Do you have a tramp stamp — or do you wish you did? Tattoos are popping up all over romances these days, and this month Marcella Burnard has an RT Top Pick! paranormal novel, Nightmare Ink, featuring the the skin-based art form. It stars tattoo artist Isa, who can bind magical tattoos to their owners — only one day, things go seriously awry. With a dragon tattoo. So we wanted to know, has she gotten inked herself? Marcella fessed up.
Long ago, I’d promised myself a tattoo if ever I sold a book. Here’s what I’d wanted: Ma’at.
Above is a print of Ma'at that I purchased here.
Beautiful, isn’t she? If you know the Egyptian Book of the Dead, you know Ma’at as the one who weighs the heart of the dead against the feather of Truth. In the pantheon of the Egyptian gods, however, Ma’at encompassed more. She represents the power of words to create reality. That was my basis for wanting to etch her indelibly into my skin when I finally managed to get a book published.