Interview with Anne B. Walsh

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 (now completed after ten years and very nearly two million words). Writing the DV, more than anything, is what taught me how to be a writer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There is time which is not spent writing? I love to read, enjoy cooking and eating, and sing with my church choir. I also pet my crazy dogs a lot, and my new kitties when they will deign to allow me near them.
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).
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest published work is my novel "Killdeer", in which a young lady named Elspeth, bored to tears aboard her brother's starship, searches the computer banks for some new music and instead finds an entirely new race of people called the Aelur, who need her help. She has to successfully navigate the pitfalls between their world and hers, conquer her fears and worries, and learn how to fight for herself but also accept help when she needs it. I've continued this story in all three of my holiday collections, with "Glorious Song of Old" in "Sing We Now of Christmas", "Enough" in "In the Bleak Midwinter", and "The Tenth Lady" in "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day".
How did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family is close-knit and loving, though of course, like any family, we can irritate each other from time to time. I try to portray this same kind of family in my writing, because I think too often in stories that involve families, the irritation gets star billing and the love gets pushed to the side. Family drama is a classic for a reason, but is drama the only thing a family has to offer? Not in my experience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a familiar story in a fresh and amazing new way. Bringing the audience with me and showing them, however imperfectly, what I see when I sit down to write. And let's not forget being able to vicariously punch in my enemies' faces and throw them off cliffs by naming stupid evil peons after them. Saves me a bundle on court fees and bail!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my friends, my support base, my cheering section... in short, they are awesome, and I will do everything I can to keep them happy. (Except reprieve that one character. You KNOW the one I mean.)
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Nora Roberts for her characterization (though not for her smut scenes) and Mercedes Lackey for her settings (though not, dear heavens NOT, for her internal consistency). I'm also fond of Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson, Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jacques, Ellis Peters, C.S. Lewis... and of course one could never forget Madame J.K. Rowling.
What are you working on next?
I have two pieces of writing in different stages at the moment: "Playing with Fire", the sequel to my first novel, historical fantasy "A Widow in Waiting", is stuck at about the 30% mark (I had something of a bad life experience in December 2013 and need to push past it a bit before I can continue); and "Snowball", the sequel to my family-focused fantasy "Homecoming", is in the planning stages, with maybe about 40% of its major plot events located. This listing is subject to change without notice, even to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I like eating and staying warm better than I would staying in bed all day. (Need paycheck.) If I were a full-time writer, I might not need to get out of bed, since the power cord on my dictation headset will indeed reach that far from my computer...
Published 2015-03-06.
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Books by This Author

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Series: Holidays with Anne, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,900. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Dig out the fuzzy slippers, turn on the Christmas songs, and settle in with a good story as Anne B. Walsh presents her third collection of holiday fantasy and sci-fi. Hurry to the manger with Starsong, princess of Free Sky; join Khor, director of drama, and Libby, lady wizard, as they try to save their home with a Midwinter tale of hope; and find out what hats are in for snowmen this season...
Week in Review
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,920. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
For most of 2014, author Anne B. Walsh has been making Fridays fictional on her blog, Anne's Randomness, by writing flash fiction for her fans to enjoy. Now all those Fiction Friday posts are rolled together into one collection, featuring stories suitable for every day of the week: Fairy Tale Fridays, Thunder Thursdays, Worldview Wednesdays, Trycanta Tuesdays, and Madcap Mondays!
In the Bleak Midwinter
Series: Holidays with Anne, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,270. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: 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...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,010. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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...
Series: Tales of Anosir, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,250. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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
Series: Holidays with Anne, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,870. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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
Series: The Chronicles of Glenscar, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 181,360. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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?