Next month, an awesome soulmate F/F romance is coming out and I can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read such an interesting book. Curved Horizon has so many things in it that I think romance readers will absolutely love it so I couldn’t miss the chance to have the author, Taylor Brooke, sharing a bit about her work on our blog.
Q1: How would you explain the Camellia Clock world to someone who’s starting the series from Curved Horizon?
You know, I left the Camellia Clock open for interpretation on purpose. I wanted people to find their own footing within a soulmate universe because the term soulmate is so different for all of us. Soulmate could be best friend, someone could have multiple soulmates – there’s room to explore. But to go over the basics: The Camellia Clock is fate. The driving force behind its decision making is unknown, but as it was developed, scientists could track patterns and changes influenced by this anomalous human hormone – the soul. Being able to pinpoint exactly when two lines of energy will meet, or when multiple lines of energy will meet, opened up the discussion for sexualities, gender identities and so on. Even though the Camellia World seems to lean toward a bi/pan mindset, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other Rose Roads, including ace/aro Rose Roads. Because the Camellia Clock is a tether for soulmates, someone who is asexual would be matched with people suited for them depending on where they landed on the spectrum. That goes for aromantic folks as well. After a pair/group reaches 00:00 on their Camellia Clocks, they’re faced with a decision to take their relationship in two directions – Emotionally or Physically. Sometimes it’s a mix of both, sometimes couples/groups lean one direction more than the other, it just depends. There’s room to navigate identities, fluidity, boundaries, trust and so on. That’s really one of the most interesting parts of the story for me – the act of falling in love backward, or forming an intense bond backward. When the characters are presented with their soulmate/soulmates, whether stranger, friend, rival or acquaintance, they’re faced with a future most people would’ve wondered about for a long time. There’s curiosity trying to balance with lust, love trying to balance with friendship. There could also be absence in curiosity, lust, love, friendship, or a significant increase in one or the other. Depending on who is paired with who and how they identify, a Rose Road could be romantic, it could be friendship, it could be companionship. Emotional connection means something different to everyone and so does physical connection. The Camellia Clock doesn’t have stipulations placed on souls. Once the pair/group times out, it’s up to them to figure out how they proceed, what’s good for them, what’s necessary, wanted and encouraged.