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Erin Cashman writes young adult fantasy novels. She’s the award-winning author of The Exceptionals, and Uncharted, now available from Page Street Publishing. She is a contributor to, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers website, and the workshop coordinator and a permanent mentor at The 1st 5 Pages Workshop.

Erin has been writing stories for as long as she can remember; in grade school usually from her perch near the top of a maple tree (much to her parents’ displeasure!). Her father encouraged her love of reading, and in particular, of fantasy and sci-fi. (She was allowed to miss school to finish reading The Lord of the Rings and he got her hooked on Star Trek). Erin’s mother, who hailed from Ireland, inspired her love of myths and legends. She believed in angels, fairies, sea maidens, and leprechauns. She loved to tell the most imaginative (or who knows – maybe real!) stories. Erin’s subsequent interest in Celtic lore and mythology is what led her to the mysterious island of Hy-Brasil, which became the inspiration for Uncharted, a contemporary fantasy filled with mystery, ancient conspiracies, and romance.

Erin lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and their energetic rescue dog, Riley. When she’s not writing, Erin enjoys reading (of course!), walking her dog, hiking, and watching TV with her family (all diehard fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek). She also loves to bake. She’s known for making her family and friends ugly but yummy birthday cakes.