In Praise of Night Owls by Cheryl Brooks
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In Praise of Night Owls by Cheryl Brooks
It’s always a pleasure to visit Night Owl Romance, and believe me, as a night nurse for more than thirty years, I can relate to those nocturnal birdies. We’re the kind who stay up half the night because a book has grabbed our attention and won’t let us sleep. We’re the kind who get hungry, raid the refrigerator and then, of course, don’t want to go to sleep on a full stomach—that sort of thing adds pounds, and nobody wants pounds!—so we stay up even longer and keep reading. Somewhere in the night, our eyelids get heavy and we drift off, only to wake ourselves up when the book slips out of our hands, landing in our laps, or, as sometimes happens, hitting us in the face. I never stop reading on that first eye closure; I always wait until the second before finally putting the book aside and calling it a night.
Generally speaking, I’m up fairly late even on my nights off, but they have to pay me to keep my eyes open all night long. My son, on the other hand, is a night owl unlike any I’ve ever seen. When he’s home from college, no one makes him stay up all night playing video games, watching TV, and surfing the internet; he does it by choice. Every now and then he tries to readjust his internal clock, but then one of his friends comes over to spend the night and since they generally don’t conk out until after I get home from the hospital at about 8 AM, the cycle continues. He says he always manages to get to class on time when he’s at school, but, as one who has had to drag him out of bed to mow the lawn before dark, how he how he does it is a mystery. I can usually get him up for dinner, but only if I’m cooking something he likes.
My son’s nocturnal habits may drive me crazy, but as an author, I love night owls. It warms the cockles of my heart to hear that one of my books has kept someone awake turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. To tell an author “I couldn’t put it down!” is high praise indeed. It makes me wonder just how many lost hours of sleep authors like Nora Roberts, Stephen King, and JK Rowling are responsible for—I’m guessing millions—but since there’s no way to document those hours, that, too, will remain a mystery.
I’ve been burning the midnight oil writing guest blogs to promote my current release, The Cat Star Chronicles: Hero—this is the ninth blog of fourteen—and my eyes are getting fuzzy, my feet are swollen, my brain is as sluggish as chocolate pudding, and my chair is getting very hard, indeed. But I wouldn’t miss this for anything. Having the opportunity to share my stories with readers from all over the world is near the top of the list of the best things that have ever happened to me. So if I get bleary-eyed from writing, editing, or blogging, I remind myself that out there somewhere, I’m making someone else lose a little sleep.
And that makes me smile.
HERO BY CHERYL BROOKS – IN STORES AUGUST 2010
The Cat Star Chronicles #6
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About the Author
Cheryl Brooks is an Intensive Care Unit nurse by night and a romance writer by day. Previous books in The Cat Star Chronicles series include Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast and Fugitive. She is a member of the RWA and lives with her husband and sons in Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/.