This week, I am delighted to be a tour host for Tracy Clark’s Scintillate tour. Read on to learn more about this release!
SCINTILLATE by Tracy Clark
A mighty flame follows a tiny spark
Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
Writing a book is often like taking puzzle pieces from, like, five really hard puzzles and compiling them into one big creation! Sometimes, it feels like the puzzle pieces are upside down and you can’t see the picture. Sometimes you have days when every piece seems to fit together. So many things inspire and inform the story. I’m happy to share some of my inspirations with you.
People: I have a very tight group of best friends known as the Tribe. These three amazing ladies inspired facets of three characters in the book. Cora is very much like my friend, Monica. Calm with a storm underneath. Her family is from Chile. Mami Tulke is the name of a real person in their family, and Cora’s hair is exactly like Monica’s. Giovanni has many similarities to my Tribemate, Mary Claire. Danish, well-traveled, sure of where he stands. And one character is so drawn from a best friend that my son saw it immediately. Mari is inspired by my bff, Lucy. These are just a few aspects that I’ve used from these very real, very amazing women in my life.
Places: Two places figure prominently in the book: The California redwoods and Ireland. I’ve been visiting Santa Cruz and Henry Cowell State park for years. It’s a hushed, magical place that I could stay in for hours, and have! I knew I wanted some important scenes to be set there. The albino redwood is there in real life. Many people don’t know they’re walking right past such a rare sight.
Then, there’s Ireland. Believe me when I tell you, I left a piece of myself in that country when I visited in 2010. It’s everything I’d imagined but was so much more. I felt connected to that place in a visceral way, like I was part of it, or it was part of me. Newgrange is a megalithic site steeped in mystery. Thousands of years older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids! I was drawn to the mystery of it and the triple spiral so much that I knew I’d incorporate them into the story that was just then a germ of an idea. Many of the scenes were taken from notes during that trip and actual experiences that I had. I also keep the triple spiral nearby as a reminder not to lose the heart of the story.
Things: I’m a very visual person and have a Pinterest board for nearly everything I write. Book 2 in The Light Key Trilogy has a “secret” board at the moment, but you can bet it’s FULL of amazing inspiration. Here’s my board for SCINTILLATE: http://www.pinterest.com/tracyclarktlc/scintillate/
I listened to one particular song while thinking of Finn and Cora (especially their first kiss) more times than is considered normal. The (Live at the Cherry Tree version) of Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding is definitely Finn & Cora’s song. “Everybody glows.” Here are just a few songs that inspired me:
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.
1 Prize pack of a key necklace and a signed copy of Scintillate. US ONLY
3 paperbacks of Scintillate US Only.
3 eBooks of Scintillate International.
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