Today I got a key tattoo. Let me tell you why.


Today I got a key tattoo. I want to tell you why.

It is not, in fact (or at least, not exclusively), a key to the Archive. It’s based on a very real antique skeleton key I carry with me, a relic from a little market in the corner of Paris.

This key is the culmination of planning, of waiting, of earning.

This key is my author icon. Rather than a pen or quill, or set of letters, this is what marks me as a storyteller, a gatekeeper, providing my readers with the keys to new worlds, whether or not they choose to step through the door.

This key is my personal totem, so that all the doors in life–or at least, the right doors–will open for me.


And this key is my reward.

For moving to another country.

For finishing three books and surviving grad school at the same time.

It is my reminder that I can take risks, push myself, and succeed.

My reminder that I can take the hard door.



19 thoughts on “Today I got a key tattoo. Let me tell you why.

  1. I am so amazed and proud of all you’ve achieved! Grad school and three books at the same time is no small feat! You’ve been my favourite author since I first read The Archived and this just makes me love you more! I can’t wait to see what else you’ll achieve and I will do my best to support and spread the word about the fantastic person and incredible author you are. 🙂

  2. Jennifer F. Santucci says:

    What a fantastic story behind your tattoo. I love when symbols carry meanings and the reason(s) why we carry them. I just bought Viscious for my birthday and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. sheepcarrot says:

    I love the meaning and reason behind it, and it looks wonderful!

  4. Such a beautiful tattoo and story behind it! Thank you for for sharing this!

  5. Sydney Bollinger says:

    Love the tattoo, it’s beautiful! And such a cool story behind it; representing all you have achieved and what you will achieve in the future!

  6. hermionefowl says:

    It looks amazing! And I love the reasoning behind it 🙂

  7. It’s so beautiful. And your achievements are awe-inspiring!!!

  8. genituram says:

    Great tatoo! It’s very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It’s a beautiful tattoo, and I love your reasons behind it. It’s great when you can do something for yourself like this which also represents you and your journey so significantly.

  10. seila95 says:

    Tattoo looks amazing. The story behind it is beautiful. Congrats on your achievements, that only represent a small part of your future success.
    xoxo Šeila

  11. Jennifer N. says:

    OMG this is awesome!! Posted on my bday too 😉 When I saw the Instagram post I was like YAY KEYS YAY ARCHIVE!!! But reading this post makes it 1000 times better!! The message is so uplifting and really brightened my day!!

  12. Duke says:

    PLEASE finish the third book of The Archived. Finished the second one to find out there is no third part yet. I’m dying here #guyliner

    Might start chewing my fingernails and I’m too old for that shit! Help me. Love the tattoo, by the way.

  13. EllieTaylor says:

    This is absolutely lovely. I adore tattoo, especially the ones with meaning. Yours looks awesome!. Congrats.

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