D.A. Winstead

Biography

Award-winning conservative author D.A. (Dennis) Winstead was born and raised in Franklin County, North Carolina. Graduating with an Economics degree from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University, he began working for the United States Department of State soon after. As a senior government official for over twenty-three years, Dennis focused n economic and security development policy and traveled extensively during his years of civil service–mostly in post-conflict countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Currently enjoying a slower life in Atlanta, Georgia, he writes historical/literary fiction based on his travels and embellished by his experiences and cultures, old world folklore, superstitions, religious fervor and politics.

In 2013 Dennis launched Color Him Father Foundation, a non-profit that seeks ways to inspire and motivate working fathers in Africa to create a nurturing home environment for their children.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I have just finished Ohio 2029, a political fiction set in Cincinnati, Ohio. Along the vein of the subtitle "Utopia has never been so wrong," the story begins after a catastrophic global economic collapse in late 2015. Later, when it is discovered that the Black Crash of 2015 was planned and carried out by Washington insiders, most people simply rise above all the fray and learn how to recover…with some conditions: What happened in 2015 was not just an attempt at bringing on a financial apocalypse; it was an attack on a way of life carried out by radical insiders, and it left a poor and angry nation seeking revenge and a conservative nation determined never to let it happen again. The entire nation turned red in 2016 and became hell-bent on killing liberalism once and for all. The problem is: the conservatives take their revenge way too far, creating city-sized reform zones for troublemakers who refuse to go along with a highly conservative economic recovery plan. The story also has a love interest: a young girl whose father is a conservative southern senator and a boy whose father is the extreme opposite. After the crash, the family parts ways, but years later, in 2029, the girl runs away from home and ends up with the boy and his family in downtown Cincinnati, the site of the nation's most notorious crime-infested reform zone. This is where my story begins: as a nation struggles to close down the nation’s last reform zone, in Cincinnati, the girl is kidnapped by a crime boss hidden away deep inside.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing fiction is a hobby. The non-profit I launched after resigning from the U.S. State Department in 2011 is my passion. Color Him Father Foundation seeks ways to inspire and motivate working fathers in Africa to create a nurturing home environment for their children. After working in Africa for over ten years, making my foundation stronger and more effective in helping African children inspires me to get out of bed each day.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find D.A. Winstead online


Where to buy in print


Books

Ohio 2029: Utopia Has Never Been So Wrong
By
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,510. Language: American English. Published: April 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A provocative Orwellian thriller set in post economic collapse America. Those with open eyes knew the inevitable would happen one day…that economic implosion would put an end to our small world. It happened on June 22, 2015, and our world was never the same. Ohio 2029 depicts all the anger and revenge needed to recovery and shows that sometime forgiveness is all you've got to go back to.
Dragon Bones: Two Angels Leave at Sunrise
By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,840. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
2013 Illumination Books Silver Award...What happens when people do things they shouldn’t—things so horrible that they are left racked with guilt and longing for redemption? Jules Bailey, a Christian witch working for the U.S. Department of State, is going to find out in Dragon Bones, the latest paranormal thriller from the pen of D.A. Winstead.
Wiggle Rooms: A Tale of a Fallen Anchorite
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,250. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
2014 International Book Awards Finalist...A friendly Ghost, two nice witches, a dirty demon, a hateful pedophile and an avenging father...what else do you need for a great late-night read? Set in Latvia, during early Soviet occupation, Wiggle Rooms is a mixed bag of old Baltic lore, superstitions, religious fervor, and diplomatic intrigue.
Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,020. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
2012 International Book Awards Finalist...Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story captures the early period in Apartheid South Africa and traces the lives of a family that were forever changed during a horrible massacre. Now fifty years later, an American diplomat must embark on her own internal search for reason and faith to save the family once again.

D.A. Winstead’s tag cloud