Award-winning international author D.A. (Dennis) Winstead was born and raised in Franklin County, North Carolina. Graduating with an Economics degree from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University, he began working for the United States Department of State soon after. As a senior government official for over twenty-three years, Dennis focused on economic and security development policy and traveled extensively during his years of civil service-mostly in post-conflict countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Currently enjoying a slower life in Atlanta, Georgia, he writes historical/literary fiction based on his travels and embellished by his experiences and cultures, old world folklore, superstitions, and religious fervor.
Ohio 2029: Utopia Has Never Been so Wrong, Dennis' fifth work of fiction, is a dystopian novel that shows a hateful red State-Blue State divide can be mended...with time, effort and forgiveness. Set, as Orwell’s 1984 was, in the not-too-distant future, Ohio 2029 depicts an America suffering from the results of a catastrophic economic collapse. Fifteen years after the world fell apart focused economic recovery has resulted in the Southern Red States seizing power in the U.S. Government and setting up reform zones in the United States, largely to punish states, particularly Ohio, that have disagreed with their past policies. Spearheading control of these reform zones is U.S. Senator from Georgia, Ted Marshall. Ted is extremely bitter about the past and what led to the demise of America’s greatness. When the collapse began, Ted and his family had been friends with the Garners, their next-door liberal neighbors in Atlanta, but the friendship quickly ended, their political ideologies separating them. The Garners soon left Atlanta and ultimately ended up in Cincinnati in the reform zone. This separation hurt members of both families, but most hurt were the Marshalls’ daughter, Mary Catherine, and the Garners’ son Maddy. Yes, Mary Catherine and Maddy are star-crossed lovers, so in love that after high school, Mary Catherine decides she will run away and go to Cincinnati to be with Maddy. Problem is: Cincinnati has been taken over by a angry, violent warlord.
Dragon Bones: Two Angels Leave at Sunrise is Dennis' fourth work of fiction and the second of the Jules Bailey-Christian Witch series. This time Jules has ended up in Croatia, a place where Dennis traveled to numerous times following the signing of the Dayton Accords peace agreement in 1995, ending the Balkan wars of the 1990s. During these frequent visits to Zagreb, he traveled to Dubrovnik where he was inspired to write this story. Dragon Bones was released in August 2013 and has already been nominated for two international fiction awards.
Wiggle Rooms: A Tale of a Fallen Anchorite is Dennis' third work of fiction and the first of the Jules Bailey-Christian Witch series. Set in the old and some say haunted seaside town of Jurmala, Riga, a former American ambassador to Latvia whose young son was kidnapped ten years early returns to take out revenge on those responsible. Jules Bailey-a young woman with an old soul and a gift passed down from her mother-teams up with a similarly gifted mother who also lost a son to the same monster. Release in January, 2013, Wiggle Rooms placed "General Fiction First Place" in the 2013 Halloween Book Festival and "Honorable Mention" in the 2013 Paris Book Festival.
Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story placed "Finalist" in the 2012 International Book Awards. Set in Kimberley, South Africa, this literary fiction captures the period immediately following the Sharpeville massacre and traces the lives of a family that were forever changed following that fatal day, March 21, 1960. American Embassy employee Sarah Jane Johnson is placed in her first real battle between good and evil, right and wrong, revenge and forgiveness, as she and small group of jaded women set out to protect a poor black family that almost lost it all during apartheid.
The Seventh Priest: Offering Day is Dennis' first historical fiction captures the final stages of the Sudan civil war between the Christian south and Muslim north. Dennis was assigned to a three-month project at the U.S. Embassy-Khartoum during 2007 and returned in 2009 to do follow-on work during early reconstruction of war-torn southern Sudan.
Blue Eyes, another political fiction set in the South, is scheduled for release in early 2015. Check our Dennis's WattPad page to follow this story.