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S.D. Henke | Fantasy and Fiction to Reinvent the World

Sheala Dawn Henke

Fantasy and Fiction to Reinvent the World

Meet the Author

Sheala Dawn Henke


I’m Sheala Dawn Henke and I’m thrilled you’ve stopped by to visit! While you’re here, I’m excited to tell you more about myself and the stories I write. If you love books with a fantastical flare, squiggly twists, and nib-knobby turns, then you’ve come to the right place. Stories of places and spaces in between your imagination where I hope you might be inclined to stay for a few winks. Right here, could be where your hopes and dreams could come alive.

My stories are never without the magic, love, adventures, and misadventures of courageous young individuals who must reach far and wide to discover what’s possible and achievable! These are tales of wonder where out of the dark we can see the light — altered, bent, and beautiful, enter a safe haven for every walk of life; every color, creed, and companion who ever believed in what is possible because…

“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 that inspire individuals to seek their unique value and worth in this world! I’ve always loved collaborating with my student Muses who inspire 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!

Each story is a promise I make to YOU, my amazing readers!  For more tidbits of wisdom, feel free to visit and comment on  my blog right here.

Thank you for reaching out to let the light in!

“Story Bends is not a lightly, flowing read. It doesn’t do all the work for you by laying out a simple story in a simple structure. It asks you to “bend” your mind just as the story bends between reality, subconscious, memory, and spiritualism. I’d LOVE to be a fly on the wall when a group of young readers discuss this book. Children, as the story suggests, are so much closer and so much more empathetic to the worlds we cannot see than adults. This book offers hope for those who have suffered trauma and those who tend to them. It invites you to believe that with love, acceptance, and patience, we can all heal.” Teresa R. Funke

Story Bends is a poignant and thought-provoking fantasy novel written by S. D. Henke.. Online Book Reviewer kimmyschemy06

“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.”

David Sharp

Truly this is a wonderful journey into self-discovery and coping with our own broken parts. It is an inspiring read that challenges not just your own perspective but the sense of unusual reading. This book will frustrate you, delight you, and give you a unique reading experience. Most definitely recommend it to all. The Page Unbound

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. 

Laura Resau

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.

Dianna Butler

By S.D. Henke

Story Bends

“The Magic of The Bends never leaves you…”

October 9th, 2018 – with Pen Name PUblishing

What if your only escape from death was to meet it half way?

If the voices called on YOU?

Needed 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:

Capturing Genius

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...

Let Us Read Books!

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Fantastic Beasts

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...

Plot Value

Very few things are more daunting than taking a risk on a crazy idea, born of naked imagination, and investing in that idea for nearly three years knowing it might lead you nowhere. For me, this risk was worth it and it eventually lead to the publication of Story...

Give of Yourself and the Gifts Are Infinite

I love stories this time of year. Stories with all the trimmings of tales to remind us of the old adage that the real gifts of giving aren’t things. An adage the Amazon giant would have us relegated to forget. Their commercials bringing smiles on a package may be the...

Pieces of Possibility

We all live by a certain code of qualifiers that define us. The pieces of ourselves we share and those we relegate to keep hidden. Some are veiled gems and others demonstrative demons. But the true veritable essence of our core selves can be hard to hold in this day...

Taming the Monsters- Facing Difficult Subjects One Story at a Time

I am self-aware enough to know that putting my stories out into the world won't arrive without foible. There is an everlasting, guilt-laden concern that I might offend, put off, or alienate readers with what I opt to write and publish. Unfortunately, I don’t operate...

Beta Bonsai

Beta Bonsai Caring for a bonsai tree is a simple matter of pruning. There is a clear level of artistic license to that care. A nip here, a trim there, and in the end, it comes out resembling nothing that ever came before. Each nip and tuck essential to its blueprint...

Safe Scares

Whatever happened to the good old days of a safe scare? There was a time we can all recall when we were allowed to traipse off and seek out real-world adventures. Many of us still long for the feeling of being shooed out the door into the wild wonders of freedom and...

A Numbers Game

Numbers. We see them all around. They weave themselves in and out of our subconscious throughout our entire lives. But have you ever stopped to wonder at them? Have you ever thought about how they might play a unique and mysterious role in our lives? Numbers surround...

Imagination is greater than knowledge.

– Albert einstien

Upcoming Events

October TBA, 2018

Book Launch Event • Fort Collins, CO

Join author and speaker, Sheala Dawn Henke to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Story Bends.

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