Katy Winter

Biography

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: katyambrosian@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Mostly in New Zealand. I don't think the environment influenced my writing in any particular way, other than a quiet place helps me think. People were more important.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously 18 years ago when I wrote The Chronicles very fast, seven books almost in as many weeks. It was exhausting but worth it.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Metamorphosis
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 345,780. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Ambros edges away from the chaos Malekim began. The children of Melas fulfil Ochleos Rox's prophecy so equilibrium can return. They start a metamorphosis and evolution that will alter themselves and the reality of their world as they move into a new age. Worlds allied with Ambros move with them. And Malekim? Where is he?
Quenching the Flames
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 228,470. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The flames lit by Lodestok and Malekim, that brought the world of Ambros to chaos and grief, still flicker. But Ambros moves steadily and slowly to balance. The flames that consumed the world begin to die and the children upon whom so much depends begin to come to an understanding of who and what they are and their significance. And the warriors must let this world rest. A new order must come.
Light Dancing on Shadows
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 261,910. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Ambros inches slowly towards the balance spoken of by Ochleos Rox. Forces can still destabilise a world struggling for eqilibrium. The chaos Malekim sought reaches across much of Ambros, but light does begin to dance on this world through the still heavy shadows. The bonding that will bring peace and stability has begun.
The Dawn of Balance
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 264,860. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Life on Ambros has reached a critical point. A titanic mage battle in the outer aethyr has occurred with unexpected and serious consequences. The decisive battle between those gathered in the north and the Warlord's army draws very close. Even though other beings and creatures not of Ambros are active, the balance could go either way as Ambros teeters on the brink.
Circling Birds of Prey
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 212,170. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Destiny calls for Ambros. The children, who hold the balance of this world, gather in the north. Confrontation looms. Battle lines are drawn. War is inevitable. Ochleos Rox's prophecy begins to fulfil itself though Malekim can still pervert it. And other beings stir, restless.
Children of Ambros
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 223,240. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Bene's family is scattered as Lodestok, the Warlord, with his army of warriors, storms across Ambros. These children struggle to survive what seem impossible odds in a now unrecognisable and torn apart world. Can any force be brought together to confront the Warlord? And can a place of mythology, Ice Isle, offer one child help as she faces her destiny?
Warlord
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 225,940. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Enter a unique world where creatures and powerful beings, thought to be legend, become reality. Shadows begin to cloud Ambros as the world's very existence hangs in the balance. The malevolent Malekim will destroy Ambros as he seeks ancient quarry. A very old Archmage, Bene, confronts him - it's his family who hold the balance. Malekim has them marked for death through the Warlord called Lodestok.

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