Cate: Please welcome Trish Silver. Trish, will you please share a short bio with us?
Trish: I was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, WI. I went to college at the University Of Cincinnati School Of Journalism. I moved to Los Angeles in the turbulent 1960's and met my husband Ed. We have been happily married for 42 years and have two sons, Matthew and David and a wonderful daughter-in-law Kathy. We also have two beautiful grandchildren, Sarah and Jack. I always dabbled in writing and was told that I had a gift. I finally found my passion in writing this novel. Life has been good to me.
Cate: Tell us about your latest release and where it's available.
Trish: When I Remember Love is my first book. It is a contemporary romance novel about a rock superstar, Aidan Price, who realized fame by winning an American Idol type of television reality competition. He falls in love at first sight with the beautiful, golden-hearted Jenna, and together they navigate through the rocky road fame presented them. You can learn all about it on my website: http://trishsilver.com. It can be purchased on my site, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and SmashWords.com. There is a Kindle version available too.
Cate: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Author: Certainly. Aidan Price, born in Texas, was raised by his mother after his father left them when Aidan was only two years old. His musical talent was apparent at an early age and his mother encouraged its growth. Despite being teased by other kids for not liking sports, Aidan still pursued his love of music by singing in the school choir. By the time he was in high school, Aidan blossomed from an awkward child to a handsome teen with many followers, especially after his fantastic job as the lead in the school performance of Grease. Later he began performing at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other high-end parties to supplement his income while in college. After losing his girlfriend in a tragic accident, he dropped out of college and formed a rock band. At the encouragement of his fans, Aidan auditioned for American Star and thus begins his exciting journey in the music industry. When Aidan agrees to meet his new music agent’s niece, he never dreams of the role she will come to play in his life.
Jenna Holden grew up as an only child, surrounded by love from her parents, Kate and Nathan. They were a close knit family. Jenna’s mother was her best friend. Then suddenly Jenna loses Kate to brain cancer and her world is turned upside down. Jenna and her father fell into the routine of watching American Star, the reality television show, where talented singers perform in hopes of winning a recording contract. She became mesmerized by contestant Aidan Price whose beautiful voice brought comfort during her time of grief. Jenna is persuaded to go visit her Aunt Vanessa in Los Angeles, who happens to be a music agent and has just signed on none other than Aidan Price. Jenna’s aunt, who knows of her fondness of Aidan, invites Jenna to come with her to a lunch meeting with her newest mysterious client. When Aidan walks into the restaurant Jenna’s life is forever changed a second time.
Aidan and Jenna are instantly drawn to each other and are aware of little else in their surroundings. The two spend some magical time together and shortly after fly to Las Vegas to get married. They embark on a beautiful journey of love where their relationship is put to the test as Aidan’s rise to stardom begins to climb. The two will also have to deal with not only media scrutiny, but also personal crises that threaten to tear apart their happy family forever.
Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Trish: I was inspired to write this book after closely following the journey of a real American Idol from his television debut to his realization of a life-changing career. This journey provided me insight into the characteristics of a phenomenal fan base, as well as an inside look at how someone can find the strength to stay grounded despite the unsettling impact of stardom.
Cate: How do you develop your plots and characters?
Trish: I like to generate a fairly complete story synopsis, before I concentrate on bringing the story to life in the pages of a book. Since the characters have become very real to me, I feel I know them personally; and so it’s fairly easy to conjecture what they might do or how they might react in a given situation. Therefore, my main focus is on coming up with conflicts and challenges that they might realistically face. Once I’ve established those, the story writes itself….it just takes me awhile to find just the right words to transcribe the feelings and the emotional depths of my characters.
Cate: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Trish: My characters unfolded within a dream, which lead my pen in hand in creating my love story. Guiding my words and creative thoughts within the loving actions and behavior of my characters, they come alive filled with passion…undying love of misplaced worlds of now we so deeply need outside of a day dream.
Cate: What's next for you?
Trish: The second of many sequels. I am in the process of writing a sequel to When I Remember Love. The scalding temperatures of my characters are not ready to cool down without my readers. Writing my second sequel, The Price of Love, I felt that we must continue following their journey of heated love and compassion that will develop into many surprises along the way. In this sequel, I design my plots as does an architect by fitting my characters in each room of their lives. On the flip side of the coin, I am also creating a new series of self help books. So many people have told me that my novel reads like a marriage manual and has helped to make their couplings stronger and more amorous. This is why I decided to write this new series. Each book will cover a different aspect of married life and hopefully, will help lovers bond like Jenna and Aidan.
Cate: Describe your writing in three words.
Trish: Passionate, descriptive and great storytelling.
Cate: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Trish: I want to have the reader sift and churn through my words and my thoughts and not race over the page of my well intended perfection. My personal reward is being immersed in the story-line and being with the characters that I created. Being able to visualize my characters coming to life on paper is the ultimate rush for me.
Cate: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Trish: “Outrageous… decadent… its passion dipped on a chocolate strawberry.”
Cate: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Trish: I loved “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.” It’s a great book about the law of attraction, which is no longer a secret to me. I liked “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played with Fire” by Stieg Larsson. Of course, I love a great romance novel too.
Cate: Where can you be found on the web?
Trish: My website and blog, http://trishsilver.com. At my site, you can hear the beautiful music written by our song-writing team. You can also visit three pages that are very valuable for promoting books: Promote Your Book, Spotlight on New Authors, and New Author Links. You will learn a lot from these pages thanks to my virtual assistant, Janis Friesler.
Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Trish: What’s the perfect blending of the mind, body and soul?
Cate: Readers, Trish is giving away a book to a random commenter... so start commenting. Trish will draw the winner’s name notify the winner and post the winner’s name here.