Friday, October 28, 2011

Blog Tour: Ink by Sarah Jane Davis!

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
You can get to the entire tour schedule by clicking HERE!
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour!
I am pleased to present: S.J. Davis and Ink.

By Sarah Jane Davis
Genre: paranormal YA

“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.

SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl. (fan page)!/SteampunkSarah (author page at Vamptasy)

JS Davis: INK Guest Blog 

1. Where did the inspiration for INK come from?
I have Native American ancestry on my father's side and growing up I was fascinated with the culture. But, as an avid reader, I could never find anything to read that didn't come across as almost too "tribal" or educational. So, in creating Sparrow, I wanted to write about a girl who happens to be Native American, but is also a regular young adult in every way. And the Native American mythology is so rich and lends itself to a paranormal narrative and romance.

2. Are there any plans to add to the INK story?
Funny you should ask that...I am outlining more to the Sparrow story. I can't decide whether to write a follow-up novella or whether to make INK a full length novel. There is definitely more to Sparrow and Layne, and also more to learn about Mateo and how he arrives in Sparrow's life.

3. Do you have any writing quirks or things that you do to get into the 'Mood'?
I am ridiculously quirky and very OCD. I must have tea and I always wear my fuzzy leopard slippers. I usually have music playing also - sometimes the Foo Fighters or My Morning Jacket to get me in the mood.

4. What is the best thing about being a writer?
I love manipulating scenes and situations until they work...I wish you could rewrite and edit real life! I feel like the characters I write about are my friends and I enjoy hanging out with them. I miss them when the story is over.

5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I am promoting INK and I also have a Steampunk (Victorian Dystopian) Vampire story that just came out from Vamptasy Publishing UK.

6. Is there any advice that you would give a budding writer?
Try to make small writing goals every day. Also, definitely join facebook and twitter. Social networking is fun, and you will meet so many people who want to help you and who will be there to encourage you.

7. What are you reading at the moment?
Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I enjoy it, I don't usually like zombie stories, but this one is really good.

8. Are there any authors that have inspired you?
I love Virginia Woolf and Anais Nin. Both are truly groundbreaking female writers. They lived freely and without apology for who they were and for what they wanted to accomplish.

9. When you write do you start out with an outline of the story or do you just start and see where it goes?
I have a basic story. Usually just characters and how they connect to one another, along with an obstacle or two. Then I dive in and see where it leads. About halfway through, I see where I am and then I plot where I need to go. It’s stressful but fun!