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Barbara Quinn is one of my fellow authors at Lakewater Press. She’s got a new book out, The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me, which I had the opportunity to talk to her about.
Tell me about your latest book.
The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me is a heartwarming tale about a woman who struggles with darkness in her soul and horrific events in her past. Sofia seeks refuge in Springsteen’s music and at the shore where she immerses herself in new friends, relationships, and experiences. And she adopts a fat, lazy dog at Yappy Hour. Each chapter of the book is titled with a Springsteen song and that song is woven into the fabric of the chapter. That took a lot of research! I do believe in the healing power of music and Springsteen’s songs in particular. There’s also a lot of humor in the book.
Have you sent The Boss a copy?
Yes. A friend of a friend kind of thing evolved that found me dropping one off for him. I’d love someday to meet him. I think I’ve honored his work.
What are you reading now?
The Life Group by Maura Jortner. It’s a harrowing story of a girl who disappears and a religious cult suspected of abducting her.
Tell me about your publishing journey.
I’ve had quite a long journey in the publishing field. This is my fifth novel that’s been published. I have a few others that may someday get out there too! I’ve had several agents and been through all manner of ups and downs. I’m so happy to have found a home at Lakewater Press.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on two projects. One is a retelling and updating of A Christmas Carol from the point of view of little Tim Cratchit. The other is a novel about two women who are friends from childhood who take divergent paths that intersect at various points in their lives.Lots of drama and heartache. Stay tuned!

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.
Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.
Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.


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