Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Tia Silverthorne Bach!
Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in sunny California. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.
Without further ado, here’s Tia’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I know it sounds so cliché, but yes. I come from a family of writers and storytellers. Although I started off with a love of books, it quickly grew into a love of writing. I sought out any opportunity to write, even to the point of begging my way into the office of my college newspaper. But my ultimate dream was always to write a novel.
Why did you choose to write for young adults? I have written in several genres, but one thing always stays the same… my love of exploring youth. There’s so much material to cover from our late teens to our early twenties, because it’s that fascinating time between childhood innocence and adult responsibility. So, naturally, I gravitated toward Young Adult. But even my adult books have an element of exploring what happens in our youth and how it affects who we become later.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? It’s silly, but when I started writing shapeshifters, I wanted to explain the “naked” situation. I remember when I was watching the Twilight movies, and these ripped young men always ended up shifting back and having clothes on. Even the Hulk had his ripped pants. I was determined to include an explanation and not just have people magically appear back in clothes. [Thank you for that!]
What motivated the plot of your Tala Prophecy series? Pure curiosity inspired my Tala Prophecy series.
I wondered how a girl who suffered a tragic loss would handle finding out she’d become something she never believed in… something that seemed to come straight out of the world of fiction. As if it wasn’t hard enough to be a teenager and suffer loss, she was then faced with a new, unbelievable reality.
What was the hardest story for you to write? My first novel, Depression Cookies, which I co-authored with my mom. There’s so much truth in there, and I had to face it before I could write about it. I lost my best friend to Anorexia when I was in high school, and I had to process my feelings about that. It is fiction, but I left a piece of myself in that book. I’m very proud of it.
What process do you use to plan your novels?
Oh, I’m a pantser through and through. Even when I try to outline, my characters take control and lead me where they will. I do take copious notes, only to scribble through them as I go along. Mainly, I sit and write. Then, I trust my characters. [Another pantser…I so relate to letting your characters drive the story.]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Reagan from my Tala Prophecy series. One, I was able to really explore her because she has a multi-book arc. But, also because she’s fierce. Even when she’s scared and confused, she faces it head on. She was the girl I wanted to be, the woman I hope I’ve become, and embodied the characteristics I hope to impart to my daughters.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? They all do. There’s a part of me in each book, because there are things I’m exploring about myself through my characters. It’s cheaper than therapy! [Wow! I just had that discussion with my husband today about my own writing.]
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? More than writer’s block, I’ve experienced life blocks. Sometimes, life gets in the way of writing. And, I try to go with the flow and remember: this too shall pass.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’d like to write a new adult contemporary romance; one that is about two struggling souls finding their way to one another. More emotional grit than naughty sex scenes. [I’d like to read that one.]
Which authors inspire you? There are too many to list. Truly. Early on I was inspired by Judy Blume, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Fannie Flagg. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by BJ Sheldon, Kelly Martin, Krystal Wade, and the Fractured Glass ladies mentioned earlier. Their work inspires me to be better. But that’s the tip of a pretty awesome iceberg. [Awesome indeed!]
What novel would you read multiple times? (Looks around sheepishly) I don’t know if I should admit this, but I don’t re-read books. Books stay in my heart, especially those I love, but there are just too many amazing books out there and so little time.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Wow. Such a hard question. Pretty much any trip to Nashville in June (to the awesome Utopia conference) brings amazing people into my life. Each year I meet someone new and fascinating. I’m all about living in the here and now. But, I might also want to meet Hugh Jackman. There, I admitted it. [Yes, Utopia is so awesome. I’m looking forward to returning again next year.]
What is your favorite quote? “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Nora Roberts
So true, and I love Nora Roberts. Another inspiration author. [Love it! I need a poster and hang it for everyone, not just me, to see.]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I adore my dog babies. All my life, I’ve had a dog.
But, in the imaginary world, I love unicorns. I collected them when I was a young girl. They encompass the beauty and grace of a horse, but they’re also innocent and pure. Or maybe a Pegasus.
What is your favorite color? Truly, it depends on my mood and the situation. I joke that every year at Christmas I end up with a color theme, and my girls all get clothes in the same color. It’s not something I set out to do, but it inevitably happens. So far, there’s never been a Christmas of all black or gray, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign that I’m happy most of the time. In general, I love all shades of blue and purple.
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This has been fun! Thank you Tia for participating in my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Rachael Brownell!