Summary from Amazon UK
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‘It’s no secret that psychological thrillers have been the big hitters of the literary world in recent years (remember Gone Girl anyone?). Well this debut from Aly Sigdwick is set to do the same.
Who is the Lullaby Girl?
Found washed up on the banks of a remote loch, a mysterious girl is taken into the care of a psychiatric home in the Highlands of Scotland. Mute and covered in bruises, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clue to her identity is the Danish lullaby she sings…
Inside the care home, she should be safe. But, harassed by the media and treated as a nuisance by under-pressure staff, she finds the home is far from a haven. And as her memories slowly surface, the Lullaby Girl does her best to submerge them again. Some things are too terrible to remember… but unless she confronts her fear, how can she find out who she really is?
Taut, tense and mesmerizing, Lullaby Girl is a shining debut from an exciting and very talented new author.
Publisher: Black and White Publishing (4 Jun. 2015)
The day job, and life after death.
by Aly Sidgwick
Like most debut writers I have a day job, and as day jobs go it’s a pretty satisfying one. Since 2001 I’ve been a tattooist, and that basically means I get paid to draw pictures every day. During my years at art college, several fellow students deduced they’d never earn a living as an artist, and gave up their dream in pursuit of a ‘real’ job. It was a terrible waste of talent, but the bottom line is that they had a point. Art is not an easy path, particularly in the UK, and in most cases not a lucrative one. I think every art student basically knows they’re taking a gamble. Personally, I took the gamble. I’d have regretted it for the rest of my life if I hadn’t.
When I tattoo, about 95% of my designs are ‘custom.’ That means the only time I use someone else’s artwork is when it’s a portrait, or a traditional artist’s work (Rennie Mackintosh, Dali, Audubon etc.) The rest of the time I get to draw up the design my own way, and that’s incredibly satisfying, particularly considering the end result’s longevity. With each client, a little bit of myself walks off into the world. Like writing, it’s about connecting with people. Your own personal ‘I woz ‘ere!’- marking a specific point in time and space. People carry your mark until the day they die, and in a way you become part of their story.
Even if you shut yourself in a garret to create your art, the end goal is to connect with people. Tattooing is just more up-front about the artist/consumer connection. I’m not extroverted by nature, so in the beginning the hardest part of my training was getting used to the constant public interface. My writing process is more suited to my temperament, in that I shut myself away to write, then share the results afterwards. It’s the purest form of expression for me, because I have complete control over what I make. Tattooing is always a response to what the client wants, so there’s an element of compromise, even when I’m doing my own designs. I’ve fallen in love with writing, to be honest. Books transcend death in a way tattoos cannot. Once they’re out there, they’re out there for good. You get to live forever, and for me that thought is very comforting.