How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I have always loved creating things, using my imagination. I breathe writing and photography, and oxygen. I love trying to come up with fresh ideas. It is a wicked adventure cultivating this talent. Now, the key is to make a living at it. As for becoming an author: I’ve always been a storyteller + observer of the human condition—when blended together writing is often the outcome. Writing is not something I set out to do—it found me—a natural progression in my evolution.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Don’t force words onto a page. Let thoughts flow not worrying about whether the writing is good or not, focus more on the meat of the story—you can always correct egregious grammatical errors later.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Not really. My day job forces me to wake up painfully early—even on weekends. So, I sit down, trip into my imagination (I write non-fiction, memoir, humour), find my alter ego, and stroke the keyboard. The only other thing I find helpful: if I see something interesting, I associate it with a word prompt and fire away.
What message do you want readers to remember?: On the cover of my book (I think the cover should win awards – thanks Joyce (artist)) there is a young boy. That boy is me. I spent my childhood desperately trying to fit into the picture. I screamed out, “Look at me.” The adults turned away. Nobody looked. Later in life, I accidently discovered I was a secret baby born in a secret place—the shame of the family—devastating news. The news forced me to dive back into my life to find the missing pieces of my identity puzzle. Eventually, I come out of the back of the book the man I am today. I like to think a good man! My message: WE ALL BELONG IN THE PICTURE – WE ALL HAVE STORIES WORTH SHARING. Sorry about the yelling.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Through my website www.lindsaywincherauk.com or my Instagram or Facebook (both listed on my website). I may even have my email listed on my website.