Welcome Lena! Lena Goldfinch is the authoress of The Language of Souls.
Q: So tell me, what sparked this story?
A: The Language of Souls sprang from two central story questions:
1. Without a common language, how could two people fall in love? Or, by his/her actions, how would someone win your heart? Though physical attraction plays a role in this, of course, I was especially interested in exploring elements beyond looks.
2. What if our soul was a physical thing, something we could tangibly keep, have taken from us, or even something we could choose to give away?
Those may have been the twin sparks that fired my creativity, but it was ultimately Solena and Rundan who won my heart and propelled the story. Solena, a healer with a genuine desire to save her beloved grandfather. And Rundan, a conflicted soldier, who strives fruitlessly to please his military father, though he'd rather spend his time pouring over an ancient text.
Q: Votifs play a strong role in The Language of Souls, can you explain them briefly to my readers?
A: A votif is a small molten jar of sorts, worn at one’s waist, which contains the embers of one’s soul. In both cultures, the votif is essential to life and there are many spiritual rituals associated with it.
Q: Describe The Language of Souls in 5 words or less.
A: The Language of Love Is: a tender story about an uncommon love.
(You see how I cheated there? I’m hoping you’ll float me the “a” and the “an”. Can I buy a vowel, Juju?? *grin* Stripping down the story to 5 words really hard. Maybe even harder than taking the SATs. lol!)
Q: If The Language of Souls was being made into a movie, who would play Solena and Rundan?
A: The actress who comes to mind is Keisha Castle-Hughes, who played the girl in The Whale Rider and Mary in The Nativity Story. I loved her in both. (She’s all grown up now and is a mom herself! Time flies, right?) Keisha brought qualities to both of these films that make me think she’d be great as Solena.
Rundan was way harder for me to place. He’s as a young man in his early twenties. He’s earnest, honorable, and brave, in an almost knightly fashion, and yet he has this scholarly side... So maybe if you took Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale and magically crossed him with the scholarly James Spader in Stargate? (The collective wisdom of Google and IMDb has failed me, so if any of your readers can think of a contemporary actor who’d work, I’m all ears!)
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Contest time: Doesn't it sound good? Well Lena has decided to give one of my readers a PDF of The Language of Souls. To enter simply comment with your email address and please tell me what actor you think could play the role of Rundan if this book was ever made into a film. This contest is open internationally and the winner will be announced November 30th.