Since the boy in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST wakes up alone on a mysterious beach in the book, he doesn’t have much with him, just his clothes and a piece of fabric in his pocket. He does, however, find something early on that becomes a source of comfort, and that’s the object significant to the story that I’m focusing on for day 3 of #18DaystoMGDebut: a blanket.
The idea of the boy finding a blanket came to me in a very early draft and stayed strong throughout all the revisions. It’s light blue but has stains that look like bruises, kind of like the boy’s situation.
I found an inexpensive light blue blanket when I was working on a revision of this book, and it quickly became a comfort of my own. It’s so soft, and I can’t tell you how many revisions I’ve done wrapped in this soft blanket. The idea must’ve caught on, because one early reviewer recommended reading this book in a comfy spot with a soft blanket. I second that.