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. No takers. Two agents were employed - without a contract being offered. 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. You needed talent to get published, but more importantly you needed luck.

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 much of Book 1. With the rewrite and editing completed, she passed the work to her husband for turning into an e-book. The finished first volume, "Warlord", was published at the end of January 2013, followed in September 2013 by Book 2 "Children of Ambros". Book 3 "Circling Birds of Prey" was published in December 2013, then most recently Book 4 "Dawn of Balance" in January 2014. Book 5 will be released in March 2014.

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.

Katy is a private person. Even so, she hopes you enjoy her world of Ambros and if you do, please write a review and recommend her to your friends and families.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
It started on my lap, then moved to various places where I could spread out. Now I have a study where a very large desk is covered with manuscripts. From there I can look out at our garden and beyond to mountains.
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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Katy Winter online

Twitter: KatywWinter

Books

Light Dancing on Shadows
By Katy Winter
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 261,740. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction
The fifth volume in "The Ambrosian Chronicles" epic fantasy saga. Continues the story started in "Warlord', volume one of the series, followed by volume two "Children of Ambros", volume three "Circling Birds of Prey", and volume four "The Dawn of Balance".
The Dawn of Balance
By Katy Winter
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 269,000. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: Fiction
The fourth volume in "The Ambrosian Chronicles" epic fantasy saga. Continues the story started in "Warlord", Book 1 of the series, followed by Books 2 and 3 - "Children of Ambros" and "Circling Birds of Prey".
Circling Birds of Prey
By Katy Winter
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 215,430. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
The third volume in The Ambrosian Chronicles epic fantasy saga. Continues the story started in Warlord, volume one of the series, and continued in volume two: Children of Ambros.
Children of Ambros
By Katy Winter
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 233,020. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
The second volume in The Ambrosian Chronicles epic fantasy saga. Continues the story started in Warlord, volume one of the series.
Warlord
By Katy Winter
Series: The Ambrosian Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 232,230. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Warlord is the first volume of a fantasy epic set in the imaginary world of Ambros.

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