(Image: Chapter 22, Perce's hand with the tattoo.)
Here you go, Chapter 20! Ah yes, Bennie's at that age where she's smart enough to know something's going on, but everyone thinks she's too young to understand and wants to keep her out of the loop so she can be happy and oblivious. But it doesn't work that way does it? Once you know something's up you can't be blissfully ignorant. Not to mention that being oblivious to danger doesn't make you any safer!
In the words of one of my favorite authors, Lisa Shearin: “Whoever said ignorance is bliss must have died a horrible death with a really surprised look on his face.”
...So I get asked a lot about the mark that Bennie and Reyortsed share, and Perce has on his hand. You find out what it's about by the end of the book, but people tend to wonder how I came up with it. So I'll share now:
It was a super and elaborate concept--I'm kidding. I seriously was just doodling on my hand one day in class my freshman year of high school and thought it looked cool, like a rune or something. And then when the story called for a mysterious magical mark that came to mind so I used it. lol
You never know what random thing you do will spawn a new story or plot point. A typo in a work document created the protagonist of the next book I'm working on. But more on that later.
Hope everyone had a good Monday!