At the risk of my daughter being without a mother, I have to say this anyway. At the beginning of the worldwide phenomenon, I could not understand the ‘Team Jacob/Team Edward’ thing. I mean, everyone kind of knew Bella was going to pick the hot vamp from the minute he saved her from the oncoming van. But then you ask yourself, should she have chosen differently? That’s what I really like about these love triangles. Not only do they give the readers a side to take and a fun discussion, but it also offers the author a great deal of insight into what their series or book may have been like if they’d chosen a different path.
Lately I have been getting letters regarding the need for more Matt in Book II. I understand, believe me, and Matt will be taking a much more prominent role this time around. I promise that the stunningly handsome, humorous warrior is going to find his voice in more ways than one. (In fact, look for him on the cover this time around.) Others have asked about Jason - how beautiful their love story was and how he should return again and again as the angel’s soulmate. For those letter writer’s, Jason will be back, and often. After all, what’s a triangle without the other guy? :) This is a subject I’m having a great deal of fun with because, unlike most writers, I really haven’t solidified the love triangle in my mind yet. In other words, it’s still up in the air.
You see, when I started Until Next Time, I wanted to make very sure that Emily‘s love triangle was not like ‘all the rest.’ So after doing some hard thinking - and research - I found that the word ‘soulmate’ is defined as the one eternal partner that you have every time out - the one that was created just for you. All of that seems like a really easy concept however, what the angel/warrior team didn’t know is that when they are human, they can fail to recognize their soulmate. And, ultimately, can end up feeling attracted or even falling in love with people in another life or time. Therefore, when Emily does believe she’s run into her soulmate - at least her earthly one - she and her partner end up with a very hard decision.
Of course, Emily is young. This is her and Matt’s first time ‘away from home’ and they have a great deal to learn when it comes to human emotions. From love to jealousy to envy to anger - this is all new to them, and they have to figure out how to keep their faith in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.
Emily will have to face a hard decision down the road, as she tries to really figure out who it was she was meant for. And if she does pick Matt, would they be able to even attempt a relationship? After all, they are both so powerful that if they had even an argument, human beings could pay the price. Or, maybe they would have to give up their jobs - forsake the life they have and the lives they’ve led in order to be together as humans? Maybe it’s Jason who will win her heart because he is the soulmate of her dreams, whereas Matt will always be nothing more than the partner. Huh?
In Book II, there will be an even greater emphasis on the heart, soul and future of all the characters, and when it all finally comes to a close it will be interesting to see what ‘Team’ will win. I love the Matt versus Jason that’s going on right now and, rest assured, all readers’ thoughts and choices are taken into consideration.
It’s a good thing real life isn’t as complicated as a warrior versus an Adonis, or a vampire versus a werewolf. Although…it would be a whole heck of a lot of fun walking through this world with handsome heroes everywhere you looked.
Now that’s paradise!
Until Next Time, Everybody.