Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
“How do you win when you’re up against yourself?”
space is my favourite place ever. I took over a bedroom on the second floor of
our house that looks out over a small park, and a row of cute, artsy houses. I
also have a flock of doves that land on the windowsill from time to time, so it
makes me feel rather Disney princess-ish.
side of the room is a pink desk with my sewing machine. I love having both my
writing and cosplay desks in the same room. It’s a good thing the walls in here
are a soft grey, because there is always a rainbow of fabrics sprawled around
for inspiration. I’m hoping to have some fun stuff to put on the walls
eventually—maybe fanart? (That’s totally a hint, guys.) And I’m thinking about
blowing up my covers and putting them on the wall too. I know I’m biased, but I
love them. ^_^
or a small tidbit about Japan’s history or culture that most surprised or
fascinated you as you were researching?
actually really lucky with my research, because the myths and history keep
lining up perfectly with the stories I want to portray in INK. For example,
Katie makes a visit to Itsukushima Shrine for a variety of plot and author
reasons—it’s an important shrine to the storyline, but I also wanted to feature
it in The Paper Gods because it made such an impact on me when I visited it. I
looked for a historical figure associated with the shrine, and found Taira no
Kiyomori, who features in SHADOW and is mentioned in INK. The most interesting
part? He was plagued by nightmares like Tomo’s, and all the signs lined up to
them having the ink in common. I keep finding these figures that I can twist
just a little to place my own Paper Gods mythology there without altering too
much, and that’s what I love. It keeps you guessing—how much is real? 😀
love to use as a setting for a future story? Why?
few I’m really interested in writing about. One is the Cook Islands. I think
Polynesian mythology is so fascinating, and it’s such a beautiful, almost
unknown place. So I would love to set something there. Another is Egypt, since
I majored in Archaeology. ^_^ And the UK, where I’ll be doing some research
Fantasy too, though, so I have a couple Fantasy worlds in my head that I’m
pretty convinced are real. ^_^ I love YA set in other countries because it’s
such a different experience to read. But of course, I want what I write to be
authentic, so it would involve a lot of research to get it just right!
movie and you’re put in charge of writing a tagline for the movie’s promotional
poster. What would the tagline read?
I’m going to cheat here and use the tagline my editor came up with for the
series, because it’s brilliant and I think it’s the best one there is. “Ink is
in their blood.” It gets everything in one go—a little sinister, a little
literal, and a lot ominous. ^_^
came up with a silly tagline a while ago which is fun too. I like to think of
INK as a mini-vacation, making Japan accessible for those who may want to visit
but be unable to at the moment. Which produced the tagline “INK—it’s cheaper
drawings, cute boys, and tasty food. 🙂