Andi Winter

Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

Month: May 2019

Today’s haiku

monster rhododendronkernels on the branch

monster rhododendron blooms

like fuchsia popcorn

Happy (belated) Release Day!

Spring Comes Twice coverYou would think that publishing a book (let alone, a novel; let alone, your FIRST NOVEL) would have you immediately shouting it out to the rooftops.

Alas, no.

Especially when you’re a bit of an introvert. And busy with Life and its assorted bummers and delights. And slightly forgetful (didn’t I already tell everyone?).

So here it is: Spring Comes Twice. A novel about a guy* who just wants to bring his dead fiancée back to life. But he never imagines the Chaos That Shall Ensue.

This one was a lot of fun to write, and at the same time really nerve-wracking.

For National Novel Writing Month last year, I challenged myself to write a novel completely “into the dark”—no outling or dreaming ahead of the start date (i.e. November 1), and only using a title** and a first line prompt to get going.

When I started writing it, I had no idea what the story was about, where it was heading, or what was up with the talking dog***. No. Freaking. Idea. So I kept writing to find out for myself.

And boy, this was a story I never could have imagined writing. Which in hindsight seems a little silly, since a lot of it is stuff I love: Astoria, bacon, German luxury cars, Asian mythology, and tiki. The other stuff that pops up? Hell if I know.

Spring Comes Twice is available in ebook and paperback in the usual places (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and other places).

For a look behind the writing curtain on this book, take a look at the posts I wrote during 2018 Nanowrimo.

For a sense of the “Relics of a Future Past” series, sign up for the newsletter (over there on the right side) and I will send you**** a free short story set in that universe. It’s a time travel tale with WWII, romance, and tacos*****.

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*Well, a tech billionaire, to be precise.

**A shout out to my amazing husband for the title.

***SPOILER ALERT: There is a talking dog. He’s awesome.

****In the next month. Because, you know. Life.

*****Who doesn’t love tacos?

 

Today’s haiku

sunny blue sky with leavessunny clear blue skies

I sit in my writing room

the standing lamps lit

-to be fair, it was overcast earlier

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