Thursday, February 4, 2016

Interview With Author Lenita Sheridan #‎B2BCYCON‬

Over the next couple of months I will be doing a series of author features on this blog and over at my other blog Are You Afraid of the Dark?  

Why you ask?

Here’s why…

A great event for authors and readers alike is afoot in the virtual world. Coming this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th, is the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. Being held on Goodreads, with adjunct events on Facebook and elsewhere, it works much like a real world convention only online. With “author booths”, panels, readings, and more, it will be a fabulous gathering for all book lovers. 

You can find all the details and pertinent links for the groups here:

Just be sure to join both Goodreads groups if you are an author.
One is for convention preparations and information, and the other is the convention site itself.

Now on with the main event, our first Brain to Books author feature. 

Today I have a great interview with middle grade fantasy author Lenita Sheridan. Enjoy...

Interview with Author Lenita Sheridan

Why don't you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
I live on Whidbey Island where I own a house. I have a dog, whom I enjoy walking every day. As well as being a writer, I am a substitute teacher and caregiver. I am active in my church, singing in the choir, and making crafts for the holiday bazaar. I also like to read and listen to music, especially classical and Celtic folk music (as well as some occasional rock and roll).

Of all the books you've written, do you have a favourite?
Yes, the first Guardian of the Gauntlet book would be my favourite and that is because it has the best humor in it of all the books. I was younger when I wrote it, and because of that it has a lighter tone.

What do you enjoy most about writing in the fantasy genre?
I like using my imagination. It is such fun to make up things.

Who is your intended readership?
I write for middle grade students. Children as young as nine might enjoy the books, if they are at a high enough reading level. However, adults have enjoyed these books as well.

What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your books?
I hoped that young girls would read the books and realize that life is easier when you have faith in a higher power and believe in yourself as well. I also hoped to spread the message that once one believes it is important to put that faith to work and, thus, do good, as is the reason for the second book.

When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I decided to be a writer in fifth grade, when I was eleven. I had a wonderful fifth grade teacher who had us write a lot. I wanted to be like my grandfather Maxwell Sheridan who published in science fiction. At the time I wanted to write science fiction as well; it wasn't until I was in my twenties that I started writing fantasy.

Do you have a favourite author or writing inspiration?
C.S. Lewis, but my main inspiration is God. I get all my ideas from Him.

What advice would you give beginning writers?
I would give them two pieces of advice. The first one is: think of the synopsis or blurb for your book. Then try to step outside yourself and think for a moment how someone else might view that book. You may decide you need to make some changes.
The second is: if you are going to self-publish, thoroughly research the different companies that offer self-publishing. Make sure you can make a profit after seeing their prices.

Are you working on another book?
I am finishing the last book in the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy. It is about the parable of the Wedding Feast. It is a little darker than the other books in the trilogy. I will do a "blurb reveal" and a "map reveal" during the Cyber Convention. Until then, I'm not saying another word.

Author Bio:

Though Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, she spent most of her growing up years in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her father had gotten a position as a physics professor at the University of Alaska. When she was ten, the family moved out to the Goldstream Valley, outside of Fairbanks, where her parents had purchased six and a half acres of land. It was all woods, except for a small clearing for the house the family built. Lenita Sheridan loved playing in the woods there. The forest was a source of inspiration and imagination for her. Lenita Sheridan was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian herself when she was eleven.

When she was in her twenties, Lenita Sheridan moved back to Washington State to look for a teaching position. While she was waiting to hear about positions, she substitute taught. During a snowstorm, when school was closed she started Guardian of the Gauntlet. That book was to become her master's thesis as she was accepted into graduate school at the University of Washington. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Guardian of the Gauntlet

The Guardian of the Gauntlet books are about a special gauntlet, which only works if one believes in a higher power.
Each book is based on a parable from the Bible. They are also about the princes and princesses, and their adventures. The fantasy world in which the gauntlet exists is one of author created flora and fauna.
Princess Camari is the main heroine throughout the books, and Prince Isryk the main hero. In the first book, when Prince Denir turns Camari invisible with the gauntlet and then goes off to war, Camari is left in quite a predicament. She must learn, not only how to make herself visible again, but how to outwit two wicked characters.

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I'd like to thank Lenita Sheridan for stopping by today, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.

And that concludes our first Brain to Books author feature.
Do check back here and over at Are You Afraid of the Dark? for more in the coming weeks.

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