May 2, 2013

David's Song Blog Tour: Dishin' It Up with A.R. Talley + GIVEAWAY: $25 Amazon Giftcard

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I'm happy to be participating in the David's Song Blog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (a blog I LOVE). Today, I get to interview the author of David's Song, A.R. Talley! Check it out!


I’d like to welcome author A.R. Talley to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.
Thanks for having me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Being an author kind of snuck up on me. I didn't know I wanted to be one until I sat down one day to write a story that had been milling around in my head. I have had that from time to time in the course of my life.  I wish someone had told me earlier to write it down, then I could have enjoyed writing for much longer.

When did you write your first book?
David's Song is actually my first book, and I started writing it in the fall of 2007.

Tell us a little about your romance novel, David’s Song.
David's Song is the story of a woman (Annie) who has loved two men, both from college.  One broke her heart and then went on to become a megastar in the music world (David).  The other, she married (Jeremy).  After 15 years of marriage, disillusioned by routine of life, Annie gets a chance to rekindle her relationship with David. The story gives Annie a choice - abandon what she has already built with Jeremy, and start a new life with David - or, go back to Jeremy and build a better relationship on the foundation they have already begun.

Sum the main character Annie up in three words.
Annie in 3 words?  Um...Insecure, Sympathetic, Intelligent

If David’s Song were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
There is a song called, Somewhere Love Remains, it's sung by Lady Antelbellum on their Own the Night CD. To me, this is Annie and Jeremy's theme song.

What do you like best about writing romance?
When I write romance, I feel young again. Almost like I'm up in my bedroom imagining a story for Barbie and Ken.  I like imagining what the characters look like, how they meet, when they realize they are falling in love.  It's a little bit like playing dolls and creating a world and people where anything can happen.

A publisher tells you they would love to release David’s Song, but only if you rewrite it for a much younger audience. What do you tell them?
I actually had something similar to this happen.  I submitted the manuscript to a publisher and they thought it was well written, loved the story except that the word count was too high, and they had issues with the kiss toward the end. To rectify their concerns, they wanted me to disregard the last half of the story and rewrite it, making David's Song a story of how Annie and Jeremy finally come together. I struggled with the idea for a while, because I really, really wanted to be published.  In the end, however, I felt like I was compromising too much of the story I wanted to tell.  If a publisher asked me to rewrite for a much younger audience, I think my reaction would be the same. Although I would offer to write something different in the YA genre if they would like that. (As a side note, I have had people tell me to try and market David's Song as a YA novel because it's clean. To me though, it's not a story that would be interesting to a younger audience.)

What is your writing schedule like?
Typically, I try and get all my daily work done in the morning, you know, laundry, dishes, making beds, ect.  Then after lunch, I like to sit down, while the house is quiet and do my writing then.  Sometimes I will write in the evening as well, if I'm not too tired.  Once the kids get home from school, the distractions become too much to concentrate and I get frustrated. And then, there are those rare occasions when I'm really on a roll and I let everything else slide. Those moments are really fun, but don't happen too often. 

Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I usually have some kind of playlist going in the background when I write.  I am so used to having noise about the house, that's from raising seven kids, that I just don't think I function in total quiet anymore.

Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Three of my favorite authors would be, Kristin Hannah, Elizabeth Gaskell, Richard Paul Evans.  Three of my all time favorite books are: Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah, Sylvia's Lovers, by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafron.

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
Best compliment would be that I have created characters who are believable, that they like and are sympathetic to, and that they care about.  My favorite books are ones where I really like the characters, and so if someone would think highly of my characters - to me, that would be the best praise I could receive.
Great interview! Loved the way you dealt with the publisher. I no doubt would have done the same thing!

Meet A.R. Talley

April R. Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio in 1959. She is the youngest of six children. She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff. After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981. April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique. Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church. April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.








David's Song

Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience.

A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.





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