ALVA's Talented Visiting Writers
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and read a delightful mix of emerging and well-known authors!
Tia Silverthorne Bach and Angela Beach Silverthorne        Kristen Henderson
   Helmy Kusuma      Kathy Reinhart     Lorna Tychostup    Carl Waldman     Nancy Means Wright


 ALVA welcomes submissions of to 150 words and bios to 50 words in consideration for inclusion on the ALVA Visiting Writers' Page.


From Depression Cookies

by Tia Silverthorne Bach and Angela Beach Silverthorne


Looking through the dingy school bus window, I felt the emptiness of losing another place. I wasn't losing a home; my family knew better than to get attached to a location. It was worse than that. The persona I had created would stay behind; so in essence, I was dying. I never knew what I would have to become on the other side. The North Carolina girl was an illusion I had yet to create, and the real me was a reality I had yet to know.

Late at night, I would often think about the many characters I had created over the years. I could imagine how actors felt. They become each new role only to lose that part at each premiere. Now, through the cruelty of fate, I would lose another me. I was heading off to start a new movie, a new role.


Tia Silverthorne Bach and Angela Beach Silverthorne, are the co-authors of Depression Cookies, a Finalist in the Chick Lit category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Depression Cookiescontrasts the perspectives of Krista, a 13 year old, and her mother. The excerpt above is by Tia - an avid reader and blogger and the mother of three girls.