Author has written 9 stories for Revenants, Amy Plum, A song of Ice and Fire, and Star Wars.
"Winterlyn Dow" is a nod to some of the more important people in my life.
I've always loved to write, since I was old enough to hold a pencil.
I read almost every genre of writing in existence and enjoy a wide range of books, from fantasy (George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, The Lord of the Rings) , to classics (Anna Karenina, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Jayne Eyre are among my favorites), to comedy (Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams), to YA (Brenna Yavanoff, Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl, etc), to mysteries and sci-fi (China Mieville, Agatha Christie), to twisted fairy tales and Narnia and everything in between.
I enjoy constructive criticism, fawning adoration, and unbridled worship. Oh, and cake. I really, really enjoy cake. (Update: ignore this part--I no longer enjoy cake as I have been low-carbing for the past 9 months. Well, there is this awesome Kentucky butter cake made with almond and coconut flour that is quite good. But that's it!) I do not enjoy the extreme cold, scratchy fabric, or any musical act that relies heavily on lip-synching or twerking. Also, Bama. I'm particularly offended by the Crimson Tide.
I consider cute internet cat videos a guilty pleasure and handwritten letters to friends a lost art in which I still indulge (though less than I should).
I am a rabid college football fan, particularly the SEC, and particularly LSU. Geaux, Tigers! That means that my writing slows down significantly during football season, unless LSU has a bye. #derriusguice4heisman
I have completed a story about two of my favorite A Song of Ice and Fire characters, Arya Stark and Jaqen H'ghar. It started out as a means of just providing an opportunity for Arya to be a badass and Jaqen to be awesome while waiting for GRRM to finish the next installment in the series. As time went on, though, an actual story with a sort of plot bubbled up and after awhile, the whole idea grew into a possible trilogy. Part 1 (The Assassin's Apprentice) details Arya's Faceless training and is set entirely in Braavos. Part 2 (The Grey Daughter) will take Arya to Westeros. Part 3 (title redacted, as it is a spoiler) will likely span two continents. I realize that there are literally thousands of different takes on this idea (it's easy for a lot of fan fiction writers to draw similar conclusions, I guess, since we all started from the same place), but this is my take, and it includes Jaqen being awesome (because there is a woeful lack of Jaqen H'ghar awesomeness in the fanfiction world). Also (spoiler alert), my story has man-eating eels, so there's that...
I have boards on Pinterest for most of my stories.You can find them by searching for Winterlyn Dow on Pinterest.
I'm on AO3 as Winterlyn_Dow, Pinterest as Winterlyn Dow, and tumblr as winterlyndow (my tumblr is super-lame, just a way to collect stuff that relates to my fanfic in one spot).
8/24/14 And now, The Assassin's Apprentice has *fan art*! I know! It's so thrilling! Pandorica 11 posted a really lovely drawing depicting the reunion in chapter 49 of the two most awesome and badass characters in ASoIaF. Check it out by going to deviantart and searching for The-Assassin-s-Apprentice-Fanart (since FFN no longer allows links in profiles, apparently).
12/7/14 The handsome man is awesome. Don't believe me? Just ask him. He'll tell you all about it. He has decided that he would like his own ASoIaF story. I told him not to be ridiculous. We finally compromised and he'll have a small companion piece that details some of the events of The Assassin's Apprentice through his eyes. It's called Morpheum. Check it out. If you don't, the handsome man will probably harangue you endlessly. The guy is persistent--trust me.
6/12/15 A lovely reader who goes by queveras on AO3 made a couple of graphics for the story. They are really cool. Check them out under her tumblr profile, fallenineveryway (I previously had them linked, but it seems FFN no longer tolerates links in profiles)
10/21/15 The Grey Daughter begins! Chapter 1 is up on FFN and AO3. Updating speed will be... variable (depending on inspiration and the cooperation of "real life"). I have a Pinterest board for this story as well and plan to add to it as I write the story.
11/11/15 For those who may be wondering at my tortoise-like posting pace, I wanted to let you know that I am splitting my little bit of free time between The Grey Daughter, Morpheum, the Girl Too Long/Man Too Long one-shots, and researching/writing something original which I hope turns into a novel. I'm committed to completing The Grey Daughter, but I imagine it won't happen quite as fast as The Assassin's Apprentice did simply due to the multitude of things I am trying to tackle and the limited amount of time I have to do it on a daily basis thanks to the bane of all of our existences, "Real Life."
4/4/16 I am doing the final edit on ch 5 of TGD so it should be posted soon. I have updated my Pinterest board for the story and for those who choose not to check out Pinterest, just know this: the part of Lord Tytos Blackwood is being played by the *superb* Jeremy Irons. Can't you just hear that voice in your head? No? Just me? Okay, then...
6/28/16 I completed a small one-shot in the Star Wars universe and it helped knock the cobwebs off. I found my inspiration for the next chapter of TGD and shall be proceeding with it shortly!
10/14/17 I'm making good progress on ch 15 of TGD. I can't believe I started this story nearly two years ago (by comparison, I wrote TAA in 9 months). I thank you for your patience!