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Author Interview: Amie Irene Winters

Name: Amie Irene Winters
Latest Release: A Darling Secret
Genre: YA Fantasy
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1. How long have you been writing?

Since I could hold a pen.??Creative writing was my favorite subject in grade school. I remember my math tutor rewarded me for completing problems with creative writing exercises. One of my favorite prompts was: ???If you were a princess fairy on a shopping spree, what would you buy???? I still have the paper with my drawing and story. It???s funny looking back at it now. In the story I bought a magic wand which could grant me wishes. I wished for what every little girl wants ??? ???a huge bowl of ice cream???. Ha ha! ??I think my tutor???s technique was certainly effective. Creative writing is still one of my favorite things to do.😊??

2. What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I primarily write young adult fantasy. I love creating fantastical worlds and magical scenarios where anything is possible. My next book will be a standalone psychological fiction.

3. What are your goals as a writer, both small and large?

To inspire others, to continue growing and improving as a writer, and to keep writing more books.

4. What inspires you?

Discovering unexpected magic in everyday life.

5. Have you ever fallen in love with a character? Tell us about this romance.

I???ve never fallen in love with a literary character, but I???ve certainly found myself intrigued by some. Who doesn???t want to be swept off their feet by Westley from The Princess Bride? *swoon.

6. How do you find or make time to write?

Organization is key. Each week I write out my schedule and make sure that I plan for adequate time to sit down and write. Sometimes things come up and I can???t write, which is frustrating. ???? Over the years though, I???ve learned that forcing writing when I???m frustrated or crunched for time only adds to my stress. ??

7. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.

Both. When I first started writing, I thought I needed to be a ???plotter??? and followed tedious guidelines and wrote everything out. Not only did I felt trapped, my creativity suffered. There were a lot of missed opportunities for my characters to do something unexpected, or for usual twists into the story. After A LOT of trial and error, I realized I???m a ???panster.??? In other words, I fly by the seat of my pants when I write. ??

My writing process involves the following: Come up with a general story concept and then create as I go. For example, in??Strange Luck,??the concept was creating a world built using stolen memories. When I started writing the book, I had no sense of how my characters were going to get there, but that was part of the fun. My writing technique might not work for others, but just like those creative writing exercises that my math tutor gave me, this kind of ???panster??? freedom works for me.

8. Who would play you in your life story?

Gosh, I have no idea! If I had to pick, maybe Reese Witherspoon. People tell me that we look similar. I???m also a big fan of hers.??

9. What projects are you working on at the moment?

A Darling Secret??just released last week. It is the conclusion to the Strange Luck series, where you???ll learn the fate of your favorite heroes and love-to-hate foes. It???s a little darker than??The Nightmare Birds,??with lots of occult themes, magic, and psychological games.??My favorite!??😊

I wanted this book to answer remaining questions and leave the reader with a satisfying sense of completion. I spent a lot of time talking to my readers to find out what they wanted to see happen, which characters they wanted to see more of, and what they liked most about the previous books. I hope my readers will enjoy the result.

10. What process did you go through to get your work published?

I originally went the traditional publishing route, but didn???t have the best experience. I felt that my book wasn???t a priority and I was asked to make substantial changes that I didn???t agree with. My books are my life, so I decided to try an avenue where I had more control over the process. I published via CreateSpace Independent Publishing and have been extremely happy with the results.

11. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Writing the opening and the ending of a book. I usually come up with a dozen different openings, which I then rewrite repeatedly. It???s hard to pick the one I like best. That???s where friends and family come into play. They tell it like it is! The ending is also quite difficult to write because there needs to be a sense of closure.

12. What do you enjoy most about writing? Feel free to share your favorite work.

Creating different worlds. All the worlds in my stories (the Nameless, Theater of Secrets, and the Realm of the Shadows Gods) are dear to me, and I try to make each of them unique and original. I love all of them!??

13. If you could have any fictional character(s), living or dead, on your survival team after an apocalypse, who would you choose and why?

Hermione from Harry Potter. She seems to always have everything figured out, and it doesn???t hurt that she???s awesome at magic.

14. Which actors would you choose to play the main characters in your story?

When I saw the movie Blended and Bella Thorne came on, I remember saying, ???She would be a perfect Daisy Darling! She looks just like how I imagined Daisy would!??? Then when??Zak Henri came on screen (her boyfriend in the movie), I said, ???Oh my God, and he???d be a perfect Roger Donovan!???

Daisy and Roger have a lot of similar characteristics to those characters. Daisy is very tomboyish and awkward with red hair and freckles. She starts off unsure of herself and as she builds her confidence she accomplishes great and unexpected things. Roger is very quiet and dark, offering encouragement from the shadows. He???s also devilishly handsome. ??

