Writing Marciella

Marciella Hart is the protagonist in Soulmates. She has short blonde hair and brown eyes. Her Soulmate is Damon Axel and she is one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever written.

I actually made her name up in the beginning of the writing process for Soulmates. I don’t remember exactly how, but I always thought it was a pretty name. It reminds me of a princess name or maybe something delicate. The best thing about the name is that is doesn’t allude to her character growth.

In some popular YA books today, the characters either have super tough names or change their names sometime in the book. With Marciella, she always sounds the like the sensitive and innocent girl she starts out as.

Her growth was really something to write. My favorite part of writing Soulmates would definitely writing how her progress with her Soulmate started and developed. She and Damon are so perfect for each other but they’re both so stubborn and pigheaded at times it wouldn’t work out the way I envisioned it in my mind. While annoying, it was true to their characters.

Marciella truly grows throughout the novel. She starts out as this goody-two-shoes who has a best friend and a mom she’s worried about. Her biggest problems are her studies at the secondary school and wondering if Cinnebar is ever going to be peaceful. When she finds out about Damon, her entire world changes and for a while she isn’t sure if she can cope.

She then finds the strength within herself to do what she needs to and that’s when my favorite part begins. I hope you get to see the growth and change in Marciella that I saw.

How Soulmates Began

The first time I ever thought of the idea of having your Soulmate’s name emblazoned on your wrist when you turned a certain age would be when I saw it as a writing prompt. The idea was intriguing and I was penning down ideas before I knew it.

I had always wanted to write a book, ever since I was little and learned how to read. Reading and writing became my favorite pastimes, next to playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends.

Having your Soulmate’s name on your wrist should come with problems, right? Like, what if your Soulmate didn’t want to be with you? What if you knew your Soulmate but didn’t like them as a person? What if you didn’t get a name at all?

And that’s where it began. I would write every day, a few hundred words here, maybe five thousand words there. It’s a long process but it has been rewarding. I finished the second rough draft of Soulmates on May 11, 2015. I am currently in the editing process and plan on publishing my debut novel soon.