Writing tells me both where I'm going and where I've been.
- Winter Bel
Winter Bel writes fiction and poetry. Her upcoming debut novel is 'Hard Place Rock'.
In the beginning...
Winter Bel was born in rural England in the '80s, where "Channel 4" was still an edgy new development and the only place of commerce was a post office that smelled of beekeeping.
At 9 years old, Winter wrote her first novel, a multiracial gangster drama that was as full of shit as you would expect from a four-foot white chick writing with a sparkly biro. That was also the age at which Winter was first published, with her elementary-school poem about a lonely scarecrow. The poem won a local competition, and was printed in the town newspaper between roadwork announcements.
Winter wrote three more novels by the time she was 17, all of them now enjoying a cult following among the woodlice and gasoline fumes in her mother's garage.
The education and apprenticeship
Those early, grandiose works of a know-nothing angst ball did take Winter to Oxford University and London Film School, where she learned a lot about great writing. Her most important lesson: that writing is not an act of expression so much as of listening.
She subsequently became a feedback junkie and an insatiable traveler, who got taskforce-awesome at finding a free wifi connection on four continents. Throughout that time, Winter wrote relentlessly -- increasingly, and now entirely, in American English -- in a self-structured apprenticeship to Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee and Graham Greene. (On the poetry side, there was Maya Angelou, Cate Marvin, Jack Gilbert, Pablo Neruda, Michael Lally and, above all, John Fuller.)
The upcoming books
After five years away from prose and poetry to focus on her parallel life as a screenwriter and filmmaker, Winter returned to literary writing in summer 2015, when she began work on a collection of short stories and poems, originally envisioning it as a single work. Those stories and poems are now divided into two separate books: novel Hard Place Rock and poetry collection Passengers, both of which Winter is now polishing for publication in 2019 and beyond.
Winter Bel is a pseudonym. Under her primary alias 'Lexia Snowe', the same woman writes screenplays and makes films. You can read more about Lexia Snowe at LexiaSnowe.com.
Outside of writing, Winter is passionate about cycling, running, street and landscape photography, electronic dance music, US politics and law, teasing the Amtrak ticket line with her resiliently plummy British accent, and appreciating her amazing family.
In development of her 2019-2020 writing and filmmaking projects, Winter will visit New York City and London. She is never too far from Los Angeles, though. (The angels miss her too much.)
There is no photo here presently, so go ahead and suspect Winter spends so much time with words because she's an ugly munter. Some kind of mugshot will arrive in the future. Maybe.
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