Blogoversary Day 21: Cherie Denis

Jen: We are so pleased to continue our blogoversary with a visit from Cherie Denis. Cherie, will you please share a short bio with us?

Cherie: It’s hard for me to keep things short, but I’ll try. I was born in Pasadena, CA and lived in Rosemead, CA. When I was 13 we moved to Spokane, WA. I met my husband when we were seniors in high school. We married at 19, first child born when we were 22. We moved to So. Milwaukee, WI and lived there for 30 long, miserable, cold winters. Raised and married off our two daughters. Once they were settled in their own lives, my husband and I moved to Nashville. My mom moved in with us after my father passed away. The three of us have lived together for 13 years. It’s not always easy. When we moved to Nashville I got a full-time job at one of the largest insurance companies in the world and worked there 12 years. I retired last July and now I write full time. My husband sells real estate, renovates and resells houses. Our oldest daughter and her family fell in love with Nashville and have lived about five miles from us for 12 years.

Jen: Tell us about The Golden Find and where is can be purchased.
Cherie: The Golden Find is about twin brothers on an archeological dig. The brothers are identical in every aspect except their male attributes. One twin got almost everything and the other almost nothing. During the dig they find a golden phallus which has magic powers that both brother’s benefit from.

The Golden Find can be purchased from Secret Cravings Publishing, All Romance Ebooks, Amazon, and Coffee Time Romance.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Cherie: I always enjoyed Literature in school. I started getting A’s on my term papers, but never realized that would be considered writing. I started writing seriously in 2004. I joined a writers group and they gave me help and encouragement. In early 2009 one of the younger women, Missy Lyons asked me to co-author a manuscript. We worked well together and had the story written in less than 4 months. Sent it in to Siren and they took it right away. Cowboy’s Don’t Dance is still selling well after two years.

Missy and I write about two books a year together.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Cherie: No, I’m the only one. Unless you consider emails writing. If so, my sister-in-law, Donna and my niece, Therese, are champions at writing them. Bless them, they are two of my biggest fans. When I flag, my husband, Donna and Therese are there to encourage me to go on and finish what I’m working on.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Cherie: I’m what’s known as a pantser. I get an idea and the story seems to flow from my mind to my fingers. My ideas come from anywhere and everywhere: Words in a song, someone talking, a silly joke, billboards, you name it.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Cherie: My biggest motivation isn’t money (surprise !!) I write for pleasure and the money is a lovely gift every quarter. I know how the story is going to start, how the middle will be and how it will end. It’s like reading a book. You can’t wait to get to the end to see if it comes out like you thought it would. What keeps me going is the feeling of accomplishment I get when I write ‘The End’. Then there is the excitement of the next book to look forward to.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Cherie: Most of what I write is considered erotic romance with a HEA ending. I swore I wouldn’t write vampire or murder mysteries and yet, recently I’ve written both. The murder mystery was hard because I wasn’t sure who the killer was until the last chapter. I probably will avoid werewolves, space fantasies and Steampunk. Although, I will admit Steampunk fascinates me. I love the clothes and jewelry, but am positive I couldn’t write one because of the machinery and intricacies of the genre.

Jen: How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Have you ever written yourself into a story?

Cherie: Very little of my life gets written into my stories. I did write one full length manuscript that began with my story as a teenager, but I changed the ending to be what it could have been and not what it turned out to be in real life. I haven’t sent it out to any publishers yet and I may never, but it made me feel good to get rid of some old hurts.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Cherie: No special character that I identify with. I do like a strong, funny heroine. Right at the moment I’m reading a Jayne Ann Krentz: Wildest Hearts written in 1993. I love her heroine, Annie Lyncroft. She’s witty, wily, and has her husband of convenience, Oliver, wrapped around her little finger. I’d love to be like her.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Cherie: I belong to the Music City Romance Writer’s group in Nashville. There is a high percentage of published author’s in our group and every one of them has been an inspiration, not to mention a lot of help.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Cherie: When I got the news my face grew hot, I rushed to tell my husband and my mom. By the time I told them, I was giggling like a kid. I did the happy dance for several days afterward. I emailed every friend I could think of and even handed out book marks to my bosses (they were not impressed).

Jen: What’s next for you?

Cherie: I have four manuscripts I’m working on at this time. I’m hoping to get them finished and sent out before the end of summer. I’m looking forward to the Lori Foster Conference in June and after the conference we will head to Milwaukee, WI to visit our youngest daughter and ten year old grandson. We haven’t seen them for 8 months.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Cherie: On the web I’m at www.cheriedenis.net

If you get a chance to read any of my books I’d love to hear how you felt about it; the good, the bad and the ugly. You can put a note on Facebook, twitter or email me at cheriedenis@gmail.com.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Cherie: I often wonder what they want to read. Are they happy with what is available? Do they read my books? Is there something I should be doing differently?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a handmade bracelet, book thong, chocolates and a CD of my murder mystery Help Me which was be released in mid June.
  • The contest is open to US residents, due to shipping costs.
  • You must answer the following question:  What is the name of the hero of All The Time? (hint: can be found here)  And then answer any of Cherie’s questions above these contest details.
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, July 27.

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