Cheryl Rogers

Biography

A Christian author based in Tampa, Florida, Cheryl Rogers is a former newspaper reporter who came to know the Lord as an adult through a serious illness.

Her love of writing was evident as a child when she became fascinated with Nancy Drew Mystery stories. Because she wanted a "practical" career, she studied Journalism and sociology and graduated with a double degree. She then worked for 12 years in the newspaper business, leaving when she was expecting her and her husband's first child.

Three years later Cheryl succumbed to a severe immune disorder, Environmental Illness. She realized God was her only hope and prayed he would heal her. But though she went to church regularly, she did not really know God.

At first, Cheryl believed God wanted her to go the "medical route," and so she scoured the area and then the country for doctors with experience with her disease. She followed their programs and got better, then worse, better, and then much much worse.

Finally one day when her life was at its lowest point, she surrendered her life and circumstances to God -- and he showed up. She received the Holy Spirit and began to view her circumstances in a more positive light. Each day her body got stronger and -- about five months later -- she received deliverance.

Her life has never been the same since. Cheryl has dedicated herself to encouraging others to seek God and stay connected with his Word.

She has written several Christian titles including a devotions book, "Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook," aimed at those eager to run the race set before them. This book distills the biblical truths we need to truly love and forgive others, set aside pride, deal with tragedy and death and lots more. Written for a non-denominational audience, Fast Track encourages readers to spend time regularly with God in his word and in prayer.

"I longed for a book that would teach me the basic biblical principles I'd missed out on earlier in life," Cheryl says."When I didn't find one, I wrote it myself."

Cheryl also has written "Just Like Jonah Wail Tales," a collection of exaggerated tales of woe aimed at preteen and teens. In each story a modern day character makes bad choices and lands in a whale of trouble, just like Jonah in the Bible. The book teaches that there's a price to pay when you disobey, but God is faithful to change your circumstances when you turn to him.

For the 5-10 year old set, Cheryl has written a children's Bible study entitled "Making Choices: Life is Like Acorns." This book teaches things are not always what they appear to be. The story is about a baby squirrel who learns acorns are not always good to eat, even when they may look like it. Some are rotten and some are empty. Children learn God looks at the heart.

Her book "What You Should KNOW About Self Publishing" is aimed at would-be authors and provides them the nuts and bolts necessary to develop their ideas into salable books. These practical tips are intended to save readers time and money!

"What You Should Know Before You Hire a Book Designer" is a free ebook to help authors sidestep mistakes that will cost them time and money in the design phase of publishing a book.

Cheryl also keeps busy taking nature photographs, designing Scripture-inscribed gifts with her nature images, and assisting authors with book covers, interior design and formatting, editing and proofreading and other aspects of self publishing. Her nature images are available for purchase at NaturePhotoDownloads.com

Cheryl's online magazine, New Christian Books, is a free publication for readers and writers. It features kingdom-building book announcements and excerpts, author marketing tips, a practical biblical advice column, features and book reviews.

At her website, SongsfromtheWord.com, Cheryl also shares traditionally inspired Scripture songs inspired by the Word of God.

"I really can't take credit for them," she says.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I was a voracious reader as a child. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries were my favorites, along with just about any other mystery I could lay my hands on. I loved them so much I decided to become a writer. To be practical, I decided to become a reporter and earned a bachelor of arts in journalism. After working in the newspaper industry for 12 years, I left the business to raise a family.

Now I work as a freelancer and self published author, writing both fiction and nonfiction for all groups.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a child. I remember writing in a composition book when I was 11. In high school, I kept a small notepad with story ideas.

I began preparing for my writing career by working for the school newspaper and contributing poems to the school's literary magazine.

My newspaper career helped hone my writing skills and gave me great experience working on deadline. Today I do freelance writing, editing, and desktop design, in addition to offering self publishing assistance to fellow authors.
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Where to find Cheryl Rogers online


