Andy Winder is a YA writer from Northern Utah, which in his opinion is equally a wonderful and strange place to be. All of the best places are.
Andy knew he was trans when he was a teenager. He began transitioning from female to male when he was a student at Brigham Young University. He transitioned despite the risk to his future at BYU.
“My gender identity is something that is very important to me but also my spirituality is also a strong part of who I am,” Andy shared with ABC4 News in Sandy, Utah. “I’m proud to be a trans person but I’m also proud to be a Latter-day Saint,” he said.
Andy did stay at BYU and graduated with a B.A. in English. He was named a Pitch Wars 2019 mentee and is currently revising a queer romance inspired by The Great British Bake Off and also writes for an early education non-profit.
His favorite book is Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, who, among a number of authors, have influenced his own writing.
Here are some of Andy’s Short Stories/Essays:
- “A Whole String of Failures” Name and None
- “Next Course” The Dirty Spoon
- “My Religious OCD Convinced Me God Would Never Love Me” The Outline
- “Social Anxiety Support Dog” Stigma Fighters
- “My Sister is a City” Five:2: One Magazine
- “Love and Video Games” Peculiar Journal