Featured Friday! Lenita Sheridan
Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with her parents when she was three. When she was ten she moved with her parents to the Goldstream Valley, a rural area outside Fairbanks. The family built a house there on six and a half acres of wooded land. Lenita Sheridan loved playing in the woods. They were a source of inspiration and imagination for her. When she was eleven she became a Christian. That was a turning point year for her, for she also decided to become a writer at that age.
In her twenties, Lenita Sheridan moved back to Washington State to look for a teaching position. While she waited to hear about various positions she substituted. During a snowstorm when school was closed Lenita Sheridan began working on a fantasy book entitled, Guardian of the Gauntlet. It would later become her first self-published book. She went on to be accepted in graduate school at the University of Washington. Guardian of the Gauntlet became her master’s thesis. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Lenita Sheridan now lives on an island in the Puget Sound. There she writes, substitute teaches, and is a caregiver. She has self-published all three books in the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Spending time alone.
My fifth grade teacher had us writing a lot. I found I just loved it. I wanted to be like my grandfather, Maxwell Sheridan who was published in the pulp science fiction magazines of the 40’s and 50’s. When I was older, in my twenties, I changed from wanting to be a science fiction writer to a fantasy writer. I had grown up reading the Oz books and had just finished reading Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Mirror of Her Dreams. That was when I started Guardian of the Gauntlet.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
C.S. Lewis. Though I hadn’t read his Chronicles of Narnia until graduate school, I learned that I wanted to use symbolism and the allegory style the same way he did in his books.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Read through your blurb as though you were someone who hadn’t read your book. See if there is anything in the blurb or perhaps the whole book that needs to be changed.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I like to read fantasy if they have enough of a sense of humour in them. Otherwise, I like to read about time travel and other dimensions, because those books tend to be more exciting. It dates back to my early love of science fiction.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
I’d like to spend time with Isryk. He is a sensible character that is in love with the princess Camari.
I just finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It is definitely an exciting, page turning type of book.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
It was a simple edit in a way, but my professors wanted me to change something I didn’t want to change and that was the name of the sister princesses. I originally had them named Camari and Cedilia, but they said the two main characters’ names couldn’t begin with the same letter. So I came up with Mila for the older sister. I was never really satisfied with that.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Definitely The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I like the way it ends and the way the children are watched over the whole time by the lion, Aslan.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
She travelled the road of perseverance.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I’m going to try traditional publishing for a while, with some short pieces I have written. I’m planning on entering short story contests and sending my articles to magazines.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:12
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