Today marked the start of the Character Reveal week for Vengeance Road, by the stupendous Erin Bowman! Every day this week she’ll be revealing inspiration and photos for one of five main characters in her upcoming novel. Today, it’s Kate Thompson, the main character and feistiest gal this side of the Mississippi. Without further ado, here she is, direct from Erin’s tumblr with a short bio as well!


Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 1 of 5 }

Introducing Kate Thompson

Disguised as a boy, Kate takes to the plains looking to avenge her father’s murder. When she discovers he was killed for a journal revealing the location of a gold mine, Kate presses on despite the warning that “gold makes monsters of men.”

Fun Fact: The first line of Vengeance Road came to me in the shower (it’s remained unchanged since then!) and it had a stilted, rough quality to it. It didn’t take me long to realize that this was Kate’s voice and that the story demanded to be told in her dialect. (For those wary of novels written in dialect, I’ve heard from a bunch of early readers who said it took only a few pages to get used to Kate’s narration. Fingers crossed you’ll be the same!)

Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Devyn Galindo / Raphael Mazzucco / still from The Professionals (1966) / unknown (I searched high and low and couldn’t find the original source for this but it is SO perfect I had to include it. If anyone knows the artist/source, please let me know) / Chad Copress / Antique Arms Inc / Rush Zimmerman

Source: Erin’s Tumblr


That wold spitfire- she’s not scared of anything, and she doesn’t let anyone break her down. Even in the face of tragedy, she stays strong and carries on. I think she’s one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever met, and I’m proud to be part of this initiative to make her known! As a little girl, I dreamed of being just like Kate- a Wild West cowgirl who could shoot straighter than any boy and who could ride like the wind. Basically, I wanted to be an outlaw, but that’s neither here nor there. So when I first read about this heroine who takes matters into her own hands and doesn’t let some man tell her what to do or how to live, I was in love, and that little girl in me started screaming ‘THIS IS THE BOOK YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!’ The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was also great for that, but this book speaks to everyone who ever wanted to ride bareback through the wild Arizona desert, dodging rattlesnakes and bullets. Check it out, everyone, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s reveal! (Hopefully Jesse! <333)


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