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Anne B. Walsh was telling stories about magic and intrigue from the time she could talk, but it took her twenty years to realize she could make a living at it. Her first novel, historical fantasy "A Widow in Waiting", has its origins in a PBS special which changed her life; her second, family-focused fantasy "Homecoming", takes its inspiration from some of her other writing; and her third, soft science fiction "Killdeer", stems from her constant interest in the ways in which the future and the past coincide.
Anne lives east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with one roommate (Krystal), two black Labs (Buddy and Brando), and two black cats (Starsky and Hutch). Sadly, their Cane Corso mastiff, Bruce, passed away in mid-August 2013, and their first cats, Poppy and Sesame, who helped inform Anne's first collection of short stories, "Cat Tales", passed out of their lives after an accident on Christmas Day 2013. No one ever said life was fair.
Anne's parents and siblings live two hours north of her, otherwise known as just far enough away. She has also been writing Harry Potter fan fiction for more than ten years and is known best in that genre as the creator of the "Dangerverse" alternate universe (which inspired "Homecoming").
Beyond writing fiction, Anne's preoccupations include reading fiction; singing anywhere that will have her, including her church and local galas; theatre, especially musicals; all forms of cooking; and her family and friends. Within writing fiction, her preoccupations are much the same, meaning most of her stories involve loving families, delicious food, and good music. Consider yourself warned.
A number of projects continue to need Anne's attention as she writes her original novels. Among these are her ongoing fanfiction works in various fandoms such as Harry Potter and Frozen, and the themed fantasy anthologies she co-authors with her friend and fellow author Elizabeth Conall.
on Nov. 15, 2014 :
I came to Anne's work through her Harry Potter fanfiction, which is unfortunate for this anthology as the third story is a thinly-disguised rewrite of a fanfiction piece that I prefer as the fanfiction, I think because the characters have the associated histories/backgrounds. Here, the secondary characters just fell flat for me - most noticeably Guinevere, who was Bellatrix in the fanfiction and therefore, although she did and said basically exactly the same things, there wasn't that history to make me think "Oh crap - somebody's going to get hurt here". For a menacing secondary character to work, you have to have menace there, and that's where it fell over... because it just didn't. This was also a problem with the character who was originally Lucius, and whose name in this story I cannot even remember.
Anyway. That was supposed to be constructive.
I couldn't find a story in "Laeti Triumphantes" either, and didn't enjoy it.
With that said - the second story in the set, "Glorious Song of Old", gave this anthology its three stars all by itself. I cannot give the anthology five stars because only one story is five-star worthy, but that one story is good enough for the anthology to receive three. I have been considering a purchase of Killdeer as the novel of Anne's I am most likely to enjoy after reading the Amazon excerpts of all three; on the basis of this tale, set in the same world, I may just have to do it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 13, 2013 :
I'm always a little nervous when it comes to volumes of short stories. They are usually so variable. Such was the case here.
I really enjoyed "Glorious Song of Old". It is about a young girl named Carol who has grown up in a world where music is banned. She has vague memories of music and has a talent for it so she feels a great longing for this forbidden fruit. A traveling exhibit of aliens comes to her dark and depressing world and she finds a kindred spirit ... and then some. This story struck a chord with me.
"The Angel and the Rose" is a costumed Christmas wedding with quite a twist. Interesting, but not quite my style.
I couldn't even find a story in "Laeti Triumphantes". Seems like something is missing, perhaps?
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 13, 2013 :
As I've come to expect from Anne Walsh, her work is brilliant. I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)