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Soulless by Joshua J. Johnson…Blog Tour Stop & Guest Post

Welcome to my stop on the Soulless by Joshua J. Johnson Blog Tour!  

I have a fabulous guest post to share with you all so enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

SOULLESS Final

Book links:

Amazon  ~  Goodreads

Synopsis:

Mia and Roxanne have always been the best of friends, supported each other through everything, and always been happy for one another… but that’s when things were simple.
Fast forward to their teenage years, and life is now full of complications… but only for Mia.
Everything seems to happen to Mia, whereas Roxanne seems to have quite the sweet life– literally. She has the family, her bakery, and the love of her life– everything that Mia wants. But one day something terrible happens, and Ryan- her boyfriend- is nowhere to be seen, and people go missing and bodies are found. Creatures appear in your bathroom, down your streets and inside your bakery, and along with them they bring blood, action and hunger– a hunger for souls.

Written from different points of views, SOULLESS will raise questions about each character and humanity as a whole, whilst being packed with action, guns, cakes, blood, kisses, and romance.

Because the question is: Who is the villain after all? Maybe it just isn’t who you think it is..

SOULLESS Guest Blog Post: The Characters

During this blog I’ll be discussing the two main characters of the novel, or, more specifically, where they came from and why they’re probably my two most favorite characters out of all of my books. However, first things first, thank you very much to Jillian for hosting me! 🙂 This marks the last stop of the SOULLESS blog tour, and so I think it’s a great place to end.So, SOULLESS is written mostly from two points of view, with the slight exception of a few chapters written from a guy named Ryan and an old man named Mr Pearson. The two points are view are from Mia and Roxanne— both girls are seventeen, and they both grew up together in the same town— Amador City in California.

As they grew up, both girls were extremely close to one another, and they were almost inseparable. However, as they grew up, things began to get more complicated, and it’s within the first two chapters of SOULLESS that their relationship finally meets breaking point.

You see, Mia is jealous of Roxanne. Roxanne doesn’t go to high school— she dropped out and set up her own bakery, and it’s been a success. Roxanne isn’t single— she has a partner named Ryan, who Mia is quite fond of. Finally, Roxanne has the family— the family that Mia never had.

It isn’t until the two reach this age that they begin to see their differences. However, at the same time, Roxanne finds herself jealous at the fact that Mia has a sister— something mysterious happened to her when they were younger, although Mia is unsure of what.

The differences that the two girls face is a large element of the novel. As the story unfolds, we jump between their points of view, and one of the questions that readers are left to decide for themselves is who they feel more sympathy for— both girls have their qualities and their negatives.

As people begin to vanish from Amador, it’s up to Mia and Roxanne to fight to save their town and their people. SOULLESS raises many questions about many issues, but the idea of the two main characters not getting along and trying to re-build their relationship throughout this interested me, both because it made the story more interesting due to the different scenes I could write from different points of view and slowly reveal things, but also because it’s different. Many stories involve either a main character and an acquaintance, or two or three friends solving the problem, fighting against evil. It added a different dynamic to the book, although this idea didn’t fall into place until I began seriously plotting the book.

Because of this, it made the book even more exciting to write. As you may or may not know, depending on whether or not you’ve been following the SOULLESS Blog Tour, but I actually started this book numerous times before finally getting it right. Not only because the plot was one that seemed too big for me to tackle, and because I was scared of ruining the idea, but because I didn’t quite know how to tell the story, as in, from whose point of view.

After reading several books where multiple points of view were successful, I knew that this was how I wanted to tell SOULLESS. Through this, I got to know my characters really well, and it made it even more exciting to continue writing the book, wanting to find out what each character was going to do or behave next. Mia and Roxanne took on a life of their own, and they became some of my most vivid characters that I’ve created so far.

When I reached the end of working on this book, after I had finished the last page and penned the last line, I knew I would be sad to see them go. Despite the faults they both have, they both are strong, caring, protective, and fierce— neither of them are afraid to do what needs doing to put things right!

In conclusion, when asked about the characters of the novel, I feel as though— for the reasons above— the characters help to drive this book on alongside the plot. Their back-stories are something that I really enjoyed creating, and the personalities of Mia and Roxanne. I’m just glad that I was able to ‘meet’ them in order to tell this story.

If you decide to take a chance on SOULLESS, I hope that you enjoy meeting Mia and Roxanne just as much as I did.

 

~Thanks for stoping by, Joshua!   ~Jillian 

 

About the author:

Joshua J. Johnson currently lives in England with a serious case of wanderlust and a wardrobe full of books.

He started writing as soon as he discovered that book didn’t randomly appear, and that they were actually written by people. After growing up writing short stories by hand for his brother and his family– including a weekly family newspaper– he created a blog where his writing has been captivated, treasured, and enjoyed by thousands of people in nearly eighty countries around the world.

He is now the proud author of BONES OF THE SURFACE, SOULLESS, THE SWEET LIFE, THEIR TIME TO GO, and several more upcoming novels.Thank you very much for hosting me again, and thank you to you, the reader, for your time.

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Joshua-J.-Johnson/e/B00H8ZGA22/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Site: joshuajstories.wordpress.com

Twitter: @JoshuaJAuthor

 

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