Good morning – today I’ve got an exclusive interview with author Talis Jones to share with ya’ll! Scroll down to learn more about Talis, such as her favorite child-hood novel and her favorite movie based on a book. Also – don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Alarum, 1 shotgun shell necklace, and 4 signed bookmarks!
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I love that book and it’s one of the only books I try to collect multiple editions and cover art of. But I technically first read that in middle school and I’m not sure if that’s still “childhood” so if not then another beloved read is a tie between The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
What is your favorite movie based on a book?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) is definitely one of my favorites. Book-to-film adaptations can be a real toss up but this is one of those times where I feel the movie really cap-tured the spirit of the story and elevated it. Oh wait! Does a musical movie count? Because technically the movie The Phantom of the Opera (2004) is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical (1986) which is in turn based on the novel by Gaston Leroux (1911).
Lauren: I’ve never read the book, but I ABSOLUTELY ADORE The Phantom of the Opera (2004). It’s one of my all-time favorite movies!
What book is currently on your bedside table?
At the moment I’m doing yet another re-read of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This duology is easily one of my favorite YA fantasy reads!
Lauren: I’ve had these books for years on my shelf for a year + and still haven’t read them, which has also stopped me from reading King of Scars. I really need to buckle down and catch up D:
Do you write listening to music? If so, what music has inspired or accompanied The Walking Shadows Series?
Sometimes I do, sometimes it’s just one song on repeat, sometimes only instrumentals, and other times having any noise at all is like nails on a chalkboard. I’m not entirely sure why that is but my writing needs shift day to day. But on the days where I enjoy having music accompany my writing I usually listen to a playlist I’ve put together that fits the theme or mood of the book I’m working on (you can listen to them on Spotify if you’re interested!). For Alarum I listened to a lot of blues, indie rock, gritty pop, and folk music – so artists such as John Lee Hooker, Shawn James, Elle King, Johnny Cash, and Shakey Graves.
What do you hope readers take away from The Walking Shadows Series?
To be honest I didn’t write these books with any preset message in mind. They’re just the product of (fictional) people with stories to share and I simply played the role of recorder. And that’s how it felt to me, as if they sat around a table and spoke to me while I hurriedly tried to jot it all down. What I find fascinating though is to hear what my readers do take away from this series. Whether it’s a theme of redemption or survival, the inspiration to keep fighting, finally having a main character with glasses they can identify with, or even if they just found it entertaining, I’m interested in it all. I think to a certain extent every reader perceives a book in a unique way and I find it more intriguing to hear what my readers felt than what I hoped they’d feel. To put it another way, to me discussing the Walking Shadows series is a bit more like discussing a series of memoirs than some imaginative creation I put down in ink for bread. And yes I realize confessing all of this suggests I’m a bit mad! Ha!
Alarum by Talis Jones
Published by Talis Jones on October 30, 2018
I fled as they destroyed my home.I watched as they murdered my family.I stood silent as they stole my name and threw my life in chains.
I stare coldly at my fading reflection with only one question to ask:Them or Me?
Set in a future where the United States has fallen, a girl is ripped from her home as a child and forced to endure the harshness around her or else surrender to the dust of bones she treads on. Her life becomes simple: kill or be killed. What she didn’t count on was the heavy cost this world would drain from her soul. When she crosses paths with a curious stranger who offers to show her a place without a map, they head across the crumbling land in search of the fabled Sanctuary. Neither enemies nor elements that rip her hair and claw at her heels can stand in the way of her will to survive.
They say demons lurk in the shadows, but here they strut boldly under the angry sun.
Where to buy: Amazon
Solus by Talis Jones
on June 25, 2019
Born in an experimental lab before two outlaws stole him away, Bones has been planted into the vengeful earth growing strong with a gun in each hand. Given freedom by a group called Sanctuary he’s trained his powers carefully until one day they let him leave.
Until one day he witnesses something that will cause his loyalty to waver. Until one day it’s his own name they vow to write with blood.
As the life he thought he knew threatens to crumble beneath his feet he takes to the road determined to explore with no tether but his plans quickly go awry when old adversaries capture him to pay for the sins of his saviors.
Whether there remains any place in this harsh land that might dare call itself Home, he fights each challenger with a gun aimed at their chest and a laugh in his step.
When the world wants you dead,dare to smile.
Where to pre-order: Amazon
About the author
Talis Jones has always been an avid reader and any good story filled with fantasy and adventure is bound to be on her shelf. Graduated Suma Cum Laude with a degree in Theatre she has explored both stage and film, now finding herself drawn towards the literary world as a new venue for storytelling. Inspired by her mixed heritage as a Mexican-Englishwoman raised in the wilds of America, she rallies for diverse characters and seeks to contribute with her own writing.
Jesus follower, dog lover, chocolate fanatic, and music enthusiast, Talis currently resides in North Carolina where she has found a home for now that provides all of those favorite things.