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Interview With Ali Winters

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’ve always had an active imagination and for as long as I can remember I’ve always loved reading which fueled my desire to create and tell stories.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

The Reapers is book one of a now complete series (The Hunted) about Reapers and the only threat known to them and protecting the balance. Lies, betrayal, centuries of secrets to be revealed, and a slow burn romance.

Sound of Silence is a duology about aliens, zombies and a virus. It’s an apocalyptic YA Romeo and Juliet retelling

A Sky of Shattered Stars is the first of a series that is high fantasy set in space, if space was made of magic instead of science.

What inspires you to write?

All the ideas constantly coming to my mind. It’s like an addiction. I have all these ideas and stories and I want to get them out to share with the world and hold them in my hands.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

Before I considered writing as a feasible path, I was a blogger who just wrote part of an idea down. I shared it with an author friend who told me she wanted me to finish the story, and so I threw myself head first into writing and haven’t looked back since.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

The middle of 2015 I published my first book. Publishing was scary then, and it’s still nerve wracking. But I love it and will keep doing it.

What advice can you give future authors?

Never stop trying to improve your craft. Never settle for “I write good enough” Always, always, keep trying to improve. Getting complacent will make your writing fall flat and it will lose the one thing readers love about your stories.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

The Moirai. Which is to say, it wasn’t actually easy, but rather with that book I discovered the writing process that works the best for me.

What was the hardest?

The Reapers. I had no idea what I was doing when I went into publishing. I learned a LOT from that book. And it was the one book that had the most incarnations as I learned.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

Staying focused. I adore the stories in my mind and want to get them all out, but I also struggle with keeping my mind focused.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

It’s not my forte, but I still do my best and try to learn new ways to go about it.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

Most of my books are Urban fantasy with strong fantasy elements and epic fantasy length books with complex plots. My Fantasy books are pure fantasy. Fantasy was what I grew up reading so it’s become a huge influence on how I plot and develop stories.

Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?

I have done NaNoWriMo every year since 2014, (and won! I’m super self-competitive.) I’ve also done two July camp NaNos, this year and last.

How supportive is your family of your books?

My parents are 10000% convinced I’ll be the next JK Rowling. I love their unwavering support.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

Yes. It’s pretty horrible, especially if it comes from someone you trusted. But you have to push that aside. Surround yourself with people who are positive and believe in you. You can’t let those people take away something you love and enjoy.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I have a wonderful editor and a great PA. Other than that my “team” is a support system of friends. I do try to do as much “in house” as possible, but only if I can get that particular skill up to market standards.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

It depends on the book, every one is different. It depends on how messy the first draft is. Sometimes A draft needs to be a dumpster fire so you have something to work with and build up and make pretty, other times a first draft can come out pretty clean(needing a lot less work.)

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Almost all of my books are on audio. Not only because I love them for their convince, but because it’s important for everyone to have access to books.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

The Last Unicorn, The Time Machine, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy are a few of my all time favorite books. I also enjoy more recent books such as The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, the Kricket series by Amy A. Bartol, Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta. Honestly there are a lot of books I love by many authors and I can’t name them all.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

The Vampire Debt is the first in a six book series that can be described as Vampires meet Beauty and the Beast meets Pride and Prejudice. It will be a NA/Adult series and I’m really excited for this series not only because of the story but also because of the covers!

You can sign up for early sneak peeks and be the first to know anything about this series by signing up here: http://www.thevampiredebt.com

Where can we find you on social media?

Website: http://www.aliwinters.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authoraliwinters
Twiter: http://www.twitter.com/aliwinters_
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authoraliwinters

Amazon: http://www.amazon/author/aliwinters

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoraliwinters

Bookbub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/ali-winters

Newsletter: http://www.aliwinters.com/newsletter

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