Interview with Tia Silverthorne Bach, author of Chasing Memories


Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: May 22, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kindle

Synopsis: 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.

Author Bio: 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.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

‘Chasing Memories’ is a YA paranormal book. A brief summary: Reagan is a typical seventeen year old, excited about prom, picking a college, and hanging out with her friends and boyfriend. That is until a family camping trip goes horribly wrong. 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.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

I’ve loved words as far back as I can remember. When I was young, I filled notebook after notebook with stories and ideas. If I wasn’t writing, I was reading. In college, I took the practical route and focused on business and technical writing. Then I had my first child, and I craved a creative outlet. Journaling led to jotting down ideas which led to my first novel, ‘Depression Cookies’, an award-winning coming-of-age story co-written with my mother.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your current release?

In general, I agonize over every decision in my life. I make pro/con lists and fret over the details—drives my husband crazy. But once I make a decision, I have peace. I know I did everything I could with the knowledge I had at the time. The same is true with my books. I’m sure there’s always a way to make something better. But in the end, I know I put everything I could into it at the time.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Since I am also an editor, I find it extremely difficult to stop revising. According to Mark Twain, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” However, figuring out those wrong words can get rather tricky.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

I’m all about women empowerment since I like to write strong women. So, usually I’m listening to songs with a strong woman theme or singer. Back in the day, it was Madonna. Now, it’s Pink.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Although I know other writers do this, it always feels strange… I read my work out loud, particularly dialogue. I’ve even printed out sections of dialogue and had one of my kids read with me so I could see if it flowed naturally. It’s amazing how much awkwardness you can pick up this way. But I guess it does leave me talking to myself most of the day.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Book 2 is in my head, and I’m excited to get it all on paper. ‘Chasing Memories’ is the first book in a planned trilogy.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

I just signed up to attend UTopYA next summer. Although it’s almost a year away, I’m excited both as a writer and a fan. It’s just the impetus I need to get Book 2 (and maybe even Book 3) done.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you love a book, recommend it to friends and family and leave a review. A good read is a gift that keeps on giving, and the reader who loves it will be forever in your debt.

3 comments:

  1. What a great conversation between Star and Tia. Love! It's always great to hear when a writer seeks to empower teenage girls by creating strong female characters in the YA genre :)

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today and giving me some thought-provoking questions. I enjoyed it!

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    1. Tia,

      It is a pleasure having you here and best wishes!

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