15. What is your favorite escape from day to day living?

Kickboxing. It is so much fun!

16. What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?

Social media is probably the easiest way to promote books, but I also think it???s the most distracting.

17. Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?

H.P. Lovecraft is my all-time favorite writer who has had the most impact on me. He creates compelling stories and worlds that get under your skin and leave a mark. My favorite stories of his are The Lurker at The Threshold and The Strange High House in the Mist. My goal as an author is to leave a mark on my readers. I want them to be thinking about my stories long after they???ve read them.

I also adore Sheridan Le Fanu, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, and Joanne Harris.

18. Do you know the secret to originality in writing? Would you share it?

Let your mind go and try not to overthink the ideas that come. ??

19. What are you currently reading???

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.

20. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

More digitization. I???m old-school though. Nothing beats holding an actual book in your hands.

Thank you for allowing Our Write Side to interview you.

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A Darling Secret

Strange Luck series, Book 3

Description:

Learn the fate of your favorite heroes and love-to-hate foes in the thrilling conclusion to Amie Irene Winters??? bestselling Strange Luck series.

Before the Theater of Secrets was formed, before the Nameless was built, before Daisy Darling learned of her magical bloodline, there was the Realm of the Shadow Gods???ruled by the most powerful and wicked creatures known.

For nearly two decades, Daisy???s twin sister, Rose, was held captive by the Shadow Gods and survived. Now Rose has come to find Daisy to stop their impending evil from spreading into the human world. But Rose bears a terrible secret that has the power to destroy everything.

In the devastating Realm of the Shadow Gods, dark magic holds no bounds. Daisy will risk everything to save those she loves, but will the truth finally break her?

Unlock the final book in the Strange Luck series with??A Darling Secret.

Buy Links:??Amazon??|??Barnes & Noble??|??Book Depository??|??IndieBound??

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A Darling Secret??excerpt:

A slow, creeping fear wound its way around me.

Tiptoeing around the mysterious plain, too afraid to call out, a surprising wisp of music came floating through the air. It was a jingly little melody???like a music box???followed by soft voices.

I paused. Through the violet-stained sky and swirling rainbow mist I saw something moving. My eyes narrowed as I stealthily approached an illuminated cave.

Shadows were gathering there.

Strange Luck Series Buy Links:

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Bio:

Amie Irene Winters was born and raised in California but now lives and writes in western Pennsylvania. She is the author of the award-winning Strange Luck series.

When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, baking desserts, or breaking a sweat in kickboxing class.

To learn more about Amie and her books, visit amieirenewinters.com.

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Interview: Author Barbara Tyree

Name:??Barbara Tyree
Upcoming Release:??Dangerous Liaisons
Genre:??Mystery/Crime
Email:??anovelideabrt@yahoo.com

Barbara Tyree is your above-average book-a- alcoholic. She loves cooking, knitting, crocheting, and
collecting anything koala bears and birds, especially hummingbirds and cardinals.

