The cover for INK by Alice Broadway (which was released Feb 2nd) has to be one of the most stunning covers I’ve ever seen, and the story sounds absolutely fantastic and a little dark so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it. As part of the blog tour, the wonderful Alice Broadway has put together a fan cast for her characters in INK. But with a twist. Instead of a typical fan cast, she’s taken her own approach and added a quirky twist…
It is so lovely to be here to talk a bit about the characters in my debut YA novel, Ink. I have a bit of a thing about putting faces to fictional characters: it’s one of my favourite things to do as a reader – I love having a picture in my mind of the characters I read. For that reason, I’m not going to tell you who my characters look like in my mind or attempt to fan-cast them (I know, cop out). I’ll leave that treat for you. But, I’m a nosy type and I wondered if you’d like to know what some of my main characters keep in their pockets.
Leora (aged 16, trainee inker):
In Leora’s pocket she keeps a drawing of her and her best friend Verity, a note from Oscar (she would be mortified if you knew she’d kept it), a stub of pencil, plus random bits of change from her last trip to the market. When you read Ink, you’ll discover that Leora finds something else in her pocket – something she didn’t put there.
Verity (Leora’s best friend and a trainee in the government):
Very would definitely have a hair tie, and even if she put her hair up in a messy bun, she would still look awesome. She would have a spare, folded map of the government building – not that she needs it, but it’s always best to be prepared. She’d also have a napkin from the cake she ate earlier – it was made by her bother, Seb and she can’t resist his baking.
Oscar (a mysterious new friend):
The only thing in Oscar’s pockets are his hands, but he has a scruffy leather satchel which he carries everywhere. It is filled with beautiful paper, random scraps of leather and twine and his bookbinding knife.
Obel (Leora’s boss):
In Obel’s back pocket is a small worn out, leather bound notebook which is tied closed. He’s used an intricate knot: he would know if you’d tried to open it.
Mel (Leora’s mentor and town storyteller):
Mel’s uniform means she has no pockets, which she is resigned to. On her desk are piles of books and she would love to be able to take them around with her. As it is, she is story enough.
Mayor Longsight (He’s in charge of Saintstone):
Well, you have to be wearing clothes to have pockets, and Mayor Longsight isn’t that into clothing.
I hope that gives you enough to intrigue you? If I showed you what was in my own pockets, it would be an unimpressive array of tissues, receipts and shopping lists, it wouldn’t tell you much about me except that I buy a lot of tea and croissants. Ink is about a world where the story you leave behind when you die is the one thing worth living for. But is it worth dying for?
This has to be one of the most interesting guest posts I’ve had (I think I’m already attracted to Oscar simply by what’s in his pockets, is that weird?) I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did! I’m looking forward to diving in to INK and I hope you are, too.
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.
(summary from Goodreads page)
About the Author
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.