I have many dreams.
Some are known to you,
While others dwell inside my mind,
Like secrets of the blue.
My passion has always been encouraged by a marvelous collection of dreams. These hopeful visions leak through my words, shining like diamonds in the deepest sea.
Throughout my childhood, the goal of becoming a published author was the brightest star in my imagination. Like many little girls, I cherished friends, fairies, and the color pink; however, I was not a fine example of the average child... I found role models in the characters of Lucy Pevensie, Anne Shirley, Alice Kingsleigh, and Luna Lovegood. I passed hours with my nose between the pages of books, and I found kindred spirits between eternal lines of ink. My emotions were fragile, but my defense swung like a sword. Doubt seldom burdened my mind, as the realm of endless possibilities found a precious place in my heart.
This mindset led the way to my success as a teenage author, and it carried me through times of struggle. Today, it pushes me to reach for the luminous future, and it allows my imagination to form vivid works of fiction.
Although sensitivity has developed a negative reputation in society, it deserves to be recognized as a positive trait, an attribute that brings forth compassion, artwork, beauty, and change. There is a difference between gentleness and weakness, and many people have been foolish enough to deny such a truth.
If anyone ever tells you to forget about your wildest dreams, close your eyes and find the courage to listen to your heart. In the words of C.S. Lewis, "there are far better things ahead than anything we leave behind."
The girl behind the Gifted,
Erin E. Forbes
Full Name - Juniper Elisabeth Stone
Gift - Nature
Birthday - October 31st
Parents - Darragh Stone and Aoife Holloway-Stone
Although I had not known Juniper for very long, it quickly became evident that her mind was an enchanted forest. She spoke words that radiated wonder and fascination, and she lived with an innocent freedom many people envied.
(Juniper Stone portrait by Audrey Cohen)
Surrounded by moss and long green vines, Juniper slept with her eyes gently closed. Her skin was pale and her dress was torn, but an intricate wildflower crown wove around the top of her golden-brown hair.
- Erin Forbes, Fire & Ice: The Elementals
Who is Juniper Stone?
Juniper Stone makes a dramatic entrance in the Fire & Ice book series. After the mysterious attack in the Night Oak Forest, the Academy for Gifted Youth is thrown into a state of turmoil. The wild-haired girl is missing, and her cousin, Violet Holloway, believes patrols are obligated to scour the land beyond the shadowed wood.
Juniper wakes from a strange sleep in the White Birch Forest, unaware of her location and the peculiar turn of events. Even so, it quickly becomes apparent that she is wise beyond her years.
She is the Last Elemental.
Here are a few lovely facts about Juniper Stone:
She's an old soul
All living things have the ability to flourish when they are tended with gentle hands.
She is fiercely loyal
There are few friends more steadfast and true.
Juniper Stone stands beside her friends in times of trial. She lives with an open mind, and her actions are guided by the deep morals in her heart. Her whimsical disposition and unapologetic attitude form the basis of her character. She learns to regard every creature with an admirable sense of humanity and compassion, and she seeks to understand her Gifted companions.
For this reason, she develops a strong bond with her fellow Elementals.
She despises Cleo Lennox
Well, who doesn't, really?
Juniper's whimsy is equal to her intelligence, and this trait gives her the ability to perceive the dark intentions of the Lennox clan. Throughout the Fire & Ice book series, she demonstrates her ability to read the character of simple strangers.
One might blame her wide eyes for her observant personality.
She regards her Gift as a friend
'The trees do not hesitate to tell me about the strange things they have observed,' responded Juniper.
Unlike so many, the curious girl does not seek to control the element of nature. She prefers to have a conversation with her Gift, requesting nothing more than answers to her careful wishes.
She comes from a large family
The Stone residence was a remarkable place. The crimson door gave entrance to a large house. Paintings and portraits of wild-haired people decorated the walls. There was no doubt these individuals were the relatives of Juniper Stone.
You may be familiar with her younger brother, Hugo, but did you know Juniper Stone is the eldest daughter in a family of six children? The Stone clan is quite extensive, as guests observe during their popular celebrations. Despite their number, the Stone clan is quite an intimate and inseparable group of people.
In the past twelve months, I have learned and experienced so many beautiful things. My second book, Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer, was published for the world to read, and I couldn't be any more proud of my work. It's been a long and difficult journey, but I've managed to share my writing with people across the globe. Without the support and kindness of so many people, much of my success might not be reality. So, thank you! Thank you to all of my lovely readers, friends, and family. You have made an incredible impact on my life, and I couldn't be any more grateful.
