This week’s Author of the Week is Lenita Sheridan! Lenita is the author of a Christian fantasy book entitled Guardian of the Gauntlet which is written for middle grade to Young Adult girls. If you have any additional questions for Lenita, feel free to ask in the comments section.
I am divorced, own my own home and have a dog, a Japanese Spitz, named Haley. I live on Whidbey
Island in Washington state. I write under the pen name Lenita Sheridan. I am also a substitute teacher
and a caregiver.
My hobbies and interests include crafts, singing, and of course, walking my dog. And, of course, as well, I
like to read and write. I read fantasy, dog stories, and non-fiction Christian books, mostly.
2. When and why did you start writing books?
I wrote my first book, a picture book, in first grade, but it wasn’t until I was in fifth grade that I decided to
become a writer. I had a very good fifth grade teacher who encouraged us to write. I write because I love
to use my imagination.
3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
I felt it was one of my strengths, what I did best.
4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?
The first Guardian of the Gauntlet book is my favorite. I worked hard on it. It was done for my Master’s
thesis, so it had to be defended. It was very well work-shopped when I was in graduate school.
5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
The second book in the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy was the hardest. I’m still not satisfied with it yet
and it’s already published.
6. Who is your favorite author and book?
C.S. Lewis is my favorite author and his books The Chronicles of Narnia are my favorites.
7. What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading a boxed set entitled Faerie Realms
8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
I get my inspiration from my childhood, growing up in Alaska and playing in the Alaskan woods, as well as
making trips in the summer to the wet tundra in the valley below us.
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I mainly like to read, but I also love to use social media, especially Goodreads.
10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, I’m working on the last book of the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy. It’s about the Parable of the
Wedding Feast. All the books in my trilogy are about parables. I’ve decided not to reveal too much about
the last book. I don’t want to give away the surprise end of the trilogy.
To find out more about Lenita, you can find her at her website http://lenitasheridan.com/.