Sunday, January 3, 2016
Auhtor Interview with Cheryl Colwell:Courageous Jack
A: I think writers are writers. Out of necessity to solidify our brand, we tend to focus on a specific genre. Yet, we write blogs, I write out my devotional thoughts to God, and I have adorable grandchildren I have begun to write for. Jack is my oldest grandson and I told him I would write a story for him. Thus, we have "Courageous Jack." Next is my granddaughter, who is the inspiration for "Unstoppable Penelope Jane." They are taking on the flavor of good character traits, so I decided to brand the series, The Noble Character-Building Series. It just happened organically.
Q: What inspired you to write?
A: I've always had the gift of creativity, but focused on art. In 2007, I thought of a story idea and wrote 117,000 words in four months. It was the most thrilling thing I had done, but then I needed to learn the craft of writing, which is an ongoing study.
Q: Favorite Bible verse?
A: I consider 1 Thessalonians 4:11 my life scripture, "...aspire to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands...." At the time, my life was a race, but with our four children grown, I have settled into the heart of it. And it's a perfect scripture for a writer.
Q: Favorite author?
A: I really enjoy Kristen Heitzmann. Her characters are varied and interesting. Her plots take place in interesting places and she has just the right amount of romance in her romantic suspense novels. When asked for comparisons for my work, I usually choose her writing, although my characters are generally older and thus, cannot follow the rules of romantic suspense.
Staying true to my tagline, "Stunning Suspense," my characters visit stunning locations while they pursue adventurous quests peppered with mystery, suspense, and romance.
Passionate about all things creative, I find inspiration living in the country - the perfect venue for my interests in writing, gardening, and art. My husband, best friend, and chiropractor, keeps me in shape for gardening, and for writing long into the night. A smart and playful English Shepherd makes our empty nest a happy place.
“I share my illustration desk with two sweet kittens, now grown into two obnoxious cats, who swat at my pens and brushes as if to say, ‘Draw me.’"
Description for Courageous Jack:
Explore dangerous new worlds and animal habitats with Jack as his imagination takes him on a quest to scary places, each new adventure building his courage. This beautifully illustrated rhyming children’s picture book is a fun storytime read-aloud, perfect for parents and grandparents to teach the value and rewards of courage. Adults as well as children 2 – 8 will delight in the story from the Noble Character-Building Series by the mother and daughter team of Cheryl Colwell and Brittany Harris.
Kids Website: bit.ly/NobleKids
Author site: cherylcolwell.com
Illustrator site: brittanyharrisillustration.com
Google +: bit.ly/CherylAuthor
Posted by Anita Estes at 1/03/2016