Author Erin Quinn

I am so excited to have Erin Quinn with us today. Read on for an amazing interview and to find out how to win a copy of her novel, Haunting Warrior.

Thank you Rhonda for having me here today! You asked so terrific questions. Hope my answers are half as good!

Tell us a little about your book.

My latest is the mass market re-release of Haunting Warrior, the second book of my Mists of Ireland Series. Haunting Warrior is a book that has been special for me since I penned the first word. Rory MacGrath is the hero of this time travel story, and I must confess, I fell in love with him and fell hard. There is just something about a man who’s lost all faith in himself, but who can’t help but remain a good man, that floats my boat.

Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?

Absolutely. Here’s a brief excerpt of one of my favorite scenes. Saraid’s people have been hunted down and all but annihilated. In desperation, her brother has arranged for her to marry the enemy and make him their ally. Terrified, but determined to meet her fate with dignity, Saraid agrees to become the wife of Ruairi the Bloodletter, named for his cruelty and violent nature. But on her wedding day she discovers her new husband is not the Bloodletter at all, but someone who wears the same face and looks at her with a stranger’s eyes.
Below is the scene when she first realizes there is more to her new husband than the cruel warrior she sees. Her perceptions are filled with contradictions and I loved writing the complex emotions she experiences.

There were too many to fit into the tiny church, so they gathered on the pathway before it. For a moment, no one moved or spoke. Then Cathán pulled a blue ribbon from his tunic and stepped forward, giv-ing Saraid and the Bloodletter the signal to face one another. On wobbly legs, Saraid turned to the man she would wed. The monk in his long coarse robes emerged from the small gathering and stood patiently waiting for Saraid to put her right hand in the Bloodletter’s left. Her left in his right, wrists crossed. With a satisfied grunt, Cathán began to twine the ribbon around their hands, over and under until the knot of eter-nity was complete. She was numb through the monk’s speaking of the vows. If she did not know better, she would say the Bloodletter was feeling the same. There was a gleam of something that might have been panic in those blue, blue eyes. Did he dread this as much as she? But that would mean Ruairi the Bloodletter had feelings, and that could not be true.

She took a deep breath when he lowered his head to kiss her, feel-ing dizzy and sickened and something else she could not define. As if sensing the turmoil inside her, he caught her gaze and held it for a moment, his searching, probing. She felt as if he were trying to say something with those enigmatic eyes, and for a flashing instant she felt again that sense of another lurking behind the sky blue of them. What a frightening mystery this man was.

And then his mouth settled over hers and thought fled. His kiss was warm and soft when she’d expected cold and hard. The touch of his lips gentle and coaxing when she’d prepared for rough and inva-sive. The kiss was brief, and yet it felt that time stopped for the length of it, giving her the chance to feel every nuance, every unexpected instant. It seemed he tried to pull back and then hesitated, allowing just another moment of the contact that shocked her like a hot ember popping from a blazing fire to burn her. With their hands bound and trapped between their bodies, Saraid could do little more than allow it. She’d be allowing so much more later, when they were alone.

He pulled away, just enough so that he could look into her eyes again, and she saw something there that she did not understand. Con-fusion that matched her own. A need—but not the kind she’d ex-pected. Not lust, but longing.

Then he was stepping back and a mask came over his features once more. His father stared at him for a moment, the look hard and warn-ing, the message unmistakable. It was only then that it occurred to her that the Bloodletter might be as much a pawn as she.

Where can your readers reach you?

I’m everywhere.
My website:,
Twitter: @ErinQuinnAuthor

Where were you when you got your first book contract? Who did you tell?

What a fun question! When I got THE CALL, I was working at San Diego State University. I remember feeling numb as I listened—I couldn’t believe it. And as soon as I hung up, I flat out screamed. I had people running from all over the building to find out what happened. I called my mom first and then my husband and my critique partners and then people I didn’t even know. It was a glorious day. All the way home I kept telling myself, my book is going to be in bookstores. Even after it appeared there, I still couldn’t believe it.

What draws you to write your genre and sub genre?

I love mixing a dark world, something unknown and dangerous, with a love story. It’s the kind of book I like to read so it’s what I naturally am drawn to in writing.

Do you have any tips for new writers?

I wish I had something completely brilliant, but alas, I can only say what you’ve probably heard before. Write a story that you’d love to read. Don’t give up. If you don’t sell your first book, don’t despair. It might actually work to your benefit when you do eventually sell. When a publisher buys a book from you, they usually want more than one. If you have others under your bed, you immediately start out ahead of the writer who has just sold the only thing they’ve ever written. That writer has to scramble to produce another book and learn to do it under deadline all at the same time.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Regency Romance, popcorn with peanut M&Ms in it and big disaster movies. (Oh, was I only supposed to list one?)

