Friday, September 13, 2013

GYDO: Erin Bowman

Erin Bowman, Author of Taken

Which character from TAKEN has the most "you" in it?
Blaine, Gray's older brother, shares my intense desire to avoid confrontation at all costs. Like me, Blaine is a peace-maker. He'll say what makes the majority happy, rather than be brutally honest and risk upsetting anyone. 
You can get any 2013/14 releases now, what would they be? (Remember, they have to be released after Sept. since that's when this is posted!)
I am absolutely dying to get my hands on Raging Star, the final installment in Moira Young's Dust Lands trilogy.

What's your favorite part of the writing process? Why?
It's hard work, but I really love revising. That moment when your mess of words begins to resemble a polished, read-able book is truly magical. It makes all the sweat and tears worth it.
What's one of your favorite non-spoiler quotes from TAKEN?
Maybe it takes going crazy to face the truth.

If you had to read one book over and over and over for a year, what book would it be?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I could read about time-turners and the Marauders forever.
Why did you decide to dive into a dystopian world?
I didn't intentionally set out to write a dystopian with TAKEN. When I first drafted it, I was just trying to tell the tale of a boy looking to find himself and his way in life. The setting eventually grew to showcase a dystopic backdrop, but TAKEN was first and foremost about a boy in search of answers. That said, I've always been a fan of dystopian stories. They tend to take some of the evils that exist in our own world and amplify them, letting us experience a "what if" scenario while reading. For me, reading about broken worlds and watching people fight back--even when everything is stacked against them--is incredibly inspiring and hopeful.

Debut (of any year)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I was so blown away by this book when I first read it.
Book-to-Movie adaption
Fight Club. This is one of the rare instances where I liked the movie better than the book.
Paranormal creature
Dragons. All the way.
I can't get enough action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi. (I realize I just cheated and listed four sub-genres. I regret nothing.)

Fairy tale
Andersen's The Little Mermaid will always hold a dear place in my heart.

Taken Blurb
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?

Author Bio
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.


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