Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

Nightmare Ink
by Marcella Burnard 
Publisher: Intermix
Genre: Urban Fantasy
With the needle of a tattoo gun, Isa Romanchzyk has the power to create and destroy. In her shop Nightmare Ink, Isa helps those in need by binding the powers embedded in their Live Ink—the magical tattoos that can enhance the life of the wearer, or end it. But binding tattoos has earned Isa the contempt of her fellow artists—including her former lover Daniel. 
When a friend comes to the shop with a tattoo on the verge of killing him, Isa can’t turn him away. For the first time in years, she works Live Ink into someone’s skin—something she swore she’d never do again. But breaking her vow soon becomes the least of her problems.  
Isa is horrified to discover her friend’s body in the shop, but the real nightmare begins when she’s abducted and inked against her will. Now, as she seeks retribution from the man who betrayed her, Isa must figure out how to bind her Living Tattoo before it consumes her completely...


I'd like to welcome Marcella Burnard to Shut Up & Read!  Thanks for being here with us today! 

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
NIGHTMARE INK really has only one main character, Isa Romanchzyk. She’s a tattoo artist. Nightmare Ink is the name of her shop. The most interesting and problematic thing for Isa is that she’s a Live Ink artist – she has the ability to give you a tattoo that’s alive. She’s not comfortable with it, though, and has chosen to swear off doing Living Tattoos. Instead, she’s made her marginal living binding Live Ink – she’s destroying Living Tattoos on the rare occasions they go bad. It’s made a few enemies.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
The first scene that volunteered. It’s a scene in the first half of the book where a friend of Isa’s comes to her with a brand new Live Tattoo that’s eating him up from the inside. Isa knows what to do in a situation like that – a bind. It would kill the Tattoo and save her friend’s life. The scene doesn’t turn out at all like she expected. Or wanted.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write best in the morning. So I’m up early, ride my bike into a local teashop (that I actually used as the setting for Isa’s tattoo shop) and work from 8AM to Noon. If I’m behind on word count, I work until 1. This goes on for anywhere from four to six days a week depending on how hopelessly behind I feel like I might be.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I’m an Air Force brat. I grew up moving all over the world and never really belonging anywhere. Most of my characters reflect that, I think. Few of them have any strong roots in any one tradition, culture or location. Even though I’ve definitely found my home and the physical place where I belong, most of my characters struggle with finding their places in the world.

Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
Oh, easy. I’d be Ikylla, Isa’s cat. She has the cushiest, easiest life! No way would I want to be any of the people . . .not with what happens to them.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I play World of Warcraft. I read. I go sailing. Most of all, I drink tea.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Mmmm. So many places. So little time. I really want to see Egypt. Sure, I want to see the pyramids and Karnak and Armana. But I also want to walk into Wadi Al-Hitan and look at ancient, fossilized whales in the middle of the desert. And Antarctica. There’s a place called Blood Falls where a plume of seawater depositing iron-oxide at the falls. The plume of seawater holds an ecosystem of bacteria under the ice. The pool of trapped seawater appears to be over a million years old. I know that both destinations make me a hopeless geek, but how could I not want to look at, and marvel at, the kind of world both the fossilized whales and the trapped seawater suggest once existed?

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m a little late to the game, but I’m finally reading FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda JonesThanks!

Marcella Burnard graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in acting. She writes science fiction romance for Berkley Sensation. 

  Her first book, Enemy Within won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Futuristic of 2010. The second book in the series, Enemy Games, released on May 3, 2011.

An erotica novella, Enemy Mine, set in the same world as the novels was released as an e-special edition by Berkley was released in April 2012. Emissary, a sword and sorcery short story released in the two volume Thunder on the Battlefield Anthology in the second half of 2013.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to stop in today! And thank you very much for giving NIGHTMARE INK a place to hang out.