I am so proud to announce this interview. RA is a writing buddy of mine. She’s had a hand in almost everything I’ve written, and she writes comedy like no other. Her romances are always sweet and poignant, and the laughs just keep coming.
RA Winter began her writing career under her married name, writing genealogy books. However, her love for reading romance novels intruded in on her daily activities. She started writing “Little Sparrow” and fell in love with her characters and is writing many more books in the Romantic Western series, ” A Kiowa in Love”. Each one of Grandfather’s grandchildren will have their story told, as will Grandfather himself.
RA spent many years travelling the world and has lived in many different countries. Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Jordan, have all been called “home” at one time or another. She’s even been employed as a Federal Agent. Now you can find her quietly living in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband, writing her next novel about Grandfather and Lilly, a lively story where Lilly’s dead husband’s ghost haunts her, tormenting her at every glance.
FYI… Dingle eats him in the second chapter but can’t keep him down, or out of the spaghetti sauce. Paranormal humor at its best; romance stilted by two opposing forces. An Italian ghost and a Native American spirit come head to head. Who will win? Due out in the fall of 2016.
Me: RA, thank you so much for sitting down with me! You’re fairly prolific. The first story I read of your was Sarah and John’s love story in Reddress Two Wives, and I’ll never forget it. What are your next plans? What are your ambitions for your writing career?
RA: To make people laugh and feel good about themselves and the world around them. There is so much going on in people’s lives these days. They need to regain the laughter and lightheartedness they had as youths.
Me: I love how simple you make that sound, when it’s actually incredibly profound. Is that how you started writing? What motivated you to become an author?
RA: I used to read a book a day, then complain when they were over. I wanted more. My husband was like, “Why don’t you write one then it will never end?” Well, it hasn’t ended yet. I’ve fallen in love with my characters and created a family. Now, they won’t leave me alone!
Me: Sounds like a wise hubby! Do you read a lot? Do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
RA: Either honestly. I use more ebooks these days but I do have a full library of formal books at my house.
Me: A full library! Of what? What do you read? Who do you love?
RA: I’ve always loved Jude Deveraux. Her series are wonderful and just what I love to read. But, honestly, I will read anything put in front of me. My library is full of works from classics to off the wall ‘odd’ stuff. Reading is breathing to me. I just have to do it.
Me: I love Jude Deveraux too. She was one of the first Romance writers I ever read. It took a while for me to switch over to contemporaries, and then thrillers and then paranormal, and now I’m back to the same, read anything wherever you talk about. Does that inform your characters? When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
RA: I developed them first and let them grow as a person. I have to have a lot of their life’s events already figured out first but I allow them the leeway to grow. I plot their history then imagine how they would react. Culture, age, gender, and life all contribute to our actions and I try to make my characters true to their upbringing.
Me: It really shows, too. They all feel so real. And so loving. It’s a big family with silly hijinks but mostly they just feel so loving and full and real. Like the family we all wish we had. Thank you so much RA! Always a pleasure spending a bit of time with you!
Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Author-RA-Winter-1520444794880512/
Follow her blog at https://rawinterwriter.wordpress.com/
Find her books on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ERCBSUC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Read about her books at http://rsch881.wix.com/a-kiowa-in-love#!the-kiowa-in-love-books/cnec
Little Sparrow, A Kiowa in Love is a sensual romance, about finding love after loss.
Painted Girl, A Kiowa in Love is a ‘cleanish’ romance, that deals with PTSD.
RedDress Two Wives, A Kiowa in Love is a raunchy read with lots of humor.