About Lenita Sheridan:
Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with her parents when she was three. The Alaskan woods were her playground while she was growing up, a source of inspiration and imagination.
In her twenties, she moved back to Washington state. She started Guardian of the Gauntlet in the middle of a snow storm when school was closed. She later entered graduate school at the University of Washington and finished the book for her master’s thesis. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
She now lives on Whidbey Island where she is a writer, caregiver, and substitute teacher. Her interests include singing, crafts, and walking her dog, a Japanese Spitz named Haley.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by different places I’ve lived such as the Goldstream Valley (outside of Fairbanks) where I lived when I was growing up in Alaska. I also lived in Northern Ireland and traveled all around the British Isles. I saw many castles. I now live on the island where I can walk to the beach any time I want.
Tell us about your writing process.
I began as a seat of the pants writer. When that didn’t work, I started outlining. My outlines are simple chapter summaries. I don’t create character sketches.
I like to write on paper before typing in to the computer because I write in drafts and the more drafts the better.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I encourage my characters, especially my main character, Camari. I tell her that nothing is impossible with the gauntlet, just like nothing is impossible with God.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you are going to self-publish, make sure you think about how the reader would view your blurb. Take a step outside yourself and be someone else if you can. You made need to make changes, not only to the blurb, but to the entire book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had sent my manuscript to many places. I had even had an agent take it at a writer’s conference and never return it. This helped me to make the decision to self-publish, plus it was at a turning point in my life, after a divorce.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think people will always want hard copy books, something they can hold (even though I love my Kindle).
What genres do you write?: fantasy, Christian, inspirational, middle grade, Y/A, science fiction, poetry
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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