I think it’s interesting how writers come up with ideas. I know for me, coming up with a whole new story could come from something as random as opening my pantry and spotting certain foods. In fact, that actually happened once.
Anne B. Cole is here to share how her new story Souls Entwined began to take on a life of it’s own.
5 Secrets to Souls Entwined
Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies is the inspiration behind Souls Entwined pirate character, Kadir Haty….and yes…Kadir will return in the sequel, Souls Estranged!
#4 Grandmothers and Rings
My real life great, great, great, great grandmother’s name was Roxana, who gave her second granddaughter a garnet ring that was given to her by her brother, who was a US sailor in Europe during the early 1800s. It was passed down through the generations to my grandmother. She gave it to me (I’m also a second granddaughter) when I was about 12 years old. I’m not aware of any curses on my ring and I wear the heirloom often.
I enjoy running and once nearly tripped over a squirrel that darted in front of my purple sneakers. During Gretta’s run in the park, Sam watches her suddenly fall. He didn’t see the squirrel that tripped her…this was cut out during edits…Readers don’t know in Souls Entwined that Katarina’s spirit is entwined within the squirrel. In the sequel, Souls Estranged, Katarina’s presence within the squirrel will be revealed in true ‘Katarina style’.
#2 Deleted, but not forgotten
I wrote the first draft of Souls Entwined in composition notebooks. It topped at 150,000 words. In this original, Gretta and Sam don’t meet in the park until Chapter Eight! Needless to say, I have many deleted chapters and scenes to reveal in the future on my blog.
Souls Entwined was originally titled Maledicta, which is the Latin word for ‘cursed.’ During edits, it was suggested that I change my title to something that is easier for readers to pronounce and remember. Authors tend to bond with their titles, especially their first novels. For weeks I referred to my novel as #1 because I already had the sequel written and was in the editing process. I asked everyone I knew for title ideas and finally came up with Souls Entwined. The #1 nickname stuck and I continue to call it #1 and refer to the sequel as #2. The (yet to be written) final book of the Soul Series is called, you guessed it, #3.
When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.
You can find Anne on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and you can buy her book, Souls Entwined here. Also, don’t forget to check Anne’s website for the sequel to Souls Entwined, Souls Estranged that is scheduled to be released early next summer.
Souls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.
In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined
Anne has also decided to share a favorite cookie recipe of hers. Enjoy!
Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup Crisco shortening
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups Hershey’s chocolate Chips (I like the special dark ones!)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir together the first three ingredients.
In a separate bowl, cream the shortening, sugars, vanilla and eggs.
Gradually add in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
DON’T EAT THE DOUGH!
Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will be slightly gooey, but will harden upon cooling—if they last that long.