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

Cave of Whispers (Coming early 2024)

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.

JL Henker Author

Besides creating fantasy worlds, I evaluate estates for people who have inherited libraries from a family member. I sort out the collectible titles, advise on what to donate and sell/auction 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 northern California with my partner Diane. We especially love Point Reyes National Seashore. I’m a cat mom to an opinionated ginger named Leo.


Women Fantasy Authors YouTube Channel

Join me for interviews with women fantasy authors (both indie and small press). Give the channel a follow and you’ll receive notification of newly posted interviews. Come and discover your new favorite indie author.

Written with Pride: Stories by Queer Authors (Not A Pipe Publishing, 2023)

My sci-fi short story ‘You’re Really Going to Cook That?’ was selected for inclusion. Please pick up a copy and enjoy a light-hearted look at the relations between a human geologist and quirky alien crew. Disagreements on culinary tastes and kitchen chaos ensue (along with a dash of romance).

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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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Leo the Magnificient

Author & Cat Servant