Interview with Konrad Winters

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a professor of theatre and film at a university in coastal Virginia. Teaching on the college level is more than a full time job so I have to squeak in time to write when I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly I browse online resources like Smashwords, Nook, and Kindle. I also have a goodreads app on my ipad which helps me discover new titles because it links me to my friends so that I can see what they're reading. As I continue to explore the world online I find new outlets for my work all the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in high school and looking back on it...it was dreadful! I even look back on a story that I began under a mentor's tutelage nearly six years ago and shake my head knowing that like any other skill my writing has improved with experience.
What is your writing process?
I sometimes refer to myself as a scribe rather than one who crafts a story from a prompt. Although the play I recently premiered was developed from an article in a newspaper. Once the characters and the situations are established I write then rewrite...and rewrite.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first book, The Girl on the Bench in the Rain, I had a very clear image of what I wanted and that drove the design of the cover. Plus the title was so descriptive that it was easy to go from there. My second book (not released at the moment) Writing About Vampires Can Be Dangerous is a little more difficult.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my iPad. It's convenient, handy, and versatile. Plus the apps are free!
Describe your desk
I'm a teacher...of course it's cluttered!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing seriously about seven years ago. I became passionate about it a little over two years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work is "Writing About Vampires Can Be Dangerous". It started out as a novella to promote my earlier book "The Girl on the Bench in the Rain". But it sort of took on a life of it's own. It's a bit more light hearted than my earlier story and more of an adventure. It still contains the dhampir world that I've created in the first book but I've added a bit of Jewish mythology and mixed in some other elements to make it more interesting.

"The Girl on the Bench in the Rain " is a story exploring the vampire myth on a more human scale. The concept of a symbiotic relationship between vampires and humans is intriguing to me. On one level there is the predator and prey. As no one is injured in this world by the process of the hunt the opportunity to increase the stakes with a moral imperative is captivating.
Alex the central character in the book defines the vampire’s bite as “a mosquito bite with no itch.” This viewpoint changes the exploration between the central characters while shaping the relationship between a human and a vampire that is founded more on love and family rather than a baser concept of lust and blood.

In "The Girl on the Bench in the Rain", I wanted to present a vampire character that is a kinder and gentler version of the violent brethren generally found in classic literature. This conceptual change emphasizes the human qualities of the vampire/dhampir myth with all the frailties and foibles that are associated with being human. -K. Winters
What motivated you to become an indie author?
An independent author (and an independent publisher) means that I can offer my work to you the reader without having to have someone else's permission. There are no agents, or publishing house readers deciding what should or should not be printed. Part of the trust that you place in the work of an independent author is on the shoulders of the author themselves to provide for you a valuable product that you enjoy. I hope that I live up to that trust.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have hope that it will be a great resource for me. But, as they say, "the proof is in the pudding!"
What are you working on next?
I have another book that looks at the vampire myth from a science fiction point of view. Again it contains vampires but they are only there to propell the story towards the greater science fiction adventure. It's currently called "Ravenswood". And I hope to finish it sometime the summer of 2014.
Published 2014-05-23.
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Books by This Author

The First Bite
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 67,490. Language: American English. Published: May 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Asleep, Jacob heard words drift through his mind, "You won't feel a thing." He entered a world of vampires, dhampir, and things that go bump in the night. Enjoy this adult romp of a vampire tale with a quirky twist. Forget the myths, they’re all wrong. The vampires are more human; the sexual tension between Alicia and Jacob is electric, and his worldview has just taken a quantum leap.
The Book Club
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 19,450. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Benjamin Riggs and Sarah Landis, two broken souls who needed one another, now more than ever, find a quirky sort of romance in this gender-blending adult novella.
Expectations
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 21,740. Language: American English. Published: January 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Becca didn't want to meet a man, she was through with them. But Janet, her next door neighbor, was captivating in more ways than one. A whirlwind romance that explores gender-blending relationships and brings these two together in a love that neither of them expected but both of them cherished.
The Girl on the Bench in the Rain
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 86,080. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After his wife died, Alex thought his life was permanently on hold until he met a girl considering suicide as she sat on a bench in the rain. His life was forever changed by Emma, the beautiful vampire halfling he met that night. From the mundane world of academia, he's thrust into a violent struggle for survival in a battle between vampire and dhampir. PG-13 for language and violence.
Vampire in Love
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 69,640. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ian McIntyre thought his vampire romance book was just a lark, a romantic adventure with a twist. He knew that vampires were a myth. He brushed off would be admirers with a scoff, "Vampires are just a figment of our imagination." And that's what he thought, until he met one. Dangerous and beautiful, Naomi is an intoxicating combination that even he couldn't resist, And she needs his help.