Erin Quinn (also known as Erin Grady) has several books out now. Her newest being "HAUNTING WARRIOR", the second in a series. The first book is HAUNTING BEAUTY (2009). She has just finished the third book in the series called - HAUNTING DESIRE ( in stores March of 2011, available for preorder now.). She is currently working on the fourth book, called - HAUNTING DESTINY.
From Amazon - When his father vanished after uncovering the secrets of the ancient Book of Fennore, Rory McGrath transformed from an innocent boy into a troubled, cynical man. Leaving Ireland, he shunned his family, his heritage-and the very magic that defined his people for centuries.
Then he began dreaming of an ethereal beauty, who calls him to return home to a destiny that will take him beyond the realm of anything he imagined.
Lured to the castle ruins where his father disappeared, Rory is plunged back in time, and into the body of another man-a man betrothed to the very woman of Rory's dreams. In possession of the secrets of his past, his family, and his identity, her hold on Rory is inescapable. For she is his doom, his salvation-and his destiny.
Her other titles include - WHISPERS (2006), ECHOES (2005) which won the WILLA Award for Historical fiction, And WEB OF SMOKE (1994).
I personally own and have read - Whispers and Echoes. Both are excellent! I also intend on buying and reading her new series, but I think I will wait till they all come out then read them all at once.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Erin -
1. When you were a little girl, did you want to grow up to be a writer?
Yes, for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I can clearly recall writing to EB White as a child and asking him how I went about doing what he did.
2. Were you a good writer in High school (like all A's in English), were you like Editor of the school newspaper, etc?
Yes and no. I was far from the model student--I enjoyed the social aspect way more than doing my homework and showing up for class. I guess it's a testament to my ability to write and snow job my teachers that I was able to graduate given my poor work ethic. I look back at that kid now and wonder who she was.
3. What was it like getting your first book published? Was is rejected at first, accepted right away, tell us about it?
It was more incredible than I can even begin to describe. I actually sold my first book to the first editor who read it. Of course from there I went on to make a million beginners mistakes and it took me a long time to sell my second book. But I can still remember driving home from work on the day I got THE CALL. I was all alone in the car and I kept screaming at the top of my lungs. I'm sure people around me thought I was nuts, but did I care?
4. How much control do you have over the cover? Do you choose, do "they" choose, do you get approval?
Absolutely none. Nada. Zilch. Occasionally if something is really awful they might tweak it, but I've heard nightmare stories from other authors that make me shudder. I've been very, very lucky with my covers!
5. What is your system for writing? Do you take notes, do you have an outline, do you know the ending before it happens, or do you make it up as you go along?
I'm what they call a Pantser--which comes from writing from the seat of your pants. I have a starting point, I usually know a few big scenes that will happen on the way and sometimes I know the ending. It works for me and apparently it works for my readers but I can tell you, it's scary sometimes, especially around the middle when I'm plagued with self doubt and wondering how I will ever finish the book.
6. Do you have a special place and time for most of your writing, or can you write anyplace anytime?
Anyplace, anytime. The only thing I can't do is work with interruptions. Sometimes I have to leave home because my dear husband just can't comprehend that.
7. I know you are on your 4th. book in the series, after this series if finished what are your plans for writing?
There are several secondary characters in the Haunting Series that are begging for their own book and I may give it to them. I'm also working on a new idea that is very, very different from anything I've ever written but it is so much fun! Not ready to talk about it, but I'm cooking it up in the back of my head.
8. And... the famous question - What 3 books would you take with you to a Deserted Island?
Holy batshit. I can't answer that. I don't go to the doctor's office with less than 3 books. I couldn't choose 3 to take. I'd load up my kindle to the max and take the whole library in one.
9. This question is from my husband - Do you do all your writing on the computer or do you do some writing by hand in a notebook?
Interesting question! I do both. When I'm trying to bang out the first draft, I'm usually at the keyboard, but sometimes I have to take a pen and paper and figure out where I'm going. The reason I think this is such an interesting question is that I find I tap into a completely different part of my creativity when I use paper/pen as opposed to keyboard. It's not better, necessarily, but different. I don't know why--just is.
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