Thursday, August 21, 2014

I HEART YA 2014: Guest Post: Balancing Romance and Action by Author Katlyn Duncan


Author Katlyn Duncan discusses where the inspiration for Soul Taken came from and how she balanced the romance and action in the trilogy.

The inspiration for Soul Taken had come from a random thought where I wondered, “What would happen if a reaper found herself inside of a human body?” Through many transformations of the story (none that will see the light of day) I came through with the start of Maggie’s journey.

Initially and even up through I submitted the book, there wasn’t much of a romance. In my mind this book was Maggie’s journey into figuring out her past. And even though Jackson and Cooper were always present, I never saw a strong romantic element. That is until I got a suggestion from my editor about her slight obsession with Jackson and she asked for more of his story. As I delved into that, a new subplot took place, one that showed me that Maggie was worthy of love, I just had to decide if and when I wanted to show her that. Maggie, that is. When I revised the story to what it is today, I did have to find a balance between the story I set off to tell and the suggestion of the fledgling romance I had created in my mind. Because I think love has the amazing ability to be a strong motivator in any direction, whether it is good or evil, which is a dynamic I wanted to explore.

The action in this series was always on the front line. There’s a lot going on and I always created some sort of timer for my characters. So with the romance, I slipped it into the story in those moments that the characters had to take a step back and breathe for a minute. This gave me opportunity to explore the secondary characters and how love shaped them. I think Maggie is a stronger character with the added romance and I am amazed about how one suggestion really pushed me as a writer and made The Life After trilogy what it is today.


I've been writing and reading since I can remember. My fondest memories were pushing mom out of the house to get the latest Goosebumps installment. Even though I went to school for biology and currently work in the medical field, I find time to write/read every day. 

Outside of writing, I enjoy spending time with my hubs, pup, and sometimes a good rom com.

Where to Stalk Katlyn!

Check out The Life After Trilogy! You can get the books in a bundle pack now!

Soul Taken (The Life After Trilogy, #1)
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Synopsis: After-life just got a lot more complicated 

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies... To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

Soul Possessed (The Life After Trilogy, #2)

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Synopsis: Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love--Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity in a small New England town, she doesn't think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn't just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission...she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can't tell a soul...

Soul Betrayed (The Life After Trilogy, #3)

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Synopsis: A Life for a Life

The battle between Shadowed and Guard has brought destruction and terror to Gate Seven and now Maggie wants revenge. As the only after-life being who can save the souls from ultimate death Maggie comes face to face with her own human body, preserved for a century, waiting for just this moment to arrive.

Yet, how far will Maggie go to exact her revenge on the Shadowed? And when she comes face to face with her past, how will she survive the onslaught of memories she thought long gone?

For when the truth comes out all is not what it seems and Maggie has finally run out of time... She must choose her destiny or watch all she has perish in the fight for her life!

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