Multi-published author, Cheryl Wright, former secretary, debt collector, account manager, writing instructor, and shopping tour hostess, loves reading. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional comedy.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is married with two adult children and has six grandchildren. When she’s not writing, she can be found in her craft room making greeting cards.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I think I knew from about the age of nine that I would be a writer of some sort. That’s when I began to write poetry and short stories. Gradually the stories overtook poetry, and short stories became my favourite thing to do.
What can readers expect when they read your book(s)?
I like to think I write stories that are out of the norm. Whenever possible, I try to surprise my reader by sending my characters off in a whole new direction, and making the storyline unexpected.
How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
Sometimes it is with great difficulty. I’ve been bringing up three grandchildren for ten years, and as much as they are used to my writing deadlines and need for relative quiet, it can often be an issue.
I have a rule – if there’s no blood or fire involved, it’s not urgent enough to disturb my writing!
Seriously though, they’re all old enough to be able to leave me alone for awhile, but mostly I write while they’re at school.
Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
There is no such thing as a typical writing day. My aim is always to write first thing in the morning after I’ve recovered from the morning school rush (making lunches, organising kids, etc), and to write for at least an hour or two. I like to write a section, then edit that section, read it over, then write again. Rinse and repeat.
Afternoons tend to be dedicated to my hobby of making greeting cards, except when I’m on deadline. Of course that doesn’t happen every day.
Describe your writing space
Cluttered! But in a good way. I have recently moved my laptop into my craftroom. I’m now surrounded by all the things I love – craft supplies, and cards I’ve made. I have a picture of my latest cover (the one for the book I’m working on right now) as an incentive to plant my butt on the chair and get those fingers tapping!
The only problem with this story is that I am often tempted to just make cards instead of writing. I am trying to be good!!
What you are most passionate about outside of writing?
Making cards. I adore making greeting cards, I find it incredibly relaxing. I started off making just a few here and there, and only for friends and family. Over the years that has turned into a major passion, and now I make and donate them for three community groups as well. (An oncology ward, an opportunity shop that sells them to fund their foodbank, and I’ve just started making cards for Australian troops overseas.)
I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I love to read romantic suspense more than anything else, and that’s my main genre. Although I love contemporary romance, I find that with romantic suspense there’s more challenge for me as a writer. My characters are more challenged, and I enjoy presenting my readers with lots of twists and turns.
Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
More often than not, the characters present themselves to me. Sometimes though, it’s a scene. Perhaps only a small part of scene, or even a tiny glimpse, but more often than not, it’s enough to spark my interest.
How do you go about developing your characters?
In the beginning I’ll have just a faint idea of what my characters will be like. I usually jot down a few basic traits and expand on those. I have work-up sheets that I developed myself, and that gives me more insight into my characters, but I also often interview them.
I have been known to spend an entire month just developing characters!
Out of all the characters that you’ve written, who is your favorite and why?
Gary Bedford – undercover cop in Running Scared – would have to be my most favourite character to date.
When it comes to his job, he’s the best there is, but when it comes to Emma and her daugher Sally, he’s a big softie.
My latest book is still a work in progress, and is another romantic suspense. As with most of my romantic suspense stories, it’s a ‘woman in jeopardy’ story. In this case, the main character has witnessed a murder and is on the run from the killer.
Where can readers find more information on you?
My website: www.cheryl-wright.com
I do have a newsletter, but I’m sooooooo bad at sending it out! (Sign up on my blog!)
Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
My romantic suspense novel is Running Scared, and can be found on Amazon:
A Winter Sabbatical is my contemporary romance novella and is also on Amazon:
My next novel should be available in a few months. You’ll be able to find all my books listed at my publisher’s site: http://bookswelove.net/wright.php
I would like to thank Cheryl for visiting my blog and I look forward to her new book.