Another special guest today, who has lived in some beautiful parts of the United States, and submerged herself in reading at an early age. Please give a warm welcome to Lenita Sheridan.
Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
I moved to Washington state from Alaska when I was in my twenties. I had graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in English. I substituted in the Puget Sound Area and went to the University of Washington to study creative writing. I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Later, I moved to an island in the Puget Sound. I am now an active lady, interested in writing, reading, singing, listening to music, crafts, and walking my dog, a Japanese Spitz named Haley.
Has writing changed the way you read? Explain.
No. I was always writing from when I was old enough to read. I wrote a picture book in first grade.
Tell us about your published works.
I have published a trilogy. They are Guardian of the Gauntlet books. The books are about a special gauntlet, which only works if one has faith in a higher power and the young Princess Camari’s adventures with it.
Most authors dislike selling their books. To practice the art of selling, how would you try to sell me a box of tissues?
I would tell you that the tissues are incredibly soft and wouldn’t make your nose sore in the severest of allergies. I would also tell you they have the ‘flu vaccine in them, so you would be immunized.
In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
I am working on a story about my dog for Guideposts.
Are you a confident or anxious writer? Explain.
I am confident. I wouldn’t have made it through the MFA program at the University of Washington without confidence.
What is your writing process?
I make notes first. Then I compose them into cohesive chapters with pen on paper (I usually write one chapter at a time.) This is my first draft. Typing the chapters into the computer, making changes as I do so, is my second draft. Then my writing group edits it. After using their editing notes to change my chapters, I come up with a third draft. Then I hire a proofreader. After going over the proofreader’s tracking changes, I come up with a final copy.
What specific moment or situation made you want to become a writer?
I made the decision to become a writer in fifth grade. I had been reading a lot of science fiction and wanted to be a published science fiction writer like my grandfather, Maxwell Sheridan, who worked with Ray Bradbury. I later changed to fantasy to utilize more of my imagination.
When you’re not writing, where can people find you hanging out in the virtual world?
I requested a picture from Lenita of a place nearby where she has or lives now. The below is a picture of Mount Baker taken from Whidbey Island.