Monday, July 2, 2012

Tal Valante Interview and Giveaway

Today I'm oh so excited to have Tal Valante here for a visit as the All My Crimes tour kicks off. Not only is this Tal's first time to mah Place, but it's her first Riptide story as well, so help me celebrate with her and give her an uber warm welcome!



Hi Tal! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.

Thank you, Amara! I'm excited to be here. And I have a little surprise for your readers—I come bearing gifts!

Email me your answer to the story question below for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. The winner will be announced by email at the end of the tour.

Question: What happened at Mirrenwell? Email your answer to allmycrimes@gmail.com for your chance to win. The more questions you answer, the greater your chances, so be sure to visit all stops of this tour. Good luck!

And now, on to the interview . . .

$50 gift card?! Kewl! Ok, lets kick this off with …tell me a little bit about yourself.

Born and raised in Israel, my English comes from reading way too many books (if you believe there's such a thing) and playing way too many computer games.

I've been writing and tinkering with computers ever since I can remember myself. Some people think that creative writing and programming are two vastly different fields, but for me, they're both media for telling a story. Crafting stories is probably my favorite thing in the universe, right next to reading them.

My favorite genre is fantasy, and my favorite author is Lois McMaster Bujold.

Cool. So, you have a story coming out. Tell me about it.

All My Crimes is a short story with dark overtones. Set in a fantasy world (of course), it explores Teregryn Eve's recovery from the great war with the elves, in which he'd been a prisoner, and his coping with a death threat to a king who has abandoned him. But nothing is as it seems in this story . . . and I'll let you discover the rest on your own. J

Ooooo. Sounds good! Can’t wait! How has it been working with Riptide?

I'm loving every second of it. I'm very proud to be part of a business that puts so much emphasis on quality and people, and developing Riptide's website has been a pleasure in blue. Besides, what can be better than working on your passion alongside people who share it?

That is a grand thing. Nice job on the website too. That thing rocks. Ok, now please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because chances are you'll love Terry to bits and want to cuddle him just as much as I do. J

Do you have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

I'm actually working on a prequel for All My Crimes, with the working title Time of Innocence. It's about how Terry and Gidden formed their relationship. I'll be sharing excerpts from it in future tour stops, so be sure to follow me around!

Nice. Now, I’m curious, who, or what, inspired you to become an author?

Truth be told, it happened so early in my life that I don't even remember. I know I've been reading since a very early age, and my father, who works in a bookshop, has always encouraged me to read. I guess for me the transition from reader to writer was natural.

If you were an animal, which one would you be? Why?

I'd love to say a wolf—wouldn't that be epic?—but I'd probably end up a cat. I love cats. They're such great individuals, and they have such cute idiosyncrasies. I once raised a blind cat who's been a great inspiration to me, in that he never let his blindness deter him from anything. Humans have a lot to learn from cats.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?

The Beauty and the Geek, Israeli version. Ogod, please don't tell anyone I said that.

*laughs* I’m totally going check that out. If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?

I would probably be reluctant to move either way, in fear of creating some paradox and making the universe implode. But I'd definitely like to visit 2258 and see if Babylon 5 ever came to be. Best TV series ever.

If you could have any superpower/be any superhero, what/who would you choose? Why?

I'm a huge believer in the responsibility that comes with power, so I'm not sure I'd want that on my head. But if I were to indulge myself? Becoming invisible could certainly come in handy. Just think of the things I could see!

Oooohhh. That would be cool. Hmmm….*ponders*… now what…? Oh! I know. You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

My entire must-read list plus my Xbox must-play list plus my DVD must-watch list. Can I count those three as one? Basically, all the stories I want to consume in all different formats. I'm not waiting for those million dollars, either!

If your characters were cake, candy, cookie or drink, what kind would they be?

Teregryn would definitely be some kind of complex wine. There're so many sides to him, dark and light. Gidden would be chocolate cake—solid and comforting—but with surprise chunks.

Nom! If you came with a warning label, what would it be?

Caution, the Off button is broken!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Probably "Iron" by Woodkid. Watch the video clip, it's gorgeous and bizarre. (And gorgeous. And bizarre. Have I mentioned that?)

If a movie was made about your book, who would you want to play the lead role and why?

How about Roy Dupuis, who played Michael Samuelle in La Femme Nikita? He would nail Teregryn's complex silences perfectly. So much is always happening with Teregryn under the surface, and Roy is very good at portraying things like that.

Oh, cool. I remember him. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Alfred Bester—the Babylon 5 character, not the author. He's the person I absolutely love to hate. If you know him, you'll know why; if you don't, go watch the series!

Ha! Awesome. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Batman. I love dark, complex characters (have you noticed?). Bruce Wayne is the epitome of that. But there's also Miles Naismith and Ezio Auditore and Ned Stark and John Sheridan and . . . (see warning label)

Link city: List your twitter, FB, author pages, blogs, or anywhere else we can find you on the internet.

Here are my website, my Facebook, and my Goodreads pages. Keep in touch!

*smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.

Thanks for having me! It's been fun indeed.



Book Blurb:

Betrayal cuts deep. Love cuts even deeper.

The war with the elves is over. But for Teregryn Eve, the human king’s former right-hand man, another nightmare is about to begin.

It’s taken Teregryn two years to recover his health and magic in the aftermath of the war. He’d rather retire from the world of men, but an assassination threat and a malevolent ghost force him on a quest to save the king who no longer wants him. The elves are dead to the last, so who’s the mysterious assassin? And why has his king—who was once so much more to him—forsaken him?

The answers may lie in Teregryn’s mind, but those memories are locked beyond his reach. As a web of lies and love unfolds around him, Teregryn must fight the past and present in a desperate bid for the future. Can he save everything he loves, or will the sum of his crimes drag him under first?

Read an excerpt or purchase All My Crimes here

9 comments:

  1. Oh God, Roy.... *melts* Every time they show La Femme Nikita on tv (like now), I just have to watch it because of him! :D He expresses so much without even moving a muscle in his face... *awed* Yes, he'd be perfect for Terry.

    Thanks for the great interview! :)

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    1. Hi Aija. :) Man, I haven't seen LFN in forEVER! Loved that show.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  2. Hi Amara, thanks for the awesome opening shot for my tour!

    @Aija thank you for reading! Yes, Roy is something special alright :)

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    1. My pleasure Tal. :) Good luck with the book!

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  3. Loved the read.......wish it were longer ;) Dark, complex (usually tragically flawed) characters are absolutely the best to read/watch. So much can be said with silence or a look.

    Wonderful interview!

    Kassandra

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    1. Could not agree more. Dark, complex, flawed characters are soooooooo my fave.

      Thank for stopping by darlin'. Hope the week is being good to you!

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  4. Gotta check out LA FEMME NIKITA now...I *loved* Dupuis in the Maurice Richard biopic THE ROCKET (worth watching even if you're not a hockey fan, a *must-see* if you are), and would love to see him in something else. (He speaks French in it, too...just lovely.) And the book sounds fantastic!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hiya :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. @Kassandra, thank you! I absolutely agree about what can be said with silence or a look. So powerful.

    @Anonymous, do watch some La Femme Nikita, it's a brilliant series. And don't forget to email me your answer to the question at the top for your chance at the Amazon.com GC! :)

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