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: the Windmaster Novels and the Dragshi Chronicles.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
I inherited a love of reading from my grandmother and that translated into the flip side of the coin–writing. Recently I cleaned out the source notes and unused photos from my published columns and feature articles, and travel clips of now defunct events. What was kept were memories, and a large pile of material that forms the perfect research base for helping me plan the itinerary when I take people to worlds of imagination or to the Old West.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I often walk through cemeteries, whether to do period research, pick up trash or upright flags that have fallen over. Add in a full moon and All Hallow’s Eve, and the idea of a soul trapped on Earth with all the consequences of it started to form. An old sea chanty was also one of the muses for Imprisoned in Stone and with new words it became one of the spells in the book. The first time I heard the tune was in an episode of the television program, Sea Quest. In that use, a grizzled chief got the crew singing to overcome their despair at their vessel’s damage. In Imprisoned in Stone, while the music rang in my head, my character used the magic inherent in the rhythm to cast out the spell threatening her ship and crew.
The dragshi are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a a dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. However, for a human, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.
The Dragshi Chronicles-- action-filled, romance-laden fantasies.
From their birth it was expected that Talann’s and Lexii’s destiny would be entwined. However fate had other intentions. Lexii and Talann could not stand to be together. Glyn, Lexii’s bodyguard, fights to keep hidden the secret no one could never learn. And threatening them all? The charismatic leader called the Parant. Sometimes not even dragon fire and talons.
Bodyguard to a lady dragon shifter threatened by a former suitor, Kedar dared not fail in his duty—or more dangerous, love the Lady Mairin Alidryer of the Dragshi. A novella of duty and honor, love and adventure from the Chronicles of the Dragshi.
Lord Branin Llewlyn means to break the hatchling’s curse and end the childlessness of his kind. Cryptic references to mating flights add hope, but dark references about the deaths of suitors threatens not only his life, but the dreams of all dragon shifters.
The awakening of his dragon soul twin brought Dragshi Lord Branin the freedom of flight and near-eternal life, but not happiness. For eons, he feared he would never find a woman with her own dragon soul partner—until one day another's mind touched his.
For the crime of healing without payment, the Brethren imprisoned a mage's soul in stone. After centuries, he felt the touch of another's mind and hope for escape from his eternal prison soars. However, his potential savor is unaware of her latent magic--and her only knowledge of him comes from an eerie message on the wall and nightmarish dreams.
In a not so distant future, a select group of the world's most talented and intelligent are brought back from the dead. Called recovs, they have 96 hours to create a child with the perfect genetic match selected for them by the government. Love is not supposed to enter the equation and there are consequences when it does.
Not all dragons are fire-breathing demons. Hatchling's Guardian is a short story with sweet romance in the fantasy. Trelleir is a true dragon whose magic allows him to take on human form. The last of his kind, he longs for companionship. Even if it is only that of a human female. However, she is a slayer. Sworn to kill all dragons, including him.