Saturday, July 28, 2018

1 Erin Bowman, author of CONTAGION, on being inspired by a nightmare

We're thrilled to have Erin Bowman stop by to tell us more about her latest novel, CONTAGION.

Erin, what was your inspiration for writing CONTAGION?

CONTAGION is the first book I've ever written that was inspired by a dream. (Well, less of a dream and more of a nightmare.) In this nightmare, I was part of a crew that had landed on a deserted planet. Our mechanic was locked in our medbay because he was...not himself. I watched him claw the skin off his face before waking up. Once awake, I feverishly typed some notes into my phone so I could return to the idea later.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

I think CONTAGION would be a great fit for fans of The Illuminae Files.

How long did you work on CONTAGION?

I started playing with a kernel of an idea that would eventually become CONTAGION back in 2012, after my dream/nightmare about the mechanic in the medbay. It took me ages to find the actual story, though, and the manuscript didn't begin to resemble the published story until about 2015. The bulk of writing/revising for CONTAGION happened between 2015-2017.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

This book taught me how to write tension. I've always prided myself on writing page-turners, but CONTAGION is equal parts thriller and horror, and I hadn't published in that genre before. Creating mystery early, slowly peeling back layers to reveal a terrifying truth, and seeding clues to create tension and anticipation for the reader were all skills that I had to hone while working on this novel.

What are you working on now?

I'm currently putting the final touches on the sequel to CONTAGION, which should be out summer 2019. And when I have time, I'm playing around with a new novel idea that I'm extremely excited about. It has pieces of everything I've published so far—western elements, a dash of dystopia and sci-fi, tons of morally gray characters, a setting so rich it's practically a character... I hope it can become a real book some day so you can read it. :)


by Erin Bowman
Released 7/24/2018

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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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 Pippin Properties, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy, VENGEANCE ROAD, RETRIBUTION RAILS, and the forthcoming CONTAGION (7/24/18).


Have you had a chance to read CONTAGION yet? Have you ever turned a dream or nightmare into a story? Has reading or writing a particular story taught you about creating tension? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

1 comment:

  1. This sure sounds like a spooky book! Generally I don't read horror, but I can see how this story pulls a reader in. It sounds like it won't let a reader go.


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