Carter Quinn on Out of the Blackness ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight Interview, Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Carter Quinn for taking the time to talk with us today.



Prism recently reviewed Out of the Blackness. You can find the review here.


We are here today to talk about Out of the Blackness. What can you tell us about it?

It’s about Avery, a young man who struggles to find his sense of worth and a place in the world after a childhood of physical and psychological abuse. Eventually, he comes to realize that he is as capable and deserving of love as anyone else. It’s a rough road for him.

Tell us more about Noah and Avery?

Avery is 23 and works in a book store. When we meet him, he’s in the middle of a relapse of sorts. Something traumatic happened to him a couple of months before and sort of pushed the reset button on any progress he’d made towards conquering his constant terror of people, especially larger men.

Enter Noah, who is big enough to break Avery without much effort. Except Noah is a gentle giant, in the sense that he feels Avery’s need for protection and friendship and is determined to give him both. Along the way, and fairly quickly, I suppose, Noah falls for him.

What about Out of the Blackness makes you the most proud?

I could be all “weird author” and say that knowing Avery is loved and happy now makes me the proudest. I could do that, and it’s true, but it might sound strange to someone not occupying my brain. Gotta watch out for those guys with the straight jacket.

Instead, I’ll say the reception the book has gotten makes me very happy. When I read a letter or review saying I got PTSD right or that the abuse was hard to read but necessary, or that the reader cried and laughed with Avery and Noah, those things make it worth everything.

Also, I’m proud of the humor in there. For such a dark topic, there are some laugh-out-loud moments, which is the way it should be.

If you could change one thing in Out of the Blackness what would it be and why?

I guess I would try harder to plant the idea that Avery is an unreliable narrator. Some readers have commented that Noah is too perfect. Remember, in the beginning, Avery believes he should never have been born and that he won’t die until life has punished him enough for that transgression. He sees things in good or evil. Sam is good, everyone else is a different degree of bad, with himself being the worst. We see Noah only through Avery’s eyes, so as soon as Avery’s opinion of him flips from bad (potentially his next abuser) to good (maybe someone he could eventually call a friend), that’s all there is. Avery doesn’t see Noah’s missteps. They’re there. Of course they are. Noah’s only human. But Avery doesn’t see them as Noah’s mistakes, they’re Avery’s failures.

Can you talk a little about the inspiration for Out of the Blackness and specifically Noah and Avery?

I heard Avery’s voice in the shower one day. He whispered from the shadows that he was afraid of Noah (who had just walked into the store for the first time), that he hated being small, and that one day Sam would realize he’d been wasting his energy caring for Avery. It was heartbreaking. I knew then that I couldn’t leave him in that mental place.

Will we be hearing more from Noah and Avery in the future?

Yes. The sequel, Into the Light, is on my schedule for release in June. This one will include Noah’s voice. He’s thrilled about that.

Anything else you want to tell us about Out of the Blackness?

It took two years to write and one year to get over. I’m very proud of those boys. I love them to death. I think Avery will always be my favorite guy. He had such a hard road and worked so hard, but he made it. I can’t wait for you to see what happens next with them.

Tell us about some of your other titles.


‘The Way Back’ was my first novel. Riley has to choose between the man he’s just started seeing and the Lost Love from his past. He learns a thing or two along the way, even if it isn’t pretty.

Vanished’ is my most recent release. It’s a romantic suspense novella. Henry wakes up one morning to discover that his husband has disappeared. I wrote it for my Dad, but he didn’t live long enough to see the end product. The sequels are scheduled for March and April.

‘In the Crease’ and ‘I’m Every Goalie’ are two short stories available as free reads on my website. Nate and Trick, two of my favorite guys ever. They get their own novel this year, too. ‘Behind the Mask’ is scheduled for release in October. It’ll give hockey folks another reason to ask “Is it October yet?”

Rapid Fire Time

  • Morning or night? Night. Definitely. I don’t do mornings.
  • Any Tattoos or piercings? No ink, no piercings left
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla because I want control
  • Vodka or Tequila? Beer
  • Electronica or Jazz? I can do either in small doses only.
  • World of Warcraft or Everquest? Huh?
  • Love Story or Thriller? Movie: Thriller. Book: Love story.
  • Porsche or Prius? Porsche Cayenne, please. I live by the mountains.

What are you working on? What is next?

I just finished a short story for the Out in Colorado anthology for Pride at the moment. It’s a bittersweet little story I was told I shouldn’t write, so of course I had to do it. I’m stubborn like that.

By the time you read this, I should be about halfway through writing Committed (Vanished 2).

My next release is Fire & Rain, the sequel to The Way Back. It comes out January 27. It’s available for preorder on Amazon. I’m pretty excited about it. Eric’s story was a long time coming. I just hope readers find the story as hot as the cover!

(Note from Brandilyn: My review of The Way Back will be live today at 9am.  Watch for my review of Fire & Rain tomorrow 😉 )


Title: Out of the Blackness
Author: Carter Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Publication Date:07/09/2013
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn’t be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can’t prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.

Noah is everything Avery fears. He’s large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of destroying Avery’s hard-earned progress. Although Noah seems to have a tender streak when it comes to him, Avery is terrified of being victimized again. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far.

Noah wants to save Avery, but can he be the catalyst Avery needs to begin the journey out of the blackness?

About the Author:

Carter Quinn was born and raised in a very small Western Kansas town where cattle vastly outnumber humans. He began spinning tales in fourth grade. After high school, he shelved his creativity in favor of a career. Now that he knows gay fiction doesn’t have to be depressing, he’s told Corporate America to kiss his books. Carter lives in the Denver area, near his beloved Colorado Avalanche.

Visit Carter’s web site:, find him on Twitter: @Carter_Quinn or Facebook:, or e-mail him at

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Carter Quinn has kindly offered a backlist title for 1 lucky commenter

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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17 thoughts on “Carter Quinn on Out of the Blackness ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight Interview, Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the great interview, especially the comments about Avery’s “unreliable” narration. I have Out of the Black on my TBR list.

  2. Very interesting post/interview. Carter Quinn is a new-to-me author, and I found the blurb really intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Wow im so excited to read that there will be a sequel to Out of the Blackness this would have had to been one of my favorite reads last year, Avery still lingers in my memory.

  4. Carter Quinn is a new author for me, but I think that will be changing soon. I enjoyed the post and interview. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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