Interview with Cheri Fields

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, the Bible is hardly in the same category as other books, because you can't just curl up and get lost in it without having to stop constantly to talk to God about what he's saying and how it affects you. So, I won't list it in my top favorites...
I've been a Narnia fan since I was a girl, The Horse and His Boy is my favorite: the settings, Shasta, Arvis, and the horses are good friends, and a journey makes an ideal story.
I wore out my Alan Lee illustrated edition of The Lord of The Rings and had to get a paperback to take around with me. Maybe someday I'll get a book binder to repair the cover of my big hardback because I'm keeping those pictures!
I like Pride and Prejudice a lot, but often start with Darcy's letter as the first part with Elizabeth's messed up family is so uncomfortable.
Beauty, and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley are old favorites of mine. I especially liked how Harry was taller than most men, it helped me settle into my new, extra-large size body as a teenager!
I just passed on my John White books to my own kids. The Tower of Geburrah is great, as is the Iron Sceptre, but The Sword Bearer was always my favorite. Not so fond of the later ones he did, though.
What do you read for pleasure?
Not much. I read Percy Jackson on maternity leave at my daughter's insistence. I recently reread Harry Potter when I had a bad cold, but more often I'm reading to my kids. We use Sonlight because of the amazing literature. Plus, for fun I just finished reading them The Wind in the Willows and am introducing my younger boys to The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald; if you can find the Children's Illustrated edition from the early '80s, the pictures are amazing!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only read online when I have to and then I use my laptop. Writing and interacting with a screen as much as I do, I prefer paper. It's portable and doesn't take any electricity.
Describe your desk
It's approximately 35cm by 80cm putty colored plastic. It has one metal leg I could adjust higher, but usually keep just above the level of the couch cushions. My dad found it in a junk pile a few years ago. There's just room for my laptop and mouse pad; it's the neatest spot in the house since nothing else fits. :D
I sit on the couch (sideways with my feet up if my kids will move over), keeping an eye on them while I type.
Being so low, my youngest daughter likes to lift my fingers off the keyboard so I will pay attention to her instead.
If I were rich I would probably buy a can of spray paint and turn my desk sky blue. Or, maybe hot pink. Or, raspberry....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Ha! The Northern USA. I was born in Detroit, moved to Dayton, Ohio and then Anchorage, Alaska (yes, my dad was in the Air Force for 3 years). Just before I turned 11 the economy crashed and we had to leave the best place to grow up for the Chicago area. Lived all over there from the inner city to the corn fields 2 1/2 hours away until I was 21.
We spent a lot of time exploring wherever we lived: the National Air Force Museum was fascinating for technology and physics. Alaska is unmatched for connecting with nature (where else do you see whales and surfers on your drive home?), and we often visited the museums in Chicago; the Shedd Aquarium and Science & Industry are my favorites.
I also love the mountains and visiting family out west gave me plenty of real world experience with the geology of all kinds of places.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've got a much longer kids' origin science book in the process of finding a publisher. Knowing how much information there is for kids and not being able to get it off my computer has been frustrating and giving me the motivation to connect with as many people as possible.
It seemed better than nothing to put out a taste of the kinds issues kids wonder about, plus, learning to self-publish might come in handy someday.
My hope for this book is to get kids thinking about what science really shows us about where we came from and help them find resources to learn more.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I found a few other places telling me what I needed to do to format a document for ebook publication, but they weren't too specific and all they covered was formatting. When I learned Smashwords didn't cost me anything and then started reading through Mark Coker's manual I was impressed.
There's never been a better time to be an author, and it's exciting to have help like Smashwords provides to allow a homemaking mom to get the word out!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader says, "Wow! I didn't know that!"
All the research, time, and effort is worth it just for that.
Someday I hope to hear about somebody who decided to choose Jesus because of my work. That will be a joy unmatched by any other.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my friends. They are the reason I write. I haven't bothered to keep a journal since my teens because I have much better things to do with my time than just write for myself. But my fans are worth every second. Of course, it helps having my own kids read, but I don't force them to read everything I put out. I want them to be real fans not just because Mommy made them. :D
What are you working on next?
My big book of creation science for kids. If you read my mini book and imagine a book just like it except 5 times as long with 300 references, you'll get the idea.
Right now I'm researching a book on Louis Pasteur and spontaneous generation (ever tried to find a kids' book talking about that? Good luck!).
After that I'm thinking of doing more mini biographies of creation scientists. Guys like Carver, Newton, and Agassiz are fascinating and you don't read about what they thought about their Creator in too many places.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. If I don't, the place will be a wreck.
But, if there was ever a day when they were all off with Grandpa and Grandma, I would get up anyway because it's fun to connect with people. I love reading the Bible in the morning, then it's exciting to see what's happened on my facebook page over night. Getting emails from people is a thrill. And, the days I assign to do research and write up an article for my website are some of the best.
Hanging out with my husband is a quiet joy too. He's so patient with me and even listens when I'm all enthused about some new creature or idea I've run into even if his eyes want to glaze over.
Published 2016-03-07.
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Books by This Author

Mysteries of Time and Creation
Price: Free! Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Religious / Christian / Science & Nature, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Prehistoric
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
In just a few minutes you can discover the foundations of origins science many people trust. Ever wonder why museums, books, and TV are so sure about evolution and millions of years? Want to know what Jesus thinks about this idea? This short introduction to Young Earth Creation for kids will give you the basics, from Genesis to radiometric dating, the Ice Age to natural selection.