TALEN by Shay Savage and Interview

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In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing.

This is where I come in.

I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. I’m not a thief. I prefer to be known as the head of Lost and Found.

When I discover a beautiful but dangerous competitor in my territory, I also learn she knows more about me than she should. Is she a spy sent by my father, or is she a rebel like me? I don’t trust her, but together we’ll discover secrets that may destroy what’s left of our world.

There have always been those with wealth and those without.

My name is Talen, and I’m here to even the score.


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RELEASE DAY | February 19 Talen Teaser Shay Savage

RELEASE DAY | February 26 Talen Teaser Shay Savage

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Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

From the author: “It’s my job to make you FEEL. That doesn’t always mean you’ll feel good, but I want my readers to be connected enough to my characters to care.”

Savage’s books many books span a wide variety of topics and sub-genres with deeply flawed characters. From cavemen to addicts to hitmen, you’ll find yourself falling for these seemingly irredeemable characters!


Interview with ‘My Books-My World’ 

  1. Tell me about how the idea for this book / series came about?

I bought the cover art for TALEN first with no idea what it was going to be other than the main character would have to be good with knives.  After a year or so, I finally started thinking about a Robin Hood character, and everything just started to flow from there!


  1. Do you have any quirks/habits that you do when writing?

Most everything I do is a little quirky. LOL!  I have different colored pens for each day of the week.  I try to keep all my chapter word counts ending on nice, round numbers.  Mostly I reward myself when I hit a goal.


  1. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

There are so many, I don’t even know where to start!  I think the key people are all the authors of the Erotica Consortium.  Fabulous group of people.  EL James, Helena Hunting, Ruth Clampett, and Debra Anastasia are definitely up there, too.  There are plenty, plenty more!  I love how helpful we are as a community.


  1. If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

That it is actually a viable option, and to start publishing a lot earlier than I did.


  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Probably on the camera/photo equipment I bought when I was first starting out, and found out how much non-stock photos cost.  I used models I found at my gym and ended up with an unending supply of pictures to use for promotions for the same money I would have spent on the rights to one photo.


  1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Completely varies.  I usually pick topics I know enough about that I can speak intelligently on the subject, and work most of my own knowledge into the stories.  The main research I do is traveling to the area where I want a book to take place and see whatever I see that sparks a scene.  I recently went to Accident, MD.  There will definitely be a book set there in the future!

  1. How many hours a day do you write?

When I’m in the zone and trying to get the next chapter finished, around 4-5 hours a day.  More when a deadline is approaching.  I try to write at least a little bit every day, but between books I often don’t.  I’m working on being better about that!


  1. What did you edit out of this book?

There was feedback about one scene being too violent/disturbing.  One of my pre-readers actually wanted to bail after reading it.  Though I don’t shy away from such things, the scene was a little over the top, so I rewrote that scene.


I also removed what was originally the last full chapter (prior to epilogue).  It didn’t give the reader any more information and just dragged.  It was pointless and was taking me forever to write.  I ended up chucking it in the virtual bin.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I have to be in the right mood for it.  I try to respond/like all the ones I find valuable, regardless of the star rating.  I see reviews as an opportunity to learn, and I LOVE to see someone give me a specific thing to improve upon in a constructive way.  Though getting a bunch of five star “LOVED IT!” messages is nice, I prefer to find a tidbit that I can take forward to the next book and make it better.

  1. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I often have “Easter eggs” in books that only those who have followed me for a long time are going to get.  They might be a phrase, a name, or setting from another story I’ve written.  I also like to import characters from one book to another, especially in the mafia related ones.  I will also throw in bits about my life that readers will notice if they follow my social media.  Anyone for pineapple and mushroom pizza? LOL


  1. What was the hardest scene in this book to write?

I usually find the first intimate scene between the characters the most difficult to write of every book.  It can be fun as well, but you want to make sure that one is as perfect as it can be. This is fantasy after all!


  1. Have you ever Googled yourself? What did you find?

Actually, I did this recently after someone else said they had googled me.  I wanted to know what they saw!  Mostly I find my own social media and links to books.  I also find my books on pirate sites.  Grrrr. In the news, there’s another Shay Savage in Pittsburgh up for drug charges.  HA!

  1. If there was a book about your life what would it be titled?

“No, You do NOT Want to be in My Head”



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