Wynter Wild is the main point-of-view character in the Wynter Wild series. She was born at an isolated ashram, the temple of the Light, near Touchstone Pass in south-eastern Arizona, on May 8th, 1998 to Miriam Wild. She grew up believing her father was Malcolm. Her older half-sister Joy helped raise her. Her mother left for Thailand when she was ten, leaving her in the hands of often abusive adults.
She escaped the ashram with Joy when she was 14 (01 Little Sister Song), and after a stint in foster care (02 Out of Tune) ends up in the care of her older half-brother Caleb Fairn (03 Rhythm and Rhyme). Her other half-brothers are Indio and Jesse. They live on Tiger Mountain, where she grows vegetable, and keeps chickens and goats. She and Jesse are learning to cook.
Wynter has been determined to put her past behind her, but the Light makes several attempts to intrude on her life again, including sending threatening messages. The FBI interviews her about financial irregularities at the ashram at the end of 2014 (06 Natural Harmonics).
Wynter is a talented musician who learned guitar and piano at the ashram, where she played religious songs. However, she prefers rock music, which she learned about from listening to a secret radio with her friends at the ashram, Xay Morant and Roman Lear. She forms the indie rock band Rule212 with her brothers in April 2014 (04 Lost Melodies). She teaches music theory at guitar at E Sharp on Saturday mornings. Her vocal teacher since January 2015 is Oscar Ozolins.
Since leaving the ashram Wynter has had trouble adjusting to the outside world, particularly in communicating with her peers. She plays in three school bands: the Clockwork Toys (02 Out of Tune), Crunch (04 Lost Melodies), and the Mail Order Chicks (05 Distortion). Her first lasting friend is Quinn Lacey.
Her first kiss on the outside is with Luke Casiano. Her first boyfriend is Eric, who she dates in mid-2014 at age 16. Other relationships and romantic dates include Beck from Crunch, Scott, Gideon, and an unnamed young groupie (the Boy Who Washed His Hands). She reconnects with Xay in 2015.
In October 2015 she has surgery for vocal cord polyps (09 Broken Strings) and develops traumatic mutism that lasts several months.
Wynter has a simple approach to life and is absolutely devoted to her brothers, at the expense of a wider social life. She loves being on stage but otherwise shuns the spotlight. In September 2014, at the age of 16, she emancipates herself (05 Distortion). She graduates high school in June 2015 and accepts a place at the University of Washington but defers several semesters due to various dramas at home.
Flashbacks in 10 The Beat Goes On detail Wynter's life at the ashram from the age of 13.