Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes T.F. Walsh

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome T.F. Walsh, author of the romance fantasy novel Cloaked in Fur.

 

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Welcome Tania!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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T.F. Walsh

 

I was born in Romania and moved to Australia at the age of eight with my family. Starting a new school in a new country was difficult since the only English word I knew was ‘blue’. I don’t even know why I knew that word. Oh, and also Tarzan. They used to show the black and white TV show over in Romania and my dad had bought me the doll when I was youngJ Fast forward many years and I’m now married to a wonderful man who spoils me all the time. He’s the biggest sweetheart. I work in marketing – social media – during the day and work closely with food bloggers. But my real passion is writing. My stories tend to fall under the fantasy umbrella, but they always have dark elements to them. I’m a huge horror buff so I guess it’s only natural that slips into my writing. When I’m not working or writing, I’m a huge lover of baking, so you’ll find me in the kitchen.

Tid-bits you may not know about me:

  • I did gymnastics for eight years.
  • Even though I’ve lived in Australia most of my life, I still have a slight accent. Most people’s first guess is that I’m from South Africa.
  • I did a double university degree in marketing and accounting, yet I’ve never done any bookkeeping or accounting work in my life. (I’m in the blue bellow and that’s my older sister)

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  • I’m a self-trained food photographer.
  • I have been told I need to be more tactful when speaking to people, eg. I once told hubby a pair of his sunnies (which he bought before we got together) made him look like he had raccoon eyes. Now he refuses to buy glasses without my input.
  • This is me at 19 when I went to the USA on my own. I will always remember this trip – I had no inhibitions and followed my heart, meeting great people and just enjoying life. This was me and some friends stuck on a motorway in North Carolina due to a huge accident ahead :)

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

My desk is where I do most of my work, though I often pop out to the café to write drafts scenes I’m stuck on. It does wonders.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I think my desk used to belong to my hubby before we got together. In fact it’s situated in the living room. It’s a pretty big room, and since most of the time hubby is downstairs playing computer games, I get lots of peace and quiet to write.

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T.F.’s Workspace

 

 

I’m a bit of a mess maker at my desk and pile things on top of each other. Every now and then I throw some order into the mess… but not that often :)

 

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

My necessities are my mac, water and a cup of tea. Then I’m all set. But I do have a few quirky fun things around my desk that help me focus on creativity… one such thing is a werewolf statue I’ve dressed up in a ribbon. Mainly because I like the idea of binding such a wild creature, and I mean who wouldn’t want power over their uncontrollable side. Of course I’m not talking about me… though if I were a werewolf, I’m not sure I would tell anyone. Hmmm, maybe I would tell some people…hehe

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I like the fact that I have everything I could need at arms reach – books, notepads, pens, my scribbles, and of course it’s my little corner.

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Always a hot cup of tea with less water and extra milk, no sugar. Yeah, hubby’s not a fan of ordering tea for me when we go outJ

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Richard Laymon and Arthur C Clark – I grew up reading their stories and it’s definitely inspired me to make my stories character driven and add suspense around every corner.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I always need a hot cup of tea and a bottle of water at my desk. Then before I do anything, I feel compelled to do a quick round of checking of all my emails (I have a few), facebook, twitter, website, and a few others sites. Now I know this is a bad habit and I really need to jump into my writing, but so far I’ve struggled with this. Any suggestions to kick the habit?

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to, but it doesn’t happen. The days I go into work, I can’t get time to write since I drive over an hour each way and tend to get home late. Because I work part time, I use the other days to make sure I write something each day. My goal is to write at least 1000 words on those days. Sometimes I’ll do more and others less – depends on my state of my mind that day, so I go with the flow. I tend to spend the rest of the day doing lots of editing. I do get distracted by games on my ipad… I tell myself I only need to play one game and then I can start writing… an hour later I’m still playing. I need to hide the ipad.

