Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hi, I’m Maria T. Henriksen, a debut author and I am super excited to launch my first novel. Not Again is a young adult edgy Christian romance novel that follows the spiritual journey of a young teenage girl during the 1980s. There are real romance, actual scripture and lots of heartaches as well as humor.
I started reading young adult novels when I began to substitute teach because it was convenient to check out books at the school library. Before I knew it, I was hooked on reading that genre. I decided to combine elements that I like to read like romance and make it faith-based with a literary flair. As a teacher, I can’t resist an opportunity for a teaching lesson as demonstrated by the various themes in the novel.
Being a substitute teacher and parent of boy/girl teenagers causes me to be immersed in the daily struggles of teens. Life is messy and teenagers have their own challenges in navigating life. Not Again speaks to those struggles in a meaningful way.
During the revisions of my novel, I experienced a tremendous amount of physical pain and stress due to major injuries and neck surgery. As a result, I found it necessary to employ coping mechanisms to get me through that difficult season of my life. In turn, I incorporated those same techniques in my novel. My hope is that my book will transform lives by it’s inspirational message, and not just the lives of teens, but adults as well.