Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Debut Author Cheryl Wyatt - Free Book

I am really excited to introduce you to my friend Cheryl Wyatt. She's one of the authors who sold her first book after being in a critique group with me. I know I had just a small part in helping her become published, but I'm glad I was able to be that part. Her book is wonderful. You can read a review of the book on my website later today.

Hi, Cheryl, welcome to my blog. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

Not very much. I like to write about people more interesting than myself. LOL! Although there are things that crop up in my stories resembling things in my life. For instance, Amber (heroine in book 1 USAF PJ series) HATES, and I mean HATES those “Forward this to ninety of your friends in the next five seconds or your computer monitor will explode” kind of emails. I definitely resemble that remark because I growl over those “bad luck” forwards.

And I have called God, “Dude!” on occasion early in my Christianity like Nolan (PJ from another book.) So okay, yeah, and I’m sure my dad will definitely recognize the scene in my first book when Amber crashes her sports car into a house because she backed it into a ditch, then left it in Drive then got out of the car…which idled out of the ditch and almost ran her over. Blush. I can’t believe I’m admitting this in public. LOL!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Um, well, I’ll just tell you it had to do with a pinball machine and a bouncer at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis. Oh man. Okay nevermind. I’m kidding. Let’s tell something I’ve done AFTER I was a Christian.

Okay, quirkiest thing for real…it’s a toss up between these two things:

I accidentally crashed my motercycle into a newly dug septic tank hole. Eight feet down. The second quirkiest thing was I let my not-so-tame pony (yes, a real live horse) INTO the house one day. Well, it was hailing really hard, and I promise you that horse opened the chain link fence gate with his nose, came up the steps, stood on the landing and KNOCKED with his hoof to get in. (my mother has pictures) Okay well then after he was in he wanted back OUT of the house and NOW, only he couldn’t find the door. Very dangerous. Don’t try that at home.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

When I discovered that it wasn’t normal to have Webster’s Dictionary be your favorite book. About the same time I received my first rejection from Highlights Magazine in third grade.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

Seriously ANYTHING WITH WORDS. I prefer romance and action-adventure type suspense. I read as much secular as I do Christian. I also love Max Lucado’s non-fiction. I will read just about anything I can get my hands on, even brochures for balding men if that’s the only thing close to me with words on it. I don’t read horror because I wake my house up screaming at two am with nightmares. For that same reason my husband has banned me from writing suspense scenes after midnight. I creep myself out. One night when he was working night shift, I abandoned my post at the kitchen table where I was plunged in the depths of a stalker scene. I heard someone on my roof and evacuated my children to the neighbor’s porch…only to find out after the cops showed up to investigate “the prowler” that it was only my sweetgum tree spitting those wretched balls at my house during a particularly windy night.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?

I’ve written an embarrassing fifteen or more books. Do you want titles? LOL! I have had six or seven of my as yet to be pubbed novels consistently place in ten or twelve contests though.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I used to NEED quiet, but now I think I thrive on chaos. There is chaos in every corner of my house. But for sanity’s sake, I do have the most wonderful mother’s helper (waving to Aimee) who comes in and keeps my munchkins entertained so I can recharge with a worship CD and “plug in” to God, Joel Montgomery (hero, book 1 USAF PJ series) would say. I need time to myself, and if I get that one day a week for an hour or two, I’m usually good to go.

How do you choose your characters’ names?

I pray and ask God for them. I try to find names that do not resemble anyone I know or have ever known. I’m really picky about that for some reason. I like names with meaning.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Become a mother. My children are the best thing I ever did. :-)

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

A jaguar or cougar or some kind of lethal cat that can move at a high rate of speed. Why? Because claws come in handy ever so often.

What is your favorite food?

It’s a toss up between ribeye steak and grilled chicken Caesar salad. YUM! You’re making me hungry.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Okay now this is an easy one. The two things I struggle with is writing characters who have a background of a dysfunctional family, or parents who didn’t care for them or weren’t there for them. Mine were. I never ever doubted my parents love and support. So writing characters who aren’t as fortunate as me is HARD. The other thing is finding time to write because my children are little and require lots of attention. How I overcome it is making sure I put God first then my husband and children always, always before my writing. Matthew 6:33 it I guess. I left one profession (Registered Nurse in OB) to stay home with them, and I know I’ll never get this time back with them. Seems like when I set quality time aside for them, my writing flows better, faster.

What would you like to tell us about the featured book?