 

4. Why do you write?

I have a wild imagination and it just fits perfectly with story telling… I want to share with people my ideas and creative worlds and characters, and let me just say, most people outside of the writing community think I’m a bit strange or different because I don’t believe in acting like I’m all grown up when I know I’m not on the inside.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Join a writing group or get critique partners or both. You really can’t improve in writing without honest feedback from other people who understand writing, rather than family members.

 

Cool quote from Richard Laymon: ‘Calm down, you’ll live longer.’

  

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 Cloaked in Fur is Available Now

As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.

A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature.  She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

Paranormal Suspense With Strong Romance

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Cloaked in Fur Here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cloaked-in-Fur-ebook/dp/B00DV0XJ4A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374564291&sr=1-1

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cloaked-in-Fur-ebook/dp/B00DV0XJ4A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374635978&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cloaked-in-fur-tf-walsh/1116059078?ean=9781440571619

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cloaked-in-fur/id672328984?mt=11

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cloakedinfur-1248970-237.html#.Ufo7z08TtDA.twitter

Kobo Books: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Cloaked-in-Fur/book-qSnc5CgEaEKVUl5mP62cwg/page1.html?s=AaHZQ8xwNUy3VP0NKrdqDw&r=1

Crimson Romance Books: http://www.crimsonromance.com/upcoming-releases-romance-ebook/cloaked-in-fur/

Publisher: Crimson Romance www.crimsonromance.com

 

Author Links

Website www.tfwalsh.com

Twitter www.twitter.com/TFWalsh

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tfwalsh

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/tfwalsh/

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150942.T_F_Walsh

Amazon www.amazon.com/author/tfwalsh

 

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Tania!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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16 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes T.F. Walsh”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    Love the werewolf statue.

    And I have a social media and solitaire addiction. Some days, it’s amazing that I get anything else done.

  2. I like your werewolf statue.
    An hour long commute would really suck.

  3. Great interview! I’m easily distracted by everything, I’m amazed I get any writing done at all!

  4. Sia McKye says:

    I have coffee and water present to start my day. When I’m in writing mode, I tend to go straight to the files and review and write for a couple of hours. When I need a break, then I open up my emails.

    Definitely agree on a group and crit partners. :-)

    Nice getting to know a bit more about you.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  5. Love the werewolf statue! It’s great to see TF here and I loved getting to know more about her. Great pictures!

  6. Emilyann says:

    Nice book title and I’m jealous of that beautiful workspace, Tania.

    Thanks for the post, Nutschell. :)

  7. mooderino says:

    That was a great interview. I wish I had such an interesting background.

    mood

  8. Kelly says:

    This was great. Loved reading this interview.

  9. Nas says:

    This is a great interview, loved reading about you!

    Thanks Nutschell!

  10. T.F. Walsh says:

    So great being on your blog today… loved answering your questions. They were so much fun:)

    Thank you to everyone who commented… I love that werewolf statue and am always dressing him up… hehe

  11. Carina Olsen says:

    Love the interview! Thank you both for sharing. <3 Also love the cover for the book. Sounds and looks interesting :)

  12. Ioan Miclau says:

    Wonderful and enjoyable interview!

  13. Julie Luek says:

    I like the work space– pretty!

    Distractions.. pffff.. why must they exist? On the other hand a big “woot woot” to you for shooting for 1000 a day. That’s a very doable goal!

  14. Great interview! I love getting peeks into people’s worlds. You’re well traveled too.

  15. Arlee Bird says:

    Another good interview. I wish I had a good suggestion to kick the social media and internet habit and do more writing. I guess distraction is something that many of us have in common.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

  16. Lexa Cain says:

    I loved finding out new and interesting things about Tania. Just when I think I know her, up pop surprises. I know what she means about it taking time to check her emails and things. I can take me 4+ hours to check my emails, write replies, check my forums and comment, etc. (And yes, sometimes I get distracted by LOLCats on FB!!) Great interview! :-)

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