The beginning of September has arrived with swift footsteps, and the month brings the start of a new school year. As an avid reader and busy college student, I have experienced the struggle of balancing my homework with my love for books! It can be quite difficult to find the time that you need to read that new fantasy novel, when you are already occupied with a long history essay. I suppose that summer break gives us plenty of time to finish our reading list; however, there are always new books to pour over.
Despite my busy schedule and author career, I always try to devote a few hours to reading on a daily basis. There are times when I only manage to finish a single chapter before falling asleep at night. Nevertheless, you can almost always find a book hidden in my purse. After all, one never knows when they will find the perfect moment to read.
Last weekend, my friend invited me to join her at a music festival in the mountains of upstate New York. We camped in a pale green meadow, and danced to the sound of lovely folk songs. I was able to find several places for exploration, as the venue was located beside some marvelous hiking trails. After swimming in the freezing water that cascaded from a waterfall, we wandered through the center of a beautiful gorge. This was the perfect place to find inspiration for my writing.
In other news, I will be traveling to Ireland in a few days! I can't wait to reunite with my cousins and explore more. I will be sure to keep all of you updated on my new adventures. Keep an eye out for a new vlog on my YouTube channel!
Question of the Day: If you could have any magical Gift, what would it be?
~ Erin Forbes
Hello, my lovely readers!
Yes, it's true! The official book trailer for Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer has been released! After all of the hard work and rainy days of filming, the talent of local youth has resulted in a brilliant video. The cast and original music are a true representation of the second installment in the Fire & Ice book series. I hope that each of you take a moment to watch and share the trailer with your fellow bookworms. The magical adventures of Alice and Emery Hanley continue in the story of Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer, and I can't wait for you to return to the realm of Aisling.
On a different note, I want to take a moment to thank the incredible crowd of people who came to my latest author event at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, NY. It was so lovely to meet all of you, and I will never forget the delightful and inspiring words of our conversations. If you were unable to attend this extraordinary event, you will be happy to hear that the bookstore currently has ten autographed copies of Fire & Ice: The Elementals on the shelves! This is the perfect time to begin the series, as the second book will be coming out in December.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who is your favorite character in Fire & Ice? Comment below!
The summer season is finally here, and with it comes the announcement of the second book in the Fire & Ice series! I'm very excited to announce that Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer will be released in the beginning of December! We have been working tirelessly on the book trailer, and I'm so excited to share the final result with all of you. If you would like to keep updated with the behind the scenes experience, please forget to follow the official YouTube channel for the Fire & Ice book series. I will be posting the final trailer in the beginning of August!
I have been invited to be on the Teen Author Panel at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival on May 19th, 2018! This is a really fantastic event, and I look forward to meeting all of you at it! I will be participating in two 40-minute discussions about the life and work of a teen author. Both Fire & Ice: The Elementals and Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer will be available for autograph and purchase.
~ Erin Forbes
Hello, my lovely readers!
I'm very excited to announce that last Friday was our first day of filming the book trailer for the second installment in the Fire & Ice series! Our final cast is a very talented group of people. Despite the light rain that battered our umbrellas, we managed to have a successful day of filming. A new vlog has been posted on the Fire & Ice YouTube channel, which documents the shenanigans that occur behind the scenes. I will be posting the official book trailer on July 29th, but the title of the sequel will be announced in a few weeks!
Several new events have been added to the schedule of my summer book tour! I'm looking forward to participating in another book event at Barnes & Noble. If you have not had the chance to attend any of my book signings, please be sure to check out the events page on my website.
~ Erin Forbes
It has been several months since my last blog post, so I must apologize for my absence. My schedule has been very busy with book events, college courses, sports, and writing; however, I like to believe that I have become skilled in the art of balancing schoolwork and my author career.
The second book in the Fire & Ice series is coming along! I can't wait to share the sequel with each of my wonderful readers! The second book is action-packed with adventure and mystery, and it is even longer than Fire & Ice: The Elementals. A wonderful cast of new and old characters will be featured in the story. The title and release date will be announced this summer.
While you are waiting for this exciting new release, you have the chance to attend any of my author events in New York. In addition to my upcoming book signing at The Ugly Mug Cafe in Poughkeepsie, I will be one of the many local authors at Warwick Literary Festival. The events will be fantastic and I look forward to meeting each of you! The details have been posted on the events page of my website.
