Months ago, I was given the pleasure of reading Erin's new release, Haunting Beauty, from Berkley Publishing, so I could blurb it. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex and intriguing tale of Danni and Sean. I decided it would be great to interview Erin on The Chatelaines. And here she is! We'll be giving away a copy of one of the books Erin wrote several years ago for Berkley, Echoes or Whispers (paranormal romances), winner's choice. Leave a comment to say hi and to win a copy!
JA: Welcome to the Chatelaines, Erin!
EQ: Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here.
JA: Please tell us a little about Haunting Beauty.
EQ: HAUNTING BEAUTY is the story of Danni Jones, a woman whose entire past is a mystery. Life has been hard on Danni, but she’s not the kind of woman who rolls over and takes it. She’s forged ahead and, with her little dog, Bean, has found contentment, if not happiness. She has resigned herself to never knowing who she is, why she was abandoned as a child, or if she has family out there, somewhere. But when Sean Ballagh appears at her door offering everything she ever wished for—the answers to the questions of her past and the ticket to find her family—Danni must follow him to Ireland, a land steeped with mystery and lore.
Sean delivers the goods—he reunites her with her people—but how could Danni have guessed that she would be meeting herself as a child? Reliving those fateful hours before her whole world was shattered? Learning the secrets that determined her fate? Who is this Sean Ballagh with his beautiful eyes that are as relentless and deep as the sea? And what does he want from Danni? He is more than a messenger, but even Sean doesn’t know the truth about himself.
JA: I loved the time travel element in this story, which is a little bit different from most time travels (which often involves the heroine going to the distant past, where she is a stranger). What made you decide to take the woman back to watch her own past?
EQ: Exactly the reason you said. I love, love, love time travel but I wanted to tell a story that is different from other time travel stories. I wanted to give Danni and Sean a very specific reason for traveling through time at all, and a big reason for going to that particular hour of that particular day in that specific month and year. I wanted it to be more than just chance.
JA: I thought you cycled past and present together masterfully. The book kept me hooked!
EQ: Thank you!
JA: I also enjoyed the Irish setting. What made you choose to set the story here?
EQ: You know, I think it chose me. I mean, my name is Erin which means Ireland and though technically I’m a “mutt”—a mixture of so many cultures even I don’t know what they are—Irish is the heritage we claim. Once I started my research, I was so completely captivated by the history that I knew I wanted to write several books set there.
JA: The paranormal elements (the book/witchcraft) were quite intriguing. Did you tie them to/borrow them from a particular mythology?
EQ: The Book of Fennore itself was not part of mythology, but I did weave in other elements of mythology and history into it. On one had, the Book is a bit like the genie in the bottle. It can give you anything you ask for, but you must be very careful how you ask and you must be willing to pay the price for what you get. :-)
JA: Will there be future books connected to this one? What’s next for you?
EQ: Next up is HAUNTING WARRIOR, which is book two of the HAUNTING Series. HAUNTING WARRIOR tells Rory’s story. (Rory is the brother of HAUNTING BEAUTY’S heroine). I’m currently working on the third book, as of yet untitled. I’m guessing there will be a HAUNTING somewhere in there though, ha ha.
Jennifer, thank you so much for having me on your site. You asked some great questions. I was so honored when you gave me a quote for HAUNTING BEAUTY. You know I’m a big fan. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie was one of the best books I’ve ever read.
JA: Why, thank you!! And thanks for being here.
I hope everyone has the chance to enjoy Haunting Beauty. It's a different kind of paranormal romance. I confess I'm not a big time-travel fan, but I really liked this one. Post a comment for the drawing from one of Erin's previous Berkley releases Echoes or Whispers.