Interview with Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, J.D. Robb, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Rick Mofino, and too many more to list.
What inspires you to write the books you write?
I am often inspired by the things that I am afraid of most--like the death of a parent, a child abduction, drowning in a submerged vehicle. Fear intrigues me, and I've learned that many readers share my fears. Suspense is a common thread in all my novels, and I enjoy making a reader hold his/her breath or glance over their shoulder into the shadows. I am also inspired by the characters to tell their stories. Once I've mulled a plot over in my mind and allowed it to ferment, the characters often urge me on to share their journey.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a movie/TV addict. I love crime dramas, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Survivor and The Bachelor/Bachelorette, plus too many other shows to name. Thank God for the invention of the PVR!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often discover ebooks through various companies I get newsletters from, like Kindle Nation Daily, BookBub, Book Blast and more. And since I'm connected to many authors on Facebook, I am often introduced to a book or new author that way, which is even better because I get to know the author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first novel I wrote was titled "Beckoning Wrath." I wrote it when I was 16. Unfortunately, the manuscript was stolen from my school locker when I brought it to show my Language Arts teacher. That was long before MS Word. It had been written using my mother's electric typewriter and I only had the one copy. As you can probably imagine, I was quite devastated. I do have part of a rough draft, but I don't recall the entire story. But who knows? One day, I may just rewrite it!
What is your writing process?
I allow a plot idea to enter my mind and I think about it for a bit. If the plot expands, I allow it to ferment, meaning that I'll usually have a good idea of the title, main character(s), plot opening, ending and key scenes in between. At that point, I'll open up a Word doc and make some notes. I don't write from an outline. Once I'm ready to write a book, I read the plot notes and begin. I almost always know how the story will open and how it will end. I allow my characters to tell the story through me; they've never let me down. During the writing process, I'll sometimes edit the chapter before, then continue writing. I'll usually edit the work completely before writing the last 1-2 chapters. Once those last chapters are finished, I celebrate!
How do you approach cover design?
Having the perfect cover created for one of my books is extremely important to me. I am VERY picky about book covers. My covers must be able to stand up next to any New York Times bestseller cover. One of my pet peeves is the amount of amateurish covers that are being pushed out by authors who don't realize how detrimental that is to their career. If you want readers to think of you as a professional author, you must present yourself as one at all times. I have been very blessed to have awesome cover designers who have been able to display my cover concepts in very artistic ways.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo Touch and a Kindle Paperwhite. The latter is my favorite as I find its operation is smoother and it uploads books quickly.
Describe the place where you write.
I have a beautiful home office painted periwinkle blue. On one wall is the saying: Dare to Dream...and Dream BIG!" Two bookshelves line another wall; one holds my books and the other holds titles published by Imajin Books, my publishing company. There are two leather office chairs--one for me and one for my invisible muse. On the wall-length desk is a clutter of paper and post-its in all shades, with pens scattered about the PC...and an empty space for my laptop as I am most often found working while sitting on the recliner in the living room (when my husband isn't home.)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but my father was in the military so we moved around every few years. I grew up mainly in Masset, BC, Edmonton, AB, and Bermuda. This has greatly influenced my writing as each of my books takes place in different locations, though some may be common. It is far easier to describe a place you've lived in than to do so from reading a description in a book. My goal is to take readers on a journey to each of the locations, so I endeavor to paint these places, landscapes and scenery. I want readers to feel they are right there--with my characters.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Elfling Princess
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 410. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Once upon a time, in a world full of magic, there was a kingdom that only few humans had ever seen―the Elfling Kingdom. Have you ever seen an Elfling? I know a golden-haired girl named Jessica, who met some Elflings while playing behind her house with her brother, Sebastien. This is her story.
Divine Duo: Boxed Set
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 155,570. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Boxed set features full works of Divine Intervention and Divine Justice (book 1 & 2): CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan, a pyro-psychic who steps into the minds of killers when she smells smoke, leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for illusive serial killers. Not to mention, she must deal with a ghost girl and unravel the mystery surrounding her mother's brutal murder.
Submerged
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,130. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.
Whale Song: School Edition
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,200. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
13 years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered after the tragic death of her mother. The shocking event left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia. Some things are easier to forget. But now a familiar voice from her childhood sends Sarah, a talented mid-twenties ad exexec, back to her past. A past that she had thought was long buried. Some things are meant to be buried.
Divine Justice
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Series: Divine Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,180. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2011 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
CFBI Agent and Pyro-Psychic Jasi McLellan battles a serious infection that threatens to claim her life. Slipping in and out of consciousness, she remembers the Parliament Murders... One by one, members of Ontario's Parliament are disappearing, only to be found days later, disoriented and drugged. Or worse―dead.
Lancelot's Lady
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,420. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down. Written by Cherish D'Angelo, aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,730. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Thirteen stories take you from one hold-your-breath chapter to the next. Stories include: A Grave Error The Death of an Old Cow Maid of Dishonor Atrophy Picture Perfect Sweet Dreams Separation Anxiety The Car Deadly Reunion Remote Control Ouija Caller Unknown Skeletons in the Closet If you are a fan of Stephen King's short story collections, you'll enjoy this creepy collection.
Remote Control
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,670. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
In this dark, suspenseful and somewhat comical look at one man's desires, Remote Control, a novelette by bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif, delivers a strong message: Be careful what you wish for! *Finalist in 2008 Textnovel Writing Contest*
Whale Song
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,920. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered by a shocking tragedy that left her with partial amnesia. But now, a familiar voice from her childhood sends Sarah back to a past she'd thought was long buried. Torn by nightmares and visions of a yellow-eyed wolf and aided by killer whales that call to her in the night, Sarah must recover her memories-even if it destroys her.
The River
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,650. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Stem cell research, cloning, and world domination--with a twist... Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne’s father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her that her father is alive.
Divine Intervention
By Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Series: Divine Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,120. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2010 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three innocent people. Unleashing her gift as a Pyro-Psychic, Jasi is compelled toward smoldering ashes and enters the killer's mind. A mind bent on destruction and revenge. (#1 in series) "Sci-fi and mystery fans will love this book." Writer's Digest