Katy Winter

Biography

Katy Winter was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand with her husband and two rescued tabby cats. She attended university, obtaining degrees in English and History - subjects she later taught along with Classical Studies and Drama. Having left teaching she turned her efforts to writing the epic seven volume “Ambrosian Chronicles”, publishing these between 2013 and 2015. Katy’s next book entitled “Jepaul” was published early in 2017.

If you would like to contact Katy, e-mail her at: katyambrosian@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The "Chronicles" saga deals with: the power of thought; the reality of war and conquest on an alternative world; the struggle between dark and light and triumph over adversity; powerful, and, at times, unexpected love; the value of friendship. Some call the saga fantasy. Others say, as I do, that it's social science fiction. In the books there's war. I don't glorify it or those who take part in it though I accept sometimes individuals have to fight for survival. I respect the qualities of intellect and courage shown by the characters including the warlord who's complex but also acts unspeakably at times. Lodestok walked into my life and stayed and I tolerate him, comprehend him, but do not laud him. I respect and like other characters who also walked into the books.
What is your writing process?
It just happens. Sometimes I think the books actually wrote themselves.
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Books

Jepaul
Price: Free! Words: 217,610. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.75)
Who is this child called Jepaul and why are his looks so different? Was his being found simply chance, or fate? He has to face ordeals of fire, water, earth and air, but he can’t do it alone. He has powerful allies in the form of the Elementals of the world called Shalah. All bring him closer to the frightening truth of who he really is and the knowledge that the fate of a world depends on him.
Metamorphosis
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 346,140. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50)
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: $3.99 USD. Words: 228,690. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
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: 262,110. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
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
(5.00)
Life on Ambros has reached a critical point. A confrontation 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 212,160. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
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
(5.00)
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
(5.00)
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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