Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Guest Post by SJ Davis, author of INK

Author SJ Davis is back with us again today.  If she sounds familiar, that’s because she was just on the blog a few days ago writing about her novel Invisible Sun. Now she is joining us to write about her novella INK as part of the virtual book tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.  You can find my review of INK HERE.

Also, before you leave check out my entry in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop by clicking HERE!

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When characters come to life!

By SJ Davis

When a character begins to take shape inside my head, I usually discover that they are based on someone I know or someone I care for in my real life. I’ve also found out that I am an unrepentant thief of personal quirks and habits. Anyone is fair game, especially if the characteristics are amusing or particularly odd. Although there isn’t one character in INK who matches up perfectly with someone from my real world, I couldn’t ever say that my characters aren’t somewhat recognizable – even though I do create horrible, yet fictional, circumstances for them to muddle through. It’s usually then, when they struggle and cope with an obstacle, that the character really starts to come alive to me. I start to worry!

Sparrow is an 18-year-old Native American girl, about to go to college when she loses her mother in an absolutely horrific car accident. Soon afterwards, she begins to hear threatening voices. On the outside, she seems to cope and plod through school and life in a relatively controlled manner. But as I outlined more of her story, I could see why. It was as if Sparrow quietly revealed to 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 this was ultimately something she would overcome as she moved into a more self-confident place.

As I wrote about her, many of her social experiences mirrored my own. And although I never cut myself, I did (like many) engage in some destructive behaviors. So, as I wrote about Sparrow and her darker times, it would cast a heavy shadow over my own adult life as I relived some of her emotions. Sometimes, I would find myself in an absolute funk and near depression as I unraveled Sparrow’s story.

But, INK isn’t a “downer” story, or at least I don’t think so. Sparrow moves into a good place, with the help of some very supportive friends and a hot spirit guide. And musician boyfriend, did I mention he’s hot too?

As a side note, when I wrote INK, I wanted to write a paranormal story where the heroine happens to be Native American. As a young reader of Native American descent, there was very little to no “popular” fiction for me to read that reflected who I was. I found most books to be very “tribal” or unnecessarily educational. So when Sparrow was born in my mind, she was perfect for a paranormal fantasy based on Native mythology. I hope you think so too.

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