Interview with Erin Quinn Author of The Mist of Ireland Series
By Shannan AlbrightI want to thank you Erin for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview. I like so many of your fans find your work rich and compelling. Your characters are alive, complex and truly unforgettable.
~ Do you have a particular methodology that you use when you begin a novel?
~Why do you feel so drawn to writing paranormal historical romance?
~Which book is your favorite and why?
~ What inspires you in the creation of your characters? How do they develop?
~How and where do you write? How many words a day is enough? Is writing about routine for you?
Influenced? I would say Stephen King was a huge influence on me. The man is a genius. He made us fear dogs, hotels, proms, cars, small towns, soda machines, fire, clowns… (well, I already feared those, but still). There were many, many romance writers in there that also influenced me but none with the same impact as King. When I started out, my goal was to write a book that made you scared to turn out the lights while at the same time, made you fall in love. I’m not a horror writer by any stretch, but I do like to make things dark and it’s just not a story without romance as far as I’m concerned.
~ What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
~What advice would you give new authors?
~ What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have any hobbies?
I am a bookworm to my core. I like to read when I have free time. Strike that—I love to read. I probably read about 3 books a week.
~What book are you reading right now?
~ How much of yourself is present in your writing? Do you look back and find that characters possess a little of your own self in them?
I wouldn’t say they possess a little of myself but they definitely possess a lot of what I would be if I could be someone else.
~If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
~What is a guilty pleasure for you and why?
Hmmm….I’m not really sure. I’m not one for self restraint so if I want to do it, I do it and I usually don’t feel guilty about it either. Lol. You might say I live large. Friday nights can find me at Happy Hour, over indulging. I’ve been known to awake Saturday with a wee bit of a hangover. Sunday mornings find me sleeping in and dreading Monday. Would my addiction to movie popcorn count as a guilty pleasure? I LOVE movie popcorn and I’ve been known to go to the theater to buy the popcorn and bring it home. I mix it with peanut M&M’s and diet Pepsi (which of course negates the calories) and I’m in heaven.
~Can you tell us what events you will be attending this year?
|Erin Quinn and me at Arizona Dreamin|