Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Sara E. Santana and talking about her amazing debut novel, The Awakened!
Before we talk about this awesome book--details below--let's talk about something both Sara and I are interested in...tattoos! As you know, Deek and I have 4 each, but Sara has 16!!
When Deek and I got our first tattoos
Here's one of Sara's newer ones!
Now I'll stop yammering and let you hear from Sara herself...
Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be here, especially here on Erin’s blog. I met Erin online about three years ago (can you believe it?!) when she was out there promoting her debut novel, The Prophecy. We’ve been friends for SO long, and she’s been such an invaluable friend and support in my own journey to becoming a writer and I’m so happy to be here on her blog.
Erin asked me to come here and write about tattoos and its no wonder. This past week, I got my sixteenth tattoo and I really have no plan of stopping any time soon. Its a wonderful form of expression and I love each and every one of my tattoos, especially since so many of them reflect my love for reading and writing and storytelling. I have tattoos from Harry Potter and the Mortal Instruments, Divergent and Vampire Academy, Star Wars and Doctor Who. My most recent tattoo was the date my first official book, The Awakened, was published, just a week ago!
So, yes, tattoos are incredibly important to me. I never would have thought so. I was 21 when I got my first tattoo, the Deathly Hallows symbol on my wrist. That was almost exactly 6 years ago, and I never thought I would be as covered with ink as I am now. I loved Harry Potter and I wanted a way to express that so I got a small tattoo on my wrist and sort of left it at that.
But over the past six years something happened. Now, books have always been important to me. So has reading, storytelling, all of that. I’ve been addicted to reading all my life. But somewhere in-between then and now, I really realized that this is my passion. This is my lifeblood. This is what keeps me going through the days. This is what I want to do with my life. I put so much time and effort and passion and emotion and so much of myself into two things: my blog and my writing. My blog is my love and passion for reading and my writing is the only thing I can imagine myself doing.
So its made sense that over the past six years, I’ve taken that and I’ve written that all over my body. I have symbols and words from the stories that have stuck with me the most. There is a quote on my forearm, one I got very recently, from Cora Carmack’s Rusk University series: “No easy days”, because that phrase kept me going, especially when it came to all of the rejection of The Awakened.
I’m proud of the way my body looks. Not everyone agrees and that’s okay. Some people will never get a tattoo ever in their life and I respect that so much, because I think everyone’s body is beautiful, with or without ink. But I love it. I love having small pieces of the stories that have meant so much to me painted on my body. And I can’t wait to get more!
Sara--Deek and I are planning to get books tattoos as well. As soon as his debut novel 122 Rules releases with Pandamoon Publishing, we're going together to get them. His will be based on the cover of 122, and mine will have the symbol from The Prophecy. Book tattoos rule!
I will get a tattoo of this symbol when Deek's first book releases!
And now more about The Awakened!
Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash Matthews. That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They're faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh. The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened. Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.
About Sara E. Santana
Sara Elizabeth Santana is a YA and NA fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.
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