Get to know Talena Winters--mother, writer, knitwear designer, composer, tea and silver lining addict, and adoptive mom/child loss survivor.

 
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Highlights

  • Author of Finding Heaven and The Friday Night Date Dress

  • Composer of several award-winning songs (see Music page)

  • Mother of four boys--three natural children and one adopted in 2013 at age one and lost in 2015 at age three

  • Writes in multiple genres, including inspirational, romance, women's fiction, fantasy, and young adult

  • Regular contributor to Peace Region magazine Move Up

  • Blogger since 2006

  • Designs knitwear patterns under the label My Secret Wish by Talena

  • Raised in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada, and currently resides in Peace River, Alberta

  • Addicted to tea and silver linings

Media

Guest Features, Interviews, and Mentions:

Q&A hosted by author Joy Norstrom

Mary DeMuth's podcast the Restory Show, 2018-01-01

Finding Heaven's impact on author Melissa Keaster, 2017-11-29

Guest post: Finding Beauty in Brokenness
(on Melissa Keaster's blog)

Inspiring Women Event (International Women's Day 2018) in Edmonton's Vue Weekly

Freelance Work:

See my Freelance Work page for a list of articles I have contributed.

Featured Blog Posts:

Dear Lady Behind Me At Starbucks

Why God Didn't Stop the Shooting

Boulders and Balloons: When Sharing Isn't Caring

See my Top Posts page to find more popular blog posts I have written on love, loss, grief, kindness, being your best self, and more.

Recent Praise

"A riveting, true-to-life tale of love's power to heal and redeem."
- Melissa Keaster, author of Eleora

"One of the most beautifully written books I have read."
- Kristin Dyck, editor of Mile Zero News

"It's about unearthing the real you after being under the mudslide for so long. It still tugs at my heartstrings."
- Corrie-Ann, Goodreads reviewer

"A moving and beautiful story of accepting who you are, overcoming the past, and embracing the future."
- Kamber Ferriss, reader

"Masterful."
- Marcia Anderson, reader

"I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting."
- Melodie MacLean, reader

Connect

Web: www.talenawinters.com
Email: talena@talenawinters.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/talenawinters.artist
Instagram: www.instagram.com/talenawinters
Twitter: www.twitter.com/talenawinters
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/TalenaWinters
Newsletter: www.talenawinters.com/contact

Soundbite bio:

Talena Winters inspires with stories, knitting, and food. Addicted to tea, books, and silver linings. Aspiring mermaid.

About the Author:

Talena Winters inspires with stories, knitting, and food. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, and silver linings. She is the author of Finding Heaven and The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is a regular contributor to Move Up magazine. Her first young adult book, The Undine’s Tear, is due out in 2019. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

Speaker Introduction:

Talena Winters grew up on the prairies of central Alberta, Canada, in the small town of Sylvan Lake. She loves travel, music, whole food, sewing, knitting, reading, and chocolate. She is addicted to tea and silver linings.

Her first novel, 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 (released in November of 2017), as an expression of that newfound understanding. Since then, she has begun a young adult historical fantasy trilogy. The first book, The Undine’s Tear, is due out in 2019.

Besides fiction, she also writes a blog, knitting patterns, freelance articles, and musical theatre (among other genres of music). She is a regular contributor to regional magazine Move Up.

She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens.

She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

Long Biography:

Talena Winters, currently of Peace River, Alberta, Canada, has been obsessed with stories for her whole life. She showed promise as a composer and a writer from a young age, winning several poetry awards in elementary school. Schoolmates knew her as a bookworm, and she could rarely be caught without a book in hand. At age nine, she saw The Sound of Music while stuck in the hospital with a broken arm over Christmas and has been hooked on musical theatre ever since. She sees it as the perfect marriage between stories and music.

She holds a diploma in Jazz Piano and Composition from Red Deer College. It was in college that she met Candace Marshall, who would become a lifelong friend and co-writer. The two of them are currently working on a musical called Queen of Persia, based on the biblical story of Esther.

While her children were young, Talena set aside most of her creative pursuits to focus on being a mom. It was at that time that she began blogging (to "preserve her sanity," as she says), rediscovering her love of creative writing. Over the years, several readers told her she should write a book, and for some reason, her brain always heard "novel". She shunned the idea, not feeling equipped to take on that shiny—and rather massive—goal. She did, however, begin publishing her knitwear designs under the label My Secret Wish by Talena, and won several songwriting awards.

In 2010, she got the idea for a mermaid story that she wanted to read—but knew she would also have to write. She took a course on novel writing from Holly Lisle and wrote her first book, The Friday Night Date Dress, as practice while taking that course. Not long after that, Talena and her husband adopted their fourth son (after three natural children) and writing pursuits were relegated to the back burner. However, at her mother's constant prompting, she eventually decided to try self-publishing the story, also for practice.

The morning after uploading that story to her distributor for publication in June 2015, her youngest son was killed in a tragic vehicle accident. This had a profound impact on her views of life, faith, and love. Although she had intended to write her mermaid story next, it seemed too frivolous at the time—she knew she needed to write something deeper as she processed her grief. God gave her the final piece for a book idea that had been brewing since she took Holly's class, and Finding Heaven, the story of a woman healing from an abusive past, was published in 2017.

It was in January of 2016 that Talena knew she wanted to become a writer full-time. She got a job freelancing for regional magazine Move Up in June of that year and sold her online retail equine tack business in October, taking a leap of faith to pursue her passion. She hasn't looked back.

In everything Talena creates, whether it be clothing designs, music, or stories, her goal is to inspire her audience to be better, reach higher, and realize their full potential in whatever area they are struggling. She believes that each of us has a purpose and can make a difference in the world. Not only do we need to "be the change we want to see," we also need to create the magic we hope for.

And that mermaid story? The first of the trilogy, The Undine’s Tear, is due out in 2019.

Books:

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Finding Heaven: A Novel

Sarah Daniels feels trapped, but thinks she deserves her life--until a new friend invites her to choose a different future. But is it too late for Sarah to change?

The Friday Night Date Dress

After suffering tragic loss, Melinda pours her grief into creating couture masterpieces she wears only once. Can Peter, an aspiring fashion photographer, break through her protective shell and bring her back to life?