COLLEEN WINTER WRITES…
A day doesn’t go by when I am not moving words around or deleting entire paragraphs to make whatever I’m writing into the most concise powerful piece of writing it can be. Both in my work as a communications consultant in the Ontario electrical industry and as a fiction writer, it has always been my joy and my challenge to write words that inspire, educate and motivate my readers.
Over time and as the world has evolved, my work has come to encompass almost all elements of writing. Whether its social media posts, video scripts, website content, full length novels or flash fiction, each discipline brings its own challenges and its own rewards. And I love them all.
It’s why I’ve included these two worlds on one website. They are different aspects of the same discipline yet are part of a world of words, stories and ideas that it is always a pleasure to work in. Welcome. Please feel free to explore both sides of the site and if you have any questions, just ask.
My fiction writing is almost entirely dedicated to writing full length novels, specifically science fiction thrillers, but not always. I’ve tried shorter pieces, a few of which are shown below, but mainly I prefer the longer form where characters and storylines can be developed over a longer time frame. My first novel, THE GATHERER was re-released in May 2021, with the second instalment of the series, THE DISRUPTORS, released in July of 2021. The final book of the series, THE STORM is scheduled for release in April 2023.
I believe in the importance of being an active participant in the literary community. I held positions of President and Vice-President in the Writer’s Group of Simcoe County for seven years, and am currently in my third year as President of Voices at Word Up Barrie. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Society, Science Fiction Writers of America, and the Writer’s Union of Canada. I have attended and presented at the annual Thrillerfest Conference in NYC for five years, a premier conference that draws thriller writers from across the globe. Connecting and sharing knowledge with fellow writers is one of the great benefits of being part of this community and I’m proud to have fostered and been part of these opportunities within these writing communities.
AWARDS / GRANTS
Short-listed for the 2020 Kobo Rakuten Emerging Writer Prize for Speculative Fiction
Winner of the CAA Leacock/Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest
Winner of the Best First Sentence Contest at Thrillerfest 2018
Recipient of Two Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grants
Short listed for Barbara Kyle’s Manuscript Evaluation Contest
Recipient of the SLS Fellowship from the Unified Literary Contest
“Menacing and memorable. Winter’s evocative prose takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the wilderness, delving into our unhealthy dependance on energy. Be careful what you wish for—the coveted cure might actually be a lethal poison. Can the inventor contain her invention? No hero needs to save these two female warriors in THE GATHERER. Loved this book.“
“THE GATHERER by Colleen Winter is my favorite kind of Crichton-esque thriller: smart, compelling, and beautifully written; a fascinating story in which a talented scientist has to save the world from the Frankenstein monster she herself created before falling victim to the power she has inadvertently unleashed. Convincingly realistic and endlessly surprising, readers won’t be able to stop turning the pages!”
“Colleen Winter is a wonderfully gifted writer. I have a deep admiration for the way she is able to combine very compelling story with a beautifully poetic sense of prose. Her characters are robust and very modern; her female protagonists could be role models for a new generation. I am excited that readers will soon have the chance to be as beguiled by her work as I am!”
I have over 15 years’ experience providing communications for the Ontario electrical industry. It is an industry that has undergone significant change in that time and the projects below reflect how I and my clients have adapted to those changes. My focus has always been on the needs of my clients and how I can help them deliver relevant, up-to-date content that gets their message across.
Over my 15 year career my skills and services have adapted and changed to meet the changing needs of my clients. The range of services I provide today includes:
- Annual reports
- Press releases
- Social media management
- Case studies
- Web content
- News & magazine articles
- Communications consulting
- Promotional flyers
- Video scripts
As an electrical engineer and a journalist I have worked for a variety of businesses in both media and the electrical industry. Most recently I have focussed on provided quality services to the electrical industry with some of my recent clients listed below.
- CHEC Association
- Langford & Associates Inc.
- Schneider Electric
- Midland PUC
- Lakefront Utilities Inc.
- Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution
- Collus PowerStream Corp.
- Rodan Energy Solutions
- PowerStream Inc. (currently Alectra)
- Pearson Engineering Ltd.
- Metroland Media
“Colleen has led us through the step by step process of developing an effective communications platform. She has provided us with regular, relevant content that has greatly enhanced our communications outreach with our customers and our community.”
“Colleen’s specialization in the Ontario Electrical Industry is what makes her such an effective consultant for our Association. She understands the technical elements as well as the importance of highlighting the strengths of the people in our organization. With her help, our Association has become stronger through an effective internal communications platform and an increased presence in the wider industry.”
“Colleen has produced our monthly Ontario newsletter for over fifteen years. It has evolved as the industry has changed and has become a valuable resource to our customers for insights into the current state of the Ontario electrical industry. It has been our most successful marketing initiative and currently distributes to over 10,000 subscribers.”
I am part of a very active family whose activities in any given year include competitive cross country skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, rugby, distance swimming, hiking and home spun triathlons to name a few. These activities are a good antidote to the hours I spend bent over a keyboard or scratching out stories in my notebooks. Being outdoors and being active clears my head and above all else makes me feel alive. Certainly this influence can be seen in my fiction where my characters never seem to be able to sit still.
I am a passionate believer in the importance of communications and how it can enrich our lives, both on a professional level and as individuals in need of stories or a different view of our world. I put the needs of my clients and my readers first. If you need anything or have questions, please ask.