Urban Fantasy Author With A Love For Japan
A paranormal/urban fantasy series set in small town Japan that focuses on social redemption and found family
Book 1: Rise
An ex-gangster. A mysterious old woman concealing her true identity. A mythological world of magic and danger hiding behind everyday life.Risking his newfound freedom, Umeji Tatsuya hides the yokai identity of Nakamura Hisako, a powerful kitsune fox spirit, who offers to help him forge a mob-free future—starting with teaching him magic. Just when things are looking up, Date, a kitsune with a centuries-old grudge against his new mentor arrives in town, commanding vicious ogre-like oni and bringing destruction in her wake. Worse yet, the one person who could drag Umeji back into the mob shows up on his doorstep, under Date’s control.Is Umeji the next victim in Date’s sights? Or is there more to this magical threat than he wants to believe...
Book 2: Guardian
“One hundred pieces of gold for every kitsune head laid at my feet!”Umeji Tatsuya is convinced that his only path to redemption is to become the protector of Nonogawa. So, he requests training from the League of Guardians. But they're skeptical that he's left his Yakuza past behind. Meanwhile, Ibaraki Douji is slaughtering kitsune and stealing the weapons scattered across Japan that will allow her to become Shogun. When the legendary sword Umeji carried is stolen, Umeji is blamed for the theft. He's done playing by the League's rules. With family and friends by his side and all of kitsune kind counting on him, Umeji vows to recover the sword and stop Ibaraki.Will Umeji succeed and prove he has what it takes to join the League before it's too late?
Join Umeji’s action-packed journey into Japanese myth, personal redemption, and found family.
"Imagine a world where all your favourite stuff about Japanese mythology, anime, and magic kung-fu movies come together with gritty urban fantasy in modern Japan. This is the world of the Liminal Chronicles. It's a book I didn't know I needed, but now I need more!"
— Diane Morrison (SableAradia) author of The Wyrd West Chronicles via Goodreads, ★★★★★
Amy Winters-Voss, also known as Shyredfox, is the author of the urban fantasy series The Liminal Chronicles. She adores Japan and hopes to visit the incredible country with its amazing people and unique culture, again. Textile arts are her go-to hobbies. Her favorite craft is nalbinding, an ancient yarn craft much older than knitting.Amy and her husband adopted two wily and adorable ferrets, named Pocky and Mochi, after the kids grew up.She runs the vssCollab very short story challenge on social media and publishes the best of the entries in the online zine--'In Threads'. Additionally, she runs co-working streams of her writing and crafts on Twitch.
"Stories are like air. We can't do without them."
— Amy Winters-Voss
Guest on Plotting and Outlining Write In: with Janet Forbes World Anvil - Oct 7, 2022
Being Respectful When Writing About Others, Part 1: at Writers in the Storm - April 12, 2023
Being Respectful When Writing About Others, Part 2: at Writers in the Storm - May 12, 2023
The Case for Slowing Down and Self-Care: at Writers in the Storm - July 31, 2023
Panels and Presentations
Yakuza: Facts and Fallout: presentation for Anime Central online - May 22, 2021 (no link, live presentation)
Fairytales/Folklore in Writing: panel lead for WritersCONduit online June 26, 2021
Mythology in Writing: panelist for WritersCONduit online - June 26, 2021
Beta Readers: panelist for WritersCONduit online - June 27, 2021
Mythology: Panelist WritersCONduit - June 2022
Social Media Presence and Interaction: Panelist for Writers Conduit - June, 2022 (Twitch Highlight)
Press/Media Kits for Books and Authors: Panelist for Writers Conduit - June, 2022 (Twitch Highlight)
© Amy Winters-Voss 2023. All right reserved. Cover art commissions by Odette.A.Bach.