Win a FREE Copy of The Third Silhouette by Guilhermo Tavares

This week we have a self confessed dictionary definition of the word cosmopolitan, Guilhermo is truly a child of the global world. He is also offering a free SIGNED COPY to one lucky commenter of the young adult novel, The Third Silhouette.

the third silhouetteThe Review

I don’t know about you but I find myself wondering and musing on all sorts of things, especially in the dead of night. One of the things I’ve often considered is what constitutes ‘me’. Is it my thoughts, my body or something else entirely! Guilhermo’s book confronts this head on and does it with easy questions. What if you were given a transplant from someone else? What (if anything) do you take away from that interaction? And how might it change the essential ‘you’? It’s a good first young adult novel that will appeal to the those who like a lighter read. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Guilhermo has up his sleeve in the months to come.

guilhermo tavaresThe Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

That I’m the dictionary definition of multicultural.

My mother is of Japanese descent, my father is of European descent, I was born in Brazil, I have a Spanish/Portuguese name, and English is the language I’m most fluent in.

I was raised in America, I go to university in Brazil, and I’m currently on an exchange program in England.

Oh, and my girlfriend is French.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Very. But not because I naturally place importance on them. I just agonize over names, going over many candidates and repeating them to myself until I find the one that fits the character best.

I also care what the names mean. And though I chose the names of Amy, the main character, and Will, her love interest, almost by chance, the fact that her name means “loved” and his means “protector” fit the plot rather well.

How did you choose a title for your book?

As with character names, this took up an enormous amount of time and energy. At first, I worked through a number of variations of the expression “Change of Heart”, alluding to Amy’s heart transplant and the idea of changing one’s opinion based on the full knowledge of events.

After talking to some of my friends about it, I decided that the title – or any title with the word “heart” – would probably give the impression that the book was a romance novel.

And one day, after yet another read through and editing session, I stumbled upon my last chapter’s title, “The Third Silhouette”. And since it fit so well with the plot and also had the connotation of mystery, I felt it was perfect!

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

I think it’s more an occupational hazard of being your own boss. Sometimes, you can be too lenient with yourself and procrastinate to your heart’s content.

But the bigger issue, I feel, is the opposite.

When you’re really passionate about something, you can get to a point where you never stop working, even when you do stop. Inspiration can hit at any time… on the bus, in the shower, or when you’re in bed, desperately trying to sleep because you have to wake up at six in the morning the next day.

And as such, sometimes it feels as if I never have time off.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I’m studying Computer Engineering, so I could follow that career path, but writing is ultimately how I dream of making a living.

But they’re actually very similar, if you think about it. They’re all about creation. And I love creating things, taking mere ideas and translating them into their physical representations.

But I’ve never wished I could do something instead of writing. It’s always been writing instead of [insert anything else here].

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

I could easily say it was discipline, but once I got the ball rolling, it wasn’t too hard. I could also say editing, which is an unfortunate and essential part of being an author.

But the biggest of them all was the inner voice telling me I’m no good. It was fueled by every rejection, every person telling me my story has been done before, every blog post saying that chances of making money off of authoring books is minimal.

I believe I’m past it, but it wasn’t easy.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid to write crap. Write what comes to mind. The best thing about being an author is that you have an eraser. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be able to reuse what you wrote in another chapter or another story.

Don’t tie yourself down to a style or genre because it’s “my voice” or “who I am”. Try something different. Challenge yourself. We grow from doing new things, from being out of our comfort zones.

Oh, and don’t trust technology. Ever.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Once, I took a Creative Writing class. Sadly, I don’t remember my teacher’s name. But in the class, we had to write a lot. I think most of the time there weren’t many restrictions… only general directions like, “it must be funny”. So I had a blast, writing short stories and being confident enough in them to read them aloud to the entire class.

But a few times, we had to write poetry. Free form, haiku, or with specific rhyme schemes. Since I was and always had been bad at poetry, I just treated them as boring class work. But this teacher, she came up to me and challenged me to take it more seriously. She said that I was unwilling to leave my comfort zone, which is why I had never taken poetry seriously.

I took what she said to heart and spent a lot of time and effort on my assignments. Yes, a lot of them were failures, but I kept at it. Ultimately, I even got one of my poems published in the school’s monthly literary magazine.

I don’t consider myself a poet, though. The lesson that I took from poetry is that every single word counts, even in prose. I avoid using fillers. My characters are never random. Every scene counts. Every scene means something, even if it’s unrelated to the central plot. And every comma or its absence is intentional and has a purpose.

In a more general sense, what I took away from poetry is that everything and everyone can teach us something, from a world-renowned expert to a five-year-old child who requires things to be taught simply and patiently.

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How to Win a The Third Silhouette

To be in with a chance of winning your own Signed Copy of The Third Silhouette by Guilhermo Tavares all you need to do is leave a comment for him at the end of this blog post. In July I’ll pick a winner.

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Where can you find out more about Guilhermo and buy his books?

The Third Silhouette is available in both paperback and Kindle format from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also meet Guilhermo on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheThirdSilhouette

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/

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