What if your deepest, darkest fears were inked on your skin for the world to see?
Famous plastic surgeon Derek Hollinger has it all: money, success, luxury cars, and an L.A. penthouse near the beach. Who cares if he has no friends or lovers? He doesn’t need anyone.
But Derek’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after a chance encounter with a mysterious old woman. When he wakes up covered in tattoos, the shadow of his traumatic past—one he can no longer outrun—looms large.
Aided in his desperate quest for the truth by the young nurse he once scorned, Derek’s only hope for redemption lies within his own damaged psyche.
What can it mean? Are they part of God’s plan for him, a test of his lapsed faith…or a curse brought on by his own arrogance?
And can he get rid of them before he loses everything?
Targeted Age Group:: 35-75
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I chose to write 21 Tattoos because I wanted to attach the emotional experience of the tattoo process. Looking for the reason, people illustrate their bodies not just with tattoos but also with illustrations. Once my research started, I realized it would be far more interesting to have the process reversed. What if the tattoos with all the meanings and symbolism just appeared? Then, my character would have to figure out what they mean and how they came to exist. I thought that would be far more interesting literally turning my character inside out.
These questions ultimately lead my character on a life’s journey. When the rug has been pulled out from underneath, and there is nowhere to go, no one to help, what will you do? The world becomes a very big place when you think you are alone.
The essential humanity of a person who shows they care can be the one stronghold an individual may have when they have nothing else.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Once I had determined how to tell the story, my characters’ personalities started forming in my mind. I went for a couple of weeks without giving them specific names. I would then put random names in place in the story as placeholders. Then, like when naming a pet after living with it for a while, their names began to emerge. This has worked well for me- they feel like real people. They are alive in my imagination.
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