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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, semi-traditional fantasy "Homecoming", takes its inspiration from some of her other writing.
Anne lives east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her roommate Krystal. They are owned by a pair of needy, and kneady, cats named Poppy and Sesame, who have helped inform her first collection of short stories, "Cat Tales". Sadly, their Cane Corso mastiff, Bruce, passed away in mid-August 2013. He is much missed.
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 almost nine 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 the final novel-length work in the Dangerverse, "Surpassing Danger", and the themed fantasy anthologies she co-authors with her friend and fellow author Elizabeth Conall.
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)