Please welcome author A.R. Talley as she discusses which scenes of DAVID’S SONG were most difficult for her to write.
A.R. Talley: Hardest Scenes of “David’s Song”
Since David’s Song is told in first person, the hardest scenes to write were when I wanted to hint at what other characters might be thinking or feeling without spoiling the first person perspective or spelling out to much for the reader.
The scene in the school library between David and Annie was probably the most difficult. I wanted the readers to intuit or realize what David was thinking and at the same time make sure that Annie was totally oblivious, to wrapped up in her own thoughts and emotions, to have any inkling of David’s perspective. I had her note body language and expression in his eyes but not realize that they might suggest a conflict in his thinking. I wanted readers to second guess David without having Annie do it. I’m still not sure I pulled it off.
I also found it difficult to develop Annie’s suspicions about Emily without going overboard. There is a fine line between leading a reader and hitting them on the head. It took me awhile to find the balance. First drafts of the novel were horrible in that regard. I spelled out everything . With the help of some really astute alpha readers, I hopefully was able to suggest plot, like Emily’s meddling, without screaming it from the rooftops.
And in truth, it took me a while to decide how I wanted to the story to end – what decision Annie would ultimately make. I really like both Jeremy and David. And in the end, although I think she made the right decision, I have heard from some of my readers that they weren’t sure she did. I guess that’s a question for everyone to answer for themselves.
Taken from the book cover: 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.
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.
Praise from reviews on Goodreads.com
“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
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