Shiva Winters

Biography

I know, I am supposed to come on here and give everyone some deep insight into who I am and the nature of my existence, but for all that I have been writing for better than half my life and have been publishing the results of those efforts for several years, I have not in the past nor will I likely in the future do such a thing. To be perfectly honest, I am simply and without question just not that interesting, personally or professionally, perhaps that is an assessment that is overly humble or unfair, but it's a truth that is nevertheless fundamental. In a day and in the age when seemingly everyone is all too eager to document their every personal detail and display their every passing thought, I personally can find no compelling reason to do the same. Call it a quirk, call it a choice, or call it my own personal form of crazy, but there is me living through the dull-drums of existence and there are my books which at their core are the stories I've told myself over the years, and one category is considerably more interesting to me than the other.

When I first started writing, all those years ago, I didn't begin by putting words to a page for profit, or because I had delusions that one day I'd be celebrated for my efforts. I did it because it seemed like it might be a good way to pass the time, and in that moment, though I hardly understood it at that time, I found something when I wasn't looking for it. Since then, as time has passed, and I have honed my abilities, the underlying element of that moment of self-discovery hasn't truly changed, Entertainment. I don't write books because I can, I certainly don't write them for the sake of profit, though there is a glimmer of hope that one day there might be more of that. I write books because it's fun for me, it is my own strange kind of hobby and my own odd form of self-entertainment. And even if were to reach a point on some future day where the scales tip and I feel that this whole attempt to publish the results of my efforts is no longer viable, I will undoubtedly keep writing, if only for my own sake. I first published my books after a long and troubled decision making process, which ultimately weighed out marginally in the favor of the idea, that perhaps because I liked my books a great deal, that perhaps there were people in the world who would find an equal amount of joy in them. While at times there has been good reasons to doubt that belief there have been moments when that belief has proven true.

I am not like most writers, that is a truth best acknowledged right up front, I don't write my books thinking to imitate another author with their pulse pounding action, high drama, or unending tension. I write the stories I find interesting, create the worlds I think are cool, to follow the characters I like, through the events that unfold in front of both them and myself as we work our way towards whatever may come. I don't plot out my novels, I don't outline the story, I don't pre-program the dialogue, and often enough even I am surprised by the end of the current chapter as things change on a whim. My books are an organic process that grow and shift, free from over-sight and restrictions and ultimately often lead to place not even I can predict. Whether those who read my books like what comes of my strange hobby is more often than not is my very last concern, and while I might feel compelled to apologize for that being the case, it doesn't or won't change the facts in the end. Each book and each series I write are a result of the page's progress through the succession of each line and paragraph, loyal only to the facts on the page and require only the input of myself as a conduit in allowing those words to progress through their natural courses. So the end results of those efforts often enough take a path not even I expected, but I for one won't and will never change that fact.

My books are often strange and unexpected, I feel it is only right to acknowledge this, and there have been some in the past who have taken exception with that fact, angry that I did not meet their expectations. But I did not write my books for them, I wrote them for myself, selfish though that is, and I certainly did not publish my stories for them. Ultimately I publish my books for the small percentage of people who might read them and like them, and for the occasional bits of far flung joy I get from having people tell me how and why they enjoyed something I wrote. If you are one of those readers who starts a book with expectations and the belief that it is the writer's job to meet those expectations, please look elsewhere. But if you are one of those readers who reads simply for the joy of it, without expectations of what you might find, than I hope you will like what I have written.

