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Friday, February 10, 2012

GUEST BLOG: LESLIE SOULE

This stop is part of the Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions For a full list of stops, check here. Comment at every stop (including this one!) for a chance to win a $25 BN.com gift certificate.


What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Leslie D. Soule
Tina Turner sang "What’s Love Got To Do With It?" and in doing so, caused her listeners to ask the same question, applying it to their own lives. This song is one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and the reason for this may be that the song’s message is one that people can easily relate to. For example, when I broke up with a boyfriend of mine and he asked me, “Don’t you love me?” I found myself wanting to sing the song’s signature line to him – “What’s love got to do – got to do with it?” because with relationships, love is necessary, and yet love isn’t enough to keep a relationship going. You’ve also got to have trust, security, maturity, and so many other things all working together.

So for me, the song is about the deeper issues that love intermingles with, and it’s about how all-pervasive the idea of love is. That’s why in the process of writing, it seems that you can’t skirt around the issue of love and you have to deal with it one way or another with what you’re writing. That being said, love is one of those things that’s difficult for me to write about. Writing is such an expressive form of art, that it’s hard to open yourself up enough to write honestly about love.

Love is one of those ideas that becomes a base concept for other branches as well – under the general heading of “love” you’ve got self-love, which is different from a relationship-type love with a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, which is different from the love of family members, which is different from the love of ideas, the love of a country, a planet (which I delve a bit into with my short story “Worlds Divide”), etc.

In short, love has everything to do with it, if “it” means your story. Love is what connects characters, drives them apart, drives them to act the way they do, etc. However, love isn’t the only driving force you have to delve into, and undoubtedly won’t be the only motivations that your characters must have. So in answer to the question, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” I offer the ambiguous answer: Everything, and nothing, all at once.

Thank you for having me as your guest! If you’d like to be entered in the gift card giveaway, please leave your name and e-mail in your comment post. :-)
Leslie Soule lives in Sacramento, California. Fallenwood is her first fantasy novel. She has received her B.A. in English from Sacramento State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in English at National University.
www.LeslieSoule.com
Fallenwood—a land where magic is the life force, dragons are sages, and wizards good and evil battle for supremacy. When 23-year-old Ash is thrust into the middle of Fallenwood’s power struggles, she is also forced to face her own inner battles. Life on Earth was hard enough on Ash, who is locked in grief for her stepfather. Now, the fate of Fallenwood rests on her shoulders. She must destroy the Great Crystal—the catalyst for all the land’s magic. As the kingdoms prepare for war, Ash must look inside to find the power to save the world, and herself.

9 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Leslie today.

Debby said...

I love stories about magic. It would be so neat if we could do magic. Your books looks great and I thought of the same song when I read the title.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

MomJane said...

Is your book available now? Is it only E book or does it come in print also. I would like to have it. It sounds absolutely awesome.

Falcondraco said...

Thanks Debby and MomJane!
Fallenwood is only available in ebook form.

Well, I will be away from the computer for most of the day, but I will be back here later tonight to reply to comments.:)

-Leslie Soule
www.lesliesoule.com

Karen H in NC said...

Well Leslie...last day of the tour. I had a lot of fun following you around...hope to have the pleasure to do so again in the future.

Enjoyed reading your post today and I have to say, I totally agree 100%. But I might add there is another song that says a lot about love, life and relationships and that's 'I Did It My Way' by Frank S and of course Elvis.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

Leslie...It's been a great tour. You're right when you say that love can be everything & nothing. I think that everyone should experience real love at least once in his/her life. However, I think that love is just one component of the "Happily Ever After." I agree with your list of trust, security, and maturity. I'd add companionability.

Best of luck with Fallenwood.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Renald said...

Thanks for a great tour. DebP
r.d1@myfairpoint.net

Falcondraco said...

Thanks, Karen H, Catherine Lee, Renald and MomJane!
You've made this blog tour a blast for me. Thank you so much for participating!

-Leslie Soule
www.lesliesoule.com

Robin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Robin D
robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com