August 21, 2013

Authors Are Rockstars: Featuring Erin Bowman & Giveaway!

Welcome to our stop on the Authors are Rockstars blog tour! Today we feature author of TAKEN, Erin Bowman.

I am super stoked that Erin Bowman is on this tour because Taken was one of my favorite books this year. It's a unique dystopian story filled with tons of action and romance that leaves you with goosebumps. Not only because of the fluffy stuff (LOL), but also because there is so much suspense you don't know who will survive or who won't.

Erin Bowman delivers an amazing story that kept me entertained from beginning to end. She deserves this title!

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

I’m a lover of stories. I write them, read them, watch them, discuss them, daydream about them, you name it. When I’m not living in fictional worlds, I tend to obsess over good typography (I was a web designer in my past life), drink tons of coffee, and spend a decent amount of time outdoors.

TAKEN just released in April, and it’s about a boy who grows up in an isolated community where all boys mysteriously vanish when they turn eighteen. The sequel, FROZEN, will be available 4/15/14.

Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?

My Harry Potter books are very well-loved. A few have cracked spines. The others are well on their way to breaking. And all of them have worn pages and faded dust jackets.

What do you normally like to read when not writing?

Anything and everything. I read both YA and adult, fiction and non. The only thing I try to limit is reading within the same genre as my current writing project. For example, if I’m spending my days drafting in a fantasy realm, I’ll keep a contemporary novel on my nightstand. The contrast is necessary or I start doubting my current work. (A draft always looks horrid when compared to a polished novel. And the trick is to not compare, period.)

Who designed your cover?

The very talented Erin Fitzsimmons. She’s worked on some of my all time favorite YA covers.

What do you need to set the mood for you to write?

Coffee, headphones, and some epic instrumental music. Rain also helps, but I’m still trying to figure out how to control the weather.

How did you come up with your character’s name?

Gray is not the most virtuous person around. He sometimes makes bad decisions, does questionable things with even more questionable motives, but beneath that, he’s got a good heart. He values family and is loyal to them. He is a very muddy character, and I wanted his name to reflect that.

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About TAKEN...

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

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Erin Bowman is offering an e-book copy of TAKEN to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Make sure to add a way to contact you in case you win. :)
Good luck!


  1. Informative interview. I am going to add this to my wish list.

  2. Interesting info about the character

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  3. Great interview and thank you so much for the giveaway too. cody(at)wilger(dot)com

  4. thank you for the giveaway

  5. Great interview! Thanks so much for being a tour host!!


  6. great interview! Thanks for the chance to win this book!!!

  7. This is one I've been wanting to read forever! I received a Taken sticker from a book blogger friend and have it stuck on the shelf right next to my desk. :) I have wanted to read it ever since. It sounds like a great book and I love the cover.

    brooke811 at ymail dot com

  8. This sounds great :) thank you for the chance!

  9. I love the cover and it sounds like a great story too, I can't wait to start reading it.

  10. "Taken" sounds like a wonderful book! I absolutely love the cover! Would be thrilled to win copy, thanks for the chance!

    ChaoticKarma23 at gmail dot com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  12. I love how you came up with the name Gray! Thank you :)


  13. I love how you came up with the name Gray! Thank you :)


  14. Nice interview! That cover is really beautiful!
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  15. Taken sounds like a very interesting story, I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  16. thanks for the fun interview! I'm dying to read this book! Thanks for sharing!

  17. A great post thank you. I'm looking forward to reading TAKEN.


  18. TAKEN sounds amazing!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. interesting interview,this sounds like an amazing book!

  20. Great interview! THanks for the giveaway :)

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

  21. I really like the cover too. Sounds like such an interesting book. Would definitely love to read it. Thank you.

    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

  22. I have to admit I am a cover gal and when I see such a treat to the eyes I must know what is inside. Thank you for sharing with us! I am looking forward to finding out more about Gray, he sounds like the type of character I love to cheer on and get to know.

  23. Thank you :D
    darkworld_cutie at yahoo dot com :D


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