Member Mondays – Quinlan Lee

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. If you would like to be featured here, please email us at

This week, we have WNBA Treasurer, Quinlan Lee.

Quinlan Lee has worked in publishing for almost 15 years, focused on the world of children’s books.  She has written over 30 books for young readers, helping them to learn to read and fall in love with books from an early age.  Since 2008, she has been a part of the Adams Literary team, representing author and illustrator clients in all genres from picture books to YA. She enjoys meeting others who share her love of children’s literature and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a founding board member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

Yes!  I read in all formats, depending on where I am and why I’m reading a story.  For work, I read all submissions electronically on my iPad or computer.  For personal reading, I occasionally read on e-book, but more often it’s a paperback (especially if I’m traveling or if its a galley) or hardcover (usually from the library).  My brain is rather like a trained dog, and an e-book signals to it that I’m reading for work, while paper in my hands means I can just lose my self in a story without focusing on if the story is working. I also love to have an audio book for the car and traffic jams.

What are your reading habits? Do you read a book a week? A book a month?

A reading habit or an addiction?  My family often wonders.  Basically I read everywhere.  I think of a line in Madeline L’Engle’s journals when someone asked her how she had time to read.  She replied that there is always time to read–read while you are in the waiting room, read while you’re on the train, read while you stir the stew. That’s my life!  I have books by my couch that I read when I get up early to pray, I always have a book in my purse for the carpool line or that unexpected wait somewhere, and there is a stack by my bed, of course.  I read about a book a week for work (plus innumerable opening pages) and then about a book or two per week for pleasure.

 What book are you currently reading?

I just started THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY after my mother recommended it, and it’s charming so far and I’m in the midst of AGAINST THE WIND AND TIDE, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s last volume of letters and journals (I loved volumes 1-4) and UNTIL I SAY GOODBYE, Susan Spencer-Wendel’s memoir about living with ALS.  Recently I finished Rob Bell’s WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD which is fascinating, as well as a novel,THE ART OF FIELDING (Chad Harbach), a memoir, WILD (Cheryl Strayed), and an important commentary on community development TOXIC CHARITY (Bob Lupton).


Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

You can find me on Facebook or on Twitter @quinlan_lee.  I can also be emailed at

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