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About the Author
Bill's ancestors came from a wide variety of European backgrounds, with Celtic groups (Irish, Scottish, Breton, and, as you might guess from this novel, Welsh) being the most well represented. His ancestors settled in America long ago, though, some of them as early as the colonial period. He is a third generation Californian who grew up and still currently lives in Culver City, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fine young-adult novel with great characters, clever plot, and intriguingly intelligent depths, Bill Hiatt’s Living With Your Past Selves promises to be the start of a really great series. Cross Hogwarts with a regular American school, add well-researched, historically convincing mythology, plus a touch of reincarnation, and you'll get the idea. Tal Weaver’s past selves changed his present when their memories suddenly woke with puberty and tried to take over his mind. Now the guitarist plays a harp, body-building has more to do with wielding swords than chasing footballs, and friendships have floundered. But dangers and monsters loom when Tal’s one remaining friend seems to know too much. Soon a team of teens are forming unexpected alliances against evil, parallel worlds break in, and a delightfully scary modern day castle hides horrors and more. I love how the author weaves this tale, with threads of myth and magic, ribbons of genuine affection, brutal teen honesty, pleasing teen depths, and a well-rendered respect for history, tradition, and classical fiction. The writing is smooth and involving. The premise is coolly different. And the story’s quite simply a really good read, for teens, young adults, and adults. My only complaint is the title put me off and made me think of self-help books; but this book is teen fiction at its best! And my biggest request is please would the author turn the prequel novella, Echoes from my Past Selves, into a fully-fledged novel, as I’d love to see more of Tal on his own before the team is assembled. Disclosure: I met the author online, got hooked when he ran a facebook event about this series, and now I’m eager for more—my favorite Arthurian legends brought up-to-date in the best way possible!
Taliesin Weaver is no ordinary young man. In fact, you could hardly call him a young man at all given the many former lives he has lived. As memories of his past lives suddenly begin revealing themselves in snippets of memories, he struggles to keep his reincarnations a secret. But his best friend can't help but notice some very peculiar changes in Tal's demeanor. Living with Your Past Selves, a debut novel by Bill Hiatt, is one of those books that stays with you long after you've turned the last page. The characters are honest and genuine and the events that unfold within this riveting novel incorporate a rare combination of sci-fi with time travel and a little Arthurian legend thrown in for good measure. Hiatt weaves loads of action and adventure with just the right blend of humor to make this captivating read a grand success.
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Taliesin Weaver was twelve years old when the memories of his past lives came flooding back. Taliesin 1 knew and fought with King Arthur. However, that wasn’t the only life he lived. When the memories filled his mind he became unhinged but eventually he came to terms with his past lives and drew on their knowledge and powers. Tal found he could cast spells through music. With little effort he learned to play the harp as well as the guitar and he could sing like an angel. Stan was the first to discover Tal’s secret. Strange things began to happen around that time. Dan suddenly became Tal’s protector and a voice spoke through him with messages for Tal. Tal knew an evil was after him but who was behind it and why? Could he protect his friends? Who could he trust? “Living with Your Past Selves” cast a spell of enchantment on me from the first page and held me within its grips to the very last page. Bill Hiatt weaves an alluring tale filled with magic, spells, good versus evil, fairies, reincarnation and friendship. I’d classify this book as young adult fantasy with a mix of action and adventure and a drop of romance. I have always been a push over for a good tale that has hints of the Arthurian Legend. Hiatt combines contemporary atmosphere with ancient myths. Tal makes a delightful hero; he truly cares about those around him. Stan reminded me of the Cowardly Lion; he had more courage than he or his friends could ever imagine. The characters in this story dance right off the pages swinging their swords, fighting their battles, and singing their magic as though they truly existed. The author left just enough room for a sequel or perhaps a whole series of tales concerning Tal and his band of friends. I can see where Carla could certainly be a lead in the next installment. Thank you Bill Hiatt for an exciting adventure. Please don’t keep me waiting too long for the next chapter in the lives of Tal and friends.