In the year of 2017, my creativity and imagination carried through to my actions. Exploration and adventure governed so much of my time, yet every moment was experienced with a sort of restless freedom. My career as a teen author has allowed my heart to shine through my character, which was once shy and hidden from the world. The realm of Aisling continues to expand with brilliance, and it doesn't care to slow down any time soon.
I have grown to know so many wonderful authors in the past year! Believe it or not, there is a little community of talented teen authors in our world. Together, we have shared advice, encouragement, and support. One might consider it impossible to forget about such a remarkable group of people.
All of my hard work in high school has allowed me to graduate a semester early; therefore, I'm officially a member of the class of 2017. I've managed to graduate with a great load of college credits, which will be helpful when I attend university in the fall.
Perhaps most importantly, I have found the courage to truly pursue my calling.
As my writing continues with the third installment in the Fire & Ice book series, I look forward to the future of my author career and the many opportunities and experiences of the new year. My heart is beaming with faith, happiness, and excitement.
Thanks for sticking around!
A Few Highlights from 2017
Yes, it's true! The day has finally arrived.
Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! After a year of hard work and dedication, I have completed the second installment in the Fire & Ice book series. I'm so incredibly proud of this work. My heart and soul were poured into the story, and I'm so happy to share it with all of my lovely readers.
The adventures of the Hanley sisters continue in this enchanting tale, and the destiny of the Four Elementals takes an unexpected turn. Your favorite characters are greeted by several new faces. Step into the realm of Aisling, and experience the magic of an unforgettable and fateful summer.
Please read the synopsis below!
The Four Elementals have vanquished the creatures of the Night Oak Forest; however, a new darkness lurks in the realm of Aisling. As their family moves into the manor that once belonged to their late grandmother, the Hanley sisters must adjust to life in the enchanted countryside. Between the extravagant galas, beautiful gardens, and elegant wardrobes, the new lifestyle begs for the title of perfection. Nevertheless, it is not long before the twin sisters are greeted by the peculiar memories that dwell in the old house. A forgotten mystery beckons for attention, and the truth threatens to reveal a series of ancient secrets. The simple answers of the previous year are countered by the complicated history of the Gifted society.
If you haven't found the chance to read the first installment in the book series, you can purchase Fire & Ice: The Elementals for just $1.00 on Kindle! This sale lasts between 11/25-11/28. Don't forget to leave a book review!
Check out the events page for more information on upcoming author events and book signings!!
~ Erin Forbes
The season of autumn has finally arrived! Despite the endless days of warm weather, many of us are looking forward to wearing our favorite sweaters and drinking a warm cup of tea.
Let's face it ... I'm tired of wearing three layers of sunscreen.
Fall is my favorite season, although I have always loved the budding flowers of springtime. There are few things that compare to the crisp scent of dying leaves and pumpkin spice. I'm not basic, I promise! In the words of my favorite author, L.M. Montgomery, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." It's strange to think that I will be turning eighteen on Halloween ... I'm sure that I will always feel like a child in my soul.
When I was younger, I always dressed up as my favorite literary characters for Halloween. The long list includes Alice Liddell, Lucy Pevensie, Maximum Ride, and Luna Lovegood. It's incredible to know that several people will be portraying a few of the characters from my own books!
As many of my readers have requested, below you will find a step-by-step guide to the attire of the Gifted people.
As you already know, Alice Hanley is the main character in the Fire & Ice Book Series. She is known for her courageous personality, bright red hair, and fiery powers. When it comes to fashion, the teenage girl prefers to wear a simple dress, stockings, leather boots, and her favorite cloak. She never takes off the famous vial necklace that was inherited from her late grandmother.
Alice's elemental Gift is an important part of her character.
Emery Hanley is the twin sister of our brave heroine, although their appearances and personalities are quite the opposite. The blonde-haired girl lives in the ocean of her mind, and she expresses her emotions with cerulean eyes. Her favorite color is light blue; therefore, the majority of her wardrobe conforms to this standard. Despite her shy and quiet demeanor, Emery Hanley has a strong spirit.
Kade O'Reilly is the twin sister of Ronan O'Reilly, and she was Gifted with the power of flight. Before she was introduced to the Academy for Gifted Youth, she developed a huge pair of raven wings. She is very good friends with the Hanley sisters. Her physical appearance includes the features of short brown hair, blue eyes, and freckles. She has a stubborn and talkative personality, and her style is often compared to a tomboy. A colorful feather is always hiding in her hair.
Ronan O'Reilly is the twin brother of Kade, and he was Gifted with the power of telekinesis. Although Ronan is always working to perfect the control over his abilities, random objects are always floating around him. Much of his time is spent between the shelves of the Academy library, and his favorite books are flooded with poetry. Ronan's attire is quite basic for a teenage boy in the realm of Aisling; he usually wears a wool sweater, leather boots, etc.
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
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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