have to start plotting so that I won’t forget details.

What are you currently working on?

I have a few books on the go. The rest of the West Coast Rock Star Series is underway, as well as a Women’s Fiction, a Romantic Comedy series and Erotic Romance. Where did the idea for your story come from? How long did the story take you to complete?

“What if”…that’s how it started. What if the heroine is a tough chick? What if the bad boy hero isn’t all that bad? What if he has an extraordinary, yet fragile, daughter? “Harley” took me a few months to write, having paused after the first quarter of the book to write another story. When I returned to it, everything was clear.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your book in this post?

If David Beckham can sing he is a shoe-in for Jax Clark, and I pick Samantha Barks as Cade. The hardest part is Harley’s. I think someone like a young Dakota Fanning would be perfect. What are your thoughts on the debate: e-books vs. paperback?

What books/authors have most influenced your life?

Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Series made me a lover of romance again. After years of reading nothing but Thrillers and Mysteries, I read “Beautiful Bastard” and was inspired by the writing duo.


  • Book?/Author? Anything by Christina Lauren, Erica James, Alice Clayton, Amie Stuart, Kristen Ashley and Kate Perry.
  • Movie? Notting Hill
  • Musician/Band? Anytime, classical or jazz. When writing, anything goes.
  • Song? At this moment, “When a Man Loves a Woman”
  • TV Show? Bones
  • Actor/Actress? Changes all the time
  • Quote? “and though she be but little, she is fierce” –William Shakespeare
  • Food? Wine 🙂
  • Destination/V acation Spot? Paris, France
  • Superhero Black Widow

Where does this story take place, and what influenced your choice of setting?

We travel from Vancouver to LA in this story. After a visit with my yes friend in Vancouver, BC, I thought it was a great place for a popular rock star to live a quieter life with his daughter.

When you think back on your childhood, who is one person that influenced you or encouraged you to become the person that you are today?

My grandmother.

How would you describe your ideal Saturday evening?

Sitting at home, glass of wine or bourbon, by the fireplace, watching a movie or reading a book, while my husband and kids turn our house upside down.


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Michelle‘s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary. However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people. Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After. Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance.

An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels. She once had triple crème Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain.  She enjoys watching foreign films and reading a good book by the fireside.

Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids.

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