Ember Raine Winters is a single mother of 2. Living in Bakersfield California. She has an Associate’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Local Junior College and she loves to read. Anything she can get her hands on, but mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy. She self-published her first book in March and hopes to publish many more in the future.
“I never thought one moment could change my life forever. In an instant life as I knew it was over. My new life was the stuff of legends. I just hoped I was strong enough to survive it.”
A series of what were called The Immigration Wars changed the way of life for the former United States. It was thrown into chaos and a dictator came into power.
On the eve of Alexa's sixteenth birthday her world changes forever. Her father is arrested for treason and she finds out her mother is really alive. She and her best friend Jacob must travel across country to meet her so they can free her father from the tyrannical leader of the government. Everything is not as it seems in the resistance and secrets and lies will be revealed along the way.
They must rely on each other and their new friends to be successful. But, trust isn't easily given in the resistance and Alexa must find a way to save her father and keep her friends safe while on the run from both the government and the resistance.
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Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
When did you start writing?
I have always loved to write. When I was in like first or second grade my teacher would let us write our own “books” and bind them. We would draw little covers for them and everything. In high school I went through the whole teen angst thing and wrote dark poetry. I had one of my poems published in some anthology that I can't even remember the name of anymore. I was always writing speeches for school and won a couple of awards for those as well.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I think the moment I get the order of paperbacks that should be here tomorrow will be the most pivotal. To actually have that in my hand. I think that will be the moment that I actually created something that's out in the world. I think it's going to be a great moment.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I would go to Ireland. I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I have seen pictures and planned trips with all of the places and things I would love to see. It's a magical beautiful place and I think it would be an extremely inspirational place to be. I have read somewhere that traveling helps with the writing process.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
I am in the beginning stages of a contemporary romance about living with PTSD I would have spent that extra time writing that story.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Ireland, I have been thinking about writing some Epic Fantasy novels and I couldn't think of a better place than the home of the Druids to set the story for it.
Back to your present book, Born To Resist, how did you publish it?
It was completely self-published through Amazon. I had it available on Smashwords for awhile, but it didn't work out and I like having it on Kindle Unlimited. So it's sold exclusively through Amazon and createspace.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No, I did some research on the internet when it came to stops along the way from California to Washington DC, but that was pretty much it.
Why was writing Born To Resist, so important to you?
It's my belief that some writing should have a moral to it. I wanted to show people that in a blink of an eye our whole way of life could change and it won't always be for the better. Alexa's life changed in a moment, but it's what she did with the hand that she was dealt that was the most important thing. She didn't give up no matter how impossible her task seemed.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
The funny thing is I think I get my best ideas from life. What's happening around me or random stuff I hear on the news. I often think, hey that would make a great story. I have an active imagination and I have always heard writers say to write what you know.
Any final words?
Thank you for the opportunity to promote Born To Resist. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Born For War the second book in the Born Series comes out October 25th! Check it out too.