In this Author Spotlight, I met up with the creator and destroyer of worlds, Ali Winters, and we discussed, Star Dust, her latest fantasy novel.
What is your book about?
A case of mistaken identity triggers a reign of terror.
A Star Princess of Soleis, bound by tradition, is forced to fulfill an arrangement made prior to her birth. During the Tauri masque, Oriana meets a handsome stranger, but soon finds out he is not who she thought.
Prince Lucian, unfamiliar with the treaties of the Universe, must restore the reputation of his world and prove his kingdom is not behind the attacks.
No one knew an innocent mistake could lead to the destruction of the solar system. Worlds are conquered, lives torn apart, and destruction reigns, while Oriana, unknowingly, holds the key to salvation.
Now, a Princess who needs saving must save herself, the man she loves, as well as the rest of the Universe, before it is destroyed beyond repair.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was writing another novel and ended up getting stuck so I decided a nice 2k short story that could be expanded on later would be a fun way to get words flowing again, except it just kept going and what started out as a 2k short story because a full blown novel, with several more novels in the series being planned.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
Favorite? Lucian. Least favorite… This one is harder, because I like them all for being exactly what I wanted them to be.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I love fantasy, I grew up reading it and I love how anything can happen.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
So far there are 4 books planned out for this series. Each can be read as a standalone following a different character’s story.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I love reading, always have. I used to blog but got in a rut and felt like i was only finding the same story over and over. I wanted something fresh, and different. So I wrote it. First it was just a short scene, but when i showed it to a close friend, she encouraged me to keep going with it. I did. And the more i write, the more ideas for stories come to me.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Have you written other books we should know about?
The Reapers - Free on Kindle Unlimited
Flirting With Death - Free on Kindle Unlimited
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Research - everything. What you’re writing about, the process of publishing. EVERYTHING. If you can’t find an answer, then ask someone. But researching for hours will give you more information then you could ever get from asking others first.
Where can we find your book?
Amazon - Free on Kindle Unlimited
Where can we find out more about you?