How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been a writer ever since I can remember. When I was very young, my mother caught me scribbling underneath the lines in a Dr. Seuss book and when she asked me what I was doing, I told her I was writing the story. Apparently I thought Dr. Seuss needed my help. I have always had the desire to create stories.
Why do you feel compelled to create stories?
I love creating the worlds, characters and stories that populate my mind on a daily basis. And it’s the only way to turn off the voices I hear. Yes, I hear voices—my characters’ voices. Sometimes they’re impatient with me because it’s not the right time to write or I have other priorities. But once I am buried in creating a novel, everyone is happy. Especially me. It’s the only way to shut them up!
What book are you most proud of?
That’s a hard one; it’s like asking a parent of 12 kids which child they’re most proud of. My “heart book” is WHALE SONG, and that’s because it has changed people’s lives for the better, something I never really expected. It has saved relationships and lives. CHILDREN OF THE FOG and SUBMERGED are probably my best works to date and both deal with fears that I have had—the fear of a child being abducted and the fear of being trapped in a submerged vehicle. The one title I am proud of because of outstanding sales is CHILDREN OF THE FOG. It is my #1 bestseller and has sold over 60,000 copies.
What do you credit as being the main factors in “learning” how to write something that sells?
I wrote short stories while in school and sometimes they were critiqued by my teachers. This taught me many of the basics. I also studied other great writers in my genre, like King and Koontz. I really absorbed how they put their sentences together, how they created tension, how they paced themselves. I took a journalism and short story writing course in my early 20s and graduated with Highest Honors and a 98% overall score. I joined various critique/writers’ groups over the years, read books on writing, editing, and more.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself as even more successful, with more foreign rights and audio deals. I feel there’s at least one movie in my future, maybe more, and that could happen within 5 years. And I see myself having made the New York Times bestsellers list at least once! I know…I have lofty goals.
From August 12-18, you are going to attempt to achieve one of these goals. Tell us about it.
August 12th is my 50th birthday, and I’m going to be GIVING AWAY gifts during a special multi-author promotion, in hopes of making the USA Today or New York Times bestsellers lists. I am one of 8 authors who form the Power Authors, and all of our books will be on sale for one week in August & September.
My week is Aug. 12-18, and everyone who purchases a Kindle ebook of my bestselling supernatural thriller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG, or gifts it to someone, could help me achieve my dream. The more copies that are sold from Aug. 12-18, the better chance I’ll have of making it.
How do we buy or gift a copy?
Any other links or info you’d like to share?
Cheryl’s website: http://www.cherylktardif.com
Official blog: http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com
And don’t forget my contest!! I’m giving away LOTS of awesome prizes—including a Kindle Fire HD!