Saturday, September 5, 2015

1 Erin Bowman, author of VENGEANCE ROAD, on moral ambiguity

VENGEANCE ROAD is a western by Erin Bowman, and we're excited she stopped by to tell us more about it.

Erin, what was your inspiration for writing VENGEANCE ROAD?

Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman, a rich gold mine supposedly hidden in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona. My husband, who has family in Arizona, was telling me the legend one night and my muse exploded! I was struck by the image of a girl looking to avenge her father's murder, but getting caught up in a bloody quest for lost gold. Her story intersects with threads of the Lost Dutchman legend (as well as historical figures associated with the tale), and I had so much fun writing it!

What scene 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?

The opening scene of Chapter 21 was extremely hard to write. (That's as much as I can say without risking spoilers). I also love the novel's final pages--they might be my favorite of the whole book--and while it's not a scene, I'm incredibly proud of Kate's voice. Her story is written like she speaks, in a rough dialect that reflects the lawless world she lives in.

What do you hope readers will take away from VENGEANCE ROAD?

I played with a couple themes in this novel, and while a book's most important job is to tell a compelling story, I hope readers will reflect upon Vengeance Road's moral ambiguity by the final pages... The fine line between good and evil, if it's better to avenge or forgive, what makes Kate a heroine while the villains are "bad guys."

What are you working on now?

I have a bunch of works-in-progress on my laptop, but I keep coming back to two in particular: Another western (a potential companion novel for Vengeance Road, set ten years later but with a new cast) and a YA contemp (set at a summer camp in the Adirondacks that is plagued by strange, ghostly occurrences). Nothing is contracted yet, but fingers crossed that changes soon. :)


Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 9/1/2015

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Purchase Vengeance Road at Amazon
Purchase Vengeance Road at IndieBound
View Vengeance Road on Goodreads


Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not "Mama" or "Dada," but "Once upon a time." In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.

She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.

When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).

Have you had a chance to read VENGEANCE ROAD road yet? Are you familiar with the legend of the Lost Dutchman? What are your thoughts on morally ambiguous characters?

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Erin, Lisa, Susan, Jen, Sam, Lindsey, Sandra, Kristin, and Anisaa

1 comment:

  1. My Wife divorce me for no reason, Thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again, My name is James Mack. i live in Italy, I`m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she did not love me anymore So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.(}, So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day what an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who did not call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same web site:,if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once, Thanks you Dr Brave, i will always be testifying about your good work.and for any questions call me {James Mack} on +393279282206.This spell is a 100% Guarantee for your situation.


Tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you! :)