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Identical twin sisters Brittany and Brianna Winner, better known as The Winner Twins, are national bestselling and multiple award-winning science fiction novelists.
In an effort to overcome their own learning disabilities, they wrote their first novel at 12 years old that went on to win eight prestigious awards and became a national best-seller by the time they turned 13. This earned them the title America`s Youngest Multiple Award Winning Novelists.
They opened their 501c3 nonprofit, Motivate 2 Learn, at fifteen. That same year they were officially recognized as prodigies by The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
They have continued to teach in schools an colleges both in person an online. They have recognized for their efforts with two prestigious “Pinnacle Awards” from the international educational organization the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Brittany and Brianna have spoken and taught their creative writing method live in front of over 250,000 students, teachers, professionals, and convention goers so far. The twins’ novels are on the Accelerated Reader program in over 65,000 schools across America. They have taught alongside legendary authors Orson Scott Card, David Farland, David Brin, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Richard Hatch among many others.
How the twins’ journey started was just as epic as their novels. They were born eleven weeks premature. They were in and out of hospitals and often close to death throughout their younger years. During those formative years Brittany and Brianna developed a love of storytelling. The stories they created together let them escape the harsh reality of the illnesses they faced.
Their parents introduced the twins to science fiction and comic books. They took them to many comic book stores and conventions. They had them watch Star Trek and Babylon 5, read Isaac Asimov and absorb every classic science fiction novels, movies, TV shows, and comics. This fueled their young imaginations and influenced and intensified their love of storytelling. The worlds they created were filled with advanced technology, epic adventure, robots, cyborgs, mystery, and danger.
In elementary school, the twins faced new challenges. Their dyslexia and other learning disabilities emerged and began to take a toll on their self confidence and self-esteem. Their father recognized their storytelling abilities despite their struggle with reading and writing. He stepped in and told them that if they focused on their strengths and their passion for storytelling, they could do the impossible and write a novel.
With his support and encouragement over a period of nine months, they completed their first novel and fell in love with writing science fiction. The twins decided to pursue it as a profession and went forth with a manuscript and a dream. They decided to send their novel The Strand Prophecy in for awards and it ended up winning eight. The Strand Prophecy became a national bestseller by the time they turned thirteen and could be found in every Barnes and Noble store across the country. This earned them the title America`s Youngest Multiple Award Winning Novelists.
When they received their first check they decided to help other kids and teens that faced learning disabilities and other obstacles. They wanted to show others that their problems did not define them, and just as the twins had done, they could do anything.
With this inspirational and motivational message the twins started a tour through schools, telling their story of overcoming their learning disabilities and other challenges to write their novels. Over time they began to teach their writing method and to donate technology to the schools.
At fourteen they were given their first booth and panel at Comic Con International and have been there every year since. So far they have worked over 90 conventions and book festivals including the USC Book Festival, Wonder Con, Silicon Valley Comic Con, the Virginia Book Festival, and the New York Comic Con.
Currently, the twins’ novels are on the Accelerated Reader program in over 65,000 schools across America. Brittany and Brianna have contributed to “Now Write!” Speculative Genres, a collection of writing exercises published by Penguin, alongside such authors Harlan Ellison, William Campbell, and William F. Nolan.
They have taught alongside legendary authors Orson Scott Card, David Farland, David Brin, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Richard Hatch among many others. They have been honored to be presenters at Writers of The Future.
Brittany and Brianna frequently contribute and are interviewed by many publications and media. They have been interviewed for print and digital media such as the Wall Street Journal and AOL, and have been guests for TV networks such as CNN, G4, and ABC. They have been featured on 1337 Lounge Live, Geek Nation, the Young Icons on the CW, Making it in America on HLN, and many others. They had the honor to be in Ray Bradbury’s final documentary and were one the last the interview him before his passing.