Please give Erin Quinn a warm welcome! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her latest release, The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Erin Quinn] How about I do it in 1?
Crazy. I’m a writer with a full time day job and a family. How could I be anything else?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love?
[Erin Quinn] The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love is about a woman who manages to cheat death. It happens–you hear about it on the news. People who’ve died and seen the light, their loved ones, or their maker, only to be miraculously revived and returned to the living.
In Roxanne’s case, however, it’s happened four times. Now she’s got the attention of a reaper who’s determined that her next death will be her last. He takes over the body of a suicidal cop with one goal: track her down, reap her mortal soul and destroy her physical being so there’s no more coming back for Roxanne Love. But with the human body the reaper has stolen, comes emotion and sensation that he’d never expected. His mission no longer seems clear and as he and Roxanne evade evil that has seeped into the human world, he discovers that not only can’t he resist Roxanne, he can’t resist life. But reapers don’t belong among the living and a dark and powerful entity is willing to do anything to make sure Roxanne’s fifth death will be her last.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Erin Quinn] When I was sketching out the basics of this story, I read an article about a young girl who woke up on an autopsy table just before they cut her open. That sparked a million ideas and as I worked through them, I fell in love with the idea of a woman who doesn’t die and the reaper who feels she’s cheated him and so comes to collect her in person. Another aspect that intrigued me was the idea of death longing to be part of the living. My reaper (Santo) comes to this world filled with arrogance and a healthy bit of curiosity. Four times he’s held Roxanne in death, four times he’s lost her. But it’s not until he holds her in the flesh that he realizes that despite what he’s told himself, it’s not her death he’s interested in..
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Roxanne?
[Erin Quinn] Guarded, giving and generous.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Reece had a theme song, what would it be?
[Erin Quinn] Born to be Wild.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Roxanne is never without.
[Erin Quinn] The love and support of her family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Roxanne’s purse?
[Erin Quinn] A gun or lipstick
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Roxanne’s greatest regret?
[Erin Quinn] Roxanne thinks she wants to be like everyone else. In the beginning, her biggest regret is that she’s not ordinary. Of course, Santo helps her see past that and accept that being extraordinary isn’t such a bad thing..
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Erin Quinn] As a young adult, I was a voracious Stephen King reader and a consumptive romance reader. I would get through one of King’s books and love every word…except I always wished he’d put a little smut in it. Then I’d get through a Harlequin and wish there’d been a few thrills and chills in it. So when I started writing, I wanted to combine those elements. If I can scare you a little while I make you fall in love, my job is done.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Erin Quinn] Coffee, laptop or pen/paper and most important…time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Erin Quinn] Probably Gone Girl, although that one left me unsettled and depressed so I can’t say I liked it but I definitely won’t forget it. Brilliant writing and characters, intriguing story but definitely not a feel-good book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Erin Quinn] Charlotte’s Web. Read it in first grade and fell in love. I even wrote to EB White and got a letter in return.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Erin Quinn] I love movies and good television (Dexter, Game of Thrones, Shameless, Downton Abby…..) I love to read, of course and I love to spend time with my family. I have two amazing (almost adult) children and a wonderful husband who pries me out of my office when I’ve been holed up too long.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Erin Quinn] I’m everywhere! www.erinquinnbooks.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Love and death make dangerous bed partners.
She cheated death….
All Roxanne Love has ever wanted is to be normal—marriage, kids, the life of June Cleaver. She tries to fit in but can’t conceal her ability to defy death–not from the world, not from the darkest creatures of the Beyond and not from the Reaper determined to destroy her. Now Roxanne is on the run, her only ally a compelling, dangerous detective with secrets of his own. Against her will, she’s drawn to his quiet strength and heated touch. But can she trust him with the truth?
….until she felt death’s kiss.
Incognito as guilt-ridden cop, Santo Castillo, the Reaper’s plan is simple: get close to Roxanne, uncover the secret of her immortality and cut it at the source. Yet with this borrowed body come emotions the Reaper hadn’t expected. Now nothing is clear but his conflicted desire to protect the woman he came to kill. As destiny forces them to face an enemy hell-bent on using Roxanne to wipe out all of mankind, she and Santo must choose between love….and salvation
About the author:
Erin Quinn is an award winning author who writes haunting romance for the thinking reader. 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, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. Look for Erin’s latest release from Pocket Books, THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE, August 27, 2013. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com for more information.