Featured Interview With A.I. Winters
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m an award-winning horror and fantasy author. My newest book is called Summoner of Sleep, which was released in July 2021. By exploring the disturbing crossroads of genetic manipulation and lust for youth and control of the physical, Summoner of Sleep is a cautionary tale of the perversion of natural order and desire. This book is geared towards fans of H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, and Stephen King. I’ve also written three YA fantasy novels in the vein of Alice of Wonderland meets The Neverending Story (Strange Luck, The Nightmare Birds, and A Darling Secret).
I currently live in Los Angeles, California. When not writing books, I enjoy breaking a sweat in Jiu-Jitsu class, baking desserts and traveling.
I continue to write stories about extraordinary people, weird and eerie happenings, and fantastical places. I just started working on a new novel, which I hope to publish next year.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Stories run in my blood. Writing was my favorite subject in school and I still have the dusty old notebook filled with silly stories about haunted houses, ice cream adventures, my dog, and mysterious caves. I loved the fact that anything could happen in these stories. They were safe, magical, strange…fun. I wrote my first novel while completing my BA in Anthropology and another three novels while completing my MA in Environmental Studies, but scraped all of them because life simply got in the way.
In 2015, I published my first young adult fantasy novel, Strange Luck. I went on to publish two more books in the Strange Luck Series – The Nightmare Birds and A Darling Secret. Most recently, I started working with an amazing publisher, Literary Wanderlust, and just released my latest novel, Summoner of Sleep, a psychological horror/thriller.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Arthur Machen. I love the worlds they create!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Summoner of Sleep is about the isolated mountain town of Marble Woods. It’s here, away from the civilized world, that the townspeople can experiment with human genetics that have the power to alter your mind and body. When Ryder Ashling, a down-on-his-luck longtime sufferer of nightmares, discovers the town, he thinks he’s found a cure, but bears witness to their research and its terrifying, inevitable unraveling.
This book is a cautionary tale that explores the disturbing crossroads of genetic manipulation and lust for youth and control of the physical. It’s full of dark magic, occult symbolism, and monsters, but also focuses on dreams, family bonds, and human desire.
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