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Gemma’s eyes first meet the dark, piercing gaze of Evan James, an
ominous shadow creeps into her life, ultimately leading her to face her
destiny. She doesn’t realize Evan is one of Death’s soldiers and that
Death is summoning her.
ancient, deadly, inescapable race. No one can see them. They’re shadows
of destiny. They’re knights of death. They’re here to claim our lives.
Commanded by a mysterious congregation called the Masala, the Angels of
Death ensure that each man’s destiny takes its due course on Earth. But
what happens when love intervenes? Can an Angel of Death deny his own
nature and challenge destiny? Can love rebel against fate?
look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you
just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you
plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, note cards, post-it notes,
how the story starts and how it is supposed to end, but sometimes I don’t know
in advance what will happen in the middle. When the idea for Touched first
came into my mind, I imagined the main scenes for the whole saga, from Book 1
to Book 4. The rest of it, though, wasn’t planned in advance. Once I start
writing, it’s like the characters make their own decisions and lead me to the
next planned scene. When I have a new story to write, even when I’m not actually
writing, I’m always thinking about the characters. They interact in my mind just
as if they were real people and I take notes on their interactions, using whatever
writing materials I can find first: tissues, napkins, my phone—even my hands! Whatever
happens to be handy. Then, when I sit down to write later, I read through my notes
and develop them into more complete scenes.
ideas for your stories?
hit me at any moment, but I usually get the best ideas while I’m in the car. The story of Evan and Gemma, for example, came into my
head suddenly one day while I was driving to work. I had a sort of vision—I saw
a boy with eyes of ice staring at me from the side of the road and I
immediately knew he would be the protagonist of a new story. I thought,
“Who was that guy? And why was he staring at me so intently? What if I
were the only one who could see him? And what if he were there for me?”
Next, I came up with the most important question of all, the one that gave me
all the answers: “What if he were there to take me away?” It was
while I was pondering that last question that the idea of the Angel of Death
appeared in my mind. I immediately pulled over and started to write it down. I
didn’t stop until I’d created the outline for the whole saga. During that time
of my life, I waited tables at my parents’ cafeteria. That day I was definitely
late for work! When I finally got home, I couldn’t wait to find out how the
story would continue. I sat down and wrote for hours.
stories, whether they’re on the big screen or on paper. At some point I began
to be fascinated with the idea of being able to write a story myself. Writing
has always played an important role in my life. I was a shy child and had
difficulty socializing, so I used to create characters on paper, imagining new
worlds where I could take refuge. Even at the age of ten or eleven, I wrote
short stories and poems for the school newspaper. Touched is my first
full-length novel, the one that made me realize how important writing was to
me. When I started writing it, the characters took over and guided me towards
their destiny rather than the other way around.
and don’t emulate others. Keep reading and writing to improve your own voice.
And never, ever give up.
all-time favorite writer is Shakespeare, but I also love Nicholas Sparks. My
favorite genres are romance, fantasy, dystopian, and everything related. I
read a lot and am a huge fan of many TV series. My all-time favorite movie is Pearl
Harbor. I’ve watched it over and over. Some of my favorite series are The
100, Flash, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The
Originals, and many, many others. I love how the characters face new
challenges every day and how they never surrender. It’s motivating for me, and
each of the characters inspires me. I love Lana Del Rey as well—in fact, the
protagonist of Touched always listens to her songs.
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