Monday, 8 September 2014

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Scar of the Bamboo Leaf

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M.
YA Contemporary Romance
Published: 9th July 2014

"Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her."

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art. 

But after a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything. 

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.

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Guest Post by Sieni A.M.

The Making of a Novel: From Concept to Creation

I’ve written two novels so far and each time I’m about to release them to the world, it feels as if I’m enormously pregnant and about to give birth to my third and fourth child (I have two real kids).

Over 15 months ago, the title Scar of the Bamboo Leaf came to me first. I didn’t have a plot or characters and worked to slowly build a storyline, piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle. It wasn’t always easy. In fact, this novel almost killed me emotionally to write. 

Imagine sitting down at the computer and opening Word. You have a blank page and a blinking cursor. Your fingers hover over the keyboard while your mind spins and works overtime—sifting through your vocabulary to form a perfect sentence. Two. Three. A whole paragraph. You have a story to tell and need to build a world in which that story can bloom. You form a vision of your main character in your mind. What will her name be? What does she look like? Does she have scars, piercings, a tattoo? What are her values? What are her fears? What are her struggles? Secondary characters. Who are they? How does she relate to them? What important role do they play in her life? You do some research. You have a thesaurus. You ask questions to the experts. 

Little by little, chapters were formed, and a story came through about an artist girl with a limp and an outcast boy she befriends and helps. As I wrote, I didn’t know how this was going to end. I had the beginning and the middle sorted, but not the end. When it finally came to me, I cried for a week as I wrote. It was painful and heartbreaking. My husband would look at me strangely and comment, “You know, you have the power to change all of that.” But I didn’t. I left it the way it was in all of its raw intensity because it what felt right. 

Now I’ve detached myself. I’ve purged myself as a writer, and the story now belongs to the reader.

Author Bio - Sieni A.M.


Sieni A.M. is a coffee addict, Instagram enthusiast, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She graduated as an English and History high school teacher from the University of Canterbury and is currently living in Israel with her husband and two daughters. “Scar of the Bamboo Leaf” is her second novel.

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