Monday, April 29, 2013

David's Song by A.R. Talley: Character Interview

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CHARACTER INTERVIEW with David Andrews and Jeremy and Annie Hensman


Imagine the three of them sitting on directors chairs like promotional interviews with celebrities at the release of their new movies—David on the left, Jeremy in the middle and Annie on the right. I’m sitting across from the trio with my handy pencil and notepad…so the interview begins.


Laurie:  Annie, wouldn’t you like to sit in the middle?

Jeremy: No, she’s fine right where she is.

David: She can’t decide for herself?

Jeremy: She’s fine right where she is.


Laurie: To begin, tell us about your families?

Jeremy: Well, Annie and I have been happily married for thirteen years. (David scoffs, Jeremy ignores him) And we have four wonderful children. We have two sons, JJ is our oldest and named after me.

Annie: That was my idea. His name is actually Jeremy Lee Hensman, Jr.

Jeremy: Our other boy is Luke, he’s 8.

Annie: And we have two daughters, Becca 10 and Lizzie 6.

Jeremy: They’re a handful.

Laurie: And David, tell us about your family.

David: (glances at Jeremy and Annie) I have two girls, Hannah just turned 14 and Courtney is 11. They’re both dancers, like their mother.

Jeremy: (under his breath) Why don’t you tell us about their mother?

Annie: (jabbing Jeremy in the ribs) Be nice.


Laurie: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  David, you want to go first this time?

David: Sure.  That’s an easy one.  I’ve never wanted to do anything else but write music and perform.  It’s what I was raised to do.

Jeremy to Annie: I’m surprised he didn’t say home wrecker.

Annie: Jeremy!

Laurie: Annie?

Annie: Oh…sorry…um, well, women all over the world are going to moan.  When I was little I only wanted one thing, and that was to meet my prince charming, get married and have a family. Not very ambitious, I’m afraid.

Jeremy: It’s amazing…you did it! (Annie laughs and pats Jeremy on the leg.)

Annie: Yes dear, you are my prince charming.

Jeremy: I knew it.

David: (mutters) I think I’m going to be sick.

Laurie:  And you Jeremy?

Jeremy: Wow…when I was little, I think I wanted to be a fireman.  Big trucks, cool gear, but then in high school I was introduced to Shakespeare and my life ambitions changed.

David: (under breath) to world’s biggest boor.

Annie: (looking around Jeremy to David) You be nice, too.



Laurie: Annie, morning person or night person?  And how do you know?

Annie: Um, I think morning?  I mean, with my schedule—I have to be in the classroom by 7:30 in the morning.  I think it’s forced me to be a morning person.

Laurie: Jeremy?

Jeremy: Definitely morning person, always have been. I love to get up just at sunrise and go for a walk. That time of the morning can be really inspirational.

Laurie: David?

David: Night person—I have to be.  Like Annie, work determines that. In fact, some of my best work has been inspired by moonless, starlit nights.

Jeremy: You just had to bring that up, didn’t you?

David: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Jeremy: You know exactly what I’m talking about.  You just won’t let her forget, will you?

Annie: (laying a hand on Jeremy’s arm) Jeremy…it’s all right.  He didn’t mean anything by it.

Jeremy: (turning to Annie) He’s purposely baiting you.

David: I was simply saying the same thing you said, Jeremy.  You’re inspired by sunrise—I’m inspired by stars. (David smirks)


Laurie: moving on . . . If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be? David?

David: Seriously?  You’re going to start with me?

Jeremy: Seems only appropriate.

Annie: Jeremy, don’t.

David: Well, I think it’s pretty obvious. (he leans forward to look at Annie)  I would apologize to you.

Annie: You already have—you don’t –

Jeremy:  He does. (turns to David) You left her in a heap of tears.

David: (directly to Annie) I am sorry.

Annie: I know you are.  It’s in the past.

Jeremy: Don’t let him off that easily.

Annie: Jeremy there’s no point in belaboring this.

Jeremy: Well, I disagree.

Laurie:  Jeremy how about you?

Jeremy: (pauses as he thinks) I think I would apologize to my parents for being a little underhanded in my education.  They wanted me to pursue a professional degree, and I just wasn’t interested in that.  We had more than one argument over it.  I still don’t think they were right, but I would apologize for some of the things I said in those discussions that really, in all fairness, were unkind to them.

Laurie: And Annie?

Annie: (takes a deep breath and then Jeremy’s hand, her eyes mist over) I would apologize to you, sweetheart.

Jeremy: Annie, don’t go there.

Annie: I have to! I have been so unfair to you over the years.

Jeremy: It’s in the past.

Annie: Perhaps.  And I would also apologize to David.

Jeremy: What?

Annie: (squeezes Jeremy’s hand) It’s okay. (then leans to look at David)  I really am sorry, too.

David: (no response, just looks away)



Laurie:  Okay, on a lighter note . . . who should play you in a film? Jeremy?

Jeremy: Hmmm—I think, Paul Rudd.  I saw him in a film recently, and I think he kind of looks like me.

Laurie: Annie?

Annie: Oh, man.  I never thought about it.  Let’s see . . . maybe Elizabeth Banks.  She has kind of has a Midwest look to her, and blonde hair—and I like her.

Laurie:  Very good.  And David?

David: Can I play myself?

Laurie: Nope.  You have to pick someone else.

David: (bites his lip and shakes his head as he thinks)  I’ll say Henry Cavill.

Annie: Who’s that?  I don’t think I’ve ever heard of him.

David: He’s the actor playing the lead in the new Superman movie.

Jeremy: yeah…you wish.


Laurie: (standing to leave) Thank you all.  I appreciate you taking time out from your busy schedule to keep this appointment with me.  I look forward to reading more of your story and wish you every happiness in the future.  Bye now….

David's Song

Taken from the book cover: Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience.

A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.

Author A.R. Talley

April R Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio in 1959. She is the youngest of six children. She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff. After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981. April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique. Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church. April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

Praise from reviews on

"Not just your typical romance novel" - Tracy Williams

"David's Song is great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships". - Anna Pavkov

"Sucked me in from the 1st page" - Jill Walker

"Loved this book . . . could not put it down!" - Dana Vieira

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