Today we have author TF Walsh for an interview. I would like to thank her for the time to do the interview. Remember to check out her book Cloaked In Fur just below.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
In truth, I didn’t know I wanted to become a writer from a young age. I just enjoyed scribbling stories on pieces of papers and on the inside of book covers when I was young. 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.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Probably about 3-4 years ago when I joined a writing group and wrote my first novel. This was when I realized how much I enjoyed the telling tales.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Hmmm, I’d say over a year, and that includes a major rewrite.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
During the day I work in marketing, actually in social media, so I tend to find that whether at work or home, I’m always online. When I go on vacation, I try to leave the internet behind.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Cloaked in Fur.
A suspenseful tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Each book and story varies. The first draft of Cloaked in Fur took me several months to write.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Right now, I’m working on book 2 of Cloaked in Fur. I’m also half way through a new young adult steampunk / fantasy novel, which is made up of three parts about six characters. It is set in a world filled with witches, steampunk monsters and magic, and at the heart of the story, there’s the struggle to find love.
What genre would you place your books into?
Paranormal romance with strong suspense elements.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’m a huge horror buff, and I grew up watching every monster movie. Now, when I sit down to write a story, it always has to include paranormal or the supernatural.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
While I wrote my first draft of the novel, I grew completely infatuated with Enre, who is Daciana’s ex-lover. I guess when you spend so much time in a character’s head; it’s bound to influence you
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been dabbling in writing probably my entire life, without realizing I was doing it My biggest inspiration would have to be my dad who is a well known poet and author in Romania.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Definitely. I have a writing desk right next to the window that overlooks the garden. My mac is in the centre of the desk with books in either side. I always have water and a hot cup of tea next to me, and music is essential. I create different playlists for each book.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
As this is my debut book, so far yes.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I find I have to give my book a title before I start writing, but it tends to be changed when I finish the story.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Each character has a backstory, and I try to match their names to where they are from, their family, and even the timing of the story. In Cloaked in Fur, I wanted most of my characters to have names that had a wolf meaning.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I always create the characters first, get a feel for their personality, what role they’ll play in the story before I name them. I tend to find when I know them well enough; the right name will jump out when I’m researching it. Sometimes for secondary characters, I might have a list of names I’ve set aside and use.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
This is actually a combined effort. I have a rough idea of how the character is, but as I start writing the story, characters tend to take on a life of their own and reveal their quirks and traits along the way. I love it when that happens.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I’d like to answer this with a simple proverb: ‘The wolf is not always a wolf.’
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I’m half and half between paperback and eBook.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
At the moment, my favorite book is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read it twice so far as I await book two.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I always prefer the book to the movie version, since books go in such much more detail and take us deep into the character’s thoughts.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
I’m a bit old school, but I still like Madonna and Prince.
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
Richard Laymon. I love horror!