Thursday, December 5, 2013

Author Spotlight: T.F. Walsh

Introducing paranormal romance/urban fantasy author T.F. Walsh:

Hi Kyra, thanks for having me on your blog today :)

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now live in a regional city south of Sydney with my husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. I balance all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling. I write young adult and adult fantasy fiction.

Q: When did you start writing, and why?
A: As a child, I enjoyed scribbling stories on pieces of papers and on the inside of book covers. I even signed the books as if they were my own. Let’s just say, my sister wasn’t impressed when she found her books all written on. It was years later when I fell ill with a horrible flu that I pulled out my laptop out and decided to type up some of my ideas. And ever since, I haven’t been able to stop :)

Q: What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
A: I love to write stories filled with paranormal lore, steampunk monsters, or set in extraordinary worlds, but the one common thread is love. Each character is searching or fighting to hold onto love.

Horror is my favorite genre to read, so it’s no surprise an element of the something scary always trickles into my writing.

Q: What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
A: Cloaked in Fur is book 1 in a series. Book 2 is in the works with plans for many more :)

I’m also half way through a new young adult fantasy novel, which is made up of three parts about six characters. It is set a world filled with witches, steampunk monsters and magic, and at the heart of the story, there’s the struggle to find love.

Q: "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
A:  'Cloaked in Fur' is set in Romania, more specifically Braşov. Braşov is located within what is the region traditionally known as Transylvania. I was born in Romania so I have a special place in my heart for stories based there, particularly those stories set in Transylvania. The region is steeped in lore and history and is about 30km from the Bran Castle, one of the historic homes associated with Vlad Tepes. Vlad Tepes is also known as Vlad the Impaler and is often cited as the historical basis for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Whilst many people consider him a villain, the local populace generally consider him a hero. Interesting fact is that is it said Vlad the Impaler never lived in the Bran Castle, despite the Dracula stories. The region of Transylvania also contains stretches of the Carpathian Mountains. The Carpathians spread through a number of European countries. Large tracts of forest, deep gorges, steep cliffs and cave systems make it a dangerous and beautiful area. With a large population of animals including wolves and bears it makes a wonderful setting for any story. And that’s exactly why I set Cloaked in Fur in Braşov.

Q: Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
A: Daciana looks like Kate Beckinsale in my mind. She’s a strong character who won’t let anyone push her around, but she has a soft spot for Connell. Sonsidering the secrets she’s keeping from him, this creates a lot of tension between the two lovers.

Quote from Daciana: “I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. It’s tearing me apart to have you push me away. The fact of the matter is wulfkin—or werewolves as you call them—do exist. For your own good sense, you need to accept this or it will eat away your mind.”

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Connell looks like Chris Hemsworth. He’s a human and has no idea werewolves exist, that is until his life gets all kinds of complicated with Daciana involved.

Quote from Connell: “Shit, Daci. This guy comes here, shoving you around and you expect me to just sit back and do nothing? Forget it.”

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Enre looks like Jensen Ackles
. He’s the strong alpha type who loves Daciana but also knows he has not chance with her. But it doesn’t stop him from trying.

Quote from Enre: “The years we dated. How do you remember me? As the wulfkin who loved you unconditionally, a mistake, a fling, or the hottest lover you’ve had?”

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Q: A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
A: Enre is an extremely popular character with my readers, and I’m happy to announce that book 2 will be his story.

[Kyra sez: T.F. also has the best hat of any author I've featured so far!]

Picture 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:

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Publisher: Crimson Romance

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