  1. How long have you been writing? I started when I was in high school. ??I had stories in my head but of course at the time computers didn???t exist; then I stopped for a while until the need to write became overwhelming. Now I have so many manuscripts on my computer!
  2. What kind(s) of writing do you do? I enjoy mystery and romance.
  3. What are your goals as a writer, both small and large? To continue writing and I would hope someday one of my books would be an inspiration to someone.
  4. What inspires you? I enjoy writing with a theme in mind. Something with a message.
  5. Have you ever fallen in love with a character?I???m not sure that I???ve fallen in love with one character but Nora Roberts wrote a series called her Chesapeake Bay Series. It was about four adopted brothers who became family even though they weren???t blood brothers. As they met their future wives and started a new life, the brothers still remained close and were there for the brother who at the time may have been having an issue. It was very heart-warming.??
  6. How do you find or make time to write? I just make it a point to write in the morning and if I don???t get to write in the morning, I write in the evenings.
  7. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process. Basically, an idea or words come to me and I write start typing. The characters names, and information, I usually write down on a legal pad before entering the information into my computer. Then I outline each chapter as to important information.
  8. Who would play you in your life story? Tough question. I would have to say Reese Witherspoon. She is a wonderful actress.I thought she was so good in ??Walk the Line.
  9. What projects are you working on at the moment? I am going over one manuscript I have completed and I have almost finished another one, and I am doing the outline for the sequel to Dangerous Liaisons.
  10. What process did you go through to get your work published? I was going to self-published again, this time using my own name and was looking for someone to edit my manuscript; I happened to be in the same writing group as Amanda Mabry and she had recently vented about trying to help someone and I thought ???This is the person I want to edit my manuscript. Someone who cares about her work and is passionate about writing as I am.??? So I got in touch with her and after we talk, she asked if I???d be interested in publishing with Our Write Side and I said yes.
  11. What is the hardest part of writing for you? ??When I do the editing, I find I am my worst critic and I???m probably the only writer that totally ends up changing the storyline.
  12. What do you enjoy most about writing? Its relaxing for me. A way to escape and get rid of daily stress.????
  13. If you could have any fictional character(s), living or dead, on your survival team after an apocalypse, who would you choose and why? Bryan Mills from the movies Taken 1, 2, 3. I have seen those movies over 5000 times! I guess it???s because he can kick ass and he cares about his daughter and his ex-wife until she???s murdered. ??I don???t know maybe I just love the CIA action! But the first movie gets me especially every time when he goes looking for his daughter and towards the end, the daughter says to the dad, ???you came for me???. Gets me every time.
  14. Which actors would you choose to play the main characters in your story???I would have Liam Neeson play Johnny Nelson,Matthew McConaughey play Colton Jameson, and ??Sandra Bullock play Sierra Lancaster.
  1. Who are some of your favorite authors? I read all of Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, and Sandra Brown. They are so talented and have a way of shocking you with a twist has you saying, ???I never saw that coming.??? ??What impact have they had on your writing? It makes me want to be a better writer.
  2. Do you know the secret to originality in writing? ??Not really, I have a friend who has a Master???s Degree in English and I would tell her how the ideas would come to me and when she would read my work, she would tell me tell me I had a gift from God to be able to do what I do. She always thought it ??was amazing when I would tell her how the words would come faster than I could type! Would you share it? I???ve always heard write what you know. I don???t know if that???s true or not. Writing has come easy for me. It may not always be perfect but that???s why we edit and re-edit.
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  4. What are you currently reading???I???m actually reading two books at once, ???Catch A Falling Star??? By Rhonda Burnaugh and ???Did You Miss Me???? By Karen Rose.
  5. What do you think is the future of reading/writing? I think it will continue to grow especially ??the self-publishing industry. Although Ebooks are popular and I do have a Kindle, I still love my paperbacks and hardcovers. I would much rather read a good book than watch television, unless there is a movie that has Liam Neeson or Matthew McConaughey in it then I???m going to be glued to the television set!

Author John Murphy

Today our interview is with John Murphy, who just had a new book release earlier this month.

John Murphy was a Corporal in the US Marine Corps. He graduated college and had a successful career in the software industry. He???s the father of 3 adult sons. ??In addition to writing great stories to share, he enjoy a good cigar, riding motorcycles, shooting guns, drinking tequila, downhill skiing fast and traveling the world with his soulmate wife.

Links:

http://armageddonontoast.com/

https://www.facebook.com/1missionveritas

@armontoast (Twitter)

What was the very first thing you ever wrote?

A fiction novel ???A Walk with a Dangerous Man??? which has never been published.

Do you have any strange or interesting writing habits?

I do most of my writing with a cigar in hand. ??Sometimes that???s out on my deck in either Seattle or Scottsdale and other times it???s in a cigar lounge somewhere in the world.

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Characters often find themselves in situations they aren???t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

In the current story, Proelium Veritas, there is a complicated battle aboard a spaceship with lots of characters involved. ??I actually did a computer model of the ship I had in my mind so that I could chart out the movement of the various players in a plausible way.

Are you involved with any writing groups or websites?

I have tried a number of them without much success so if anyone has found one they feel is helpful – I???m certainly open to it. ??Email me a link and I???ll check it out.

Are you loyal to one genre or do you like to play the field?

In the past, I have written both general fiction and non-fiction but I enjoy the adventures in space and the thought of life in the future so I???ll probably stick with Sci-Fi for the foreseeable future.

Do you spend a lot of time researching (plotter) or do you make things up as you go (pantser)?

I do a lot of plotting rather than actual research. ??I have several software products I use to help me organize my plotlines and keep the various points of view straight. ??Even though the main character in the entire Black Sabre series is Vaughn Killian, there are a number of other key characters and weaving together all of it into a cohesive story arc requires detailed plotting.

Do you (or do you plan to) write stand-alone stories or series?

There are at least 4 books in the Black Sabre series. ??Mission Veritas was the first. ??The current release is Proelium Veritas and Labor Day weekend the 3rd in the series gets released. ??I???m currently working on book 4 and who knows how many more there may be. ??I???m not out of story yet!

What are you working on right now?

Book 4 in the Black Sabre series which I hope to have done early 2018. ??I don???t have a title for it yet though.

If you could ask your main character one question, what would it be?

As the father of 3 sons, I feel like a mentor to Vaughn Killian. ??I often imagine one of my own sons and what guidance I would offer them as I steer Killian through the many obstacles and challenges he faces. ??Given that I use some of my own sons in the character development, I wonder if they see bits of themselves as they read the stories.

