Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She’s the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother. Tia’s office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that’s conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.
Night owl, or early bird?
A night owl originally, now both. Sleep is overrated, or at least I’m trying to convince myself that it is. One of these days, I’m sure it will catch up with me. I’m the mom of three, so the best times to write are either late at night or early in the morning when the house is quiet.
One food you would never eat?
A pie from someone I’ve ever wronged. Anyone who has read The Help knows exactly what I mean!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Books 2 and 3 of the Tala Prophecy series are in my head, and the manuscripts are progressing. Most of all I want to continue to explore the female young adult psyche through story. It’s a mine full of amazing gems, and I don’t want to miss one sparkling second of it.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My mother and grandmother were avid readers who filled shelf after shelf with books, and my mom is a published poet. I had a love of words from an early age and a very active imagination. I needed a place for all of that to go.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
My mother and I co-wrote the award-winning novel, Depression Cookies—my first book. It’s a coming of age story written from two perspectives, mother and daughter. Last November, Mom and I went to Miami to accept the Silver award in Realistic Fiction from Readers Favorite. Standing on stage with her is a memory I will never forget. She is the one who inspired my love of the written word.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. I like to write about strong female characters. When they face adversity, I can imagine this song on full volume in their head. My favorite lyrics: It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our rival.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
It’s simple, but so true… “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” (Bill Cosby) Write what interests you, and write it well.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena—a strong, but just, woman: the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, and the arts. I strive to be a strong woman with a heart.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
My favorite characters to write are young adult females, so I definitely take from my own experiences and emotional reactions to create them. But, I am the oldest of three girls and the mother to three girls, so I have plenty of female perspective to draw from. To truly breathe life into a character, you must let a piece of your heart form them.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Catching Fire, the movie. I only read the first two of the Hunger Games trilogy, but I loved Katniss. Such a strong, female character—yet she has so much to learn about her own power.
What was your favorite children’s book?
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As someone with a great appreciation for food, the idea of a town where food rained down was fascinating.
How do you react to a bad review?
Thankfully, I have been a longtime book club gal. There are very few books that bring us to a consensus. Life is all about differences and appreciating those differences. I don’t expect every reader to love my book, but I hope every reader takes something away from it.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Sugar. It is my kryptonite now, so I’m sure it would only be amplified in superhero form.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Forever by Judy Blume. It was my first rebellion. I grew up on Judy Blume, but my parents said No to this one. I read it on the sly.
Favorite places to travel?
Any place I’ve never been. I have such a strong curiosity for what I have not seen. Maybe someday, when I’ve seen more places, I’ll settle on a favorite.
Write a Haiku about your book
A Haiku series about Chasing Memories…
Chilling darkness masks
the terror of that evening
where everything changed.
Reagan must embrace
all she believes and some things
she has yet to know.
In order to save
herself and others she loves
from drowning in loss.
Thanks for hosting me and for the fun questions.
There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…
Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken. Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.
Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?
Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.