Friday, October 14, 2011

Erin Bowman: TAKEN

Erin has spent most of her life 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. When not writing, Erin can often be found far away from the computer (hiking or camping), or geeking out over letterpressed stationery, good typography, and everything Harry Potter. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, better known as The Engineer (he likes his privacy). Erin drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.

 You can stalk Erin online via twitter, her blog, or goodreads.

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc. Her debut YA novel, TAKEN will be published by HarperTeen in Winter 2013.

Book description:
Gray Weathersby has spent the last seventeen years fearing his eighteenth birthday. In his isolated hometown, where dust outnumbers grass and crows rival clouds, all eighteen-year-old boys are lost to a phenomenon the villagers have come to call the Heist. After his older brother, Blaine, meets this mysterious fate, Gray's fascination with the Heist becomes an obsession. He craves answers. About the Wall that surrounds his town, a towering structure that no one can cross without dying. About the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. About the nature of the Heist itself.

During his search for answers, Gray enlists the help of Emma, a healer's daughter and a girl he has admired since the day he first stole a wooden toy from her hands as a child. What they find leaves Gray with ideas. Dangerous ideas. Maybe Blaine hasn't been lost forever. Maybe Gray can find him. Maybe it's as simple as climbing the Wall and maybe, just maybe, Gray's fate won't be the same as everyone that has climbed before him

Favorite Superstition:
Erin knocks on wood obsessively. And when there is no wood in sight, she knocks on her head. (She's now wondering what this truly says about her.)

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