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David’s Song

Taken from the book cover: 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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Author 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.

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Praise from reviews on Goodreads.com

“Not just your typical romance novel”  – Tracy Williams

“David’s Song is great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships”.  – Anna Pavkov

“Sucked me in from the 1st page”  – Jill Walker

“Loved this book . . . could not put it down!”  – Dana Vieira

 

Interview

If you could travel back in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the present?

I would go back to the past, preferably 18th century Scotland.  Of course I would want to live in a wealthier clan – have some property, and lots of handsome men in kilts keeping me company.

What is one book everyone should read?

I would recommend The Book of Mormon to anyone who would like to enlighten and change their lives.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Quaker Oatmeal with added bananas and strawberries.

One food you would never eat?

Liver.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

You should read my book because it’s one great story.

What is your favorite quote?

Not sure who said this, but as a women’s fiction/romance writer, I believe it whole-heartedly.

“Like everything which is not the involuntary result of emotion, but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.”

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Few things in life really matter, so choose your battles carefully.

Favorite Food?

Angel Hair Pasta – something about the texture that I just love.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

Movie—The Host,  Book—Fly Away, by Krsitin  Hannah, it’s the sequel to Firefly Lane which is one of my all time favorite books.

Favorite quote from a movie?

My baby’s all grown up and savin’ China!   From Mulan.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Light a scented candle, bake some goodies, then curl up on the couch and read!
What do you think of book trailers?

I’m not a fan.  Most of them I don’t think add anything to what the book cover offers. And I especially don’t like it when they use models to portray the characters because they often do not match my image of the character.  That being said, I have seen some set to music, and if I like the song, then I tend to like the trailer.

Pets? – childhood or adult

When I was a young girl, we got a German Sheppard puppy.  He was the runt of the litter and never grew as large and intimidating as most dogs of that breed.  He was slender, had floppy ears and a personality that would not quit.  He dies more than 30 years ago, and I still miss him.

Where do you write?

In my laundry room.  There is a long counter in the room, it was meant to be a sewing center, but I have adapted it to be my writing area.  I used to try and write at the kitchen desk, but I was too easily distracted by children.  And I didn’t like having people looking over my shoulder as I worked.  Now I just have to battle with the noise from the washer and dryer.

What words of expressions do you overuse?

I think I probably have my characters “roll their eyes” a little too much.  But I haven’t mastered the art of conveying that behavior in my dialogue yet, or found a different way of saying it.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?

I have a couple favorite scenes.  But one I always like to return to is the scene in the Library where Annie is discovered in her lie.  For me, it’s a pivotal moment for Annie and Jeremy.  All of her vulnerabilities come into play, and it sets up the communication issues that plague Jeremy and Annie all through their marriage.

The hardest scene to write was also in the Library, but this one was between David and Annie.  It was the moment when he told her he was going to California (among other things…don’t want to give any spoilers.)  There are several nuances that I was trying to capture, particularly with David, which I really struggled with.  I still don’t know if it comes across as I was envisioning it.  I think part of the difficulty was the first person perspective.  I wanted to give some foreshadowing to the reader into what was in David’s head, but could only relate it through Annie’s perspective.

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?

I cheat. 😉  I collect programs from school programs that list the students’ names.  That gives me a list to mix and match from.

Personalities just seem to develop as I write.  Part of that is because usually the personalities of the characters play into the conflict of the story.  In David’s Song, Annie’s innate insecurity feeds the issues she faces.  Her insecurity influences the choices she makes, without that insecurity, if becomes an entirely different story.

If you could leave this world for your “book world”, would you?

Absolutely.  I want a chance to look into David’s eyes!

Fanfiction – Love it or Hate it? Have you ever written it?

Mostly hate it.  I haven’t read very much of it. I know it’s very popular and probably a great way to hone writing skills, but what I have read, seems to that characters and make them act contrary to who they are. I particularly dislike fanfiction when the author makes themselves a character in the story.  (Like an author who inserts herself into Pride and Prejudice and then lures Darcy away from Elizabeth.) To me that’s just cheap writing.  I personally have never written any – never intend to.  I do have a daughter who has written some Harry Potter fanfiction. I liked hers because she took secondary characters and wrote a scene from their perspective in reaction to something that actually happened in the Harry Potter books.

THIS OR THAT
TV or Movies?  Movies
Hot or Cold?  Cold (can always put something on to get warm, can’t take enough off to
get cool)
Black or White? White
Night Owl or early bird?  Night Owl
Print or Ebook?  Print
Chocolate or Vanilla?  Always chocolate
Regular or Diet?  Diet
Coke or Pepsi?  Pepsi
Horror or Romance?  Romance
Action or Drama?  Drama
Pizza or Pasta?  Pasta
Skittles or M&M’s?  M&M’s (peanut, always)
Sweet or Salty?  Sweet
Summer or Winter?  Summer
City or Country?  Country
Harry Potter or Twilight?  Harry Potter, definitely
Gum or Breath Mints?  Gum
Spontaneity or Plan ahead?  Spontaneity
PC or Mac?  PC
Beach or Pool?  Beach
Shoes or Sandals?  Shoes
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Apples or Oranges?  Oranges
Cause or Effect?  Cause
Heads or Tails?  Heads
Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook
Truth or Dare?  Truth
Text or Talk?  Talk
Introvert or Extrovert?  Inbetween???

 

Top 5 Favorite Authors
1.Jane Austen
2.Kristin Hannah
3.Elizabeth Gaskell
4.Kate Morton
5.Richard Paul Evans

Top 5 Favorite Books
1.Firefly Lane
2.Sylvia’s Lover
3.Pride and Prejudice
4.The Secret Garden
5.Shadow of the Wind

Top 5 Movies I watch over and over again
1.Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version)
2.Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)
3.Secondhand Lions
4.While You Were Sleeping
5.The Truth About Cats and Dogs

 

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