Interview with Tiina Walsh

What do your fans mean to you?
I'm so honoured and taken every time I get a message from someone who has read my work - it is such a thrill! Luckily, I've only received good feedback so far and it is so encouraging to hear that my readers have enjoyed the book. I never get tired of hearing more comments about my work - everyone notices something different and I can see my work in new light.
What are you working on next?
I'm almost finished my second book, just about ready to send it to my editor to be beaten into the correct shape. It is a sexy little story about beautiful half Swedish / Irish identical twins - that have the opposite lifestyles. Mia thrives on NSA sex and doesn't want a relationship, Tia married as a virgin, loves her husband of 10 years and the Catholic Church. But Tia tumbles into a sex affair with Mia's latest lover, the delicious policeman Mia has been seeing much more than is her habit with her lovers...
Who are your favorite authors?
I thrive on a book diet of romantic and historical fiction - I sometimes throw in a different genre to keep myself fresh, but give me a new book by Philippa Gregory or Sophie Kinsella and I'll be in heaven.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am terribly sleepy in the mornings and don't like getting out of bed - I always stay up too late reading! Sadly, I live for the night time and I get out of bed so that I can get everything else done in order to focus on my night-time book gorging...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Easy. Reading, of course!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through a variety of sources. Like everyone else, I look for free bargains on various websites / blogs / notifications, keep up to date with my favourite authors via social media and sometimes I get recommended books by my friends. I'm very quick to click to buy... I used to work in a library, and loved being surrounded by so many wonderful books I hadn't read yet - the ebook revolution has brought back the same feeling!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about 8, I vaguely remember writing something about a dog who travelled to space... my teacher loved it and gave me 10.5 out of 10! I grew up in Finland and we only start school at the age of 7 when I learned to read, hence my late start in my reading/writing career.
What is your writing process?
Very organic. I find that an idea for a book starts swirling around in my mind, I keep thinking about them until the story is developed enough to start committing it to paper. I'm not great when it comes to plotting my book outside my head, I just start writing, the story develops, I keep editing & honing the details until I'm happy. Then my editor works on it, suggesting changes, additions, clarifications etc. and out pops a fully formed book!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Finland, (Scandinavia for those who don't really know where Finland is...), and at the age of 18 I moved to Ireland. My Finnish background had definitely influenced my writing, a lot of my stories include characters either from Finland or Scandinavia, showing differences in cultural habits and thinking.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been self-employed business owner for 10 years and it felt like to most natural thing in the world to be self-employed when it came to my writing business. I am fascinated to learn new ways of marketing my work and have thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience so far. There are so many new possibilities nowadays with ebooks & I'm continuously studying to learn more.
Published 2014-01-09.
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Books by This Author

TwinPlay
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,140. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.00 from 1 review)
Identical twins Sorcha and Sara occupy opposite sides of the moral fence. Sorcha has always been the apple of her Irish Catholic father’s eye, while Sara looks up to their free-living Swedish Mamma. But when devoutly Catholic Sorcha accidentally steps into the life of her sister – and into the arms of her lover John – she realises just how much she might enjoy being sex-beast Sara.
Fine-Tuning Hanna
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,740. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.13 from 8 reviews)
Finnish piano-tuner Hanna Suvanto loves her new life and friends in Dublin. And the icing on the cake is meeting Ireland’s premium bachelor Sebastian O’Reilly. But their whirlwind romance hits a serious obstacle when Hanna’s stay is unexpectedly cut short. Sebastian seems strangely unconcerned about her departure – and then Hanna makes a shocking discovery about the man she thought she knew.