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
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.
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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