Anne B. Walsh

Biography

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; 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 nearly 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 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.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been telling stories since I could talk, and writing them down since my parents bought me Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (my handwriting is AWFUL). Serious efforts at novels began for me in high school. Note that I say efforts. They, too, were AWFUL and have met their deserved fate of oblivion. My greatest writing watershed moment, though, has to be October 2004, when I began my fan fiction AU known as the Dangerverse. Writing the DV, more than anything, has taught me how to be a writer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Author was never in question. Indie... I don't like to give up control, and if that means I have to keep my day job for a while instead of peddling myself to publishers, so be it. The good stuff always gets found out sooner or later, and I write good stuff (if I do say so myself).
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Anne B. Walsh online


Where to buy in print


Books

In the Bleak Midwinter
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Series: Holidays with Anne, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,270. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Anne B. Walsh presents five tales inspired by Christina Rossetti's classic poem, perfect for reading by the light of your Yuletide fire. Journey from the world of Trycanta, where a family celebrates the winter solstice; to the starship called the "Wild Rover", where gifts tell stories about life and living; to 18th-century England, where a young man must speak his lady's true name to win her...
Killdeer
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,010. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
She was looking for music. She found a mystery... Elspeth Kolesar only meant to search for new songs to relieve her boredom. What she finds instead are video recordings of a race called the Aelur, kidnapped from their home by her corrupt brother Anton. Though she is as much within his power as the Aelur, Elspeth vows to help them. Will the clash between her worlds destroy her?
Cat Tales
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Cat lovers rejoice! This collection of speculative shorts from the pen of Anne B. Walsh has something for all science fiction or fantasy readers who've ever suspected their cuddlesome companions of conspiracy...
Homecoming
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Series: Tales of Anosir, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,250. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00)
For this Cinderella, midnight is only the beginning... Is a life of luxury always preferable to one of hard work? What if one comes with loneliness and the other with love? Avani of Shroca, once a servant girl, now a lady in a land of magic, must answer these questions for herself, if she is ever to earn her happy ending and win herself a true Homecoming.
Sing We Now of Christmas
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Series: Holidays with Anne, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,870. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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Celebrate the holiday spirit with three very different, but very musical, short stories from author Anne B. Walsh: historical fantasy "Laeti Triumphantes", from her Chronicles of Glenscar series; science fiction "Glorious Song of Old"; and traditional fantasy "The Angel and the Rose".
A Widow in Waiting
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Series: The Chronicles of Glenscar, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 181,360. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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Who killed Alfred de Maine, Lord Farnton? His pretty widow Eleanor knows the truth, but she also knows the value of a secret. Will patience, love, and Eleanor's magic of moving win her the man of her dreams? Or is she doomed to live and die a Widow in Waiting?

Smashwords book reviews by Anne B. Walsh

  • Alpha Centauri on June 11, 2012

    I am thrilled to find this work again on Smashwords -- it was a very important story to me as a young and uncertain writer of fantasy. A number of my own quirks of storytelling (such as my predilection for rhyming prophecies) trace directly to this book, and it seems like a good omen that I published my own first work within a few minutes of this being released here on Smashwords. Thank you, Robert Siegel, for giving me Rebecca and Becky to guide me towards the Path to the Stars.