Author Interview with Cheryl Brooks (and a contest)

author-photo1-2the book girl is happy to have had the chance to interview author Cheryl Brooks. Ms. Brooks is the author of the Cat Star Chronicles books, including Outcast. I hope that you enjoy the interview and will check out Ms. Brooks books!

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  1. What inspires you to write?

I’ve been asked that many times, but I still can’t answer it with anything specific. I’ve always had an active imagination and had a tendency to fantasize even when I was a kid, the only difference is that now, I’m writing them down, they’re being edited and revised, and people are paying money to read them. The trigger for those fantasies could be anything: a line in a song, a snatch of conversation, a man who just happens to walk by, or a man who is simply very good at what he does, be it slaying dragons or making sandwiches.

2.  What’s coming out next?

Outcast is coming in June, with Fugitive in October and Hero next spring. I have signed for two more books after that, but I don’t know if they’ll be a continuation of The Cat Star Chronicles or if they’ll be something completely different.

3.  What have you been working on?

Until a couple of weeks ago, it was Fugitive. Now I’m trying to get back into writing Hero, but finding the time is difficult during promotional periods such as this. Hopefully, I’ll get back to it soon!

4.  What do you look for in a story?

A heroine who can use her own head, adventure, excitement, humor, steamy sex, and a really sweet hero.

5.  How many Cat Star Chronicles books do you have planned?

Right now, there are only six planned. However, my editor wants me to leave book six open-ended enough to write a seventh if ther’s enough of a demand for it.

6.  If you could be a character from one of your books – who would you be and why?

I’d be Tisana in Warrior. I like the idea of communicating with animals, and her other powers would be very useful, too. I’m also interested in herbal remedies, which was another of her specialties. Actually, all of my heroines have had talents that I admire. Jacinth in Slave was a tough space trader, Kyra in Rogue was a classical pianist, Bonnie in Outcast was a farmer (which I can relate to a times!) and Drusilla in Fugitive is a wildlife painter.

7.  What is your writing schedule like?

LOL! I have no set schedule, and I certainly don’t get out much! I cram the writing in between working full-time as a critical care nurse, taking care of my husband, sons, horses, cats, house, yeard, and barn – and I rarely watch TV.

8.  Who is your favorite romance writer?

Georgette Heyer. I love her voice and her humorous characters and the fact that even though they were usually very rich men, her heroes weren’t stuffy and arrogant.

9.  What advice would you give to someone would like to pursue writing as a career?

Have fun with the writing, but realize that publishing is a business, and a very competitive one. Know that you will be rejected many times before you sell a book. (At one point, I came to the conclusion that another author had to either die or stop writing before another could take their place!) Also realize that even if you do sell a book, you will not become a bestselling author overnight. If you have another job that pays well, don’t give it up because you will not earn enough money to retire anytime soon. Practice your writing, read lots of books, learn what is selling and how to sell it. The business end is the hardest part.

10.  Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

I have a website: cherylbrooksonline.com that I update as often as I can. I try to post something on my personal blog every day, but that’s getting harder and harder to do. I will caution readers that my blog (the address is listed below) is NOT for the faint of heart. The warning page is there for a reason, and for goodness sake don’t open it at work or with your ten-year-old looking over your shoulder!

11.  I love reading and looking at all the eye candy on your blog @ http://cherylbrookserotic.blogspot.com. What do you look for in a man (both physically and personality wise)?

I choose the eye candy for my blog the same way I pick horses at the racetrack. I took them all over and bet on the one that makes me go, “Oooo!” Personality is easier to describe. I like men who aren’t too impressed with themselves and don’t feel the need to talk my ear off to prove how smart or clever or important they are. I prefer the quieter type with a good sense of humor.

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to answer my questions!

And than you for having me as a guest on The Book Girl!

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