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Introducing: 2011 Debut Author Karyn Henley

Karyn Henley 
Breath of Angel, WaterBrook (Random House), June 2011

Breath of Angel is a YA fantasy.
Melaia, a young priestess, is drawn into a longstanding feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the world of humans. To restore the stairway, an ancient debt must be paid, and the payment, Melaia discovers, involves her destiny.

Website, karynhenleyfiction is under construction, but will be up sometime in October.

Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karyn-Henley/140411189331787?v=wall

Blog: http://maybeso.wordpress.com

What made you decide to be a writer?
I've always loved to read. In elementary school, I often read while I walked home. One of my favorite homework assignments was to write a story using all the words of the week's spelling list. But I never thought about becoming a real writer until I grew up and became a teacher. I discovered one of my favorite times of the day was when I read aloud to the kids. Then one day it dawned on me that I could try to write. I started with picture books and easy readers and curricula and parent/teacher books, but writing a novel always seemed to be a totally foreign and magical gift. Then I discovered the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults. Hungry to learn the magic, I signed up and began to learn from wonderful published authors as well as from the VCFA student community.

Favorite authors: Ursula LeGuin, Orson Scott Card, Megan Whalen Turner, Cornelia Funke, Kristin Cashore, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Kathi Appelt, Susan Fletcher, . . . and I'm always discovering more.

I'm definitely a night owl.

PC or mac? Started on a PC, but moved to mac because the rest of my family works on macs, which makes it easier for me to get technical help when I need it. (I'm technologically challenged – takes me awhile to figure things out – I'm new at blogging and Facebook and this site – and I'll be tweeting soon – it can get overwhelming!)

Made dinner in the slow-cooker today. Pork chops. Mmm.

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
I like the color blue,
I like flowers of all kinds, especially if they smell nice
I've been to every state in the U.S. and seen all the state capitol buildings.
I'm a beginning harp player.
I love fresh baked bread and often bake it myself.
I like watching birds.
I love listening to thunder and a nice, steady rain.
I like wind.
I like treetops.
I like treetops swaying in the wind.
I like sunsets in a big sky.

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