Interview with Cheyenne Nation

Describe your desk
My desk is usually a catch-all. It seems I never have time to sit and go through stuff on a daily basis, so it piles up on my desk until I can't take it anymore. It used to be meticulously kept...but that was before I got married and had my son.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in the Midwest. I didn't have a lot of friends close by to play with, so I had to use my imagination a lot. I think this probably helped with my writing, because I remember writing stories as early as elementary school. In fact, one of my teachers still uses a story that I wrote as an example for her class. So, looking back, I would say that even though I hated living on a farm, it was probably a great thing for my writing career.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find joy in the whole process of writing, but I think the thing that keeps me writing is when someone tells me my story made them feel something. That always makes me feel good about what I have written, and encourages me to keep doing what I'm doing.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's hard to put into words, actually. Kind of ironic I guess since that is what I do. Besides my friends and family, they mean the world to me. Without them, I wouldn't have a reason to write. When I write, I try to picture someone sitting down with my book, and what they would want to feel, what would make them smile or cry, and then I write. So, if someone reading my book ever thinks that they don't matter to me, they should know differently.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of things in the works right now. I'm working on a romance, but I'm also working out a series that I have started, but still have to figure out where I'm going with it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a variety of authors that I love to read. My absolute favorites are Nora Roberts, JD Robb, Lee Child and Janet Evanovich. I absolutely lose myself in their books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. They mean everything to me. My husband is the perfect one for me because he keeps pushing me to do what I love to do, and he catches me when I fall. And my son is just amazing. He inspires me to always come up with something else. He makes me smile and laugh. Really, everything I do, is for them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We like to go hiking and camping, even though we don't get to do it a whole lot. When we go fishing, my husband and son catch fish while I read a book. I always seem to have a book on me that I am reading. We do a lot of bike riding too. My son keeps me so busy, it's hard to find something that we don't do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually read a free one and get hooked on the characters, then I have to go back and buy the rest of the series so I can find out what happens with the other characters. It's kind of irritating actually, well, at least for my husband. I don't like not knowing the ending. That's probably why I hate television.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. It was in elementary school, so it was a long time ago. However, my teacher does still have it, and she uses it as an example for her classes now when they are in that unit every year. I remember it was a story about a dog, but I can't remember specifics, that's for sure.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh man, that's a good question.
First, anything in JD Robb's IN DEATH series. I never thought I was into books that were set in the future, but Nora Roberts does an amazing job of making it feel like it's happening right now. And it amazes me how she writes. She pulls you in right from the first sentence.
Second, the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Those books make me laugh so hard, that I can't read them in public anymore. I absolutely love them.
Third, Lee Child's JACK REACHER novels. It amazes me how he writes, how his character, Jack, is in the head of the criminals. You think for sure he has committed the crimes, because it is just that eerie.
Fourth, anything by Nora Roberts really. I really admire her writing ability. She makes you feel like you are one of the characters in her books, and pulls you in. I find it hard to put down one of her books.
Fifth, the Cat In The Hat books. I read these with my son, and there is just so much information put in a way that little kids can remember this amazing stuff. It's wonderful.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad or my iPhone. I love them simply because I can have the same books on both things, so if I'm out somewhere and have a few minutes, I can pull my book up on my phone and read it, and pick up where I left off.
Published 2014-06-23.
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Books by This Author

Love On The Rocks
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,110. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Samantha is estranged from her twin brother, and is now looking for him. The only problem, there are other people looking for him as well. Samantha teams up with a private investigator by the name of Justin Decker, hoping that they can put what they know together in order to find Mykel before anyone else does. Can Justin keep Samantha safe? Can they find Mykel before it's too late?