Winter delivers a fresh message of hope regarding relationships rooted in truth, realness, understanding, and comedy. She champions healthy relationships by encouraging people to learn who they are and what they desire in a mate, so they can find the love they desire and deserve.
1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?
I have loved writing since I was a little girl. I used to write stories about love. I love that I can articulate my emotions in a way that connects to my audience.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
My books are faith based and relationship self-help books.
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?
I certainly draw every last one of my book characters and content from my life experiences. I’m extremely transparent! I believe that is the most authentic way to form connection.
4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel? What projects are you currently working on?
I write as the mood hits me. I have the ability to infuse my emotion into my words. It’s therapeutic in a lot of ways to release my thoughts through my words. The time it takes me to finish a book may vary anywhere from 3 months to a year. I’m always working on about 2-3 books at a time. My heart is overflowing with words! It’s hard to explain. It’s how I communicate my heart.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?
Believe it or not, I love Christian suspense novels. I read “Saint” by Ted Dekker. I was hooked! I’m currently writing a new book, so I keep my reading low during that time.
6) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
My most significant achievement has been to self publish 4 books! I’m very proud of that. I hope to be a best selling author on the NY Times!
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry is drastically changing in terms of traditional and self-publishing?
I’m a trooper! Rejection is either protection, redirection, or lack of time projection. You have to take the good and the bad. I use them as lessons and it helps propel my ambition even further. The sophistication and ease of self-publishing today has made the dreams of many authors a reality. Traditional publishing has it’s place, but I’m grateful that it is not the only way anymore.
8) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work. Do you ever enjoy reading your own work back to yourself?
I’m one of the writer’s who hates reading their own work, LOL! I’m always amazed when people post quotes from my book. I seem like I know what I’m talking about, LOL, so that’s encouraging!
9) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
Absolutely not! It is never too late! There are a lot of successful people who didn’t experience success until after 40.
10) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
My personality is unique but it’s genuine! I love big! I make it a point to make sure people feel peace and love when they come into my presence. It’s helped me embrace more of who I know I’m called to be. If this world lacks anything, it lacks love. I believe that loving people for who they are and where they are is how you make change one person at a time 🙂