Inkslingers Ball came into being when my tattoo artist son, Erik, asked me to order some supplies for him. Surfing the web, I found an old tattoo convention titled The Inkslingers Ball (inkslingers are tattoo artists). I knew that name was a book title waiting for the right story.
I always start with a title and build a story around it. In this case, Erik drew a sugar skull tattoo for me. In the story, it’s connected to several deaths that homicide detective Joel Jovanic, is investigating. To bring the connection closer to home, Claudia Rose’s young friend, Annabelle Giordano, secretly gets the tattoo and places herself in grave danger.
My longtime pal, Christine Zinn, drove all the way down from San Jose to the party. That’s 400 miles! I’m a lousy gardener, but the plant she brought me as a gift is amazingly still alive. It almost bit the dust last summer, but somehow, it has been resurrected and 4 years later still looks great.