Who I am: Hi, my pen name is T.S. Valmond and I write science fiction and fantasy stories for the entire family.
Why I write: I’m a reader at heart and I got tired of complaining about there not being enough books with characters I could relate to in settings where I could escape.
What do I write about: I write stories with strong male and female lead characters in faraway lands doing the extraordinary. I’m also a hopeless romantic, which means there’s always a little bit of romance.
A little about my past: I was raised in Minneapolis where I attended the University of Minnesota and earned my degree in deaf studies, creative writing, and journalism. I chose the life of a professional sign language interpreter. I still love it but my body doesn’t, so I write.
The first story I ever wrote: When I was in the fourth grade, I was exposed to a lot of science fiction and fantasy. I wrote my first story set in the distant future where an archaeologist finds the forgotten remains of the most powerful book there ever was – the Bible. My mom read it and got so angry when I left it on a cliffhanger that I’ve been making it up to her ever since.
When do I have time to write: 5:30 in the morning is when I start my writing day. I’m usually finished by 8:30 am. When I get a free afternoon, I head to the local coffee shop and write there for a change of scene.
My motto: There’s nothing more satisfying than the next good book.
My hope is that my books will be that for you. As my stories make their way from my imagination into your hands, I hope you’ll keep in touch.