The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm older than dirt, but I still love a romance! I've been a critical care nurse for more than thirty years and I love horses, cats, dogs, flowers in bloom, sweet, sexy men, and dark chocolate.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I'd like to be Jacinth-aka Jack-my heroine in Slave. She's tough, cool, smart, sexy, and a good pilot.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy romance novels, but Harry Potter helps keep me sane.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Everything. People I meet, people I know. The weather, the smell of flowers, the scent of a man. The way a man smiles, or the way he walks. Eyes. Snatches of conversations. The way the sky looks when it's about to snow.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I sit at my computer, which is at a desk in my bedroom-the shades are always down because I work nights and sleep during the day, so I have very few distractions.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I just keep writing, and sometimes one of the characters says something and the light bulb goes on, or I might take some time off to think. I've found that usually if I leave my brain alone for a while, it'll come up with the solution on its own.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Warrior is the next book in the Cat Star Chronicles series. It's about a witch named Tisana who serves the people of her domain on the planet Utopia as their healer. Her special powers include the ability to start fires with a stare and to communicate telepathically with animals. The hero in the story is Leo, a Zetithian slave who belongs to Tisana's former lover, Rafe. The three of them are on a quest to locate Rafe's children who have been taken hostage. After that, there is Brothers, a story about a timid piano teacher who goes to a planet inhabited by intelligent lizards to teach the daughter of the local queen. The queen is a collector of exotic slaves, and she has two of the Zetithians. If you're into threesomes, you'll like this one!
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Sourcebooks wants a total of six novels in this series, so that will keep me busy for a while. Anything that happens after that will depend on how well this series does in the bookstores!
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
Don't know, but I'd love to retire from nursing to write full-time. Of course, not being there to hear the outrageous things that go on in the lives of other nurses and our patients would rob me of a limitless source of inspiration! As a writer, I'd like to be published in more than one genre.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Cat comes pretty close. I made him as perfect for me as a man can be-even if he's not human!
What do you do for inspiration?
I listen and I watch. Most people around me have no idea just how closely they're being observed. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Not really. I'm writing the kind of book I like to read. I've been encouraged to write some non-erotic novels, but I think I'd have a hard time giving up the sex. I've written several contemporary erotic romances that I'd like to see published at some point. What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I'm writing them now! The idea of a sci-fi romance has always appealed to me. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
The Internet is a wonderful thing! I can research just about anything without even getting out of my chair. I've learned quite a lot that way-researching everything from avocados to hurricanes. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I think they help. It's easier for me knowing when something has to be done, and when I can let it slide for a while.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I've been trying to get published for several years now. My husband wants to retire, and my friends want published copies of the manuscripts they've read. Me, I just want to live in Tuscany. Under the Tuscan Sun was quite an inspiration for me! What would you like to tell your readers?
Enjoy the ride! If I can take you away from your own worries for just a little while, then I've done my job. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Someone once told me not to read other books because they would interfere with my style, and in some ways, I believe that's true. Sometimes they interfere in a negative way, but it can also be very positive, so that was the best and worst advice at the same time. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I usually have an idea and just start writing. I don't like to write a synopsis first because I like to let the story play out on its own. I have one book in the Cat Chronicles series that I have written the synopsis for already, but it's unusual for me to do it that way. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Not exactly. I've written several novels to date, and they have all been read by my friends-mostly nurses and respiratory therapists-and they all have different opinions! What I have learned from this is that it's impossible to please everyone.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Slave is the first to be published by Sourcebooks, but I self-published another erotic paranormal romance called If You Could Read My Mind under the name Samantha R. Michaels. It was published in 2006 by AuthorHouse.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a website? http://cherylbrooksonline.com/
MySpace site? No.
Message Board? No.
Group?http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Discovering_Romance_with_Sourcebooks/ If you'd asked me all of this two weeks ago, I would have said no to everything! I'm doing LOTS of things I've never done before!
Thank you for this opportunity!