Interview with Cherie Summers

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is going back through the story and actually feeling the emotions that the characters are feeling. Recently as I was writing a poignant scene in the second sequel, I found myself tearing up. These characters have become a part of my life and I am hoping that by sharing them with the world, they become important to my readers as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote the first manuscript to this story when I was eighteen. It was a story with a character inspired by my favorite rock star, Billy Idol. Over the years, I worked on the book and polished it, changed it, but never did anything with it. Turning fifty was a huge motivating factor. I love this story and I believe in my characters. I wanted to share them with the world.

Due to the adult nature of the book and the explicit adult language, it was hard to get publishers interested. I am grateful for Extasy Books for taking a chance on this novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. As Adrian says in this novel, "The fans are who make or break you". I'm not sure I have fans yet, but I look forward to having them!
Who are your favorite authors?
I love criminal psychology. Jonathan Kellerman is great! But who got me interested in that genre is John Douglas, who was the man who invented criminal profiling. His books fascinate me. I've read so many biographies about serial killers that I told myself if I could be eighteen again, this is the field I would have gone into.

I read a lot of young adult books because I teach that age level. Louise Rennison is a favorite as her books always made me laugh out loud. Desert Angel by Charlie Price is one of THE best books I have ever read. I also love The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The unconditional love of my friends, both human and furry! Also the thought of creating something new, whether it be through writing, photography or choreography!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm am a portrait photographer and have my own website portfolio for that. My favorite subjects are wildlife and pets. Also have bellydanced for the last thirteen years, and danced since I was three. Television is great now and my favorite show is The Walking Dead. Also love, Luther, The Fall, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story and Empire.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I actually am one that still goes to the library and chooses books. I'm old fashioned I guess but love holding a book in my hand.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Wish I could, but no. I always enjoyed writing though, was always good at it. Wrote papers and writing assignments for friends so they could get good grades.
What is your writing process?
Turn on some early Billy Idol with Generation X and just get to work! If I can think of nothing, I go back and read what I've written to edit and be inspired to continue on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My earliest book memories are reading Babar the Elephant. Those were my favorite stories. I love animals of all types. Another book I read in middle school that had an effect on me was "The Potlatch Family" about a Native American family learning to get back to their roots and a young girl learning to appreciate her heritage.
How do you approach cover design?
That's easy. I looked for a guy who had blonde spiked hair!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Desert Angel by Charlie Price because it was a thrilling piece of fiction writing for young teens. Edge of your seat excitement!
Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas because it got me hooked on criminal psychology
Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini because it was first book that made me really cry, and taught me so much about Afghanistan's history.
Billy Straight by Johnathan Kellerman because again edge of your seat excitement
The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King....have always read and enjoyed King but this was the only book to ever scare me!
What do you read for pleasure?
Walking Dead graphic novels/novels
criminal psychology books
anything that I pick up that looks interesting
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and used it as the setting of my novel.
When did you first start writing?
I was a teenager when I seriously began to write stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Melody for Adrian floats between the genres. At first it seems like a Young Adult romance since the characters meet in high school. However, the book follows them into adulthood which makes it fit into the New Adult category. Then you have that very explicit language and love scenes that bring it into the realm of adult erotic romance.

This definitely made it a hard sell to publishers and I am grateful to Extasy Books for taking a chance on this story.

At the heart of A Melody for Adrian you have two very different characters. Melody Stewart has left her private boarding school for girls in London to attend public school for the first time in years. She's attractive, intelligent and dreams of becoming a doctor and helping people. Adrian "Bolt" Hall is the lead singer of his band Lightning. He dreams of becoming a punk rock star and has barely gotten by in school. His music is all he cares about . He is full of himself and full of bitterness over a tragic childhood. Adrian is used to getting his way and he becomes obsessed with Melody and being her first lover. This will prove to be difficult since every time they're around one another, tempers explode. But, the more Melody fights off his advances, the more fascinating he finds her. Adrian vows that nothing will stop him from getting what he wants.
Describe your desk
A Mess of everything there is to know about me. I am surrounded on all sides by Billy Idol, on posters, albums, inspiration board. There are Indian elephants on the top shelf along with Daryl Dixon riding on his motorcycle (Pop figure). A Betsey Johnson cup holds my sharpies. Then there are notebooks and journals for jotting notes down whether it be about bills I need to pay or novel info.
What are you working on next?
Book 2 in the Love on Fire series is set for a September release. While book 1 is good, book 2 really ratchets the drama up. It is a heartbreaker is all I can say. I just finished book 3 and have been working on polishing it. I thought that would be it. But these characters speak to me so much. And now I plan to continue by writing stories about each band member and later on all the kids they have.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Just got an Ellipse tablet from Verizon. Problem is there are so many books out there I want to read I cannot decide which one to start with.
Published 2016-07-15.
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