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Books

Growing Faith: Stories with a Message for Today's Youth
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,430. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
A unique short story collection, "Growing Faith: Stories with a Message for Today's Youth" packs a powerful message for readers nine and up about the importance of seeking God and living for him. This collection edited by Cheryl Rogers, publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine, contains stories by four authors.
Jump-Start Bible Study
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Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English (Welsh dialect). Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Jump-Start Bible Study is a free, 7-day reading plan intended to encourage you to surrender your life more fully to God.
The Gift: A Salvation Skit for Christmas
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Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Category: Plays » Religious & Liturgical
This free skit illustrates that salvation is a gift from God. It can be performed by churches, youth groups, Bible clubs and schools.
Alone in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery
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Series: Bible Camp Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,360. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
After losing a camper on their initial trek in the Central Florida backwoods, Chet Harrigan and his group of 10- to 16-year-old boys return to woods for another harrowing adventure. Two boys leave the group to investigate a campsite far off the beaten path, only to discover a mysterious camper with a God-size problem. ...
Where's Zack? A Reading Quest
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
When 13-year-old Zack visits the Florida backwoods for a back-to-nature retreat, he disappears in the middle of the night. For 30 hours, he survives the elements alone -- until he is discovered by a helicopter pilot. Then Zack goes on a summer vacation with this family -- and gets lost again! This interactive reading quest is about Zack's family vacation: Where they went and what they did.
Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religion / Bible Stories / Old Testament
Now there's a new resource to teach the lesson of Jonah: There's a price to pay when you disobey. This workbook edition of Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, a short story collection featuring modern Jonahs who land in a whale of trouble, contains discussion questions and Scripture citations.
Trees Walking: A Guide to Truly Loving and Forgiving Others … and Ourselves
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Price: Free! Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
(5.00 from 1 review)
If you've ever struggled to forgive... It's hard to set aside hurts. It's hard to forget painful words that stab. But the truth from God's word sets us free.
Together Again
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
An unusual dream provokes a 17-year-old soon-to-be college history major named Abe to research former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's life -- and change his own.
Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery
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Series: Bible Camp Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,550. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A group of relatively inexperienced campers land in a pile of trouble when 13-year-old Zack disappears during the middle of the night in the Florida backwoods. The trouble escalates when a hurricane takes an unexpected turn for the Florida Gulf Coast!!
I Can See God's Word (Skit)
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Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Plays » Religious & Liturgical
This easy-to-perform skit is about a boy named Jake who cheats on his math test. When he gets caught, he finds an old Bible his grandpa left him and learns the truth: Jesus is the Word of God and that is how God saves us.
The Lesson of Jonah: There is a Price to Pay when you Disobey
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Price: Free! Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jonah learned the hard way there is a price for disobedience. This Bible lesson targets 10 to 14 year olds with that message. The lesson relies on a wail tale, or exaggerated tale of woe, involving a modern Jonah. Reinforce the lesson of Jonah with this free resource by Cheryl Rogers, the publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine.
Book-Selling Strategies for the Reluctant Marketer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Are you the shy type who prefers to blend into the crowd rather than draw attention to yourself? Are you unwilling to turn friends into customers? You may be a reluctant marketer!! In today’s book market, that is probably NOT a good thing. Here's help.
Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions about Our Maker
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
Confronted with lies, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation of believing God isn’t real. But knowing our creator is the anecdote. Finding God is about building that all important relationship with the one who made you -- and who can protect you from becoming prey.
I Can See Christian Storybook Treasury
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,360. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This is a unique storybook collection aimed at building a child's faith as he or she grows. It deals with progressively more complex issues of faith including how we can know a God we cannot see, where to find God, why Jesus came to Earth, and why Jesus died.
What You Should Know Before You Hire a Book Designer
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Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
This free ebook can save you time and money by helping you clarify your goals before hiring a book designer. What you don't know now can cost you later!
Just Like Jonah Wail Tales
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
Encourage pre-teens and teens to get closer to God with this inspiring collection of eight stories featuring modern-day Jonah style characters. "Just Like Jonah Wail Tales" tells the somewhat exaggerated stories of kids who made bad choices and learned -- just like Jonah -- that there's a price to pay when you disobey.
What You Should Know About Self Publishing
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Publishing your own book is the fastest way to get it in front of your readers. What You Should Knnow about Self Publishing gives you the basics so you can get started! It will tell you how to develop your book idea, research your market, organize your book, market your book, and publish your book. This book will guide you through the process, helping you sidestep costly errors!
Making Choices: Life is Like Acorns
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This story -- about a baby squirrel named Peepsy and his mother -- teaches children things are not always what they seem to be! A Bible study, it contains Scripture citations and discussion questions a parent, teacher or other caregiver can use to share their faith with a 5- to 10-year old.
Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,510. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook is a book for those eager to run the race set before them. It is for new Christians, young Christians, those who need a miracle in their lives, and those who want to find the God that made them...

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