Wednesday, December 14, 2011

REV UP WEDNESDAY: Catching up with ERIN QUINN

Hello world,

Erin Quinn is the author of 9 books published by Books We Love Publishing and Berkeley. Her series titled, Mists of Ireland, is the recipient of rave reviews, such as...

“This is beautifully written. One of the pure joys of reading a Quinn novel is the incredible visual nature of her writing. Readers are automatically transported to whatever magical world she’s created. Haunting Embrace, a Mists of Ireland book, is well, haunting. It’s also lovely and a thoroughly entertaining read.”

and...

“In HAUNTING EMBRACE we return to the realm of the heart and mind; where it all began with HAUNTING BEAUTY. There are twists, turns and revelations that, in all honesty, floored me. The tension holds right through as you race to the very end. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Her voice is described as lyrical and riveting, her books a can't-put-down, intense roller coaster of a read, and as such I'm proud to have her visit my blog today.

Here's a little peek inside Erin's writing and publishing journey...but before that...

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How long have you been writing?

Seriously, since 1990.

When did you decide that you wanted to write for a living (that "aha" moment)?

When I was about 7 years old. :)

What did your family say when you told them you wanted to be a writer?

They saw it coming, since I'd always had a interest.

Did you start by writing full time or did you have a day job?

Still have the day job and write full time. So basically two jobs.

Did you take any writing courses or did you just sit and write a book?

Just sat down and started writing.

Did/do you have a crit group or mentor to guide you?

I have a few trusted readers that critique and help me brainstorm, but not a formal group.

Do you use a/several pseudonym(s) and if so, why did you choose to have one/them?

I write under Erin Quinn. My first books were published as Erin Grady. When I moved publishers, I took a new name.

How long did it take you to make your first sale? What was your first thought when you did?

I sold pretty quickly and sometimes I'm still struck with disbelief by it.

Did you sell the first story or novel you wrote?

Yes.

How many drafts did you write of your first novel before you felt you got it right? What about now - do you still write several drafts of a story?

Countless. I write many, many drafts of every single book.

Did you get an agent first or did you submit directly to publishers?

I submitted directly to publisher and then got an agent.

If you signed with an agent, how did you go about the process of finding your agent/publisher?

Met her at a writers' conference.

Did you ever get rejected? If so, how did you handle it?

Yes, Rejection is part of the business. I handled it like everyone else. Tears. Ice cream. Lots of wine. :)

What, in your opinion, do agents/publishers look for in a new author in the current market? Is it all to do with talent or with trends?

They look for voice and the ability to tell a cohesive tale with interesting characters--the same thing you look for as a reader. :)

What do you think of the changes going on in the book industry (e.g., e-books vs. print books, and big publishers getting involved in digital publishing)?

I think they are very exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next in the industry.

Do you think writers should consider self-publishing?

I think new writers should exhaust all avenues of traditional publishing before they look into self publishing. There is a lot more to making a name and having a career then just writing the book and a publisher can help with that.

Are your books available in print or in digital format?

Both.

What advice do you think aspiring authors should heed today?

Don’t worry about the market, the trends, what’s selling, what’s not. Don’t worry about the money (because chances are you won’t make any).
Worry about telling the story you want to tell in the way you want to tell it. For every rule that writers hear about how something should or should not be done, there’s someone who’s broken it and had great success doing it. Be passionate about what you write and the writing will show that passion.

What are you working on now?

Haunting Embrace, the last book in my Mists of Ireland series releases on October 4. Now I'm starting something new--not ready to talk about it but I am excited to be working on it.

What's your website URL?

www.erinquinnbooks.com

Are you on Facebook?
http://www.facebook.com/ErinQuinnAuthur (yes, 'Author' is misspelled, yes there was vodka involved, no, according to FB, I can never, ever get it fixed).

How do you connect with readers?

I use my website, blog http://quinnessentials.blogspot.com/, Facebook and Twitter (@ErinQuinnAuthor - spelled correctly that time)

What is/are your favourite book(s)?

Oh, I have way too many to list.

Do you read when you are plotting or writing a story?

I am always reading, but I don't read my own genre. Too many times my ideas brush against someone else's and I don't want that to influence what I'm working on.

What book inspired you to write romance (or whatever genre you write in)?

I love romance, I really love paranormal romance. It wasn't a choice--more of a calling.

What hero/heroine/character was the most fun or challenging to write for you?

I would say my hero, Áedán, from Haunting Embrace. Áedán has an interesting role in my series and, in fact, for most of it he is considered the villain. Watching him transform into a man who hates the world and himself into someone who can love again… That’s what makes me want to be a writer.

Haunting Embrace, a Mists of Ireland novel #4, was released in October 2011.

ENDLESS LOVE

Within Meaghan Ballagh surges the blood of an ancient sorceress whose long ago love for the druid Áedán ended in treachery—a fate that ensnares Meaghan herself when she is thrust into the past. She can feel the desire between the sorceress and the handsome druid rise inside her. To ensure her survival, she must piece together the history of the woman who haunts her and the man who needs her.

ETERNAL BETRAYAL

Áedán recognizes Meaghan. He always will. For the spirit of his one true love—and immortal enemy—is in her. A woman for whom Áedán once risked everything he ever had only to be repaid with betrayal and eternal damnation. This time, he’s not going to let Meaghan escape—because together they have the power to change their destiny.

As the passion between them grows, so do their fears of arousing an ancient, haunted, and forbidden love, and for changing a past that could irrevocably destroy the future.

Intrigued?

Read an excerpt from this book here.

And check out the book trailer for Haunting Embrace...



About Erin:

Erin Quinn is an award winning author. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence.

She lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters and three dogs (all of whom have made debuts in her stories—the dogs, that is, not the husband and kids.)

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~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

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