Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. My parents bought property in the Goldstream Valley which is outside of Fairbanks. There were lots of woods there and the forest became my playground as a child. The woods were a source of inspiration and imagination for me. I had written my first book back in first grade when we lived within the Fairbanks city limits. It was a picture book and a true story. My fifth grade teacher was the one who really inspired me to start writing. She had us doing a lot of writing. That year I decided to become a writer. I wanted to take after my grandfather, Maxwell Sheridan, who had worked with Ray Bradbury and published in the pulp science fiction magazines of his day.
Tell us about your books.
I have published two books, so far, “Guardian of the Gauntlet” and “Guardian of the Gauntlet, Book II.” I am working on the third; it will be a trilogy. The books are about a special gauntlet that only works if one has faith in a higher power. Each book is based on a parable from the Bible. The main character of all the books is the Princess Camari. In the first book, Prince Denir, who is given guardianship of the gauntlet, turns Camari invisible. She must learn not only how to turn herself visible again, but how to outwit two wicked characters. In the first book, Camari meets Prince Isryk, who helps her out. They have become friends, so in the second book, after Camari receives a note attached to a bird from the Gnomes of Nurrocon, she realizes she must enlist his aid. They are about to voyage across the ocean to help the gnome retrieve crystals from the Magnite Sea which is guarded by a monster named the Great Vanthor.
How did you go about getting published?
I am a self-published author. I researched various self-publishing companies and looked into a Christian self-publishing company, but decided at last on BookBaby.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
In addition to being a writer, I am also a caregiver and substitute teacher. I do get a lot more writing done in the summer because of this. I like to write in the evening, preferably. Sometimes I get writing done in the afternoon if I have a day off. I often write late into the evening.
I prefer to write first in long hand on paper with a pen or pencil and then type into the computer. I just can’t type off the top of my head. This way I also get more drafts. Then I take it to my writers group; they critique/edit it and then I go home and make revisions. When the book is all done it goes to a proofreader.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I enjoy teaching part time. I teach in all grades K-12. I have a pet dog, a Japanese Spitz named Haley, whom I love to walk. My hobbies are crafts, such as counted cross-stitch and appliqué, and singing.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I know I’m giving them free advertising, but BookBaby does the best covers. Have an idea in mind so you can tell them what you want on the cover.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I’ve sold more books locally than anywhere else. Get a table at a craft fair or some other kind of sale. Let everyone you meet know about your book(s).
What’s your favorite book?
“The Princess and the Goblins” by George MacDonald
What are you reading now?
“A Tolkien Miscellany.”
What’s your next book project?
I’m keeping kind of closed mouth about the third book in my trilogy. It’s a surprise. The parable is The Wedding Feast, so there will be a wedding. It comes as a surprise who’s getting married. This book will be full of surprises, especially toward the end. The end surprises may seem more like shocks to some readers.