Martin Roberts has made a successful career from painting as an artist and lecturer. Yet he is finding that his creativity is slipping away—stifled by family life. That is, until he is responsible for running a teenage girl down in his car. Miraculously the girl survives, but stranger than her lack of injuries is her striking physical appearance; stark white hair and skin, and jet black eyes. Being mute, her condition and background remain a mystery. That night should have been the last Martin saw of this girl called Ivory, but he finds he is haunted by her looks, and she has stoked the embers of his creativity. He realises he must paint her and seeks her out in London’s streets of vice, facing dangers of this world and another, pursuing an obsession that he discovers has led to the deaths of others before him and could unleash bloody chaos upon the world…
Targeted Age Group:: Teen to Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write something where a characters flaw brings about his own undoing–a tragedy. Falling in love or lust against our nature, and what this can bring out of us, how we don't fully understand that raw lust. For this title it was an artist finding and coveting beauty in a subject, falling prey to his own desires, but the subject herself being dangerous, being a some-thing of a siren in herself. The character is very much a moth to a flame.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In this modern day, many of us have something to be thankful for, whether its health, a comfortable life, stability, a family, a roof over our heads, someone we love and loves us in return, food on the table, or a talent. Martin has all of this, and like so many of us, has taken it for granted. He wants more, and I wanted to write about someone who reaches too far and risks all that he should be appreciating for the mystery of another.
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