Autumn M. Birt

Biography

Autumn (also known as Weifarer) is a travel and fiction writer currently based in Maine (though she wants to travel the world) where she lives in a small cottage lost in the woods, which she built with her husband. When not writing, house building, or traveling, she likes to take long hikes with her spouse and fiesty Cairn Terriers. Her work is featured on the adventure travel website No Map Nomads where she is the co-editor and writer. She is also a member of Guild of Dreams, which features her blog posts as well as those of eleven other fantasy writers. She is an indie author with four books currently available: the epic fantasy trilogy on elemental magic the Rise of the Fifth Order – Born of Water , Rule of Fire, and Spirit of Life, plus a book on the background to the world – Born of Water’s Novel Companion, and the adventure travel compilation Danger Peligros!. She has plans for many more novels. Check out blog and her Facebook page for updates or here for news on her current WIP!

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Studio Arts and English, Autumn once considered a career in illustration. After a few years of selling paintings while working as the manager of a gallery and custom framing store, a party and fine gifts store in Virginia, working retail at a gourmet kitchen store, being the head embroider at college clothing store, and finally waitressing for a year (hey it is hard out there as a fine artist… and a writer!), she decided to head back to University. After two years of intense science courses, this career path change led to a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. Since graduating with her M.S., Autumn has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is a great job that not only lets her help the environment and protect local agriculture, but also gives her a paycheck big enough to support her writing habit!

A wanderer at heart, Autumn’s desire to travel has led her to France while still in high school, a year abroad in Manchester, UK which led to excursions in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and around many parts of England, and more recent trips with family to Mexico (both the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico sides), US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Costa Rica, Saba, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and four Canadian provinces (on motorbike!). She has plans for many further adventures both real and fictional.

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Books

Stories from the War - Part 8: First Foray
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 8. Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: American English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with First Foray, Part 8. A dangerous and barely planned mission to Sophia on the heels of the loss of most of the armed forces in 2062 pits Jared Vries, the new Captain of the Guard, against Arinna Prescot. When almost everything has already been lost, gambling the rest in a desperate act of hope is worth becoming a rebel.
Stories from the War - Part 7: Loss
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 7. Price: Free! Words: 7,210. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Loss, Part 7 of Stories from the War. As the emergency government debates surrender in 2062, Arinna Prescot formulates a plan to buy time to rebuild the military. It will risk the tattered fragments of her life and the Guard in one gambit to save Europe or reduce them to defeat. And to pull it off, she’ll have to start with a mutiny.
Stories from the War - Part 6: New Heir
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 6. Price: Free! Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Continue the dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with New Heir, Part 6 of Stories from the War.When the deepening war in Europe in late 2061 brings her father’s closest ally and competitor to their door seeking refuge, Danielle le Marc discovers there are limits to her father’s influence. And someone who can help her make use of those weaknesses. If Europe doesn’t fall to its enemies first.
Stories from the War
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,440. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Begin the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy. Arinna and Michael Prescot are just two of the many former soldiers sent to embassies in the hopes of strengthening faltering US alliances in 2055. But as the US becomes embroiled with new internal terrorism, its agents in Europe are offered intimidation, lies, and deceit rather than explanations. And the price of seeking answers is steep.
Stories from the War - Part 5: War in the Streets
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 5. Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: American English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Continue the dark fantasy series Friends of my Enemy with Part 5 of Stories from the War. Pilot Jared Vries crash lands his plane on the edge of the front line with only one town and a handful of Guard soldiers between him and the FLF. It is the fall of 2060 and Europe hasn’t won any battles against her new enemy, the FLF. No country in the world has. The time has come to change that.
Stories from the War - Part 4: Beginning of the Guard
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 4. Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Continue the military dystopian series Friends of my Enemy. As Europe prepares for War, Michael Prescot is forced to enlist as a pilot in the new centralized military. Unforeseen attacks sink Europe into chaos before anyone is ready, leaving a barely formed military and fragmented governments to combat an enemy that destroyed the USA.
Stories from the War - Part 3: Stirrings
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 3. Price: Free! Words: 5,820. Language: American English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00)
A friendship falters on denied love. But love is not so easy to lose. Spurned by Arinna when she chooses to save herself and her husband from the devastating civil war raging in the US, Byran is haunted by her decision and loss. When a cell of the shadowy organization unleashing havoc in the US is discovered in Europe in 2056, Arinna and Byran must overcome past hurts to confront the rising chaos.
Stories from the War - Part 2: Orders
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 2. Price: Free! Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Continue the dystopian series Friends of my Enemy with Orders. Given two offers of help to escape a country ripping itself apart, Arinna must choose between betrayal and love. Only one offer will save both herself and her husband but will brand them as traitors. The other would end her marriage. How do you choose between country, spouse, and friend when you cannot be true to all three at once?
Stories from the War - Part 1: First Meeting
Series: Friends of my Enemy, Part 1. Price: Free! Words: 10,070. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Arinna and Michael Prescot are just two of the many former soldiers sent to embassies in the hopes of strengthening faltering US alliances in 2055. But as the US becomes embroiled with new internal terrorism, its agents in Europe are offered intimidation, lies, and deceit rather than explanations. And the price of seeking answers is steep. Begin the new dark fantasy series Friends of my Enemy!
Spirit of Life
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,270. Language: American English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
Ria has mastered her forbidden gift of magic despite the Church's pursuit. But for those who have protected her, the price will be paid in blood. War threatens those who have given her refuge. As High Priest Sinika gathers the might of the Church, friends in the forest of the Kith prepare to fight, while a few join Ria to take on a greater challenge - a race to avert the coming war.
Rule of Fire
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,060. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Six friends stand alone against the combined Orders of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, protecting a girl whose forbidden abilities have condemn her to death. Now they are joined by a man who was once the Curse, the Church's most powerful weapon and Ria's greatest threat. Left with no name and no memory, the decision to aid this stranger will cost friendships and more.
Danger Peligros!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,080. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
Explore the best moments, mischief, and mayhem from the adventure travel website No Map Nomads. Whether by boot, by (motor)bike, by boat, or by whatever it takes, Raven and Weifarer will take you along to experience trips from sublime to nearly disastrous. With serendipity tucked into the saddlebags along with some capricious Peligros, every turn leads to the unexpected.
Born of Water
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 112,800. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.67)
In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16 year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first.
Born of Water Novel Companion
Series: The Rise of the Fifth Order, Background Information. Price: Free! Words: 17,790. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The epic fantasy novel Born of Water races across the world and cultures of Myrrah. Learn more about these intriguing and unique places in this Novel Companion. Details on the various races, cities, elemental abilities - including the forbidden gift of magic - as well as "Day Before" stories for the main characters are contained within the Companion.

