But it is one thing to read about dragons, and another to meet them.

Ursula K. Le Guin – A Wizard of Earthsea

About Me:

Writer, blogger, lover of fantasy creatures, especially dragons. Currently revising/editing a high fantasy novel (Cave of Whispers), querying Fantasy/Sci-Fi short stories and collecting vintage cookbook for a retro cookbook project. My career has included book seller, used/rare book buyer and bookstore manager. Certified book geek.

Besides creating fantasy worlds, I evaluate estates for people who have inherited libraries. I sort out the collectible titles, advise on what to donate and sell those books they don’t want to keep.

When not buried in books and editing, I spend time with my family (my granddaughter is a special joy) and hike various parks in beautiful Sonoma County, California with my partner Diane.


JL Henker Author


Not a Pipe Publishing Stories (Within) Flash Fiction Contest (July 2022) – 2nd Place

Read Winning Entries

Open Your Mouth – A Benefit Anthology

Listen to my interview at the Launch Party,
April 22, 2022.

Proud to have my speculative fiction short story ‘Corporate Baby’ selected for Open Your Mouth, a benefit anthology to support the National Women’s Law Center.

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The Land is called Dragonswold, but the dragons are all dead…or are they? A young woman holds the key to resurrecting their legendary power. The shadows are filled with others who would do anything to claim the magic for themselves.

J.L. Henker, Cave of Whispers (Coming 2023)