What Role Does Destiny Play

E. K. McCoy Author Interview

When Stars Align is a captivating story that shows how love and goals intertwine and the beauty in how two people make their relationship work despite the challenges. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I have worked in the medical setting for nearly fifteen years, and have listened to many coworkers express their concerns with finding the relationship/work life balance.  Also, like Elsie, I have personal experience with dating a medical student while I pursued my own dreams.

In all my works, I want the story to feel as real as possible, so I believe in using a piece of “real-life inspiration,” meaning that the events happened but have been exaggerated or slightly modified to make for a more interesting read. For When Stars Align I used my personal experience with my breakup with said medical student and the following loss of my grandmother as the main influences for the beginning of the story’s plot. Once I decided to use these two these events as the inspiration behind When Stars Align, the rest of the story just sort of came to me.

Elsie and Augustus are compelling characters. What were some driving ideals behind the development of their relationship?

When it came to creating Auggie and Elsie’s characters, I truly challenged myself. Not only did I want to create complex, relatable and realistic characters, I also wanted the reader to be able to connect to a “modern day love story.”

To create their characters, I took different traits from various people I know. I would add and subtract traits from Elsie and Auggie’s characters until I felt I had created a interesting, well-rounded individuals. Using traits from people I know really helped me make them come to life on paper.

As far as creating a relationship that I believe many men and women around my age (we’ll just say 30 something) would be able to relate to, I tried to find issues that are relevant to now. Sadly, we live in a time where ghosting exes exists and I know many people who have been on one end of the “ghosting”. I felt many readers would be able to relate to this modern-day relationship issue.

We also live during a time where I feel many men and women have felt the stress of having a fulfilling career as well as a happy love life. That’s why I made this the main relationship struggle between Auggie and Elsie.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

What role does destiny play in matters of the heart? How much control do we really have over the outcomes of our own lives?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently seeking a literary film agent for When Stars Align. I would love to see Elsie and Auggie come to life on screen.

I also have several completed manuscripts. At this time, I cannot share any more information other than that I am hoping to have another work published within a year’s time!

Author Links: GoodReads | Website

Do you believe in destiny—a predetermined, irresistible course of events that no act of human intervention can deter? Dr. Augustus Owens, an ER trauma specialist, does. He believes an invisible force is always present with him and is the deciding factor between life or death. Dr. Owens realizes that in life we can only do so much before something else takes control and decides fate for us.But what role does destiny play in love? How much control do we really have in matters of the heart?As is true with most young medical residents, confident and determined Dr. Owens cannot afford to waste time on girls or parties. He works long and hard and is dedicated to advancing his career at any cost. So why is he feeling so undeniably drawn to the mysterious girl he spotted at a frat party next door? Almost as if under a spell, a sudden vulnerability consumes him, and he feels the need to be as close to her as he possibly can be.On the pages of this book fate and time weave a riveting, heartwarming tale of why Dr. Owens was forced in her direction from the minute he laid eyes on her. Their paths were destined to cross, and there was no stopping destiny.

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