What can I say about author Shaila Patel? Not only is she madly talented, she’s one of the kindest people I’ve met in the YA writing world and is a true shining light of positivity! I’m honored to be hosting her for an interview today – so let’s dive in!
Two souls. One fate.
Shaila’s newly released YA novel, Soulmated, sits high on my TBR stack as one I can’t wait to dive into – and that’s not just because I’m a giant sucker for a true “meant to be” love story. I can’t get enough of them! But that’s not the only reason I feel drawn to this one. Without a doubt, you can feel how much of herself Shaila has poured into this book. Just read the blurb. I dare you. There’s a passion in her words that absolutely drips from the pages, and that’s something as I reader I find wholly addicting and disappointingly rare. Are Liam and Laxshmi meant to be? I have to know!!!
But how does Shaila channel this rich creativity? What gets those rivers of inspiration flowing for her? I dared to ask . . .
Music definitely gets my juices flowing! I tend to be a “repeat” listener, too, which means whatever I have blaring in my ear buds, I play it on repeat throughout the writing of an entire scene—that could be for thirty minutes or three hours. Now, as far as what type of music, this is what surprises most people. I enjoy and listen to everything from heavy metal to classical music to “get in the mood” for a particular scene. Yes. Yes, I do. Lol!
Songs that elicit a particular emotion work best while I’m writing. So, if I need a hard-edged, no-nonsense scene with my heroine, I might listen (on repeat, of course) to In This Moment’s “Adrenalize”. But if I need a softer instrumental that lends itself to a contemplative—or even romantic—mood, I might choose Concerto in D for Guitar (Lute), RV93: II Largo by Vivaldi. (Vivaldi is one of my favorites!)
My teen paranormal romance, Soulmated, has a playlist of songs the characters listen to during the novel. Not only are they songs that just happen to be mentioned in different scenes, but they also inspired the mood I was going for while writing it.
Take a listen to Soulmated’s playlist and tell me what you think:
Uh, I think that’s totally awesome! Your characters have great musical taste!
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
Until Next time
As always, thanks for reading! Next up, I’ll be interviewing J.D. NETTO about his outstanding series, The Whispers of the Fallen, so be sure to check back!!