Candy and Sam, in Artistic Collaboration

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At the beginning of The Tramp, our heroine Candy is already quite involved with the alluring and mysterious new guy in town, Sam Castle. Candy’s Tumblr page fills in the gaps of understanding–what is going on between these two, and why is she so weird about him? Keeping abreast of Candy’s posts over the summer (before The Tramp begins) will help a reader to trace the path of their relationship.

And that’s all I’ll commit to. I’ve left breadcrumbs–you follow them!

(Follow Candy on Tumblr at

For example, I’ve just posted on Tumblr (as Candy, of course), about the collaborative artwork that she and Sam have been creating on the walls of an old dilapidated shack deep in the woods, which readers will be familiar with in The Tramp as “The Palace.”


Me and my friend Sam started battling with paint on the old wooden walls of this place I know. So fun.

First, I stained some sections that were nice and gnarled with different colors, then we used charcoal, chalk, paint or whatever, in turns.

Always surprised when I walked in.


She posts photos that she’s taken of the works-in-progress, and she comments on what she or Sam has added.

Thus, wood goes from pretty and familiar to oddly animate…




to cavernous…




to curiously inexplicable.




A reader might ask, “Who is this person, seeing such strange visions and bringing them to life out of sheer will?” And within that question, I refer to both Sam and Candy.

Candy doesn’t see the ghouls, until Sam shows them to her. This next example is perfect.






Wood knots become staring eyeballs and yawning, screaming mouths. Almost chilling, but more like fascinating, (says Candy on her blog).


Who is kidding who?


Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit for more info.

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