9 April 2010

Getting to know you Thursday with Cheryl Wyatt

Please join me in welcoming Cheryl Wyatt to my blog today. Cheryl became one of my favourite authors after reading her first book and she mentions cricket in it. I am a cricket fanatic and when Cheryl mentioned cricket in her book and then finding out an american also likes cricket gave us a connection! When she comes to Australia we are going to watch cricket together!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Here's my bio:
Born Valentine’s Day on a naval base, award-winning author Cheryl Wyatt writes military and rescue romance. Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin's Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, lists including NYT Bestsellers. www.CherylWyatt.com www.seekerville.blogspot.com
Let's see if I can tell you random things you might not already know:
--I drag raced in High School and some in college.
--I am an organ & tissue donor recipient (bone)
--I am an avid practical joker
--I love to laugh more than almost anything
--I am extremely shy and so being an author is difficult because it pulls me out of my cubby of obscurity. I want only to be known as Cheryl-who-love-Jesus and I want my work to make Him more known and me less
--My main gift (even above writing) is praying for others

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
I LOVED the dictionary. I'm serious. I would read it for hours and hours. I was a total nerd that way. LOL! I also loved Aesops Fables but The Littles were my absolute favorite. 

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
Definitely Inspirational action romance.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
I didn't read Christian fiction until well into adulthood but the first Christian fiction book I recall reading was a historical by Robin Lee Hatcher. I will never get rid of that book. I also loved Dee Henderson's stuff and she's a fabulous, giving person in addition to being a top notch author. There are so many authors I could list here but those were the two that come to mind. 

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have always wanted to write books. My mom still has a contruction paper book I wrote and illustrated with crayons...so since about age five or so. 

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
Write, write, write. LOL! And read, read, read. The best thing I did to progress my craft was to join www.acfw.com American Christian Fiction Writers. I also learned a ton from my editor-mentor, Dave Fessenden, through Jerry Jenkin's Christian Writers Guild. I learned by reading a TON and by writing and writing and writing.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
An editor or someone who reads books for a living. I can't stand the thought of not being a writer. LOL!  (Jenny here I would love to get paid to read or lately paid to promote new books for a publishing company)

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I love to get together with friends and family for game nights. I love to spend time with my family. I love to host prayer at my home and I love to worship God alone or with others. I love to swim and I love to do, see or hear anything that makes me laugh.  (Jenny again Oh I love games nights but don't get to play often)

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Australia. I had a pen pal from Australia since I was in grade school and I've always dreamed of going. 

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Mom, Dad, Sister because we don't get together as a family near enough.

11. Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will

be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
My last book released in January of this year and is called A Soldier's Devotion. It should still be available online. I have a June release that is up for preorder now titled Steadfast Soldier. It's part of the Wings of Refuge series and is Chance's story.
I'm active on Facebook and Twitter and readers can find me online at www.cherylwyatt.com. There's a link to my blog there too. Other blogs I participate in are www.seekerville.blogspot.comand www.loveinspiredauthors.blogspot.com
Thank you SO much for hosting me on your blog. I AM going to come to Australia some day and go to a Cricket game with you.


Lynette Eason said...

Hey Cheryl, nice to "see" you again. I was thinking about you today and wondering when your next book was coming out. Then up pops this email from Jenny saying you were on her blog! Can't wait to read this one!


Carla Gade said...

Great interview! It was so nice getting to know Cheryl better!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thank you, Lynette!

I saw photos of the writing retreat we went on and I laughed for several moments at some of the memories and photos. Wish we were back there. I'm so proud of you and your recent accomplishments! Excellent job.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

Carla, you are so sweet! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

Jenny, thank you SO much for having me on your blog. Just the other day, I was just looking at the cricket duck you sent me from Australia and thinking about how thankful I am for you.

I keep the duck on my writing desk. He watches me write. :-)

Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness! I can totally see you as a PR person at a pub company. You would be a wonderful asset to any team. I hope someone scoops you up for that!


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