Somebody once said that we all have a novel inside us waiting to get out. Such was true of Katy Winter, a dreamy child, often found staring into the distance, her mind somewhere else. "Where are you, Katy?" her mother would ask. "Mmm?" would be the reply as she came back into the "real" world.
Leaving school, Katy enrolled at university, studying English Literature and History, and learning about life. Part - time employment saw her taking on jobs as a waitress, an office clerk, and an artist's model, while she studied for her degree. Somewhat to her surprise, she left university with a masters degree in History, and then undertook training as a high school teacher.
Having gained her teaching qualification, Katy spent the next few years teaching at various state secondary schools. She taught mainly History and English - especially Drama - then developed a passionate interest in Classics - the study of Ancient Greek and Roman History, Literature, and Art. This became her main subject area, with her teaching both school and tertiary students for a number of years.
As well as teaching, Katy acquired a large dog and a husband (in that order). Her husband - a bookseller - introduced her to the world of Fantasy fiction. She had found a genre which meshed with her interest in the Ancient World, then one day, she started to write.
The story seemed to write itself as week after week, Katy wrote (by hand), thousands of pages, until finally the tale was finished - the first draft that is. Her husband taught her to use a computer word processor and with his help, she produced the first typed manuscript. Submissions to publishers followed with most major publishers being approached. Publishers liked her work, but not enough to take on a 7 book fantasy saga. Too risky; not enough demand for Fantasy; perhaps something shorter? Though she received compliments and encouragement, the publishing industry of the day just had too many manuscripts to choose from.
Katy became discouraged and put her boxes of manuscripts away in the back of a wardrobe where for about 18 years they languished forgotten.
Around two years ago, a friend suggested she publish in e-book format. Her husband encouraged her to resurrect her manuscript, and revisit her world of Ambros. In no time at all, Katy revised and re-wrote The Chronicles. With the rewrites and editing completed, she passed the works to her husband for turning into e-books. After twenty months of intensive and very hard work for long hours, the first volume, "Warlord", was published, followed in quick succession by Books 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and finally, Book 7.
Katy lives, with her husband and one tabby cat, in the South Island of New Zealand. She no longer teaches - her writing now takes up much of her time, though she also tries to travel overseas to visit historical sites and maintain her interest in the ancient world.
Have you enjoyed "The Ambrosian Chronicles"? Katy hopes you did.
If you would like to contact Katy, e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Sep. 08, 2015 :
I was looking for a new fantasy series that I could get seriously involved with. Having noted that the Ambrosian Chronicles goes to seven parts, I downloaded this first part "Warlord".
The first section of the book involves a thorough introduction to Katy Winters world and then draws you in to the story with fascinating character development and storyline. I am hooked. Recommended for those who enjoy wonderful word craft as well as a ripping fantasy yarn. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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on Aug. 01, 2015 :
It's common for reviews of fantasy fiction to draw comparisons with Tolkein. I'm not going to do that. There are no hobbits, no elves, no dwarfs, and certainly no orcs, so such a comparison would be invalid. In fact, if your taste in fantasy or science fiction writing is rooted in the "sword and sorcery" sub-genre, then this book probably isn't for you. Yes, there are mages, but no magic - at least not magic as most people would understand the term. In "Warlord" the author paints a vivid picture of another reality, where a few gifted individuals employ the power of their minds in a life or death struggle with the evil that threatens their world of Ambros. If I were to classify the book - a difficult task - I would call it "social science fiction".
Katy Winter has written a well-crafted, fast-paced, original work. Violent at times, the narrative builds a picture in the mind, letting the reader's imagination take over. "Warlord" therefore owes more to Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers than to the explicit violence of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" and the like. Which brings me to the warlord himself.
The author has added a new name to the register of fictional evil protagonists. The warlord Lodestok is a profoundly evil individual, quite unlike any other I have come across. Though not the paramount source of evil in the book, he is the conduit through which evil works. There is an extensive cast of characters, but Lodestok, more than any other, is central to the plot. A truly bad individual, he both fascinates and repels. Were "The Ambrosian Chronicles" to be adapted for film or television, actors would be lining up to play him.
"Warlord" is only the beginning of a saga which encompasses seven volumes, all of which have now been published. Having now read all seven books, I can honestly say the story is worth the time spent in following it to the very end. I hope we will see more from this new, talented writer.
(review of free book)