Sunday, April 19, 2015

0 Erin Bowman, author of FORGED, on writing to music without lyrics

FORGED is the final novel in the Taken trilogy, and we're delighted to have Erin Bowman here to tell us more about it.

Erin, what scene of FORGED was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

There is a scene about halfway through the novel that made me sob uncontrollably as I wrote it. It was a very difficult scene to get on paper, but a necessary one. I'm hoping readers aren't too mad at me for it! ;)

I also very much love the final scene of the book. I think it leaves readers with a very hopeful image after a book of dark twists and untimely character deaths. (Again, sorry readers! I swear I don't enjoy torturing you!)

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I don't have too much of a ritual--I write when I have time, but it does always include coffee and music. I tend to avoid songs with lyrics, though. I find that distracting. Instead I focus on film scores and instrumental music. You can listen to some examples of the stuff I gravitate towards while writing here.

What are you working on now?

I just finished up my work on Vengeance Road, a YA western standalone that comes out from HMH on 9/1/15. I'm now back to staring at the blank page and dreaming up new stories. Here's hoping my muse cooperates soon!


by Erin Bowman
Released 4/14/2015

Gray Weathersby and his group of rebels must make their final stand in the epic conclusion to the Taken trilogy, which New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu called "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end."

The Order is building an unstoppable army, with every generation of Forgeries harder to detect and deadlier than the one before. It’s time for Gray and his fellow rebels to end the Order's world of lies. But when the most familiar faces—and even the girl he loves—can’t be trusted, Gray will have to tread carefully if he wants to succeed. Or survive.

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Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her family and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter.

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger. She is the author of TAKEN, FROZEN, and FORGED (4/14/15) from HarperTeen. VENGEANCE ROAD is forthcoming from HMH (9/1/15).

What did you think of our interview with Erin Bowman, author of FORGED? Let us know in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Martina, Jan, Shelly, Susan, Lisa, and Erin

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