Interview with Winter Harmon-Mensah

What do your fans mean to you?
If I am blessed to have fans, they would basically be my immortality. The bring life to my work. Without fans to enjoy my work my book would be meaningless forgotten pages collecting dust.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on my next book called Forever Ice: Battle of the Elements. It's a sequel starting 10 years later in Tyresa Street has to choose between living a normal life or becoming the hero she was meant to be to stop the world from coming to an end by an invasion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Building a future for my daughter, giving myself a better and healthier future, and hopes of fighting against boredom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working on improving my motherhood, preparing for college, and working.
What is your writing process?
I think until I get inspired about things that happened to me in my life and think about how much better it could have been if I had a supernatural gift, or if I actually had a real talent.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlantic City, NJ. I was bullied a lot, and apart me thought I was smarter and better than everyone around me, because no one understood me or even listened to at the time. I felt highly neglected and lonely most of the time. I think it influenced my writing because it gives me a voice. My writing is always about starting out angry and revengeful, but later growing into being forgiving, loving and responsible.
When did you first start writing?
I first started out writing poetry in elementary school because I love rhymes, then I went into writing short stories in high school for good grades, After that I started writing for my own private pleasure to keep me from being depressed about my lack of a social life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's hard work trying to write anything and publish it. This is my first published work, and I heard that short stories don't get published. So I thought ebook would be the best way to go.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I came across a blog one day, and it recommended Smashwords.com as a good source. I was going to go with LULU.com, but it seemed like a lot of money to publish a short story, and I am really broke right now. LOL.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to escape, and my imagination allows me to go places and do things I can't do in real life. To put it down on paper helps the reader to see what I see, I hope.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read The Vampire Armand by Ann Rice. A white girl in basic training turned me on to it, and I was hooked. The story was romantic,beautiful, and magical. I was mesmerized by the detail, art, and history that Ann Rice put into her book. Armand had a tragic human existence, and it was still tragic as a vampire. But the point is I hope to one day be half as good as Ann Rice. It's hard because I'm a "straight to the point kind of gal", not a "drag the story out too long to the point I forget what I was reading kind of chick".
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the newspaper and I like magazines with a lot of pictures. I like self help books.
Published 2014-05-28.
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Books by This Author

Dance
Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A descriptive narrative about a girl whose love for music and fun lead her to change her destiny and the world.
Forever Ice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Nytra was once a princess of a water kingdom until King Farron of Fire destroyed it and forced her hand in marriage to his son. As the only gaurdian of the elemental crystals, she must escape and find a way to end his reign.