Interview: Erin Quinn

Posted July 31, 2013 by Shari in Interview / 4 Comments

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Author Spotlight

Hello Erin and Welcome to The Delighted Reader! It is exciting to welcome one of the Authors After Dark Featured Authors to our blog so we can get to know you and your books.

Let’s start off by Erin telling us what she is looking forward to most when she attends AAD in Savannah this August. Any special tourist-y plans or something special at the convention?

Sophie, thank you so much for inviting me to Delighted Reader. It’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve never been to Savannah so the whole experience will be tourist-y for me. I’m hoping I don’t scare anyone with my Bozo hair, though. Humidity has never been my friend, ha ha. The thing I’m most excited about is meeting readers. Readers are my favorite kind of people. I have a new release that comes out August 27th and my publisher has hinted that they might be able to send early copies for the bookstore, so I’m really excited about that.

What is something fun you have done that was a childhood dream come true?

Um…write a book? Lol. Yep, that was what I dreamed about as a child. And now I dream about continuing to write my stories.

What was your first reaction when you found out that you were to be a published author?

I screamed. Really loud. In a very conservative office. Fortunately, my coworkers knew how much I wanted to be published and were happy for me. (And I didn’t get fired.)

Did you ever get any advice from another author and if yes, what was it?

Jennifer Ashley told me once that you can’t build a career on one book. It was the best advice I ever received. She meant that you must keep writing and not get hung up on any one book if you want to succeed in this business. (Unless, of course, you’ve written Gone With The Wind or To Kill A Mockingbird).

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?

Movies or couch slug-a-thon.

Now let’s turn our attention to Erin’s books. I have only read from her series so I’ll focus there though she has written several other books that I have my eye on. Erin, please tell us how you came to write the Mists of Ireland series and give us an overview of what the series is about.

I love blending genres and in my Mists of Ireland series, I was able to do that. The Mists of Ireland series takes readers to Ireland to meet the families MacGrath and Ballagh. For centuries these two families have been entwined in love, jealousy and the mysticism of an ancient tome called the Book of Fennore. Surrounded by lore and superstition, this ancient Book wreaks havoc on humanity—but when it falls into the hands of the MacGraths and Ballaghs, it ignites powers within them that make them its most formidable enemy. Reviewers and readers alike have called the Mists of Ireland series “filled with fascinating characters, wonderful detail, and the beautiful scenery of Ireland” and “An enthralling read. Quinn’s mélange of paranormal, time travel and romance is outstanding!”

When I read Haunting Beauty, the backdrop of Ireland, the voice of the characters and their dialogue felt very authentic to me. Did it result from good research or was it already personal knowledge?

I love researching and as I started peeling back the layers of Ireland I was both fascinated and overwhelmed by how rich the history is and how far reaching. Did you know that Newgrange predates Stonehenge? So much history and such a colorful culture. I’m sure there will be other books set in Ireland in my future.

Your stories are atmospheric (or so it seems to me) and the characters are very complex. Did it all come to you that way or did you have to deliberately plot it all out?

I’m not a plotter in the traditional sense. For me the story comes when I actively use all of my senses. I’m told that when I’m writing I make faces, sounds and I talk. In short, I look like a drunk lunatic.

I know I talk—I actually tell myself the story as I’m writing it. I think that’s what makes my people feel real to the reader. I think if every writer spoke their story out loud, those phrases like “callow youth” would clang against their eardrums and never find a way into the finished draft. Of course, speaking the story can get awkward when you’re hammering it out in Starbucks….

Is there a scene, character or quote that is a favorite or most striking to you?

