Sheena Perry was born the summer of 1986 in Bakersfield, CA, but grew up in UT. At a young age she found joy playing “make believe” in the fields behind her home, taking care of various pets, and spending time with her family out on the lake fishing. She graduated from Snow College with an Associate of Science and majored in Fine Arts. Now she spends her time being a full time mom of three, supporting her husband in his career as a full time soldier in the military, and writing. Sheena has always had a creative mind and fun loving spirit. She started her first book, Apocalypse: Usifrim, in 2009 and finished it December of 2015. She hopes that her readers enjoy it as much as she enjoyed creating it.
The first time I ever thought of truly writing a book, other than small stories for my mom for mother’s day, was when I was in the ninth grade. I wrote over 100 pages on a story. Sadly I quit the story because I was told I would never write a book. Thankfully those people didn’t have the last word.
In 2009, a year after my first son was born I had a crazy dream. When I woke I went about my day like normal. The next night I had the same exact dream. Morning came and I thought that was weird. The third night I had the same dream again. This time when I woke up I thought, “Okay, I get it now.” I wrote the dream down in all its detail. The next night the previous dream continued from where it left off. The next day I wrote the dream down, this continued for a whole week. Each night the dreams continued, and each day I would write them down. At the end of the week I had the epiphany that this is three books in a series called “Apocalypse”. I started writing the first of the three books using the notes I had taken as a map to guide me. I wish I could say I finished quickly and moved on to the second, that would be convenient, but life is hardly ever convenient. During the creation of Apocalypse: Usifrim I went through five computers, two total wipe outs/rewrites from the start, many lost chapters, and many lost corrections. It took me six years to write the first draft, since it has taken another year and a half to edit my book.
I knew the best things are plagued with setbacks, so I pressed on and am happy to announce my book is available for purchase now. Thanks to my horrid experience I am now blessed with advice for future authors. Some of which are; always save your work in various places (I now e-mail to several people, save to three flash drives, two hard drives, and two devices.), when writing the first draft- Just Write- (My favorite position is laying on my tummy with my arms out in front on the keys typing what I see in my head. Yes there are errors galore, but it gets done.), get a great editor (Someone that works with you and does magic with your words.), check your copyright licenses on any images you use- including covers, and don’t listen to the nay-sayers (They will come in swarms and have every reason in the world for you to stop. I let them get to me in the ninth grade, and that was a grave mistake.)
If you find yourself losing steam in your writing, or second guessing writing at all, think about what motivates you. My motivations are easily my family (Kids, husband, parents, siblings, cousins, ect.) and my future. When I think of my future I like to look up pictures (I am very visual). I find pictures of cars, homes, vacations, property, toys for my kids, donations I can give, and anything that I would want for my family or myself. It may sound superficial, but I like to think if I get _____ done, I can have “that” someday.
All it takes is a little inspiration. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Mine comes from dreams. Ever since that first dream that haunted me for three days in 2009, I have come into a habit of writing my dreams down. Now I have many “stories” that came from dreams to choose from in the future.
I am hoping for a great success in my near future with my book Apocalypse: Usifrim. For now I am not counting my chickens, because they haven’t hatched, but I do have high hopes for this book and those that will come after.
One thing I am extremely grateful for was the opportunity to meet one of my favorite authors in the flesh at the SLC ComiCon. Jenni James is not only an amazing author of various best sellers, but she is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. She inspired me greatly with her writing because she had many children in her care, and a husband who was no longer in the picture and she was able to produce a new book every month. Her skills as a writer and charm in person make her someone I attribute much of my success to. I highly recommend her and her books to anyone and everyone.
Claire, an orphan living at the Usifrim Academy, has spent her life preparing to bond her soul to a demon in order to fight for a safer world. She wasn’t prepared for Nero Kelldonis, a strong and sexy demon of the seventh sin, Lust. Claire’s moral foundation is shaken and her long-time crush boils over. All this, coupled with her fragile self-esteem, is wreaking havoc with her mission: save her home from utter destruction.
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