By Ashanti “Accel” Henderson, Contributing Writer

IMG_3991Author Coco Nichole, known by her family as Courtney Henfield and by her sorority sisters as Equinox, recently published her debut novel “Sun Kissed,” thus achieving one of her major goals of becoming a published writer at the age of 23.

Henfield is a Southern Girl born in Florida, raised and educated in Georgia, and currently residing in North Carolina. She became a member of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.’s Alpha Chapter at the University of Georgia in fall 2011, where she majored in English education.

She began writing in her preteen years, but says she has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.

Before she could write, she would make picture books and narrate the storyline. At first, writing was just something she did for fun.

“At about age 15, I started writing books with the intention of publishing them in the future,” Henfield said.

What initiated this turning point in her ambitions was her involvement in her high school literary magazine.

“I realized I was good,” Henfield said.

This was the inception of her “Sun Kissed” journey.

She carried her passion for fantasy and speculative fiction with her to initially become a literature major and subsequently an English teacher in the Greene County school system after graduation, although she continued to write creatively.

With a penchant for following her passions, the bride-to-be moved to North Carolina with her fiance after he was accepted into a graduate program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

There, she focuses on her craft of writing but is still involved in education as a substitute teacher and online tutor.

When Henfield is not writing, she enjoys cooking for her fiance, spending time with her beloved dog Coconut and curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea.

Learn more about Henfield as an author in the video interview below: