What I Do:
I edit and coach other writers into creating their best work.
I'm a work-from-home mom to four amazing boys. Three grew in my womb, one grew in my heart, but was taken home to heaven in June, 2015.
I cook from scratch, grow as much of my own food as I can, and eat traditional, whole-food style (and recently became dairy intolerant). I believe that giving the body whole-food support can prevent many illnesses.
In my "spare time", I love getting into my garden, taking care of my chickens, cats, and dog, and exploring other hobbies. (Photography, sewing and scrapbooking are favourites.)
Why I Do It:
I believe God put you and me and every other person on this earth for a reason.
I believe that spreading love and kindness is one of the most important things we can do.
I believe that this world can be an amazing, magical place, but we all need to be a part of making the magic happen.
I believe in magic and faeries. I really want to be a mermaid when I grow up.
I believe that you can make a difference in your world today.
My goal is to inspire you to reach higher, try harder, and be better. I want you to inspire, educate, or entertain you with my stories, and usually all three at once. May you be uplifted by visiting me today. Please drop me a note to let me know you were here—I'd love to hear from you!
Talena Winters writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres including young adult, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction.
Her first novel, an inspirational romance called The Friday Night Date Dress, was released just two weeks after the sudden and traumatic death of her three-year-old son in 2015. This experience dramatically changed her outlook on life, love, death, and faith. She wrote her second novel, Finding Heaven, a romantic suspense about a woman recovering from an abusive past, as an expression of that newfound understanding. Praise for that book has been overwhelmingly positive, with one reader calling it "the most beautifully-written book I have ever read." (Kristin Dyck, editor of Mile Zero News.)
Since then, she has begun a young adult historical science fantasy trilogy called Rise of the Grigori. The first book, The Undine’s Tear, has been praised as “un-put-downable” and a "hit out of the fantasy ballpark." A stand-alone prequel, The Waterboy, is available as a free ebook from her website.
Besides fiction, she also writes a blog, knitting patterns, and is the lead writer for regional magazine Move Up. She is also passionate about helping develop other writers’ stories as a freelance editor. Having started her career in the music industry, she has written several award-winning songs and has an almost-finished musical waiting in the wings.
She grew up on the prairies of central Alberta, Canada, in the small town of Sylvan Lake and currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats.
She loves travel, music, whole food, sewing, knitting, reading, and chocolate. She is addicted to tea and silver linings. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.
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