Joining us today is Sheila Hendrix, author of YA parnormal novel, The Betrayal. She is a native of Alabama and resides there with her husband of sixteen years. She has no children except for her pets. She is the author of the Young Adult paranormal series, The Dark Circle. We’ll talk to her about her writing, the rewards and challenges for writing for the YA market, and what the future holds.
Thank you for joining us today, Sheila. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me. I’m 46 years old. I’m a nurse at a psychiatric hospital. I’m married to a wonderful man, I love animals and I have eight dogs. I love to read, write, hike, camp, travel and garden. I do reviews for Affair De Coeur magazine.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
I’ve always wanted to write. I just didn’t think I could. It’s always been my dream.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
I love teens. I’ve worked with them for years and I like to give them something they will truly love. Also YA is very popular right now. When I started The Betrayal I knew I had found my niche.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
I enjoy coming up with new ideas. Kids are very impressionable and so it’s a challenge to find ways to get them excited. The greatest challenge is keeping it geared toward teens.
Keeping plots and storylines in order. LOL!
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
When Zachariah and Matthew McCannon were young, their parents abandoned them, leaving Zack to take care of his little brother, Matt. Though they lived with their grandmother, she was always sick, so Zack was forced to raise him. This was not an easy task.
Zack had his hands full because of Matt’s unusual powers. He has visions and dreams that come true, and when he gets angry or upset, he can move things with his mind. Because of this, evil seeks him, keeping Zack on his toes as his protector.
As the brothers grew older, they became hunters, pursuing evil supernatural forces. After Matthew has a dream, it sends them on a hunt for cave, not knowing why, but realizing it is necessary. When they arrive, Matt finds the vision was a trap.
A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. The Darkness is named, Alanya, which means, The Destroyer.
Alanya hates the brothers. In the past, every time he tried to apprehend Matt, Zack would thwart him by protecting his brother. Alanya is incensed that a mere human boy can beat him, for demons are not to be defied.
When Alanya asks Zack, “How far will you go to save your brother?” Zack answers, “As far as I have to.”
Now, the brothers are faced with a deadly force they never had to deal with before. This demon is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear. If the McCannon’s are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.
What inspired you to write it?
I actually had a nightmare and when I calmed down I thought how it would make a great book.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Amazon right now. In about a month it will be available Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Borders, etc.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes I do.
What is up next for you?
I’m working on the second book in The Dark Circle series. The first was The Betrayal. The name of the second is Head Games.
Do you have anything else to add?
I would just like to thank you for letting me be here with you today!
Thank you for spending time with us today, Sheila. We wish you much success.