About the Book: There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…
For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents’ carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.
So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.
But then her past catches up to her–in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.
Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he’s standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.
Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn’t believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?
Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan’s world will never be the same.
1. Where did you get your inspiration for Silver Heart from?
Silver Heart is a story about second chances, unspoken words, and figuring out your path in life. It is a tale about love that rekindles and develops over a span of one week, though its roots have sprouted an entire decade before.
I was inspired by my interest in second chances and timeless love and wanted to tell a story that felt very “real” and close to my heart—a tale about a young woman trying to find her place in the world. Enter: Dylan Silver. While her personal struggles may not be as dramatic and soap opera-y as those of some other heroines I’ve written/am writing, my readers have told me that they’ve found them to be very relatable and down-to-earth (which was my goal with this particular book).
My passion for winter sports and the upcoming Olympic games aided greatly in the creation of the setting. I love books about sports, but haven’t been able to find a single one that showcased a sexy snowboarder! So I created one. Enter: Sawyer Carter. Need I say more?
2. What was the most difficult scene to write? The easiest? The most fun?
Most Difficult: My heart broke writing scenes between Dylan and her brother Adam. I sometimes had the urge to hit Adam over the head for his failure to stand up to his parent and be a better brother. Some of his actions were really inexcusable. I flirted with the idea of taking the easy way out and not making him into such a misguided jerk, but even though I knew he may receive some disgruntled, angry growls from the audience, he simply had to be who he was. I do think that by the end of the book he’s on a much better path and things are looking up for him. One day, I hope to explore his character development further as I really believe there’s a story to tell. Who knows…maybe he’ll meet a girl that stands a chance of melting the ice around his heart and succeeds in getting him to have some fun.
As well, I teared up while writing the scenes dealing with the hardship Sawyer and his sister went through in their pasts. It was hard to stand by and let it happen and resist the urge to give them some kind of super powers to overcome their bad circumstances. That’s the difference between writing fantasy and contemporary…in real life, sometimes even the strongest characters are completely helpless.
Easiest: All of Dylan’s scenes with Maddie. I loved their friendship so much. They are such opposites personality-wise, but they balance each other wonderfully. You just know that Maddie would do anything for Dylan and vice versa. Maddie is such a great character to play with that I had to include her younger sister Melody Evans as a roomie of the MC in my upcoming project. (Hopefully in preparation for Maddie’s book.)
Most Fun: The sexy scenes, of course. This was my first venture out of the YA world and I had some worries that pushing boundaries would be scary. Or that I wouldn’t be able to do it well. However, it turned out to be so much fun! From intimate bungee jumping to the infamous popsicle scene…all of the romantic scenes were a blast to write. I also had a lot of fun writing the scenes that depicted Sawyer snowboarding and teaching Dylan to snowboard when they were younger. Although, the adult version of those lessons weren’t so bad either, right?
3. Do you have a special talent or skill? If so, what is it?
Is the ability to live in a dream world 23/7 a talent? Between my writing job, my passion for reading, my obsession with photography, film, and TV, I’m only hooked into reality for about an hour a day at most.
4. What are some of your favorite books of the year?
For me, 2013 was the year of sweet YA/NA Contemporary Romance (even though I’ve read some racy Adult ones and some awesome Paranormal/Dystopian YA as well.)
Off the top of my head, without trying to think too hard about it (because then I’ll have a list of a 100 books and your poor blog will explode)…
“Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover (it was my first read of 2013), “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (I want to cry just thinking about this. Not sure how I’ll manage the movie), “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (love her writing style – the pages just flew by), “Vain” by Fisher Amelie (I’ve been recommending this to everyone and anyone who will listen), “Anywhere” by J. Meyers (feeling like an awesome Eurotrip, but don’t have the cash? For $2.99 you can travel the world!). “Sea of Tranquility” by Katja Millay (such a unique, amazingly written story), “A Different Blue” by Amy Harmon (another standout in the Contemporary YA/NA genre that wowed me).
