#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Cheryl Brooks

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Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Cheryl Brooks
I’m a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a former critical care nurse who resides in rural Indiana with my husband, my youngest son (the eldest lives in California), one horse, two cats, and one dog. My published works include the Cat Star Chronicles series, the Cat Star Legacy series, the Cowboy Heaven series, the Unlikely Lovers series, and the Soul Survivors trilogy, along with several stand-alone novels, novellas, and short stories. My other interests include cooking, gardening, and keeping 30+ acres of land looking beautiful.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first book is easy because you have free rein to create any kind of world and characters you like. The subsequent books are a little harder because you have to maintain the continuity of the world you’ve created while coming up with new stories and characters.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Different settings help, plus, each character speaks to you in a different way.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t expect it to be easy or lucrative. To be truly successful, you must devote the greater part of your life to writing and marketing, which is tough to do when there are other demands on your time.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Not nearly as much as I used to when I was churning out a 90K book every three months. That pace nearly cost me my sanity. Nowadays, I’m lucky to write two hours a week, sometimes none if I’m busy with other things.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I think Onca in Rebel is my favorite character. Of all the others I’ve included in my books, his character is the one who demanded that I write his story.

What is your definition of success?

To earn enough money with your writing to live comfortably without resorting to a day job would be a major achievement for any writer. Unfortunately, very few writers can reach that goal, much less maintain it. Most of us have to measure our success by the impact our writing has made on our readers. Several readers have told me that my books helped them through some very tough times, which, for me, is the best measure of success.

 What are your social links?

Website http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.brooks.963
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/cherylbrooksauthor/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CherylCatMaster
Blog http://cherylbrooksauthor.blogspot.com/
Email cheryl.brooks52@yahoo.com
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/752898.Cheryl_Brooks
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cheryl-brooks

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

All of my buy links are on my website: http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

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