I have the lovely Alice Broadway on the blog today with a very exciting guest post in order to celebrate the release of her debut novel - INK! I'm so excited to read this one guys and it has one of the most gorgeous covers ever! Hats off to the incredible design team at Scholastic for that one...
Now, the synopsis sounds absolutely incredible for this book and I couldn't help but feel intrigued about Alice's writing journey on how she became a published author and the birth of INK. So, she has agreed to share her story with us all! She's absolutely lovely. Thanks for this wonderful beautifully written post Alice! A pleasure to have you on my blog.
Hope you enjoy everyone!
Synopsis of INK
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.
Depression isn’t a great thing; I wouldn’t wish it on anyone - but it’s something I live with. When, in 2013, I finally admitted I wasn’t OK and began taking medication, I wanted to do something that might make me feel more hopeful. I decided to give Nanowrimo a try. In hindsight, this probably isn’t the course of action I would recommend to everyone with a recent mental health diagnosis, but it sort of worked for me. I didn’t ‘win’ Nano, but I did finish the month with words that hadn’t existed before and with a secret, excited feeling that the novel idea that had been swimming around my head for the past year might just work.
Fast forward to the following September and my youngest child was starting school. I decided to revisit those 12k words and give myself a year to see if I could make this writing thing work. My process included lots of faffing about, naps and reading self-help books about how to write a novel. With the help of friends who read my work and gave me feedback, in September 2015 I ended up with a manuscript that I was ready to send. By some miracle, four days after sending my work out I had signed with my dream agent, the incredible Jo Unwin at Jo Unwin Literary Agency [http://www.jounwin.co.uk/]. Jo helped me rework the manuscript (it needed it) and at the end of January 2016 she sent it out on submission to a number of publishers.
A month or so later I travelled to London and met Genevieve Herr from Scholastic. Hearing someone who absolutely ‘got’ Ink and who had great belief in the world was incredible. Even better, Gen had all the insight and instinct to nurture me as a new writer and make my scrappy manuscript much, much better. There was no question that she was the right editor for me and that Scholastic would be a creative and supportive publishing family to be part of. It took more work than I imagined but now I have a book that I am so proud of. Writing is often thought of as a solo-gig, but without the expertise of so many amazing people Ink just wouldn’t exist.
I’ve had a pretty straightforward ‘getting published’ experience and I’m very thankful for that. I think, if you had asked me, way back in 2013 what my hope for my writing would be, I would have said that I wanted to write my way out of depression. That hasn’t happened: I still have it, although I am vastly better because of good meds, good GPs and good therapy. I am learning that writing doesn’t fix things, that even achieving your dream doesn’t magically make all the hard stuff go away. But I’ve learned that in writing I open a door to hope and allow it to come in and make its home in me, and hope doesn’t seem to mind the mess.
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.
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