C.J. Winters was always more interested in Tomorrow than Yesterday. Then she discovered the American Past offers a wealth of backgrounds for some of her offbeat story ideas. Combining such backgrounds with her fascination for the extra-normal has led to ten-and-a-half books published or soon to be published by Hard Shell Word Factory. Show-Me Murder is a paranormal cozy mystery trio. Right Man Wrong Time, Sleighride, Moon Night, and A Star in the Earth are paranormal romances. The love stories of four generations of an American family unfold in Foredestined Summer, Fires of War and Winter, A Dazzling Spring and Autumn in Cranky Otter. Still to come is a contemporary romance, Mai's Ties, and half of a paranormal anthology, Deadknots. C.J. also has eight short stories included in five anthologies.
Iowa born-raised-educated and Missouri seasoned, earth-bound C.J. feels compelled to follow her characters through their times, lifetimes, and the gauzy curtains separating them. Although she lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, she prefer rustic settings for her stories. Creating intense relationships and helping them unfold through intriguing, subtle or whimsical interplay is her idea of fun. She says, "Story plotting is like weight-lifting for the brain. You collect puzzle pieces and then find places to fit them."
About herself, C.J. says, "My fantasy life began early, through movies more than books. Star-struck, I played Western roles on my pony, and kept a nightly serial story going in my head at bedtime, naturally casting myself as the heroine.
"When my career as a copywriter ended, I began writing a different form of fiction--love stories with a different twist than those being published at the time. Then along came e-publishing, and a new, limitless niche opened. Admittedly self-indulgent, I first write to entertain myself, and it looks like I'm addicted to a life of fiction!"
For more, visit my website, www.cjwinters.com
C.J. Winters and Jennifer DiCamilloA collection of short mysteries ranging from the melancholy to the whimsical, Deadknots opens portals into the lives... More
- A Dazzling Spring
C.J. WintersIt's the 1963 holiday season in New York, and talented actress Danica Britt is newly engaged to Tyler Newton, star of... More
- A Star in the Earth
C.J. WintersThe year is 1907. Alerted by her time-traveled parents that Jake Livingston, 39, plans to wed Marguerite Desmond, willful... More
- Autumn in Cranky Otter
C.J. WintersIn a single October morning in the Ozarks, Autumn reopens her mother's faded antique shop and meets two attractive... More
- Fires of War and Winter
C.J. WintersIn the early months of World War II, ambitious, clear-headed Melany McKinley meets Air Force lieutenant Logan Barre... More
- Foredestined Summer
C.J. WintersIt's 1920, and although Swift McKinley, an American Indian raised in a white family on a Wisconsin dairy farm, is... More
- Mai's Ties
C.J. WintersWhen Mai meets Brit, an insurance agent and soon-to-be-grandpa twice her age, the last thing she wants is her... More
- Moon Night
C.J. WintersAnything can happen on a blind date under a full moon in the Ozarks. Including murder.... While on a hayride, Keefe... More
- Right Man, Wrong Time
C.J. WintersA romantic getaway vacation--in the pre-Civil War Ozarks? What if, alone and lost in a Missouri Ozarks cave in the... More
- Show-Me Murder
C.J. WintersMissouri, the Show-Me State, is home to a diverse population, including ... The Psychic Circle, a for-profit... More