It was a joy to write. It was a dream come true to sell a book. Something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl. Even before I knew God. He put that sense of destiny in me even when I took no thought of Him. The book has undertones of this sort of wonder, where you realize just how well He knows us and what we need. Even better than we know ourselves. It’s comforting, and I hope when people hold the book, they realize they’re holding a dream that God inspired more than thirty years ago. A dream that God brought to fruition. The book has a little boy with a wish, which I consider the same realm as dreams, things we want. So it was my way of saying to God that I understand this gift is from Him. If I can have even one reader look at my characters and think, “I wonder if God would respond to me the same way He did her character, with the same mercy, grave, love, etc.” Then all the hard work to reach this dream has been worth it.

THANKS SO MUCH LENA!!!!! I’m SURE I exceeded my word count with this, but what a FUN interview!!!!!

What word count? We don't go there in these interviews. You only have to do word count for editors.

Readers, you'll want to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of A Soldier's Promise. You'll love reading it. And check out her web site:

And you'll want to check out the other interviews where the books haven't been given away. Leave a comment for a chance to win them.

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You should also check back in the archives. I've interviewed a lot of cool authors.


lilac grandma said...

Thanks for the interview with Cheryl.
She is such an encourager. Would love to read her new book. Melody msproule1225@gmaildotcom

Cherie J said...

I have been wanting to read this book. It sounds great! Starting off with a great book for 2008!

Carolynn said...

Thanks for the great interview!
I would love to read this book!
carolynnwald at hotmail dot com

dodo said...

Great interview! I would love to read this book.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great!
i'd love to be entered!

Donna said...

I love hearing about another new author in Christian Fiction. I cna't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great interview with Cheryl. Book sounds great.Please enter me for a chance to win a copy of A Soldier's Promise. Thank you.

windycindy said...

What a super interview. Authors have such different perspectives on life and writing! Thanks very much, Cindi

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great read!

I blogged you too

Anonymous said...

Sounds great!

aztekh at

Anita Mae Draper said...

Cheryl, I can so relate to you about the horror films and suspense books. I am the same way. I can't watch a show or read anything 'scary' before I go to bed or I have horrible nightmares. My #1 dd who is not a Christian says it's just make-believe. I KNOW it's make-believe because I am an extra for film/TV and am involved in the process. But, I also know there are supernatural powers at work in the world and anything is possible.
Okay, I'm scaring myself. I'm going to go see if the new eharl site is up and running before I go to bed. Please enter me in the draw for Cheryl's book. Thanks.

Hannah said...

great interview! i would love to win a copy of cheryl's book! please enter me. hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Cheryl's book. I really appreciate Christian writers and try to share their books with others.

njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

Pammer said...

Wonderful interview. You don't have to sign me up for a free book, though. I already have two. :) It's a great book.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

WOW! Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by. I appreciate your interest in my book.

thanks so much for hosting me.


Cheryl Wyatt

Janna said...

This is a great interview - please enter me!


Anonymous said...

I love to read books from new authors.
carkelley [at] hotmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Nice interview. Story looks like one I would love to read. Romance.

bison61 said...

I'd love to read this book

Patty said...

Great interview with Cheryl. I love to hear more about authors. Please sign me up for her book.

pleblanc_1 at charter dot net

Anonymous said...

Great interview!

I really enjoy your blog for the interviews that you do with the authors. Lots of great information.

blogged ya:

Pamela J said...

Please don't enter me because I HAVE to say, I already have my copy and am loving the book. I got to read more than two chapters and already I have cried twice. (my way of judging whether it is a good book or not) Such wonderful, touching scenes. I have a hard time waiting to read more when my schedule doesn't allow but eagerly anticipate sitting down soon for more.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thanks everyone for your interest in my book. Thanks also to Lena for hosting me.

If you don't happen to win a copy of the book from here, visit the other stops on my tour...others are giving away a book too so there will be more than 40 chances to win a free, autographed copy along my blog tour. Some people are posting a day early or late, but the list of links are there so you can peruse at your convenience. Just copy and paste the below link into your browser to see a list.


Cheryl Wyatt

Jeanie Smith Cash said...

Great interview Lena, Cheryl I knew you could do it, congratulations, I look forward to reading your book,

Hugs & Blessings,
Love, Jeanie

Anonymous said...

Count me in. BTW, I blogged about it here.


Krissy said...

I would love to read this new book. Please enter me. Thanks!


Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thanks for your kind words and interest, everyone!

Hey Jeanie! Jeanie and Lena and Pammer were in a critique group together. It's like a crit group 9 family reunion!!! How fun!

Hugs all!


cathikin said...

Really enjoyed the interview. I have been readding Cheryl's blogs for a while now, adn I am so excited about her book being published!

tetewa said...

Sounds like a great new book!

Unknown said...

Please include me in the drawing. forest_rose[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sonya said...

I'd love to read the book so count me in!