The Short Version

Erin Bowman is the Edgar Award-nominated author of numerous books for teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, and the Contagion duology. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. When not writing, she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.

The Long Version

Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood penning tales. She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 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.

Erin is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. She is the author of the Taken Trilogy and the Contagion duology from HarperTeen, and Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails from HMH.

Want to get in touch with Erin?

Find out the best way to reach her.
Contact »

9 Fun Facts

As a child, I used to think that my dad took me on errands because my name was Erin. Similarly, when he took my sister Kelsy, they were going on Kelsys.

I have an unhealthy love for everything Autumn. The leaves, pumpkins, apples, sweaters, boots, scarfs, tea, temps, hiking…

Tomatoes + mozzarella + basil + a little olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette = the best salad known to man. (And one I eat several times a week.)

My top three favorite books are Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Book of Lost Things, and The Book Thief.

I’m a work-out-aholic. If I skip the gym or some level of physical activity (a walk, hike, run, etc) for more than a day straight, I get grouchy.

I was obsessed with the Disney Princesses growing up. And fairy tales in general. (Who am I kidding? This is all still true.)

I floss every night. Even on vacation.

I love twitter, and the internet, and you.

I have the greatest job in the world.