The Writing Gene

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?

They can usually find me on Goodreads or on Facebook. I also have a Twitter account: @lenitasheridan.

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.

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