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During many of my most recent interviews and author discussions, I have been asked what my best advice would be for an aspiring young author. I wanted to make a blog post for all of those who have been too far away to attend the Fire & Ice: The Elementals book tour.
I have never met a writer who does not like to read, and I believe this is because the two passions are inseparable. You simply cannot be a very good writer if you never find the time to read the works of other authors. Reading is essential to developing your own creative talent and way of articulating words. My advice to you is this: read almost as much as you write, and write almost as much as you read.
Carry a Notebook
It is always best to start your writing with a unique idea, but these ideas don't always arrive when you are sitting at your laptop. Inspiration can strike at any moment. I find that my best ideas come to me when I am least expecting it. Therefore, it is essential to have a notebook and pencil on hand at all times. However, I often use Notes on my iPod for the same purpose.
Find Inspiration in Your Surroundings
When my mind is clouded in a terrible state of writer's block, I find my inspiration in everyday surroundings. You can connect with these ideas through a walk in the park or forest.
Music is also a fantastic way to discover writing inspiration. I have created my own Spotify playlists for Fire & Ice.
Make Time to Write
We often find our schedules too busy to take the time that we need to write; however, I believe that we should all make the time to write. Whether you find a moment in the early mornings or late afternoons, allow yourself a few hours to sit with a cup of tea and pencil in hand. A writer must prioritize the time that they spend working on their craft.
Never Give Up
If you have always dreamed of finishing your first novel or becoming a published author, do not allow yourself to sit around and wait. Start writing! Take action! Stay focused and devoted to your creative project. Great things do not happen from doubt and uncertainty. If you truly want to devote your life to writing, pick up the pen and allow your words and ideas to escape through the ink.
One of my favorite places to read and write has always been a local library. There are many days when I spend hours wandering between the peaceful and magical bookshelves. During my childhood, I would often leave the library with towering stacks of new novels. My reading addiction has only progressed since then.
As my book tour expands into the new year, I have been adding many libraries to the list of places that I will be visiting. Not all of the events have been posted on the page, but I will have them listed as soon as they are finalized. I would love to see each of you there!
(This photo is from The Book Booth facebook page. I do not take credit for the lovely photography.)
The Book Booth is one of my favorite little libraries in Upstate, New York. It was crafted from an old British phonebooth. If you are ever wandering through the Hudson Valley, I highly recommend visiting this wonderful gem! The Book Booth is a branch of the Clinton Community Library, which will be hosting an author event on January 21st for "Fire & Ice: The Elementals."
P.S: This blog post was named after one of my favorite songs, "Library Magic" by The Head and the Heart.
Question of the Day: What is the name of your favorite library? Comment below!
I would like to wish a merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of my lovely readers! I'm so thankful for the overwelming support and love that you have shown toward my novel. I look forward to the coming year and all of the adventures that it will bring.
As many of you already know, Barnes & Noble hosted a book signing for Fire & Ice: The Elementals this past Wednesday! The event was fantastic, and I'm so grateful for those who came to show their support for my novel and the local library! If you missed this wonderful book signing, you can still pick up an autographed copy of Fire & Ice: The Elementals on the shelf at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, NY! Fire & Ice: The Elementals is a great gift for any reader!
My schedule is quite busy for the next few weeks. I will be having a small book signing at the Saugerties Farmers Market this Saturday. In addition, my first Barnes & Noble book signing/author event will be held on December 21st, 3:00-6:00pm. Please be sure to check out the events page for more details!
I'm hosting a Goodreads giveaway! The winner will receive an autographed copy of Fire & Ice: The Elementals, book merch, and a letter from the author. This giveaway ends at midnight on December 15th, so you must be sure to enter soon!
My weekend was incredibly busy as well. On Saturday, my friend invited me to see Hamilton on Broadway. It was fantastic! However, I was already planning to see Cats the next morning. Therefore, I attended two Broadway shows in a row. I had spent quite a lot of time on the train. Nevertheless, it was an excellent adventure. My friends had to hold me back from running into the NYC Barnes & Noble.
Despite the fact that I'm currently writing the sequel to Fire & Ice: The Elementals, much of my time is now devoted to memorizing "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock" by T.S Eliot. This assignment that was given to me in a creative writing class; however, I have found it to be rather enjoyable.
~ Erin Forbes
Erin Forbes is the young author of the Fire & Ice book series. When she was sixteen years old, she published the first installment in the
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