What do you think the secret to being a good writer is?

The first secret is to actually write rather than just talk about writing. ??Consider your first try just that – a first try. ??No one creates a symphony with their first effort. ??Once you have a draft, there are a number of great books where you can learn tips for improving your craft – I know I???ve read many and learned from all of them. ??

Who would play you in the story of your life?

My wife would say Matt Damon because we bear some physical resemblance and I like to imagine my life as a little Jason Bourne with the smarts and witty repartee of the character he played in The Martian.

Book Blurb:

Proelium Veritas

Since the Carthenogens arrived from another planet nearly fifty years ago, the world has had no war???or so everyone thinks. But the Global Alliance, doing the bidding of Earth???s almond-eyed ???saviors,??? has been scooping up humans by the interstellar boatload. Only a handful of people know the truth: the elite resistance fighters of Black Saber.

Vaughn Killian saw it all firsthand while surviving two years of hell in the brutal purge of Bangkok. Now a fully trained Black Saber operative, he???s anxious to get back into the fight to save humanity from the deceptive peace-preaching aliens. Disaster strikes their remote space outpost and Killian winds up stranded and adrift a half a galaxy away from the planet that needs him most.

Killian took a vow: ???Resist to the death.???

Luckily for mankind, he???s not dead yet.

Link to purchase: ??http://amzn.to/2sqSoO4

Meet Tiago, from A.L. Mabry’s Chthonian Guardian Trilogy

Tiago is one of the antagonists we journey with through A.L. Mabry’s Chthonian Guardian series. His role is a complicated, complex one although he doesn’t realize it. [Tweet theme=”tweet-box-normal-blue”]In Soul Purge, Tiago sets off with very distinct plans which never seem to pan out quite right.[/Tweet] Will this broken soul seek the ultimate revenge or will he walk a road of redemption? Only time will tell.

  1. What would you say is your best physical attribute?

A lot of people have said my eyes are quite mesmerizing *snicker* but, personally, I would say my hands. My hands assist me in everything from survival to…pleasure. *wink*

(Oh my goodness! Did he just wink at me??)

**Clearing my throat**

  1. How much have your parents influenced who you have become?

Well, I did get me blood thirst from them…other than that, nothing I suppose. Left me to be raised by the Queen’s court while they remained on Guardian duty. I was groomed to be a consort to the Queen, a position I held fast for many centuries. Once I met DeeAnn, my anam cara, I no longer warmed her majesty’s bed.

  1. Often people are able to identify with a quote, or there is a quote that effectively sums up their beliefs. Is there any such quote for you?

Our Queen has often said, “Love is a weakness, no good comes of it.” So far I have found no proof to the contrary.

  1. Who is this darling little creature hiding behind you? Is she with you often?

Oh, this little beauty? This is Maeve; I think she is a brownie. She came runnin??? through the woods with a piece bread she stole from some brute an??? he was hell-bent on getting it back. I didn’t really set out to save her…??I was trying to take a nap and she was making quite a ruckus. So, I set her straight about it and she tricked me into keeping her by my side. She’s a wee bit shy with strangers though she’ll often talk my head off.

  1. When you turned around I couldn’t help but notice the scar that runs down your back. Do you care to share with us how that happened?

Like my parents, I am a Guardian. My charge, Emilia, has always been a bit…hard headed. She’s a wee lass but always set on doing things her own way. One evening she insisted on picking some herbs herself, to help a healer. I stayed right with her but we were ambushed by some vile creatures. That scar was the result of a poisonous talon that left me nearly paralyzed. I had only enough strength to kill my charge.

  1. Wait…you killed the young lady you were supposed to protect?

There are worse fates than death. Had this creature gotten its vile hands on my charge it would have proven unfortunate for all of us. Can we change the subject, love?

  1. Certainly, um…Everyone seems to have that one thing they fear…you strike me as a brave man but is there anything that worries you?

Losing my anam cara. She is my promise of Transcendence. I cannae leave this world without her because she is the completion of my soul.

  1. What is Transcendence, exactly?

You humans call it “Heaven.” It is where our souls finally get to rest in continuous joy once they have reached complete growth. Every soul lives, dies, and lives again until every lesson has been learned and absolute radiance has been achieved. Our Queen spends much of her life observing the souls and placing them appropriately.

  1. Do you normally kill people?

No. Well, not usually. Only sometimes…if they deserve it. Really it is our job to keep the humans safe from…other creatures…but sometimes the humans are their own worst enemies.

  1. Are you a vampire, witch or ware?

Yes.

  1. I meant, which of these are you?

All of them. None of them. I am a Chthonian.

Well, there you have it, folks! A sneak peek at one of our beloved Chthonian Guardians. I wonder how much his next interview will differ from today’s? We will check back with him prior to book two!

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