Today, I am the host of the TWO CHICKS ON BOOKS blog tour for SILVER by Talia Vance. Not only am I reviewing SILVER but I also have the pleasure of interviewing Talia. I am always amazed by the fact that I have a great amount of YA author talent so close to home and love to support them. So, please take a few minutes and get to know this debut author, check out her new novel and enter a contest. I would say that it is a WIN-WIN situation.
9/1/2012- YA Sisterhood- Blake Interview
9/2/2012- Page Turners Blog hosted by Sophie- Lightening Round Q&A
9/3/2012- The Review News- Review
9/4/2012- Two Chicks On Books- Dream Cast Post
9/5/2012- What The Cat Read- Silver Playlist
9/6/2012- I'm a Bookshark- Top Ten Scenes from Silver
9/7/2012- Debbie's World Of Books- Guest Post
9/8/2012- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads *****Release Day**** Scene from Blake’s POV
9/9/2012- The Ravenous Reader- Interview and Review
9/10/2012- Taters Tall Tales- Review
9/11/2012- Books Over Boys- Interview
9/12/2012- Jean Book Nerd- Interview
9/13/2012- Fiktshun- Celtic Myth Guest Post
9/14/2012- Literary Exploration- Interview
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that's what she writes.
1)What motivated you to write stories for young adult readers?
There was never a conscious decision to write for young adults, or even to write about young adults. When I sat down at a computer to write my first novel (which would become Silver) the characters that showed up were all in their teens. My adult life is shaped and defined by choices I made as a teenager, so it was not surprising to me that I gravitated to that age when I started writing.
At sixteen, I feel madly in love with a boy, and I’ve never forgotten that feeling, even though we both ended up dating other people. As adults, we reconnected and got married, but we almost missed each other altogether. My first story was the story of two teens who are perfect for each other but never quite connect until it’s too late. I may still write that book someday.
Then I started reading young adult novels and never looked back. I think I still feel like I’m sixteen years old a lot of the time.
2) You are part of a core group of children and Young Adult writers
named the YA Muses. How did this unique collaboration come together and
what is it like to have that kind of support?
I met the YA Muses at my first writing conference. I had just finished writing Silver and was considering querying, but wanted to get some critical feedback from industry professionals first, so I asked my husband to send me to conference for my Christmas gift in 2009. I had no idea at the time how valuable that gift would turn out to be. I was not active online and didn’t know anyone else who was trying to write.
I ended up in a critique group led by Ellen Hopkins. As we went around the table and read a chapter of our work aloud, I was blown away by the talent in our group. And how could I not be, with Veronica Rossi, Katherine Longshore and Donna Cooner reading from their works in progress? I fell in love with their books first, but soon discovered that they were all wonderful people. We were all unpublished. Only Donna had an agent, but we were all in about the same place in our writing journey, ready to put ourselves out there. We communicated every day through a website called Scribblerati. We exchanged manuscripts, shared queries, commiserated over rejections, celebrated successes and shared what we had learned about craft.
Meeting the Muses changed everything for me as a writer. I was motivated and inspired in a way I never had been. I started looking at publication as a goal, not just a wish. My family has always been supportive of my writing, but the Muses just got it in a way that only fellow writers can. All four of us are debuting in 2012, and it has been beyond incredible to share this journey together. I didn’t know how much I needed a community of writers until I had one, but honestly, it has been the best part of this journey by far.
3) What can you tell me about your upcoming novel, SILVER?
Silver is the story of the descendant of an Irish goddess who accidentally binds her soul to her mortal enemy. There are a lot of aspects to the story that are personal to me, but ultimately I think it’s a book about learning to make your own choices, with a little bit of sexual politics thrown in for good measure.
4) You have two novels coming out within a 12 month span and both are
quite different from one another, what inspired you to write each
respective novel? and which was easier to write?
Silver was inspired by so many things, it’s difficult to pinpoint just one. I am descended from a woman who was hung as a witch during the Salem witch trials, and so I wanted to play with the idea of a descendant of a powerful, magical woman. I also liked the idea of history being passed down from generation to generation, and maybe getting lost or distorted along the way. But Silver really came to life for me when I figured out that Brianna would bind her soul to Blake, and they would have to separate what was real from what was magic.
Spies and Prejudice was inspired by the summer I worked for my Dad’s private investigative firm just before I started law school. I spent the summer hiding in parked cars waiting for something interesting to happen, but it never did. I started playing with the idea of a teenage girl who worked for her dad’s investigation firm, and before I even realized it, Berry Fields was alive and talking in my head. She would not shut up until I wrote her story. She was a fireball and very jaded, so I knew I needed a strong guy to catch her interest. Enter Tanner Halston, a modern-day Mr. Darcy. The tie in to Pride and Prejudice gave me some fun romantic entanglements to play with, but ultimately this is Berry’s story.
Spies was easier in some ways to write, because I had already written one novel, and I knew I could do it again. Plus, Berry is tough and funny and I loved writing her. Where it took me three years to write the first draft of Silver, I wrote the first draft of Spies in three months. But Spies was harder too. I sold it off a 50 page sample, and had the pressure of a book contract looming. I ended up rewriting most of the book before it was finished. Spies also has a lot more humor, which surprised me, because I am not considered a funny person. Berry is though. I’m still not sure where she came from, but that book is all her.
5) What books are on your nightstand now?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegan and Skinny by Donna Cooner.
6) What can your fans look forward to next?
Spies and Prejudice, where love and espionage collide, will be out in June 2013. Gold, the sequel to Silver will be out in Fall 2013. It’s the continuation of Brianna’s story. I can’t talk about it yet, but I can say that it takes place in Ireland and that I had a blast writing it.
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Flux, Paperback (September 8, 2012), ISBN-13: 978-0738733036
"As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away."
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party when Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her that she's been hiding even from herself.Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
Silver by Talia Vance is a book that quickly captures your interest and by the end of the first chapter you are totally engrossed with it.
This story begins innocent enough with an ordinary teen-aged girl named Brianna who pines away for gorgeous Blake Williams. Yet, no matter how many times she has seen and met him, he always seems to never notice her...actually no boy ever seems to acknowledge her presence. That all changes one night and Brianna's life changes forever in ways that she can never imagine.
The storyline combining ancient folklore and magic and the memorable characters mix together to make an engrossing read that will leave you yearning for more! The main characters, Brianna and Blake had some of the most intense scenes that I have ever read. The love-hate nature of their relationship was very engrossing and I was totally into it. As I was also into the Scottish folklore of the main storyline. It was mysterious and tragic and I wanted to know more and was very happy at how things progressed and eventually play out.
This book had the right amount of danger, mystery, folklore and romance that kept me wholly engaged. Both the storyline and pacing for this book were well done. There never seemed to be a dull moment while I was reading this and am now left wanting more. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, GOLD that will come out in 2013.
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