Are you working on another book?
Always! Actually, I’m working on two very different books right now. One is a paranormal romance that I think my readers will be excited about and the other is a genre crosser that is completely different from anything I’ve written before. Both stories are calling me and I’m writing as fast as I can to get one done so I can focus on the other…I just can’t decide which to do first, lol

Is there one particular thing that you find challenging about writing?

Getting the words out of my head and onto the page. 

What do you do to get in the mood to write?

I’m a hopeless Starbucks addict. Nothing like a latte and some quiet to get me in the writing frame of mind.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

That feeling that comes from knowing that I have captured a moment and used exactly the right words to make it real to my readers.

How many books have you written? How many have been published?

I have seven completed novels. All seven have been published. I am currently working on number eight and nine. 

Do you set timelines when your writing or write when the feeling hits you?

I work full time and have a family, so I definitely have to use some structure around my life and writing. I have a spreadsheet I use to track my page count. I make the feeling hit me when it’s time to write. I don’t really have the luxury of doing it any other way.

Thank you for having me on your blog. I’d love to give away a copy of Haunting Warrior to one commenter. (Digital or print, reader’s choice). What makes you choose your next book to read?

10 comments on “Author Erin Quinn

  1. Great interview! I love reading Erin Quinn’s stories. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. It is hard to say what it is that makes me choose my next book. Right now I am reading two different series, so wanting to know what is going to happen next to the main character of the series makes me choose the next book of the series. Otherwise, hopefully I choose a book that will keep my interest till the end of story.

  2. I love the excerpt!! It is very intriguing. 🙂
    Wonderful interview. There are several things that make me choose my next book, the main one being my mood at the time. I read mostly romance, but several different sub-genres. I recently started reading more than 1 book at a time. What I have been doing is picking 2 or 3 books that are different sub-genres and then read some of each of them a day. I know, it’s kind of ridiculous, but there are so many amazing books out there that I find it hard to choose just 1 at a time. Right now, I am reading 1 paranormal, 1 erotic and 1 contemporary.
    I commend you, Erin, for doing all that you do. I could imagine how difficult it must be sometimes to manage your time. I was wondering if you get more stressed closer to deadlines like other authors I have heard from? Or do you usually keep to a writing schedule to avoid those things? Also, you are a new to me author and I am curious if this series can be read as stand alone or need to be read in order. Thank you for sharing with us about your books and life! Hope you have a great weekend. Thank you also for the chance to read one of your stories. I have had this one on my TBR since I read the blurb! 😉
    Thank you, Rhonda for hosting!

  3. Hi Becky, thanks for stopping by! I agree with you (and hope my books are interesting enough to capture your attention 🙂

    Tina, absolutely, deadlines stress me out big time. Every time I finish a book, I’m so stressed out that I’m convinced it’s the worst book ever written until my editor calls and says she loves it. LOL. I don’t know why I’m that way.

    The Mists of Ireland series can be read as stand alone, but I honestly believe the reader experience is enhanced by reading them in order. You meet characters in each book that have roles in all the stories. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing your interview with Erin. I love Erin’s books. They are mystical and attention grabbing.

    I usually choose my books by
    1) new release by my favorite authors
    – Especially those in a series. I absolutely adore reading books that are connected.
    2) recommendations by my favorite authors
    – I have found several wonderful authors through the recommendations of my favorite authors
    3) recommendation from my sister who is an avid reader like me
    4) reviews from bloggers or goodreads

    • Jennifer, I’m the same way. If it’s a series and the first book hooked me, I’ll keep with it. I have to say though, sometimes I’m completely sucked in by the cover and I don’t even bother with the back cover–I just impulse buy, lol.

  5. Friend bought me Haunting Warrior at a library sale. So when she sent the books she picked up for me, I squeed and did a little dance when I seen it amongst the new booksk and the ones I loaned her.

    Not too books out there about Ireland. So when I find one it’s a real treat. And I loved the magic and mysticim of Haunting Beauty.

  6. Hi Erin!
    CONGRATS on your mass market re-release!!! I would love to read your Mists of Ireland Series. Popcorn with peanut M&Ms is one of my guilty pleasures too:)

    Sometimes what makes me choose the next book I read is review deadlines, but other times it is because of the buzz out on book blogs that captures my attention. New to me authors or authors I know and love are popping out release like hot cakes these days:) I do try to go back through my wishlist and pick out the books I’ve been wanting to read but got buried.

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