Cheers and thanks for visiting!
I’m Sheala Dawn Henke and I’m thrilled you’ve stopped by to visit! I write books with a fantastical flare, squiggly twists, and knobby turns to inspire readers to dig deeper, explore their hopes and dreams, and challenge their imagination.
“Imagination is greater than knowledge.” ~Albert Einstien
My stories are never without the magic, love, and the adventures of courageous young individuals who must reach outside themselves to discover fanciful realms of possibility! These are tales of wonder where out of the dark we find the light — altered, bent and beautiful, these stories are for everyone who ever believed in what is possible.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~Audrey Hepburn
I’m excited about my next release– Story Bends, coming this fall, 2018 with Pen Name Publishing. Other novels of mine that you may enjoy are from my Young Adult Cli-Fi series, IDEA33- A Regeneration, A Revolution, and A Resolution. Read a review from Reader’s Favorite here.
I am passionate about KIDS and writing soul-affirming books that inspire young people to acknowledge 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 my imaginary worlds to life.
Writing for kids with kids is the best part of my job as an author and educator!
Tidbits About Me
I began making my first connections to story in the early days of my own childhood. Raised by my mother who ran an in-home daycare was where my imagination could run free and unencumbered. It was a safe zone and I learned from that experience the power of unconditional love.
But my story wasn’t always filled with happy ever afters, and I came to understand that there are some sorrows and trauma that are part of all of us. As love and joy are universal, so is pain and suffering. Through the magic and alchemy of story, we can reach farther and heal many wounds.
I started my teaching career nearly 20 years ago and knew from the moment I began that this was my true calling. Teaching was in my bones and so, naturally was the little nip of my conscience for storytelling. I work to build strong, long-lasting relationships with my students. In fact, I began on this path toward a writing career because of the imprint they’ve had on my spirit. What I didn’t know was what the Muse had in store for me as the children I still come into contact with today continue to inspire the stories I write.
My greatest loves are exploring nature and spending time with family and friends. Whether I’m paddle boarding on the local reservoirs, rafting down the Poudre River with my husband, two boys and our dog Sophie, or shaping young minds in my elementary classroom, I consider myself lucky to call Fort Collins, Colorado my hometown.
Thank you for reaching out to let the light in!
All my best,