Interview with Amie Irene Winters

Where did you get the idea to write Strange Luck?
I get a lot of good thinking done when I’m driving and have a note pad and pencil in my glove compartment to write down ideas. I drive by a cemetery nearly every day, which often makes me think about memories, regrets, life, and experiences. Having as many experiences as possible has been a personal goal of mine - don’t even get me started on my mile-long bucket list. One day, my mind wandered to the idea of collecting the most cherished memories possible and that’s when I got the idea for a story about just that. Strange Luck was a lot of fun to write because it allowed me the unique opportunity to explore how I feel about the mind, memories, and what it means to be a good human. Having discourse with my husband, who is a philosophy teacher, also helped me to think through a lot of these concepts. And, because I’m a huge fantasy fiction and magical realism fan, I decided to weave in lots of magical and supernatural elements, too.
Describe your desk
Shabby chic with plenty of trinkets, notepads, and snacks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tiny mountain town of Sea Salt (in Strange Luck) is based on a combination of my favorite towns in California - Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Pescadero, and La Honda. I love their small-town friendliness, antique shops, crisp weather, and of course, the good food! A lot of my story takes place in the redwoods, where I frequently went camping and exploring growing up.
What are you working on next?
A novel called The Nightmare Birds. It picks up right where Strange Luck leaves off and follows Daisy Darling on her quest to authenticate a mysterious, evil book, but gets more than she bargained for. Keeping with an underlying philosophical theme, I implement one of my favorite topics—existentialism. There’s also lots of magic, myth, and supernatural elements. The Nightmare Birds is in the vein of The Neverending Story meets The Night Circus. Look for it in 2016.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joanne Harris inspired me to become a writer. Having only seen the movie, I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a copy of Chocolat nearly a decade ago, but I instantly fell in love with it. I absolutely adore the whimsical world that Joanne Harris creates, the hints of magic, and especially the sweetness she sprinkles throughout. She remains one of my favorite authors of all time. I also adore Neil Gaiman, Sarah Addison Allen, J.K. Rowling, Alan Bradley, and Erin Morgenstern. Although I didn’t actually read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende until very recently, it is definitely one of my favorite books of all time (and it’s so much better than the movie).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love being outside! Camping, hiking, kayaking, rafting. I love it all. Traveling is also a favorite pastime. My favorite places I've traveled to are Auckland, Amsterdam, Stonehenge, and Yellowstone National park. When inside, I play music (keyboards), paint, draw, and do yoga.
Published 2015-10-27.
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Books by This Author

Strange Luck (Book I)
Series: Strange Luck. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Hidden deep in the forest, beneath mounds of forgotten memories, lies the secret world of the Nameless - a magical realm as beautiful as it is dangerous.