About Helen Henderson

A former feature-story writer and correspondent, Henderson has also written fiction as long as she could remember. Her heritage reflects the contrasts of her Gemini sign. She is a descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer. This dichotomy shows in her writing which crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of romantic fantasy she is the author of two series: Windmaster and the Dragshi Chronicles.

Be Nice Or I’ll Kill You Off

The topic for this week’s writing challenge is family, friends, and pets I’ve written into my books. So how does the title fit in?

My first thought when I saw the topic was a t-shirt I saw in a writer’s forum. Be Nice Or I’ll Write You Out Of My Book. Well, to be written out, you have to be written in. The shirt was especially appropriate for those who write in the mystery genre.

I have never written pets as such into one of my novels. Any animals, even if they provided companionship were working animals, not a pet in the traditional sense. The horses are all magical equines and the pony of my childhood was just a tall Shetland with an attitude. He couldn’t run for hours nor fly. (Although he could buck high enough to send his rider flying.) The closest animal in one of my books to a real one was Faoth, the shepherd’s dog in “Magic and Steel,” one of the novellas in the collection First Change: Legends From The Eyrie. Faoth is a composite of two collies from my youth, Bumps, and Salt and Pepper. Although they vary in coloring from Faoth, the real dogs did perform functions around the farm. Although not formally trained, their instincts were sufficient that they herded both animal and human on command

salt-pepper collie

Then there are the people. One of my first works featured a relative. She was a child at the time which made writing the tale difficult. It was a romance, so how to handle the reality that was in my mind to the fictional woman. Since then five generations have inspired a character. Some by a variant of their name, others by how they lived their lives.

So that’s the post. If you want to see actual names, you need to buy one of the Dragshi Chronicles and look at the acknowledgements. Be sure to visit the other authors at the bottom of the post. 

~till next time, Helen

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Visitor’s Reprise, SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal

As part of the year’s end clean-out and evaluation of earlier stories, here’s a reprise of some of the books that were showcased as a Tuesday Title. Contemporary and historicals were covered in a previous post, so now I’m re-showcasing books with a science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal element.

Hope you’ll stop by and check out the works by these talented authors.

Rescuing Prince Charming SciFi Romance by Edward Hoornaert
Lifeline SciFi by Judy Griffith Gill
Refuge SciFi by Judy Griffith Gill

Ancient Curse dark fantasy paranormal romance by Barbara Edwards 
Mist Falcon fantasy by Ryan Doughan
Dragon Knight’s Axe paranormal time-travel Scottish romance by Mary Morgan
My Hunted Highlander time-travel Scottish romance Nancy Lee Badger
Knight of Rapture historic fantasy by Ruth A. Casie
Beneath the Stones Southern Gothic paranormal romance by Susan Coryell

Dark Moon Rising gothic romance by Jacqueline Seewald
Dream Waters contemporary fantasy by Erin A. Jensen
Dream World contemporary fantasy by Erin A. Jensen

And if you happen to read this and would like your science fiction or fantasy book showcased, drop me a line. Helen