1) How do you describe your writing style?
I’m definitely a pantser. While I do plot out loose ideas about the story and characters, I also allow plenty of room for the story to write itself and for discovery and surprise. There might be something that a character does or that the world possesses that I didn’t think of in the beginning, but as I’m enraptured in the story, it becomes more apparent.
2) What has been the high point of your writing career?
Publishing my first book (Strange Luck). I had talked about wanting to publish a book for years, but it’s certainly one thing to talk about it and another to actually do it. Holding my book in my hands for the first time was a total “WOW!” moment.
3) What one thing to do with writing most makes you want to scream?
Marketing. I’d love to spend all my time doing the thing I love most (writing), but no one is going to know about me or my books unless I put myself out there.
4) Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m inspired by everyone and everything around me. It’s my job to pay attention to ideas and jot them down. A lot of the characters and scenarios in my books were inspired by real people I know or things that have happened to me.
I was inspired to write Strange Luck while passing a cemetery. I started thinking about memories, regrets, life, and experiences. Having as many experiences/memories as possible has always been a personal goal of mine (don’t even get me started on my mile-long bucket list). Anyway, my mind wandered to the idea of collecting our most cherished memories and I thought it would be a unique concept for a book. And, because I’m a huge fantasy and magical realism fan, I decided to weave in lots of supernatural elements, too.
5) What are you working on now?
I just released Book II in the Strange Luck Series, The Nightmare Birds, and have started working on the next book in the series.
6) Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favourite… and why?
I tend to always root for the villain. Even when I watched Disney movies growing up I always wondered about the villain, why they were so vengeful, and why they didn’t deserve sympathy. That said, the entity in Strange Luck is my favorite character. Since he is a dark wizard, his powers are limitless, so it was a lot of fun coming up with magical, evil, and strange things that he could do. I felt it was imperative to include a backstory about why/how he became the way he was, but I’m not one for giving away spoilers, so you’ll have to read it for yourself.
7) The Seventh Question… What question do you wish people would ask you, and what is the answer you’d give?
Besides writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m an outdoorsy girl. Hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. I love to be in nature and to be active. When I can’t be outside, I’m a fitness nut. My new thing is kickboxing. It’s so much fun 🙂
I also advocate for Cruelty Free International and Therapy Dogs International. I recently got my puppy, Loki, certified to be a therapy dog and I take him a few times a month to nursing homes and to visit pediatric clinics. It’s amazing to see what he brings out in people.
Amie and her Books
As an environmental conservationist, AMIE IRENE WINTERS has had a lot of unique experiences—from participating in archaeological digs and camping solo in the Rocky Mountains, to writing grants and designing natural history museum exhibits—but writing fiction has always been her passion. She’s the author of the Strange Luck series.
Originally from California, Amie has lived in every region of the U.S., and currently resides in a small town in western Pennsylvania. She loves hiking, traveling, baking desserts, and spontaneous adventures.
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