Dawn Henke Sheala
Fantasy and Fiction to Reinvent the World
Meet the Author
Sheala Dawn Henke
My stories are never without the magic, love, adventure, and the misadventure of courageous young individuals who must reach far and wide to discover what’s possible and achievable! These are tales of potential and wonder, where out of the dark we can see the light — altered, bent, and beautiful, I invite you to enter a safe haven for every color, creed, and companion who ever believed in the unseen forces and potential that shape who WE are.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~Audrey Hepburn
I am passionate about bringing fantastical ideas to life. I write soul-affirming books from story realms that inspire individuals to seek their unique value and worth in this world. I’ve always loved collaborating with my student Muses who live and breath in the stories I write. They are the light on the page that brings every imagined world to life. Writing for kids, with kids is the best part of my job as an author and educator!
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“This is a great story when you’re in the mood to go down the existential rabbit hole. All about a boy who has been to the in-between of life and death. The writing is visual and haunting. The plot is “bendy.” And the characters are loveably odd. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Great read for fans of Coraline by Neil Gaiman or Sabriel by Garth Nix. If you’re in the mood for a great “other-world” fix, this should fill the craving.”
With poetic prose and a unique voice, Story Bends draws us into an adventure that leads us beyond the boundary of life and death, to the place where memories live. We root for Edward as he struggles to overcome his past trauma and takes us on a deep journey from darkness to light. We feel pulled along by the mystery and suspense… and the stakes grow higher the deeper we get. The story raises questions of spirituality, trauma, and healing as we explore the enigmas of Edward’s life.
Writing in a different voice is such a refreshing and delightful change from the cookie cutter normality of today’s works! There are many levels of psychological healing for ALL ages offered (often as “Tilley-isms”) in this delightful, almost mythical read. I definitely recommend it for all ages and stages of life.
Painting Half the Sky
August 31, 2019
“The Magic of The Bends never leaves you…”
July 9, 2019
What if your only escape from death was to meet it half way?
If the voices called on YOU?
Brought you into The Bends of time where all faith is lost to those who wait. Your etchings hold the secrets to guide them on their way.
Yet, there will be no safe passage if evil finds you first and you have no toll to pay.
Enter the mind of a peculiar boy who gains passport to one of the ‘thin places’ between life and death. In this realm of tilted memories, guided by the pages of his journal and the voices that summon him, he reclaims his broken bits to discover the truth behind an early death marking. Only then can he realize the nature of his nightmares and the malign source behind his suffering so that he alone can save the living world from a cataclysmic end or die again trying.
From The Blog:
We are all made of Creation. Some even say we're the stuff of stars. But what's even more exciting to imagine is that we all have a unique Crea-ture living inside of us. These are beasts of every color, shape, and size. They only speak our individual creative tongue....
Every now and then I get a glimpse into the mind of a child. As I wrap up my 20th year teaching, I reflect on the moments I’ve captured in what I liken to the Golden Snitch of kid wisdom. All the magic wraps up with a little open-ended time and end of year provocation...
Change is something we seem to approach as humans with fear, avoidance, and even disdain. It’s like something in us isn’t wired to accept it. Yet, it’s through the nature of change that we share in the human experience. Nature itself a study in change. What would a...
I am actively updating my Blog space each week and I welcome a visit and comments from readers anytime! Also, for more information on the story referenced in this post, Story Bends please visit us here. Recently, I had the privilege of...
Every aspect of my life from the moment I wake up to the moment my head hits the pillow at night is an opportunity to pay attention. It is an occasion to look inward and outward. It is a space where I can see my life in the details, a metaphorical rendering, and a...
In the Fall of 2011, I listened to keynote speaker and award winning novelist Stephanie Tolan speak about giftedness at the Colorado Association for Gifted Children's annual conference. If I had known how this moment would shape my future and the new path my life...
Marie Antoinette’s famous quote “Let them eat cake” lives in our psyche as a widget of well-placed morality versus superficiality, and although there’s no record of her actually having said it, the verbiage sticks as if it’s been etched into history’s mighty stone....
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this past year could qualify as a certain kind of beast. One who’s sustenance required a sort of burning down and rising back up to meet the demands of life, work, and an evolving industry. I liken my growth over the past year as a...
– Albert einstien
March 1st- Muses Honorary Young Author Announced!
WriteMuses • Fort Collins, CO
Join the Write Muses as they announced our annual quarterly contest winner from the submissions for our Honorary Young Author page. Writing opportunity for kids by kids!