Featured Interview With Amie Irene Winters
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, where I met (and later married) my high school sweetheart, writing books never entered my mind until I completed my bachelors in anthropology and religious studies, masters in environmental leadership, and an eight-day wilderness solo in the Rocky Mountains. After having tried a variety of unique jobs – from park ranger, grant writer, natural history curator, to archaeologist – did I start experimenting with writing fiction.
A few moves around the country, and some long international trips later, I published my debut novel, Strange Luck. The conservationist in me still lives, which is why I always include elements of nature (e.g., hiking, animals, camping) in my stories.
These days, I spend most of my time writing novels, blogging, and traveling. I live in a small western PA town with my philosopher husband and a mischievous pug appropriately named Loki. When not conjuring up other worlds, I can be found hiking, painting, playing music, traveling, or antiquing. Oh, and baking desserts.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Creative writing was my favorite subjects in school. It was the only thing I ever did that didn’t feel like work. Strangely, I didn’t become a big reader until I hit college. I had no idea on what I was missing out on all those years.
I still have all of my old writing journals, and each month I incorporate the stories I wrote (and funny pics) in a Throwback Thursday post I call #TBTWriter. You can check it out here: https://golden-cricket.blogspot.com/search/label/tbtwriter
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling. I love stories with magical elements where anything can happen. The stranger and more imaginative the better. Any author who can completely transport me into their story inspires me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Nightmare Birds is the newest YA Horror story in the Strange Luck series. It’s about Daisy Darling’s quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious Theater of Secrets – long thought a dark legend by many, but known as a frightening reality to those who truly know its powers. Only the invited may find it and once they do, they cannot go back. What Daisy doesn’t know is that this mystery will forever change her life and her future.
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