Behind the scenes- Angels of Moirai by Nicole Salmond & #Giveaway

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Since man first walked the earth, the Angels of Moirai have watched over them. Born human, they are taught never to feel, never to become attached, and never to become emotionally compromised. 

Eighteen-year-old, Lila Kingston, is haunted by dreams of a mysterious angel. Suddenly, the dramas of her broken family and the snobby, rich kids at her school, fail in comparison to the challenges she must face. 

Hailing from the Angels of Moirai, James Taylor has been intrusted with the fate of lives from around the world for over a thousand years. His soul purpose is to ensure every mortal follows their designed path, but when Lila puts that very purpose at risk, he must make a choice, a choice that ultimately leads to devastating consequences of a love never meant to exist. 

The choice was never easy, those kind of choices never are..

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Behind the scenes- Angels of Moirai

One of the most common questions I get asked when writing a book is what the process like when making a story idea into a published novel. For every author the process is unique, and for every book the process is also unique. Angels of Moirai is no exception in the unique way it was created. Here is a few steps I took to make the pages come to life.

1.       The Idea. Every story starts with an idea. It can be as simple as a scene you dreamt about, or drawing on a life experience. All my other books have been based around dreams I’ve had, Angels of Moirai is different though. I knew I wanted to start writing more books directed at young adults. This is one of my favourite genres and there is so much passion and drive in teenagers that I wanted to draw on that. It’s also a huge time for change emotionally, physically and mentally. Because no visions of a perfect storyline was coming to me I started writing notes down. It started with a simple idea- forbidden love. Why was it forbidden? Was it an epic love story of two souls never meant to be in love? What makes this story unique? From there the idea of an angel loving a human came to light, but he wasn’t just any ordinary angel, he was an angel of fate.

2.       The storyline. Once I had the main focus of my story decided upon I started looking into the characters and what made them so different and appealing (and sometimes not so appealing!). Once I started jotting ideas down the story-line started pouring out of me. I always have a notepad handy as I could be in the doctor’s office or about to go to sleep when the best ideas for my stories come to light. I have heaps of notebooks with scene ideas, quotes, etc. that help me throughout the whole journey of writing.

3.       Putting it all together. For Angels of Moirai I had a big whiteboard that started off as a timeline of events and quickly turned into a calendar with Lila’s class timetable added into it. Seeing it all in one place made it easy to see how each scene would fit together, and when writing a novel which is centered around teenagers, I had to ensure that if she was going to English class one morning, the next week she would be following the same schedule and not just doing random classes, especially at a private school!

4.       From start to finish. The first book I ever wrote, Forever Yours, I didn’t write it from start to finish. I wrote whatever scene I was feeling at the time. Looking back, I can see the flaws in this and felt like it doesn’t work. Writing a story from start to finish enables the characters to develop more and the story to change and adapt as its intended.

5.       Change is okay! Originally James and Lila never even shared a kiss until the very last scene in the book, but as I started writing I got to a point in the book when I felt like they needed to be together and so I had to change the story-line quite dramatically to accommodate for this. I was scared of the change, but quickly realised what a great decision it was. I also had planned on it being a stand-alone book until I was nearing ‘the end’ and I suddenly had a fantastic idea for a series- this change also involved me going back and added scenes and characters to make it work.

6.       Finished product. After the first draft I like to go back and flesh out scenes. Sometimes it’s only by a few sentences, sometimes it’s a whole chapter. I then send it to my beautiful sisters and best friend to give feedback before I send it off to my editor and begin the publishing process.

Writing is something I love to do, and hope to do it for many years to come. I write whenever I get the chance, and that isn’t always everyday as I have two young girls who require a lot of my attention!

I hope whoever picks Angels of Moirai up to read can relate to it in some way and love it just as much as I loved writing it! 

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