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Books

Change of Seasons
Series: Relics and Remnants, Book One. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 206,190. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00)
Talia and her siblings are born to a world of contrasts. Their ancestors crossed the void of space to start over, to live simple lives free from technology, but the unseen world they would come to call their own is not a world untouched by the concerns of history. Another advanced race, an alien race, touched that world long before them and the technology they left behind would change everything.
The Sixth Movement
Series: Forgotten Children, Book Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 128,860. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(5.00)
Series Six has earned their freedom, but they fear to ask if they could keep it. Even as the first of them wake to a world very much changed from all that they remember, threats loom, truths will be told, and everything will change in a heartbeat. As the Family first reaches out to touch the stars, why are so many eyes suddenly looking towards the unseen spaces beneath their feet?
The Tangled Path of Destiny
Series: Salak’patan, Book 5.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 226,690. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Monorth has reached the threshold of modern history, but his journey through time is only beginning. Now faced with the darkest chapter in the modern age, the Mage war, he is confronted with a terrible choice and a hard path to follow. To reach the place he still calls home, he must cross to the far side of the war, and to do that he must become one of those who will earn the title of Monster.
The Shifting Tides of History
Series: Salak’patan, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 134,560. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Their perspectives on the universe have been transformed in many ways, their world has grown, and they've grown stronger. But for all that they've unlocked many a mystery, there is one question above that still hasn't been answered. Is it possible to retrieve Monorth from the past, or have they lost him forever? Maybe they will find the answer when they step back through time and into history..
The Gossamer Threads of Fate
Series: Salak’patan, Book 4.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160,750. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Trapped in time, it was the kind of thing that sounded like a bad joke. But for Monorth the truth of that cruel jest is all too real as he is now far from home, lost in spans forgotten history, and his only ally is the fuzzy nightmare who got him trapped there. Worse still the shadow of a Monster looms over that time-line that has consequences for Monorth in both the future and in his own past.
Wandering Steps Across a Starry Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,720. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
The Pyrius is not your typical merchant ship crossing the vast interstellar distances between the far flung colonies of the worlds humanity has come to call their own. But a single uncommon event changes the lives of her crew, and they are soon free to follow their dreams and wander through the stars, never knowing they are destined to change the way humans see those stars for all time.
The Twisted Strands of Time
Series: Salak’patan, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,300. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.75)
The destiny he wished to avoid at all costs has found Monorth, casting him back into an unknowable swath of history. Snatched from their lives suddenly and leaving his far-fetched goals in doubt, it falls to the family he left behind to seek the clues to his possible fate. But even as they try to pick up the pieces left by his absence, the future brings changes they could not have predicted.
At the Gates of the Worlds' Rim
Series: Salak’patan, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,160. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Time has passed and the world has changed, bringing shadows across the once quiet realm of Monorth's thoughts. For seven years he has lingered in obscurity, but with the passage of time an old urge has begun to stir. Home and Hearth were enough to take him from the path of a Wanderer, but the time has come to again step beyond the Rim and seek the path towards the destiny he still wishes to avoid.
Of Forgotten Days and Lost Worlds
Series: Salak’patan, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,740. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.80)
Shadows stir and trouble lurks as Monorth reaches a time when his career can perhaps go no further. Forced to betray the organization he once dedicated himself too, forced to turn his hard won skill against those he once called comrades, and forced to end the life he knew, he finds himself at a crossroads at which all paths lead into the unknown. Are these the paths of discovery or destiny?
Once Upon Another World
Series: Salak’patan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 131,890. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.57)
Once upon a time in a very ordinary place, there was an ordinary man with an ordinary life. At least that is what Mr. Sinclair wanted to believe to be true, until a little bit of the extraordinary touches his life and it will shatter his view of reality. When the destiny he knew nothing about catches up with him, nothing will ever be the same again. The question is, will he be able to survive it.
The Sixth Line of Defense
Series: Forgotten Children, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 133,300. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.33)
So you've created the perfect weapon, you've trained it be the ultimate killing machine, and sharpened it until it is peerless in motion and flawless in action. However it's not yet yours to command, so you plot and you scheme to make it yours alone. On the eve of success when your long laid plans are about to be realized, your weapon does the unthinkable, it falls in love. What do you do now?

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  • Cripple-Mode: Hot Electric on Nov. 22, 2014

    If you are looking for a casual read that is over and done with in a day, this is most certainly not the book for you. This book is in every way that matters huge, even speed readers can expect a sizable journey to reach the end. While the length insures you get a good bang for your buck, it can be a source of frustration as it was for this reader. This is because while your mind is filled with an overwhelming number of questions, anything like answers trickle in slowly by dribs and drabs through a means that can be frustrating. Nearly all there is to learn about the characters and the world spun into being inside the pages of this book is transmitted through dialogue as a opposed to narration. That means there is a ALOT of talking, and because of that quantity it can at times feel tedious and frustrating to read so many pages of back and forth exchanges. That aside J.L. Dobias has created a world which is convoluted, complicated, and filled nearly to overflowing with complexity with adds greatly to the realism, because lets face it life isn't ever simple. Be warned, however, that for all that this book is massive, answers it seem are still some distance away as this book can feel incomplete as it cuts off in essence, mid-story. Beyond that the author does a good job establishing the characters towards some future end and creating a very complex world filled with what from my perspective is unique science. He does a good job of spinning up a tale filled with tension and mystery and leaving a reader near screaming with a growing need for answers. While ultimately this reader ended up feeling some greater and lesser forms of dissatisfaction and periods of frustration, that should by no means dissuade fans of science fiction from giving this book a good, long walk through the woods of this other world. This is certainly not another of those watered down, casual reads that have no real substance and blank slates in the place of characters. This book is filled with strange characters, secrets, mysteries and a search for answers which carries a reader along with the main character as she herself seeks to understand the world she is awoken too. I for one will be moving on ahead to see what might be discovered as this series is continued.