Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Retribution Rails (Erin Bowman)
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).
Meet Retribution Rails!
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
Meet Vengeance Road!
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.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
RETRIBUTION RAILS is a companion novel to my 2015 western, VENGEANCE ROAD. It's set ten years later, and while it has new main characters, much of it was still inspired by VR. VR was a book about revenge—the journey of revenge, the consequences of getting it. Kate, my main character in VR, wrongs people to get her own version of justice and I started thinking about those wronged individuals and the revenge they might want. This gave me the spark for Reece Murphy, one of the two narrators in RR. Reece is an unwilling member of a gang whose leader wants revenge against Kate. Everything comes full circle. ;)
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Title! I already had the format of VENGEANCE ROAD to work from and RETRIBUTION RAILS popped into my head before I even had a plot outlined.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Can I cheat and say the entire final climax? It was like assembling a very complicated puzzle and because of the dual narration of the book, flipping back and forth between the two POVs while maintaining tensions and moving the plot along appropriately was a challenge. I'm so proud of how those scenes came out though!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Keep your eyes on your own paper (aka: don't play the comparison game). Only you can write the book you're writing, so keep at it, make it the best story you can, then move on to the next project.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love everything about my covers for VR and RR, but I especially love how RR stands on its own. It's clearly a part of the same series/world, but the blue tones (compared to the golds from VR) really make it pop. And I love how it plays with framing. The pistols framed the top of VR but with RR, the gallows and the rail frame the art from opposite corners. Teagan White, the illustrator who worked on both covers, is insanely talented.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2016 - 2017?
THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. It's the eighteenth century road trip romp you didn't know you needed. I loved it so much, I blurbed it.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have CONTAGION out 7/24/18 from HarperTeen, which is the first in a sci-fi thriller duology. You can see the cover and learn more about the book in this interview.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Charlotte, the second narrator of RR, gave me so. much. trouble. She was such a contrast to Kate (VR's protagonist) who came to me easily. Charlotte is very proud and sees the world in black and white. This makes her a little insufferable, and it took me awhile to figure out how to make her sympathetic, too. She's crafty and cunning and driven, but it wasn't until I fleshed out her family backstory (and her motive to help her mother out of a bad situation) that things really fell into place.
By: Erin Bowman
Publishing Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
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