When I saw the synopsis for Nephilim, I knew I had to squeeze this blog tour into my schedule. I’ll be starting the book as soon as I finish the one I’m currently reading so look for the review soon. For now, Mary Ann Loesch takes over my blog with a very interesting post on tattoos and urban fantasy.
Tattoos and Urban Fantasy
By Mary Ann Loesch
Do you like tattoos? Are you like me—a bit nosey about why people choose to brand themselves in such a permanent way? That very question is what inspired me to write my urban fantasy, Nephilim. I always thought getting a tattoo was a commitment, a little like getting married, only with no “out” clause like divorce. But what if your tattoo caused changes inside you, perhaps even touched your very soul?
What would you do to get out of the commitment then? The tattoo artist in my novel, Nathan Ink, can answer those questions for you. But then again, it’s easy to see the truth of things when you are an angel with a passion for mischief.
Nathan’s tattoos are symbols based on the seven deadly sins. He has only to listen to the hum of your soul to know which one is right for you. Unfortunately, once he’s branded the skin, the tattoo tends to take on a life of its own, causing the new owner considerable pain as it forces them to look inside themselves. Most of his clients can’t handle this glimpse of darkness and end up dead.
Now I don’t believe that a tattoo can really cause such a huge change within a person, but I do find that for many people the image takes on a symbolic meaning. I’ve met people who have portraits of loved ones tattooed on them or significant dates such as anniversaries or even deaths. Some tattoos seem to represent traits about the owner or their own beliefs about a particular issue. I really love these sentiments and respect them, though my skin continues to remain unblemished by anything other than some really disgusting sunspots.
One of the nice things about writing urban fantasy is that it allows you to create a world where tattoos can come to life and do some serious damage. It’s a style of writing where the unbelievable can take root and turn an ordinary day into a crazed reality. If you are interested in reading about an angel who tattoos people with symbols that represent the seven deadly sins and the unusual things that happen to them, check out Nephilim. It’ll make you think twice about getting that butterfly tattoo on your ankle!
Mary Ann Loesch is an award-winning author living in the Austin Area. Teacher by day, writer by night, Ms. Loesch has an extensive background in Theatre Arts and education. In 2009 her novel,Nephilim, won the Writers League of Texas Manuscript contest in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy. Having published short stories in SNM Horror Magazine, A Side of Grits, and Red Fez, she is also a proud contributor to the blogs All Things Writing and Loesch’s Muse, both guides for beginning writers. Lyrical Press, Inc. published her urban fantasy, Nephilim, July 2011.
Synopsis: Tattoo artist Nathan Ink is more than he seems. An angel living in secret on earth, he forces his clients to face their flaws by tattooing images of their sins on their bodies, but this glimpse into the soul often results in his clients’ deaths. Although Nathan avoids the other angels, when they ask him to keep an eye on Faye, a nephilim being stalked by another of her kind, he reluctantly agrees.
The angels have kept Faye in the dark about her stalker, but to keep her close to Nathan, they’ve tasked her with investigating the high mortality rate of Nathan’s clients. Despite her distaste for his methods, she finds herself fighting a growing attraction to Nathan, and discovering he’s not a rogue after all forces her to question her own mission. When Faye learns her stalker is another nephilim who intends to use her to breed a new race of hellish beings, teaming up with Nathan may be the only way to prevent a genocide.
Contains strong language and violence.