A. R. Talley (April R Talley) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass media communications from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. Previous to the completion of her degree, she was employed by Osmond Productions working on the production staff of The Donny and Marie Show and several other shows produced at Osmond Studios in Orem, Utah. She later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear clothing boutique. She has been married for over thirty years, the mother of seven children, and grandmother to six. Now, she keeps herself busy caring for the two children she still has at home, volunteering for her church, reading and writing. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy. You can follow April on her blog – talleyar.blogspot.com, or on twitter – A.R. Talley@ARTalley13, or on Facebook – ARTalley7
Thank you for joining us today, April. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
Well, as the bio said, I am a wife and mother and grandmother…although I don’t think I’m old enough to be the latter. I was born in the month of April, that’s how I got my name. My mother was very original – good thing I was not a boy. I live in Ohio with my husband and two of my children who are still in school. I am relatively new to the writing game. I started writing about 5 years ago. I wish that someone would have told me when I was much younger that I could write down all those stories I had floating around in my head, because I LOVE doing it. I also love music and reading. I play the piano. I also enjoy poking around in the garden, decorating, and traveling (especially cruises because I can sit on the deck of a ship and read…best of both worlds!)
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
Like I said above, I started writing about 5 years ago. And I guess you could say that the bug bit hard. In the last 5 years I have completed 4 novels and have the beginnings of 2 more.
I don’t consider David’s Song a YA novel, but I have written one. I wrote it after finishing the David’s Song Trilogy. And I decided to write in the YA genre for two reasons. 1. I enjoy reading YA fiction. And 2. I really like teenagers. I think they are interesting and fun to be around.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
My favorite part of writing for the YA group is also the most challenging part – and that is getting the language right. Teens and Young Adults speak very differently than I did when I was that age. I found myself asking my teenagers and college age kids if I was getting right. When I did, it was fun to play with the language.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
By latest book, I assume you mean David’s Song. This book is about a young woman, Annie, who while in college meets and falls in love with two men. One breaks her heart and the other marries her. Several years later, while on a get away with old college roommates, Annie meets up with David, the boy who broke her heart. At this time, she’s having some marital difficulties and is feeling insecure and vulnerable. David feeling a spark of old feelings, courts and attempts to woo Annie away from her troubled marriage. The story culminates as Annie is faced with the choice of her marriage – or a chance at lost love. You’ll have to read the book to find out which she chooses.
What inspired you to write it?
I was inspired to write the story after meeting up with a man who I had a crush on in college. We were nothing more than casual friends at the time. But I started wondering what would have happened if things had worked out differently.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Readers can purchase a print or ebook copy online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon (look for it under the author name of A.R. Talley), or at Authorhouse.com.
What is up next for you?
Up next is getting the second book of the trilogy printed. It’s titled Jeremy’s Promise, and readers can actually get a sneak peek at the end of David’s Song. I’m hoping to release Jeremy’s Promise this fall.
Do you have anything else to add?
Just want to thank you for this chance to share a little bit about me and my work. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it!
Thank you for spending time with us today, April. We wish you much success.
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