Featured Interview With Addison Winters
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in the Midwest and after decades of shoveling snow, I turned in my snow shovel for golf clubs and moved to sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I have always had an overly-active imagination and loved to read and research anything that piques my interest. I spend most of my time writing two drastically different genres; erotica under my name and young adult fiction under A. L. Waddington. When I am not lost in a world of my own creation, I can be found hiking the mountains around the southwest regions of the country or fitting in another 18 holes. I have a master’s in psychology and am currently working on my doctorate. I live with my husband Eric, our daughters, four spoiled puppies, and a bearded dragon.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading heavily at a young age as an escape and began writing short stories and poems in grade school. I was a journalist on the school newspaper in junior high and had my first poem published nationally when I was 24 years old.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors include Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Diana Gabaldon among many others. I never adhere to any particular genre, but rather will read anything that intrigues me including young adult, history, romance, mystery, psychological thrillers, or paranormal mysticism. My father taught me a love of reading, and my grandfather fostered my ideas of being an author. My husband, and children continually inspire me to write with their ability to take risks, color outside the lines, and always keep life entertaining.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My most recent release is the second book in my With Honors series, Making the Dean’s List. The first book, What I Really Learned in College ended with a cliff hanger. Therefore, book two picks up directly where the first book left off.
In the first book, the main character, Alex is a single mother of two young boys in her early thirties who decides to go back to college and get that degree she always dreamed of. It portrays a realistic and comedic view of the differences between her expectations and the realities of the college world she finds herself thrust into along with the struggles of balancing school, home, single-parenting, studying, and her son’s extracurricular activities. Still, having a little fling with her 21 year-old classmate, Mason certainly eases the pressures a bit.
Book 2 shows that timing is everything in a relationship and sometimes you can’t send a boy to do a man’s job. But how do you decide between the boy you’re currently dating and the man you know you could spend the rest of your life with…if you’d only met him first? Sexual escapades, student teaching, homework, her children’s activities, the annoying ex-husband, and friends who wish they could switch places with her keep Alex’s life interesting. But the problem with seeing two men is that eventually the truth comes out!
Making the Dean’s List was a lot of fun to write and I’ve really enjoyed exploring the world these characters reside in. Their friends and loved ones have been entertaining and have made sure they keep their lives interesting. As I work on the third and final installment in this series, Transferring Credits, I can honestly say that I am going to miss these individuals dearly. They have become such a large part of my life over the last several years and I have loved watching them develop and grow as they all chase after their dreams, career, and true love.
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