Interview with Cheryl Byrd

How do you approach cover design?
That was an easy one, being photographer I've done many shoots at different places. The picture in the background is from a place in Ohio called Lusk Lock where the ruins of an old Lock and canal systems still stand. The view is inspiring and breathtaking walking among the enormous stones. The shadowed figure is how I view Dana, a woman lost in darkness before learning just what she is.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, that's a hard one, I read everything. I'm literally addicted to the printed word.
If I had to pick, I would say The Accidentally Series by Mimi Pamfiloff. Because she says all the things we all think but are too chicken to say and the stories draw you into another world of bat shit crazy and garage sales. I love it.
Then the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The most epic tale ever created.
I love all of Karen Moning's work. The highlander series...Hot Hot Hot
Old School, I love Elizabeth Gaskell The North and South.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, that book is where my love for unlikely heroes came from.
Last but not least Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice. My feminine pride first started to roar it's head.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to put on paper ideas and thoughts in my mind. Watching characters come to life and take on their own personality and traits. Inside all of us there are many sides and writing allows you to express them just as they are.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading of course, but when I'm not nose deep in a book, my family travels a lot. In which case, I'm usually still nose deep in a book . I enjoy gardening and spending times with my three kids.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Genre first but then I always read the reviews of what people thought of the book. Now, I don't like when someone bashes an author for material they have written. Everything about writing is subjective, everyone views things differently since no two minds are the same. So, I absolutely hate when someone reads a book then is nasty about whats in it( I see this a lot with Viking period books. Come on, you knew what Vikings did before you picked up the book!). Hello if you come across something you don't like in a book, don't finish the book, common sense.
What is your writing process?
Very hectic sometimes, I must say. There are times when I'll be hammering along and then suddenly a character takes a left turn into unknown territory. Some authors write a story line then follow it. Mine comes as I'm writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
For a long time, I had stopped reading. Then a sparkly vampire came along and reminded me of how fun a story can be. It wasn't about punctuation and correct or not correct first person view, it simply was a good story. Edward will always be one of my favorite characters. A unlikely hero.
What is your favorite character from a story you have written?
Hands down at this point in my writing, Balor. The man, king, demon, just keeps fighting no matter what happens, the ultimate redemption story. His voice, body, mind all draw you in.
What are you working on next?
A continuation of branch books from characters in the Shadow Fire series.
If you could do one thing, no matter how far fetched, what what it be?
Without a doubt, time travel. I always say, I was so born in the wrong time period.
Published 2017-05-05.
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Books by This Author

Shadow Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,410. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dana Richards is a hard core, raised on the streets of New York, swearing, attitude worse than any man's, women with one thing on her mind... getting back home to her world, not the ancient one she literally found herself pushed into. With love, magic and danger around every corner, she must find out just who and what she is before the shadow drawing ever closer finds her first.