In Search of the Write Space" is an ongoing author spotlight at MEAGANSPOONER.COM

In Search of the
Write Space:
Erin Bowman

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Erin Bowman used to tell stories visually as a web designer. Now a full-time writer, she relies solely on words. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and when not writing she can often be found hiking, commenting on good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. Her debut novel, TAKEN will be published by HarperTeen on April 16, 2013.

A Note From Meg

Welcome to “In Search of the Write Space,” a recurring feature on my blog where authors share pictures of their work spaces, giving us all a little glimpse into their creative lives. Check back every week for new author spaces and new chances to win awesome books and swag! Be sure to check out last week’s post from author Nova Ren Suma, and enter to win a signed copy of her YA thriller, 17 & GONE!

This week I’m super excited to have author Erin Bowman here to show you where she works. I had the great fortune of going on retreat with Erin last year, where there may or may not have been some Disney karaoke going on. Girl rocks, you guys. Plus, I’m not sure I’ve ever been so jealous of someone’s office space as I am of hers! Before I hand the mic over to her, let me just remind you guys to stick around until the end of the post, where you can enter to win a signed copy of her hugely anticipated science fiction debut, TAKEN!

The Tour

This is my office! It gets great light all day long (three windows!) and it's the only room in our whole house that is entirely "Erin" in aesthetics. I spend almost all my time in here, so when I wanted to make sure the room was a comforting, happy, almost escape-like destination.

I hung the dragonfly lights during the dark, dreary winter months one year and have yet to take them down. Oh, and that little illustration near my ARCs? That's Snape. His talk bubble says, "Always." <3

I initially bought this map to serve as wall art, but the entire thing is magnetic, so it's unintentionally morphed into a brainstorming tool. I tack up notes to myself while drafting, or slap Post-Its right on the laminate surface to figure out timeline/plotting issues.

I first saw the Holstee manifesto years ago, when I was still working as a web designer. It struck a chord, and when I finally started writing full-time, this was the first piece of art I bought for my office.


My desk is for revisions and emails and business-y things, but I cannot write at it. I've tried, but It feels too formal and structured, so I do a lot of my actually drafting on this couch.


Sometimes I escape to the living room for drafting as well. The couch is much bigger, lets me stretch out more. And I like how my books can keep me company. :)

by Erin Bowman

There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends . . . and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate—until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets, the Heist itself, and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot—a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?


Thanks to Erin, I've got a SIGNED, finished copy of TAKEN to give away to one lucky reader! Contest is open to US residents over the age of 13. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter, and be sure to check out the ways you can get extra entries!

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29 Responses

  1. Vivien says:

    Personally, I love the couch picture. They look SO bloody comfortable :D

  2. Alex Ray says:

    That office is so BRIGHT! I love that.

  3. I love the photo with the world map and those gorgeous photos. I have a US map tacked to my cubicle wall at work, and I love to look at it and think about where I’d like to travel. Now I think I need to upgrade to a world map. :)

  4. Stormy says:

    Love that office! It looks so bright + open. I love the map on the wall, but I love the globe on the desk even more.

  5. Michelle Roberts says:

    I love the desk and couch! looking at Erin’s office is very inspiring for my own soon-to-be office. :) Cannot wait to read Taken.

  6. Megan says:

    LOVE your office Erin!!! It looks like such an inspiring writing environment :)

  7. I officially have office envy! Your space is lovely, Erin. <3 Meg, I adore this series… So fun to see where some of my favorite authors find their creativity.

  8. Emma says:

    I have serious write-space envy! I live in a minuscule apartment and it’s my sincerest wish to get a desk. Or a whole office!

    Lovely space!! Can’t wait to read Taken!

  9. Elisquared says:

    My favorite photo has to be the close up of the desk. everything is so simple, and bright, and beautiful! I am in love with that space, and wish it for my very own!

  10. Tamara says:

    I love the couch and the desk, it’s so pretty and comfortable.

  11. Krispy says:

    I love Erin’s office space! It’s so neat, and mine totally would not stay that way, haha. I love all her art prints and adore the dragon fly lights.

  12. Sarah G. says:

    I LOVE that Snape picture. <3 And I totally dream of having a designated work room — i.e. not where I sleep or relax. Your office is so lovely, Erin.

  13. Alexa Y. says:

    I am absolutely in love with Erin’s writing space! My favorite part has to be the Snape sketch. It always makes me smile to know that some of my favorite authors share in my absolute love for Harry Potter.

  14. Kaniesha says:

    I really love the Holstee manifesto! Typography is one of my favorites. I’m also really fond of the first picture – shows the whole space and I wish I had something similar!

    I can’t wait to read Taken!

  15. Ashley says:

    This whole office makes me happy. And the map, I want the map!

  16. Brooke says:

    What a great thing to do!

  17. My favorite would have to be the living room photo. Those books and that couch….. Peaceful :-)

  18. I loVE lOVE LOVE the picture of your drafting places – especially the living room! Are those the Harry Potter books on the top left shelf? AWESOME! I love Harry Potter :) #HPAlways :D

    Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!!!

  19. Emy Shin says:

    Your writing space looks so comfy and inspiring! It’s entirely lovely.

    P.S. I adore that pic of Snape. <3

  20. Jen says:

    Your desk looks so organized. I want you to organize my house

  21. Jen says:

    Your desk looks so organized. I want you to organize my house.

  22. Darith L. says:

    I love the first picture of the overview of the writing space! So beautiful and relaxing! I want something like that one day :D

  23. Oh wow! I love both the dragonfly lights and the wall map. Maps are so magical.

  24. Nikki Diehm says:

    I’m in LOVE with your space! Looks right out of a magazine. Thanks for sharing, and can’t WAIT for TAKEN!

  25. Kelley says:

    Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous write space! I hope my home can look as lovely and comfortable someday. :) The first photo, the one of her entire office, is definitely my favorite. It shows the whole space in all its beauty!

  26. Hannah says:

    I. Love. Your. House. At least your writing corner anyway. That’s so awesome! Your desk is so snazzy! And the dragonflies…? are so cutesy! And OY. I love the computer screen. That’s background has TAKEN me by storm. Feel free to admit and call me a nerd. I’m like obsessed with your cover. O.O And the quotes and the maps and the pictures! It’s so pretty. Hehe. Rock on Erin!

  27. Alyssa says:

    Oh my goodness, it’s too hard to pick a favorite picture! I love everything about Erin’s office. The aesthetics are lovely, and there’s so much light! I’ve always admired the Holstee manifesto and have been considering buying it for my own office for a while. I also love the little globe next to the computer.

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