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  • Timeshaft on June 23, 2013

    Timeshaft is a great story with lots of action and drama. Stewart does a great job of tying up the complicated ends that time travel creates from the opening event to revealing the mystery of Ashday’s Child. The story is entertaining and fast paced, weaving through the past and present of a scifi version of our world, making you wonder where the destiny of the human race will lead. I think we already need WorldSave to ensure the future remains bright! I think the only failings is that I would have loved to have seen the dialogue snap a little more to match the intriguing situations. You just know these characters have a smart comeback, but they tend to stick to the facts. And I have to admit, I kept wondering how people from so many different times had no problem talking to each other. Perhaps I missed a simple explanation that a society able to travel through time can also unravel languages by being too caught up in where the story would take me next. Timeshaft is a fun read without being too long or too heavy into scientific explanations. All the loose ends are wrapped up (with just a hint of what else could be out there to wonder about a sequel), giving you a sense of happy accomplishment when you reach the last page.
  • Bladesong on Oct. 18, 2013

    Bladesong is book 2 of the Troubadour series, of which book 1, Song at Dawn with its mix of historical romance, intrigue, and adventure completely captured my heart and imagination. Dragonetz and Estela were characters I could not forget. Overtime, my appreciation for Song at Dawn actually deepened as I remembered the brilliant characters and settings that author Jean Gill had so masterfully created from the fabric of history. So of course, I was very excited to pick up book 2! Bladesong begins soon after the end of Song at Dawn. Dragonetz has begun his journey to the Holy Land, returning a sacred Torah in an effort to restore his wealth and reputation. But Dragonetz has already been ensnared by politics and factions seeking the book. In fact, the story begins with Dragonetz caught in a trap I felt had no solution. Estela also is facing repercussions from her love of Dragonetz and the feisty though slightly naive woman who graced Song at Dawn is absent in the first few chapters. I really was worried about there Ms. Gill was taking book 2. BUT, the plot quickly unfolds with many twists. The trouble plaguing Dragonetz that I was certain was unescapable twines through the book until the final resolution in the last chapter. Estela emerges again with her hopes and wits, naive enough to be a pawn but true enough to herself and love to find her way forward, perhaps not unscathed which only deepens her. The ending is everything the romantic in me wanted yet leaves me longing for a final resolution hopefully coming in book 3? I found this book more solid in following the main plot of the sacred book, Dragonetz, and Estela compared to book 1, which had a few subplots revolving around secondary characters, such as some political maneuvering that only vaguely touched on Dragonetz and Estela. The plot is trim and engrossing. Ms. Gil's writing is beautiful, crafting a historic setting with enough detail to give you a feel for the time without overwhelming the characters. Could my only complaint be Dragonetz is just a little too well known and wanted? But that fits a knight troubadour and though his fame is great, his character is human with fitting flaws. This is an excellent book with a great story. If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!