And these are older than 2013, but I’ve recently started the “Experiment in Terror” series by Karina Halle and “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead and am really liking what I’ve read so far! I’ve read the screenplay for the VA film and it’s really great and quite funny!
5. What are you working on now? Any teasers?
I’m rewriting some parts of an NA Contemporary Romance titled “Jaded Dream” that should be out this February. It takes place in Hollywood and features a very sexy leading man! It also features a lot more drama than the down-to-earth “Silver Heart”.
How about a little bit of Logan and Jade? 😛
Exclusive, unedited preview!
“No! You’re right.” Recovering from my brief moment of psychosis, I quickly crossed my legs, so the lower half of my body was no longer brushing against his. “PG all the way. The last thing I need is to give a guy who’s slept with most of Young Hollywood the wrong idea.” It was more a verbal reminder to myself than an actual jab at Logan’s sexual history.
He tipped his head to the side and arched an eyebrow. “Most of Young Hollywood?”
“Don’t act so innocent. I’m sure there’s probably an entire series of Logan Does L.A. videos out there somewhere.”
He threw his head back and chuckled, his Adam’s apple bobbing in tune with the deep vibration of sound. “Hey, I wasn’t trying to deny anything. I simply wanted to point out that I’ve also starred in dirty movies with much of Old Hollywood.” He treated me to a teasing wink. “Equal opportunist here.”
“Oh, God.” I groaned. “Sex with you must be like going on a ride through the Walk of Fame.”
And back to the gutter my mind went…
“Well, you are guaranteed to see stars.” His eyes drifted to my mouth and his voice dipped to a tantalizing low, luring me like prey toward a predator.
“I was actually thinking more along the lines of ‘dirty and overcrowded,’” I corrected. My goal was to keep reminding myself that I was dealing with a notorious player in hope that this reality check would have the same effect as the cold shower I so desperately needed.
“Ouch.” Another quiet laugh rumbled deep within his chest as he narrowed his eyes and brought his face toward mine. “Tell me, Pixie,” he began, his voice low and sultry, “do I always play the lead role in your fantasies or is this just a special occasion?” He brushed his knuckles back-and-forth over his jaw, waiting for me to speak, and suddenly all I could think about was his mouth.
And those damn stars he’d promised…
6. What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Too much chocolate and too much TV (often the two acts are engaged in simultaneously), photography (I always feel guilty about it because I never actual end up doing anything with the pictures I take, reading (it’s guilty when I know I should be writing, but spend an entire day absorbed in a book instead).
This or That:
Summer or Winter – Although I love winter sports and fluffy snow, I don’t like being cold. If had to pick one of those two seasons to be perpetually stuck in it would definitely have to be summer.
Cake or Ice Cream – Hmm…this is tough. I love cake icing (I always get the corner piece and eat around the actual cake layers), but I also like cookie dough ice cream. How about ice cream and cake?
Coffee or Tea – Green Tea, but I recently got a Nespresso maker so I went from drinking about two cups of coffee a week to two-a-days! Not good, but so delicious.
Manicure or Pedicure – Pedicures feel more like actual pampering, but I rarely get them done. To tell you the truth, it’s probably been a full year since I’ve had either (although I do paint my nails every week.)
Dragons or Unicorns – Unicorns. Because…rainbow poop. 😀
Flowers or Chocolates – Chocolates!
Thank you so much for hosting “Silver Heart” on your blog, Vi. I’m truly grateful for all the support that you’ve shown both Dylan, Sawyer, and me. It means the world!
Thank you, Victoria, for taking the time out to answer my questions!
About the Author:Victoria Green is a New Adult author who enjoys writing about unspoken love and second chances. She’s a travel junkie and a huge photography enthusiast. Her experience growing up in a war-torn country has helped teach her the importance of living life to the fullest and appreciating every single day. She believes in true love, good chocolate, and great books. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart (though he’s graduated to a fiancé now) and their pack of puppies, and also writes Young Adult novels under a different name.