Thursday, October 13, 2011
Guest Blog by Author S. J. Davis
S.J Davis is visiting today on her book blog tour to promote her new release, Ink.
September 1, 2011 - Kindle
October 1, 2011 - Paperback
“It’s a good day to die.” My mother holds my arm fiercely. “But as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”
Sparrow stumbles between two worlds – light and dark, love and hate, what is real and what is in her mind. When her mother dies on the Reservation, Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive, but are they real? And how can a tattoo make her stronger?
Mateo arrives to guard Sparrow, but from whom? Layne holds on to Sparrow, but why? As the voices grow stronger and her pain expands, Sparrow finds that the shadows in the corner and the voices we fear most are the ones inside ourselves.
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
This book looks fantastic! I think the cover is lovely and eye catching.
And now for S. J. Davis' guest post!
When characters begin to reside “in my head,” I usually discover that they are actually based on someone I know or someone I care for in my real life. I suppose I am an unrepentant thief. I steal all kinds of qualities, quirks, and habits from people close to me and even from total strangers. Although there is no one character in my novellas who matches up perfectly with someone from my real world, I couldn’t ever say that my characters wouldn’t be recognizable – though I do create horrible, but fictional, circumstances for them to muddle through.
For me, everything starts with the story – usually a dilemma or obstacle set in a certain time is how I start. The plot usually spins around in my head for a bit and then the characters arrive to take their place. Soon they sort of evolve on their own. As they are “born,” their backstory becomes very real to me, even if those details aren’t part of the narrative for the reader. For example, my main character Sparrow lost her mother and begins to hear voices. On the outside, she seems to cope and plod through school and life in a relatively controlled manner. But only as I wrote more about her could see why. I swear it was as if Sparrow suddenly told me what she was doing. In the dark, behind everyone’s back, she would cut herself. This is how she dealt with her pain, and was ultimately something she would overcome as she moved into a more self-confident place.
I get some questions about who is Layne or who is Mateo, and do they exist. And, of course, can you introduce me? Layne is very closely based on Layne Staley, his mannerisms and appearance is really how he existed, to me anyway. And Mateo is like many men I have known (my husband, my father, my nephews Ben and Jordan) who are just as beautiful, handsome, kind, and self-effacing. But mostly, Mateo is just Mateo.
Thanks for the guest post, S. J. !!
Here's where to find her:
Find Sarah on the web:
Blog: Steampunk Sarah
FaceBook: Fan Page
Twitter: Steampunk Sarah
Vamptasy Publishing: Author Page
GoodReads: Author Page
This is part of a Bewitching Book Tour