So in an awesome “OMG how great is today” kind of way, I got to do a Q & A with my favorite author. (Yep…my favorite author. I like a ton of them, I love a few of them too…..but Cheryl is my favorite every day, all day long). And BTW her answers made me love her more.
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What was the hardest scene/book/character for you to write?
Scene – The hardest scene for me to write was definitely the opening scene in Getting Dirty. I flat out refused for months, ignoring Link as he repeatedly popped into my head, over and over again. It’s dark, and violent, and one of the worst imaginable acts a person can go through. The fact Link is helplessly forced to watch it happen was extremely difficult for me to put to paper. But it’s what makes him the man he is, it’s
a part of him, so I finally allowed him to tell his story through me.
Book -The hardest book for me to write was Let It Be. I took a character who was always happy—he was the one everyone else depended on through the entire Sometimes Never series, he was the backbone of those books—and I made him vulnerable. Though his story is the shortest out of all the SN books, it is by far the heaviest, dealing with depression and suicide. It was also my first time writing a M/M gay romance, and I was terrified I wouldn’t do that book justice. In the end, I think it’s the most honest book I have ever written.
Character – As for the hardest character for me to write—that’s Jensen Payne from HARD, without a doubt. He’s a shameless scopophiliac with a penchant for dominance, not just in the bedroom, but also in his every day life. Additionally, he’s pushy and sexy and heartbreakingly damaged. It took me a while to fully understand the many layers and levels of Jensen, and I created him. Steering my way through his twisted
mind was challenging, but in the end, I think it was worth it.
Which character is most like someone you know in real life?
All of them! I take pieces of people I know and incorporate them into my characters. You will never find unrealistic thoughts, feelings, or actions in my books because of it. Having said that, Hope, from Sometimes Never, is most like two people I know in real life. She is very loosely based on my niece and a friend from high school.
If you could rewrite the ending to any of your books, which one would it be and what would you have done differently?
If I could rewrite the ending to Dark Calling, I would give it a clear and final ending. It was my very first book—a young adult paranormal romance. It was never meant to have a sequel, but because I left the ending so open everyone who read it requested it. (You know, like all 10 people.) 😛
Is there anything that you’re dying to write, but you’re afraid to?
Abso-fucking-lutely! Hahahaha! But the books that scare me the most to write are the ones that end up meaning the most to me.
Is there anything you refuse to write? If so, what is it and why?
That’s a really good question. I feel like I need examples, because I honestly have no idea. I have come across ideas that I go back and forth, debating whether I should write them or not, but I can’t think of anything I’ve ever totally dismissed.
If you could choose to be anything other than a writer, what would it be?
Okay, you ready for this… A full time blogger. I am 100% serious. There are days I wish my only job was to read and review and pimp out my favorite authors, organize blog tours and release day blitzes, and beta read books before release. I occasionally do some of those things for my author friends and I love it. I know bloggers work their asses off for little more than the enjoyment of reading, but if I couldn’t write books, I would love to tell others about them.
What’s your idea of the perfect novel?
My idea of the perfect novel has a strong female lead, great character development, realistic thoughts and reactions, a “real” guy who isn’t over-the-top sweet or cheesy—but isn’t a total asshole, witty humor, no fluff or pointless filler, and a story that is so intensely good I can’t put it down.
What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was English. My favorite elective was Art. And my favorite class was study hall—because I could read.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve gotten an idea for a story?
Open House at my thirteen-year-old son’s school. There was this guy who looked to be college age there. He was taking his little brother around to meet his teachers. I have no idea what their story was. I don’t know where the parents were. But this guy kept turning heads and he was absolutely oblivious to it. His full focus was on his brother. It was sweet and it gave me a great idea for a story line. In this kind of situation, I would just pull up my notes app on my phone and type away, but we were in line to see a teacher, and I didn’t want anyone to see me typing this out and think I was insane. As soon as we got in the car, I just sat there, putting it all down in my notes.
What are your three “desert island” books?.
Three??? Um…I guess any three of the following: Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick, Lick by Kylie Scott, Wait for You by Jennifer Armentrout (J. Lynn), Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Art & Soul by Brittainy Cherry, Adrenaline Crush by Sunniva Dee, The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan, Kyland by Mia Sheridan… I could keep going…
Answering with only characters from your books (and give us a reason)
1) Which character would you have liked to date
Park Reed from Before Now, because he’s frigging hot, and intense, and passionate as hell.
2) Which character would you have married
Mason from Sometimes Never. He’s fiercely loyal, relentless when it comes to something—or someone—he wants, witty and sarcastic, and most importantly, he has great taste in movies and music.
3) Who would have been your best friend
Hm… That’s a hard one to answer. I want to be friends with all of them. Either Chase from Long After, or Roh from Always Forever. Both are sweet, fun, and easy going. And they’re smartass comments would keep me entertained.
4) Who would your personality have clashed with
Probably Annie from Sometimes Never and Long After or Jensen from HARD. They’re both control freaks and I don’t like being told what to do!
How awesome were Cheryl’s answers? The only thing I can say is if you haven’t read any of her books….do yourself a giant favor and get yourself one. You will thank me later. And Cheryl, I can not thank you enough for taking time to do this !! As always…you are the best in all ways. ???