J.H. Winter Author - Illustrator
Julianne Hildebrand Winter (J.H. Winter) has written books for both Middle Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA) audiences. While seeking representation for her first MG Fantasy book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries, Julianne is spending her free time editing her first book in a planned trilogy for YA Fantasy readers called, Origin of Ryn.
Julianne continues to hone her craft, talking about what she's working on creatively, what she's learned throughout the writing and illustration process, and posts videos and free patterns for creating your own amigurumi, all on her blog, Ink and Stitches. She is a self-taught crochet amigurumi artist in the process of writing her first amigurumi book of patterns. Her love for illustration has led her to pursue illustrating children's books, be they her own or other authors' stories.
As a Library Clerk at her local library, Julianne is surrounded by books in all their forms and finds herself reading and listening to them as often as she can, sometimes three and four at once depending on which one sounds good at the time!
When she isn't writing, blogging, or reading, Julianne is active on several social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads. She is also a member of SCBWI.
Julianne lives in California with her husband, son, and two cats whose personalities have made their way into some of the furry characters within her stories.
Adeline and the Mystic Berries
In order to change her destiny and the barren, colorless world, ten-year-old Adeline will have to unleash the last bit of magic.
Adeline's is a story written for a Middle Grade audience (9-12) for those who enjoy hopping into the pages of a book to worlds that aren't exactly our own. Where trees can talk and best friends can consist of a bat with albinism and a crow. Why not?
I have begun working on illustrations for the story which you can see samples of (pencil drawings only at this point) through my blog: Ink & Stitches. The world Adeline lives in is one where her imagination and craftiness knows no bounds and I find we have much in common, this young ten-year-old girl and I.
Adeline and the Mystic Berries took me nine months to write and years to edit, but is finally at the stage now where I am shopping it around to various literary agents to gain representation.
The Origin of Ryn
Origin of Ryn is the first book in a trilogy for Young Adult audiences and like Adeline's story, belongs to the realm of Fantasy. The idea for Ryn's story has been percolating in my mind for a few years. When a friend of mine pushed me to take up pen and paper again, and join NanoWriMo 2015's challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month, I decided it was Ryn's story that needed to be told. In one month I wrote over 75,000 words and completed the first draft for the book.
Now Ryn's story will begin the long process of editing. This time, I'm confident it won't take years to complete!
The Art of Amigurumi
I have been a crocheting amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toys) for many years now. The same friend who pushed me this year to do NanoWriMo, many years ago showed me a crocheted doll someone had made for her and encouraged me to take up a new hobby. She reminded me of our library's vast collection of reference material on the subject and pulled the book off the shelves her doll had been made from to illustrate her point. Since she and I are both crafty in our own rights, I took this as not only a complement of what she felt I was capable of but also as a challenge to try something new.
It took me only a few years of making other amigurumi crafter's patterns before I decided to start writing up my own. The patterns I've created up to this point, have all been geek related characters, their concepts stemming from some of my favorite movies, anime, and video games. Now, I am planning to branch out and write my own books on how to create your very own amigurumi with unique characters and ideas that haven't been done before.