My Mists of Ireland series got under my skin and there are many scenes that I loved. One that was very hard to write but pivotal in Haunting Warrior was the scene where Rory feels the bi-polar aspects of being trapped in another time, another body with another person—an alternate version of himself that answers to the name of Bloodletter. This excerpt takes place on the Bloodletter’s wedding night when he marries Saraid, the woman Rory has been dreaming about:

The Bloodletter shifted his weight, and Saraid took a deep and grateful gulp of air. He propped an arm on either side of her and rose up to look into her face. The muscles of his arms and shoulders bunched with strength and suppressed power. She lowered her lashes so he wouldn’t see into her eyes, but he took his weight on his elbows and cupped her face in his palms, forcing her to meet his steady gaze. She saw what she expected in the glittering blue. Cruelty, rage, simmering resentment that he could barely contain.

But his hands gentled even as his eyes did not, and his fingers moved softly over her cheek and down to her throat. She sensed warring desires within him—one wanted to hurt her, the other to caress. His touch was tender, but beneath it was a violence she could taste.

He made a deep sound—not a growl, not a moan, but something of each—and his mouth followed his stroking fingers. He’d confused her and now she lay trapped in the
snarl of his conflict. He touched her as if he’d waited his whole life to feel the softness of her skin, as if he hated her for the weakness it showed in him. Not for the first time since she’d looked upon his face this day, she had a feeling of duality.

There were two men behind those blue, blue eyes, unaware of each other. She felt them converge with each caress, and the feeling went beyond superstition, beyond fear, and beyond comprehension.

What about writing with a time travel element? Did that make it harder?

I LOVE writing time travel. It didn’t make it harder, just more fascinating. Playing with time and outcomes, changing the past or present—it’s so intriguing to me.

There are currently four Mists of Ireland books. Are there plans for more?

There were two characters in the Mists series whose stories were left untold. I hope to revisit them some day because they’ve both been demanding that I do so, ha ha.

As I mentioned, Erin has written other books and she has a new one coming out this summer which has nothing to do with her Mists of Ireland series. Erin, could you please tell us about your upcoming book release, The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love?

In a nutshell:

The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin QuinnShe cheated death….

All Roxanne Love has ever wanted is to be normal—marriage, kids, the life of June Cleaver. Because she isn’t normal. She tries to fit in but can’t conceal her ability to defy death–not from the world, not from the darkest creatures of the Beyond and not from the Reaper determined to destroy her. Now Roxanne is on the run, her only ally a compelling, dangerous detective with secrets of his own. Against her will, she’s drawn to his quiet strength and heated touch. But can she trust him with the truth?

….until she felt death’s kiss.

Incognito as guilt-ridden cop, Santo Castillo, the Reaper’s plan is simple: get close to Roxanne, uncover the secret of her immortality and cut it at the source. Yet with this borrowed body come emotions the Reaper hadn’t expected. Now nothing is clear but his conflicted desire to protect the woman he came to kill. As destiny forces them to face an enemy hell-bend on using Roxanne to wipe out all of mankind, she and Santo must choose between love….and salvation.

 

Now this book is a twist on the Grim Reaper and death, but it’s a romance. Does it have a scary tone? A light, humorous tone? What can we expect?

I think all of my books have a dark tone. I love putting a few chills into my romance. What I especially loved about writing Roxanne’s story was showing these two characters who are basically entrenched in death —Roxanne who has miraculously survived four near-death experiences and Santo who is death impersonating life—that life is worth fighting for. For Roxanne, she begins her journey afraid to actually live. For the Reaper, he begins dismissing the value of life and through his journey, realizes that he would do anything to stay among the living.

Any other future projects or something you wish to share with our readers?

The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love is book one in my Beyond series and I’ve heard—not positive, but possible—that it will be available for sale early AND exclusively at Authors After Dark.

The second book in the series is titled The Three Fates of Reece Love and the third is The Seven Sins of Ruby Love. I’m having a blast with this series and hope readers will enjoy it too.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Erin. Have a good time in Savannah!

Thank YOU, Sophie! I really enjoyed answering your questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you Savannah!

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Thank you so much for having me! Can’t wait for AAD!

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Thanks for stopping by Erin! Enjoy AAD in Savannah!

Marcia
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Great interview I feel you on the bozo hair, my afro goes from cute to scary. This will be my first AAD I can’t wait to meet you’ll.