For day 16 of #18DaysToMGDebut, I’m talking about what inspired the book’s setting. THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST opens in one of my favorite places: a beach, golden sand stretching out against a never-ending blue ocean, with waves creeping up then retreating, creeping and retreating.
I grew up in the Caribbean, and the majority of my childhood was spent on a beach. Rocky beaches, sandy beaches, beaches surrounded with trees, it didn’t matter what they looked like as long as they had the ocean. There’s something so magical and mysterious about the ocean. You can be looking at it from one coast and know that on the other side, people in other countries are dipping in their toes. And beneath the ever-moving surface is another world of strange looking creatures and coral. Yes, magical.
The beach is where I feel the most inspired, so I wasn’t too surprised when this story showed up set there. But in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, the beach is even more magical.
Personalized copies of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST are available for pre-order through my fantastic local independent bookstore, BookPeople. The novel is also available for pre-order on IndieBound, Powell’s, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart, as well as numerous other independent bookstores.