Hiatus

Hey guys! Due to it being my senior year and I am graduating in a week, I will be going on a small break for everything Soulmates related. I will be partaking in final exams, senior activities, and traveling around the world. Soulmates is scheduled to be published sometime this summer, so please keep an eye out for a specific date!

See you all again soon!

Music: Arthur and Melanie

Music is such a huge part of my working process that I just have to share with everyone what I listen to in order to get in the right frame of mind for each set of characters! For Arthur and Melanie, it was a very different relationship than that of the other Soulmates. There is a more loving and nurturing base to their love, not as much trust and passion as that of Marciella and Damon.

Their music is softer and full of love, instead of sudden and moving music like the others. It was almost hard, actually, to find music that could reflect how I see the relationship between Arthur and Melanie. Here they are:

  • Bleeding Out — Imagine Dragons
  • Breathe Me — Sia
  • Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop — Landon Pigg
  • Friend, Please — Twenty One Pilots
  • Say Something — A Great Big World
  • Stay With Me — Sam Smith
  • Somewhere Only We Know — Lily Allen
  • All We Do — Oh Wonder
  • Sinking Ship — Seafret
  • Unsteady — X Ambassadors

Music: Action in Soulmates

Like my last post said, I love listening to music while I write. In fact, I’m doing it right now! I find it super relaxing and helps describe what I envision in my mind.

Anyways, there is a large amount of action in Soulmates. While writing these scenes, I felt that to get the mood of whatever was happening right, I had to listen to music that reflected it. So I made a list of the music I listened to the most while writing the intense sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat parts:

  • American Trash — Innerpartysystem
  • I’m So Sorry — Imagine Dragons
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World — Lorde
  • Railroad Track — Willy Moon
  • Run — AWOLNATION
  • I’d Love to Change the World — Jetta
  • Heart of Courage — Thomas Bergersen
  • Ash — Secession Studios
  • Bordoneo y 900 — Juan José Mosalini

Music: Marciella and Damon

I’m a huge fan of music. I love listening to it for every occasion and moment possible. Of course, I have music designated for when I was writing Soulmates. I even made specific music for each relationship and character on my iTunes!

When writing the relationship between Marciella and Damon, there is a variety of music. There had to be music for the beginning, when they were unfamiliar with each other, and how it blossomed into what it did. In fact, these are all the songs from my playlist for Marciella and Damon:

  • Come a Little Closer — Cage the Elephant
  • Between the Raindrops — Lifehouse
  • Relax My Beloved — Alex Clare
  • Crazy In Love (2014 Remix) — Beyoncé
  • Say Something — A Great Big World
  • A Thousand Years — Matt McAndrew
  • Warriors — Imagine Dragons
  • Les Champs-Elysées– Joe Dassin

Potential Books in the Series

I was thinking about all the things I could write for the Soulmates series and I had the best idea ever. Since I am in love with this idea and all of the characters, I have decided to make this world as in-depth as possible.

The first book, which is about to be published, Soulmates, is the beginning of the series. The second book, Bond, and the third/final book, Break, are the main installments. I have decided to write a few novellas about some of the characters as well.

There will be:

  • a novella about Damon
  • a novella about Emily and her relationship with her significant other who is not her Soulmate
  • a novella about Arthur and Melanie
  • perhaps a novella about everyone’s life after the end of Break

I hope to be able to deliver everything to you guys as this is a really cool idea with a variety of characters who I wish to share with everyone possible.

Update on Soulmates

The first editing process is finally done! It took me almost two weeks to edit and revise the twenty chapters of Soulmates. Two of my most trusted friends are reading over the second draft and are giving me feedback throughout the week.

I still have to format the book to put into publishing format and design a cover and back for the book. I hope for the book to be in the publishing process before I graduate from high school.

Soulmates will be available to you soon!

Ramona and Guilt

Guilt is a weird emotion to write. It’s all-consuming and suffocating for the person with the guilt, yet they are responsible for it. Ramona is guilty about her past and the things she had done, but she knew what she was doing when it happened.

In Soulmates, Ramona is seen as a traitor due to her past actions. She acts aloof, as if it doesn’t bother her, but she is consumed by it. What she did hurt a lot of good people and she is continually punished for it. When she is introduced in Soulmates, she is serving a seven year punishment in solitude.

Ramona is a master of facades and puts up walls around herself, keeping her feelings hidden from everyone around her. Marciella is one of the first characters to know that she does feel guilt for her actions.

Ramona knows a lot of things that could help and hurt almost everyone in the series, which is an interesting dynamic to write. She could be the key to everyone’s survival or everyone’s demise.

Friendship: Marciella and Arthur

Arthur and Marciella have been friends ever since they were little. Before getting their Soulmates, they had never had a fight. They truly balance each other out in almost every way.

Marciella is the dreamer of the two, with a more emotional and thoughtful disposition. She’s clever and good at putting things together while Arthur is the more logical and quiet of the pair.

Arthur is quiet and always thinks two moves ahead, while Marciella solves problems and can figure things out quickly. Marciella is probably the braver of them but Arthur has the bigger heart and is more loving and caring. They balance each other out because they find a way to complete each other, making up for what the other can’t do.

It’s nice to see how their relationship grows and changes through Soulmates. They actually end up fighting over some things and that puts a definite strain on their friendship, but Arthur and Marciella are still there for each other. They mean everything to each other and it’s one of my favorite relationships in the series.

The Dynamics Between Soulmates

The relationship between two Soulmates is a sacred and treasured thing. It is pure love and being with one another completely. There are fights and disagreements, of course, but overall your relationship with your Soulmate is usually one of the most important things in your life.

In Soulmates, the main couple is Marciella Hart and Damon Axel. They are complete opposites in almost every way, which was fun to pair together. Despite their differences, they compliment each other. I love their relationship so much because it truly grows throughout Soulmates. It gets stronger and more passionate with each page.

The relationship between Arthur and Melanie is a bit more loving instead of passionate. Arthur and Melanie find peace within each other and use the other to stay grounded. Instead of being driven mad by passion and anger and fighting, they are warm and soft to each other, accepting and understanding.

Every relationship between Soulmates is different, as is every couple. There are no two that are the same. Writing the different couples and how they interacted was a bit different for me because they are so complex. I hope you like them!

Writing Hayden

Hayden Brown is one of the rebel leaders along with Damon Axel, Marciella’s Soulmate. They are friends and have been for several years. Hayden is the jokester of all the characters, being able to laugh in any situation.

Like Ramona, he’s had a hard past. He came to the Combatants because of a horrible tragedy after surviving on his own for over a year.

I loved writing Hayden because he was so sarcastic and witty. He cracks funny one-liners at most of the characters in the book and is basically my spirit animal. He’s a hard worker who knows how to have fun when he needs to.

He is really close friends with Damon and Emily, whom he works with closely. By being a rebel leader, he’s one of the more important characters within the Combatants.

Out of all the characters, Hayden probably has the biggest heart. He loves everyone and everything, despite the horrors he’s seen and the torture he’s been through. He’s kind and smart and one of the most intimidating fighters in Soulmates.

Gosh, I just love his character so much. I know I say this about all of the characters, but I really want to write a novella about him and give his story more justice.