About Erin O’Quinn

Erin O’Quinn is my pen name for romance novels set in the time of St. Patrick–in the turbulent time of ca. 432-433 AD when Patrick had just been sent to Ireland by the Pontiff in Rome to convert the pagans of a land even the Romans had shunned.

Few romance authors have ventured to this dark ages era of Ireland. The clan names and interrelations are complex. The Brehon law that ruled the land for centuries is likewise convoluted and multifaceted, based more on cattle (it seems) than men. I was drawn to this time and place by the very knowledge that few people had written about the setting, and about the rough clansmen, cattle barons, druids and others who had held the Romans at bay for centuries.

My abiding interest in languages, especially my fascination with the sensuous-sounding Gaelic tongue, is reflected in my novels, as well as a love for mythology, folklore, flora/fauna and the arts martial.

I received a BA (English) and MA (Comp.Lit.) from the Univ. of So. Calif. I have only just begun to write novels, and I hope  I shall not stop soon.

Around the first of August, I started a companion blogsite devoted to my own and other authors’ manlove novels. I have so far posted  excerpts from my two M/M historicals, along with several striking photos and art pictures.You will find it at    http://romancemanlove.wordpress.com/   I will add more to this blog as time and material allow. Please feel free to “follow” one or both of my blogs by pressing the “following” button on the top of the page.


10 thoughts on “About Erin O’Quinn

  1. “Definition of THE WRITER: Someone who spends a lifetime in solitude for the sake of communication.” Wish I’d said that…Deborah from Texas

  2. Dear Deborah,
    I think that the most successful writers are those who also spend time in vast appreciation of other people, whether they speak with those other people or not . . . else how could they possibly begin to understand the human condition?

    It was really nice of you to stop by with such a provocative thought to sift through our minds. Thanks so much….slán, Erin

  3. Okay, Michael…as soon as I crawl out from under my veggie wrap and find a bit of spare time! I’ll email them to you. See my Goodreads bio for their names, just to prove that they exist at least on a different thread of cyberspace. 🙂 Erin

    • Dear Rionna, Wow! I am overwhelmed by your kind remarks! The whole subject of Ireland and the Gaelic spirit is very much alive to me, and the research I’ve done for my novels has opened literally hundreds of tantalizing areas to write about. I hope that the readers of my works will be able to come here and see for themselves what a shillelagh looks like, for example, from the bush to the weapon itself… or what kind of birds and wildlife were abundant 1500 years ago. I sure hope you’ll be back to visit.
      Slán, Erin

    • Hi, dear Lb.

      I’m glad you like them. Every one has been selected with a lot of heart and a smile too. Come back and visit. The next blog will be on the sacred wells and the clootie trees found throughout Scotland, Ireland and other celtic lands.The pics are intriguing!

  4. Dear Erin,
    I found your blog during my internetsearch for “irish herbs and plants”.

    I study the lore of our local and traditional herbs in the Phytaro-School, in Dortmund, Germany. Next year I planned to pass my diploma there ;-). One part of the diploma is a therotical work as a project-homework. The course-members have to think about potential topics themselves.

    I wondered, if you would be so kind, to tell me 2-3 different herbs, that you experienced to be specific for the irish traditional culture and have a remedy-function.

    Other colleagues of mine will write about traditional, oriental herbs, but I’m really fascinated in the Irish/ Irish Gaelic culture and so I wanted to discuss different Irish and different local herbs.

    Thank you very much for your reply!

    With kind regards,

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