Wednesday, May 8, 2013

#WriterlyWisdomWednesday - A.R. Talley, Author of David's Song #Giveaway

This week I'm thrilled to have A.R. Talley, Author of David's Song, stop in for part of her blog tour. 


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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.

 Praise from reviews on

"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


A.R. Talley on Writing

1. Read, read, read - read lots of different genres, even ones you think you may not like.  There are many things to be learned in reading how other people write.

2. Write in the genre(s) you love.   You will be amazed at what comes to you instinctively.

3.Stay true to your own values and convictions in your writing.  If steamy sex scenes offend you, you do not need to write one.  If language is an issue for you, you can keep it as clean as you like.  The important thing is to write for yourself, not an audience.  When you write for yourself, the audience will follow.

4.Do not expect to have the next blockbuster while you are writing.  Do not assume there is a movie deal in the making of your novel (or story, or whatever.)  People who write for the big screen are called screen writers - it's a totally different way of writing.

5. Turn off your inner editor (at least for your first draft).  Get your story out on paper (or computer screen) and then revise to your heart's content.  If you worry about perfection to begin with, you will end up frustrated and feeling like the work will never be completed.

6. Surround yourself with supportive but critical readers and editors.  They will help you flush out story line, characters, and all those little grammatical errors that sneak in.

7. HAVE FUN!!!!!


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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  1. I'm true to my values when writing. And I write what I would enjoy reading. That others have wanted to my books is just bonus.

    1. Well what you enjoy reading is good stuff, cuz your books are good!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Great tips! I especially like #2 and #5.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    1. I know, right! Thanks for being so faithful Shannon!