As you might have noticed, I don’t take part in many blog tours but I had to make an exception for Ink! This is one of my most anticipated YA books of the year so I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to share a guest post from Alice Broadway here at Writing from the Tub.
I was actually lucky enough to meet Alice at the Scholastic Blogger Feast a couple of weekends ago (go team Niffler!) and she was absolutely lovely, so warm and friendly and it made me even more excited for Ink. Speaking of which, cast a glance to your left and check out that beautiful cover; it’s got to be in the running for the most stunning design of 2017, right?
Before I hand you over to Alice so you can learn more about her fascinating research and writing process, here’s a quick summary of Ink in case you want to hear more about it:
(From Goodreads): Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.
Now let’s take a look at how author Alice Broadway finds her inspiration and writing motivation through the research she carries out for her books.
Alice Broadway on her research and writing process
Thank you so much for letting me visit your gorgeous space and for letting me talk a bit about the process of writing Ink. Ink is my first book and is set in a world where every significant moment of your life is tattooed on your skin.
When the idea for the book came to me, I had never written a novel. But books are my magic and this story was begging to be told so I gave in and made a deal with myself: give this a try and if you’re awful you never have to do it again.
I wish I had a writing process – I wish I knew how to go from a vague idea to a real story with structure and depth. It was really hard! It was hard to plan, hard to write, hard to be motivated, hard to finish. But there was also something so completely wonderful about it: that ‘YES’ moment when a character really works or a scene comes out just how you imagined it.
I had the chance to do lots of research: I spoke to amazing tattoo artists, writers, people with tattoos, people who were experts in preserved tattooed skin (don’t you love that they exist?). I read about ancient death rituals and visited mummies in museums. I realise now that the research fed my imagination in a way that the ‘bum on chair, just write’ mantra doesn’t – it was in those moments away from my desk that the story was really formed and began to breath.
So I find myself writing book two, struggling and yawning at my desk and wondering why the words won’t come and I realise I need to get up and find a forest, throw stones into a stream and listen to the sound of birds who don’t know I’m near. I’m still learning how I write, I’m still learning to call myself a writer. But one thing I know: there’s nothing I love like this.
Author Bio: Alice Broadway drinks more tea than is really necessary loves writing in her yellow camper van. She hates being too cold or too hot, and really likes wearing lipstick and watching terrible Christmas movies.
@alicecrumbs | www.alice-broadway.com
I want to say a huge thanks to Alice for taking the time to swing by Writing from the Tub for today’s stop on the Ink blog tour. To find out more about Ink head over to its Goodreads page and have a look below to find out which blogs Alice will be visiting tomorrow.