Gay retro with a twist



This blog is devoted to the retro series The Gaslight Mysteries—the odyssey of two men in 1920s Ireland. As of this writing (May 2018), the series comprises five novels. They are sequential-chronological in content, starting May 1, 1923. That day is Beltane, an ancient celebration of love and fertility.  Ironic, for a series where the wanna-be wins out more often than the love…

Here’s a quick link to the novels:

But I digress. When I started writing, I chose the name Erin O’Quinn because my first novels were inspired by the venerable figure of St. Patrick, and most of them centered in Old World Ireland. I am the opposite of “religious”; but for me, Paddy is a charismatic figure who almost by himself “created” history in brawling, pagan Ireland.


I  was born almost literally on the side of a mountain in Nevada and was hauled kicking and screaming into  the nearest town, fifty miles away, to attend first grade. To this day, I’m kindergarten-deprived.

I earned a few degrees from the University of So. California, but my real education began on the back docks of the Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal newspaper, and on the good-old-boy car lots in Abilene, Texas where I sold Chryslers and used cars.

I live outside a tiny town in central Texas, far from any locale I’ve ever written about.  But I’m blessed with a rich imagination!

If I had spare time, I’d spend it in a weed-tangled yard playing with my curmudgeonly cats. But nay, I spend most of the time in front of an iMac keyboard writing, writing, writing. Novels, short stories, blog articles, FB posts, and more.

I guess I’m  a changeable kind of person. One day I’m writing young adult history/fantasy, the next day mainstream romance. But one pursuit is strong and clear: the dedication to writing gay-character novels, both historical and contemporary.

Yeah, I’ve written some homoerotica that I hardly own up to. But it’s all a learning process. No one has ever said that my characters are bland or forgettable.

I welcome your comments, here and throughout as this blog grows. I think you’ll love my guys. Michael and Simon are waiting to entertain you. So let this blog begin!

Please note that I’m re-writing and re-designing this blog in  2018 following a series of re-writes, re-publishing on my own press, and new covers I’ve designed.

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Here’s a smattering of my gay lit and a few other references:

Erin’s Blogs:

The Man in Romance 

MM: The Gaslight Mysteries:

Erin’s M/M series (updated May 2019)

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It’s all here at QRI: links, reviews, #explicit #excerpts, more:


Kindle US

Kindle UK

SeaToSky  (pdf or epub)

Smashwords (epub)
Facebook   Twitter @erinoquinn_erin    Amazon Author Page


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