A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of the innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures, and character studies. When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.
1. What is your favorite quote?
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney.
There’s just something really inspiring about it. And every time I think about it, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.
2. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Initially, I believe I wanted to be a writer. Of course children are, for the most part, unable to make up their minds. So it changed from writer to archaeologist, astrologist, marine biologist, chemist, paleontologist, etc. My career path seemed to change with whatever Bill Nye the Science Guy was talking about.
3. How did you know you should become an author?
It took my father to tell me that I’m supposed to write. After staring at my spectacularly poor grades in chemistry and realizing that it was going to take a lot of work and tears to survive college if I was going to continue on this mad pursuit to be a pharmacist, I realized that that career path wasn’t for me. Teenagers are always under this constant pressure, especially in their junior and senior years, to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. After having some sort of meltdown, my dad told me that I was supposed to write. I didn’t believe him and sometimes I still question it, but I took the plunge and haven’t looked back since.
4. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I put a little piece of me in every single character. I suppose they’re like my Horcruxes!
5. What do you do in your free time?
I read. Or I sketch. Or I take pictures. Lately I’ve taken up knitting and crocheting. I think my parents are exasperated at seeing me start over on my knitting/crochet projects, but I keep messing up!
6. How long do you generally let a story idea “marinate” in your brain before you start the book?
I have problems working on more than one book at a time. Like I can’t focus because when I work on one book, I feel like I should be working on another book. Because of that, novel ideas have been marinating for a LONG time. Like I have ideas that I’ve been keeping in a notebook because I’ve been focused on my current series and some of those stories have been marinating since I was 15.
Short story/flash fiction ideas, on the other hand, usually don’t have the chance to marinate. I grab my notebook and just start writing it down.
The family has three dogs. We have two rambunctious boxers, one of which was rescued from the pound, and one miniature schnauzer who thinks she’s bigger than the boxers. I myself have a bunny named T-Rex and my brother has a cat that I’m watching while he’s away being a soldier.
8. Favorite/most influential teacher
I would have to say Mr. Cherol is the teacher that has had the most influence on me. He was the art teacher at my elementary school and opened my eyes to the world of art and creativity. If it weren’t for him, I don’t think I would have even dabbled in the arts.
9. What makes your novel stand out from the crowd?
I’ve always been fascinated with mythology and initially my novel was going to be on Earth and I was going to use existing gods. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it had already been done (Percy Jackson comes to mind). So I decided to make up my own gods on another planet and I studied mythology and creation stories and created up a system and stories that I felt sounded legit. The gods are all based, somewhat, on Greek and Norse gods and the creation mythology and structure is based on Gnosticism.
10. What drives you insane about the writing process?
I think other writers will think I’m crazy, but the first draft drives me crazy! I feel like I’m always fighting with the story because that’s when you’re first discovering it. And everything sounds so horrible because you’re rushing to get the words out to match the movie in your head and you hope and pray that everything is in sequential order. I know most writers love that discovering part, but it just drives me crazy.
11. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on the final installment in my trilogy. I also decided to take the plunge and work with a co-author on an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I know it goes against the whole I-don’t-work-on-more-than-one-book rule, but it helps when the book is away from me for a while so I can focus strictly on the final installment.
Besides that, I have an idea for a short story collection that I’d like to tackle when I get the time and finally start on one of my many novel ideas that have been waiting patiently for my trilogy to end.
Kaia disappeared for five years. Now she’s back and her planet is on the brink of war.
The new “Numbers” program, created by the Tueors’ leader, tracks and isolates demigods. Kaia’s friend, Catrina, refuses to take part, and that makes her the most dangerous Number of all.
It’s Kaia’s duty to gather and protect the treasures of the gods. But neither the treasures nor Catrina are what they appear to be.
As the day a dire prophesy foresees draws near, will Kaia reverse the gears of fate, or will everything she’s ever loved be burned away by the flames of war?
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