Get to know Talena Winters—mother, writer, knitwear designer, composer, tea and silver lining addict, and adoptive mom/child loss survivor.
Also see my About page.
Short fiction “Up In Smoke” published in Constellate eZine, March 2019
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
Lead writer for Peace Region magazine Move Up
Blogger since 2006
Designs knitwear patterns under the label My Secret Wish by Talena
Freelance editor specializing in developmental editing
Raised in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada, and currently resides in Peace River, Alberta
Addicted to tea and silver linings
Guest Features, Interviews, and Mentions:
Short story “Up In Smoke” published by Constellate Publishing eZine in March 2019.
See my Freelance Work page for a list of non-fiction articles I have contributed.
Featured Blog Posts:
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.
For The Undine’s Tear:
“Wow. Just WOW!!”
- Candace Marshall, early reader
“Readers! Reviewers! Anyone with a pulse! You want to read this book. It’s fantastic!”
- Ellen Michelle, editor, owner of Constellate Publishing
“I couldn’t put this book down!”
- Jessica Renwick, author of The Book of Chaos
For Finding Heaven:
"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
- Marcia Anderson, reader
"I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting."
- Melodie MacLean, reader
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/talenawinters.artist
Talena Winters writes books, magazine articles, a blog, musical theatre, and knitting patterns, plus edits other people’s work, all while drinking copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate. She is addicted to silver linings and wants to be a mermaid when she grows up.
About the Author:
Talena Winters is addicted to stories, tea, chocolate, yarn, and silver linings. She writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres, coaches other writers, has written several award-winning songs, designs knitting patterns under her label My Secret Wish, and is lead writer for Move Up magazine. 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. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.
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, as an expression of that newfound understanding. Since then, she has begun a young adult historical science fantasy trilogy called Rise of the Grigori. The first book, The Undine’s Tear, came out in May 2019, and a free stand-alone prequel, The Waterboy, is available as a free ebook.
Besides fiction, she also writes a blog, knitting patterns, freelance articles, and musical theatre (among other genres of music). She is the lead writer for regional magazine Move Up, and helps develop other writers’ stories as a freelance editor.
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.
She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.
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.
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The Undine’s Tear (Rise of the Grigori #1)
Calandra is the most powerful undine healer in three thousand years—her people's last hope for salvation. But all the powerful healers go mad eventually. Will she go crazy and kill them all, or can she find a way to save everyone… including herself?
The Waterboy (A Rise of the Grigori Story)
Zale Teague grew up thinking he was an ordinary boy—until the day he called lightning from the skies and caused an explosion with horrific results. Now, at only eleven, he is on the run to protect his loved ones from disaster. But can he ever outrun the demon within?
The Waterboy is a standalone prequel novella to the thrilling new young adult fantasy series Rise of the Grigori.
Ebook only. Free, exclusively to newsletter subscribers.
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?