Monday, September 16, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with T.F. Walsh



1. Tell us about your new release, Cloaked in Fur.
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.

2. Can you explain how this story evolved and came to be published.
 I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales, and ever since then folklore and mythology has fascinated me. These influences have trickled into my stories, and in particular Cloaked in Fur, which is based in Transylvania—a place seeping with legends. Now, when it comes to love, I’m a sucker for stories about two people from different worlds falling madly in love and fighting against the odds to stay together. This is the story I wanted to tell in Cloaked in Fur, showing how far someone was willing to go to hold onto true love.

3. Do any of your characters take on characteristics or personalities of people you know such as friends or family?
 Actually, no. The characters were completely made up… but there are some interesting people in my life who might inspire future characters.


4. Give us the scoop how a typical writing day goes for you.
 When I’m not working, it goes something like this:
Wake up and head to my treadmill with my ipad. Powerwalking and catching up on emails.
After a shower and breakfast, I make myself a huge cup of tea and settled down with my laptop on the couch and write my daily quote – about 1000-1500 words – on a new project I’m working on.
After lunch, I settle down on my mac at my desk and jump into edits until late afternoon. That’s when I take some time off and squeeze in some social media


5. Now we want to hear about you. Tell us about yourself.
 Well, I was born in Romania and moved to Australia with my family at the age of eight. My dad has always loved writing and is quite well known in Romania, so I guess from an early age I started to show interest in writing. Sure, they were only poems or lyrics, but it was a start It was only when I finished university that I considered trying to write stories. Fast forward many years later, when I was home sick from work that I attacked my first novel, and no looking back from there. Aside from writing, I’m a huge baking fan with snickerdoodles being my all time favorite cookies.


6. Can you share the recipe with us?
 I’d love to share the snickerdoodle recipe I use all the time:
SNICKERDOODLES 

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups caster sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (227grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Coating:
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Method
  1. Beat sugar and butter until smooth
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, as beating
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt, into wet mixture, until smooth
  5. If dough is too soft to roll into a ball, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until firm enough to roll into a ball
  6. Oven should be at 190 degrees Celsius, with fan
  7. Mix the castor sugar and ground cinnamon (from the coating ingredients) in a bowl.
  8. Shape the dough into round balls. Roll the balls of dough in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place the coated balls on a tray lined with non-stick cooking paper, ensuring there is sufficient space between the balls, as they grow quite a bit
  9. Once the oven is hot, bake the balls for 10-15 minutes, or until gold at the edges. When first pulled out they will be very soft to the touch, this is fine, since they harden when left to stand for 10 minutes.
7. What is your favorite mythological creatures and why?
 Such a hard one… I love so many of them, but I’m going to go with the one that’s been my favorite since I was young. I adore all things mermaids

8. Have you always wanted to be an author?
 When I was young, I wanted to be all sorts of things from archaeologist to fashion designer, but it was only later when I started writing stories that my goal was to become an author.

9. Would you tell us about some of your up and coming future projects?
 Right now, I’m plotting book 2 of Cloaked in Fur. 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.

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
Available at:   Amazon   Amazon UK   B&N   iTunes   All Romance   Kobo   Crimson Romance Books
Publisher: Crimson Romance www.crimsonromance.com
  

About The Author

T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.
Author's Links: website   Twitter   FB   Pinterest   Goodreads   Amazon


GIVEAWAY
Two winners will be randomly picked to each receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card from T.F.Walsh
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13 comments:

  1. Looking forward to checking out your work :)

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  2. Thank you for introducing me to a new author.

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  3. Love shifter stories and this sounds like an interesting one.

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  4. Love shifter books! Adding this one to my list. Thanks :) Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I usually do not enter these contests, and at one time I did, and have manged to only win one. I am a Reviewer for new and seasoned authors. Several of my reviews have appeared on the published copy I reviewed. Like I said, I usually do not enter contests, however, when I come across a talented author with a great imagination and creative writing, I feel honored to enter and help spread the word about his or her work. I have a lot of respect for the hard work, long hours, and tears an author will put into a book in order to allow the reader escape the every day drudgery and hardships life can present. The reader for a short time, can transport him or her into another world, shutting out everything around them. Thank you for the contest, I wish everyone good luck, but most of all I want others to realize the quality of work I see in your profession and passion.
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  6. I love Paranormal suspense novels! Sounds like an interesting read. Will be adding it to my TBR. Great interview post!

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  7. This sounds like an awesome book...I will definitely add it to my to buy pile

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  8. Thank you for having me on your blog... I loved answering your questions:) Best of luck to everyone who entered the competition.

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  9. I so love paranormal romances :) So love the post :)

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  10. I love a variety of romance books, this seems like a awesome book can't wait to read

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  11. Sounds like an amazing read,I will definitely add it to my TBR list.

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  12. You should write a mermaid story! Now, pass the snickerdoodles please...

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