I’m really thrilled to have Author Erin O’Quinn with us today. We have put together an insightful interview that lets our readers find out about Erin O’Quinn the person, and her body of literary works. We are also doing a spotlight of her new Boxed Set: Burns-Fitzgerald Mysteries 1-4
Thank you, Scott. It’s an honor to be a part of GGR. I’ll try to answer a few questions you and others may have about me.
Around a year ago, supposedly on a hunt for “perverts” who hide behind an “alias,” Facebook forced me to drop my long-time pen name Erin O’Quinn and to out myself as who I really am—a small-town denizen of Nevada, an educated renegade named Bonita Franks.
I want folks to know that I chose a specific pen name to reflect my early writing interest—the ancient history of Ireland and Scotland. I wrote a four-saga series for young adults, and the name just seemed to fit. But in writing for a youth audience, I made a mistake. I fell in love with my characters. And those characters had to grow up. When they evolved from teenage tomboys, they became male and female lovers, warriors, cattle drovers … the whole panoply of realistic fifth-century people.
So I wrote a four-novel set of M/F historical romance-adventures centered in the Ireland of St. Patrick. And then I realized that two male characters did not fit the mold. Gristle naturally shied away from females; Wynn deliberately sabotaged his heterosexual relationship. I have no idea why these men behaved so oddly, because they directed their own story. These two (an ex-Roman soldier and a pony trainer) became lovers, at a time and place in history when clan and marriage meant survival. I wrote a two-novel series about them called “The Iron Warrior” (Warrior, Ride Hard … and Warrior, Stand Tall).
From that moment on, my writing career changed. I began to write exclusively gay stories, and I never looked back. Which leads me to your next question:
What would you like your readers to know about you that is unique and even a bit personal?
For some damned reason, I channel my characters. I see them and feel them and live in their heads and hearts. The fact that I choose men instead of the expected male-female coupling has shocked and surprised many of my friends. I’ve lost a lot of them. But I persist. Why?
I cannot explain exactly why a homosexual bond seems more compelling to me than the customary male-female interface. I can speak of the simple honesty of sexual response I find between men. I can stutter and fumble trying to tell you how men seem to strip away the frills and get right to the matter at hand. I can blush and stammer about the straightforward thrill of cock-in-ass and mouth-on-cock, how it must feel in the mind and on the skin. But nothing I can say will ever explain my attraction to the intimate life of gay men, and why I feel compelled to explore them in my stories. Not just their sex life, but their complex psyches too.
My work is never erotica. The sex must fit the story, not vice-versa.
Call me a fag hag if you want. Or a beard. I know there are a lot of derogatory terms flung about, in an attempt to understand a woman who writes from a male pov. And every day I swallow the not-so-subtle hints that I should drop the genre and let men write about men. But I must seek my own truths, in my own way.
What are 5 things you can’t live without?
I must have poetry. Spiritual guidance. Humor. Love. Creative outlets. Not in any special order!
Talk to us about your experiences as a self-published author. Why did you go down this route?
Funny you should ask. On January 2, 2016, one of my publishers announced their intent to shutter their doors. And believe it or not, I feel relief. Why? Because an indie author has final control: the words, the title, the cover, the venues, the release date, and much more. From the experience I’ve gained in self-publishing my last eight books, I can take over my own life again from a company who has gripped me by the short hairs for too long. Free at last!
I am not faulting the company, just pointing a finger at myself as a tedious perfectionist and incurable rebel.
Some of our readers might not know much about your “Burns-Fitzgerald” series. Are you able to tell us a bit about it?
My latest work is a box set compilation of four novellas: BURNS TOO DEEP … THE DUNDEE LAW … RED, RED ROSE … and A KILTED CHRISTMAS. Let me quote from the box set Foreword:
These four novellas, each complete in itself, also tell a larger story and form a novel: What if two men, running from themselves, were to meet? Would the clash of their collision make them ironically whole again? Or would their subtle but serious differences finally send them careening off each other, lost and splintered and running once more?
I call it BURNS: BOX SET … pretty lame, I know. But it tells readers in a few words what they get.
The story tells of two men—a close-mouthed Police Scotland detective and an enigmatic Scottish scholar—who meet by chance on a lonely highway. For some damn bloody reason, they are drawn to each other, even though each has every reason to avoid the other. Three hundred pages later, their passionate story is told (at least for now), here:
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Each of the novellas can be found separately on my Amazon pages:
Quick Fire Questions:
Water or wine? Water.
I am a very straightforward person!
Thank you, Mr. Scott Burkett. I admire your dedication to gay lit writers, and to this highly professional venue. I feel honored to bare my soul a bit to you and our readers.
- Book Title: Burns: Box Set
- Book Series: Burns-Fitzgerald Mysteries 1-4
- Publisher: New Dawn Press (January 1, 2016)
- Book Length: 304 pages
- Genre: Drama, Romance, Bundle
These four novellas, although each complete in itself, do tell a story and form a novel: What if two men, running from themselves, were to meet? Would the clash of their collision make them ironically whole again? Or would their subtle but serious differences finally send them careening off each other, lost and splintered and running once more?
The reader will find four acclaimed gay romance mysteries: BURNS TOO DEEP … THE DUNDEE LAW … RED, RED ROSE … A KILTED CHRISTMAS.
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