Twin Souls Trilogy

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And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself ... the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and would not be out of the other's sight, as I may say, even for a moment: these are the people who pass their whole lives together... - Aristophanes, in Plato's Symposium


The Twin Souls Trilogy officially came into being on October 19 2008. It was during one of my regular wanderings around Wikipedia that I encountered the idea of a twin soul, something akin to a soulmate but with one crucial difference – while someone might have many soulmates during their lifetime, they will have just one twin soul. It is essentially their other half, the only person in all of the world who truly knows and understands them on all levels – physically, intellectually and spiritually. The concept of a twin soul comes from Symposium by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato, which was written sometime after 385 BCE, and was posited by the playwright Aristophanes.

But the Trilogy started almost a year earlier than that – I typed out the very first words of Defying Gravity's first draft on New Year's Day 2008, barely moments after midnight. When I originally began writing, I had very little vision for where I wanted the story to go. However, I did have a very specific purpose in mind – I wanted to write an alternate universe story that adhered to established Hanson canon as far as possible. Unfortunately the first incarnation of Defying Gravity was nothing short of a disaster, and I ended up hitting a wall after the first three chapters were written. On July 9 of that same year, fed up with my seeming inability to continue with the story, I essentially ripped it to pieces and started over, retaining just three elements – the plot, the characters and the title.

It did the trick. Slightly more than six months later I had a completed story, and the Trilogy was officially off and running.


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