‘A lively, exuberant storyteller’

Carlos Amato, Mail & Guardian cartoonist

In 2018, I celebrate 18 years as an award-winning storyteller.

Location independent with a base in Cape Town, I am interested in how the universe works – from the micro to the macro. By accurately distilling complex subjects into accessible narratives, my mission is to share the wonder of the cosmos, help deepen our understanding of the human experience and bring the truth to light.

I have contributed to respected international institutions in publishing, print, radio, television and digital media.

My portfolio includes:

– Major books (developing, writing, proofing and editing)
– Content consulting and copywriting/editing
– Cover stories/photographs for the popular press
– Environmental Journalist of the Year
– Award-winning newspaper columnist
– Science writer-in-residence: South African Antarctic Programme
– Interviews with hundreds of newsmakers, from science to arts
– Launching South Africa’s 1st national photo competition for rare nature
– Hundreds of hours for my former radio show, EnviroWorld

When not working with words, I am probably on a meditative track somewhere, playing chess or exploring our Pale Blue Dot’s natural beauty.

Browse my client list, and peruse my client testimonials, below:

I was exceptionally privileged to have Tiara Walters edit my 2017 memoir, The Twinkling of an Eye, for NB Publishers. I had been asked by many people how I could allow a professional editor to work with the extremely personal and sensitive content of my son’s journey with, and death from, a brain tumour. And yet not only did she seamlessly correct all the grammatical issues, her respect for the content exceeded any expectations. She paid attention to the smallest detail, and innuendo, making me feel that my mother’s story, and author’s voice, was in very respectful and sensitive hands. I was greatly reassured by the incredible amount of time, and emotional energy, that she gave to the accurate telling of my story.

– Sue Brown, author

Beautifully told. A sense of true aestheticism. I felt understood in my own grief.

– Karina Szczurek, widow of the novelist André P Brink
Author of The Fifth Mrs Brink on The Twinkling of an Eye

My undying gratitude to Tiara Walters who edited the final version of Queen of the Free State, for her warmth and understanding, her meticulous eye for detail and facts, her intuitive and sensitive suggestions, all of which helped to bring coherence to the chapters – how can I ever thank you?

– Jennifer Friedman, author

Tiara worked with me on a number of nonfiction books for Tafelberg Publishers. I was completely satisfied with her editing and proofreading, which was thorough, thoughtful, effective and on time.

– Annie de Beer, publishing specialist

Tiara has contributed to Sunday Times Lifestyle since 2005. She is a gifted interviewer and a lively, exuberant storyteller.  Her memorable pieces for us have ranged from the secret lives of Uber drivers to the obsessions of long-distance swimmers. She is also a pleasure to work with: energetic, punctual and pleasant.

– Carlos Amato, former Sunday Times Lifestyle editor
Mail & Guardian cartoonist

Tiara is a competent, self-motivated journalist with impressive credits to her name. She’s highly professional, her love for conservation and travel journalism is infectious and she presides over a considerable work ethic. If you want a good all-rounder who’s fun to work with, Tiara’s the one.

 – Don Pinnock, author / former editor of Getaway Magazine

I have always been impressed by Tiara’s dedication and commitment to her work. She pays attention to detail, and has an excellent command of the English language as well as the concepts involved. She is interactive and co-operative and always a pleasure to have on the freelance staff. Tiara is a first-class copy editor.

– Patrick Bulger, chief subeditor, Sunday Times

The relationship between journalist and copy editor is often touchy, particularly on newspapers where the march of the deadline is constant. But Tiara’s sensitive line changes and general feedback pointedly improved my features and columns for Sunday Times Lifestyle in their final form. Her vibrant personality also helped. She understood what a sentence needed to do and be to achieve a kind of perfection.

–  Sean O’Toole, journalist, art critic, co-editor, City Scapes

Tiara has worked under considerable pressure at times, but she has always managed to keep her sense of humour.

 – Susan Smuts, legal editor, Sunday Times

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