Interview with Cherry Stryker

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember having an impact on me was "Forever" by Judy Blume. Back in the dark ages of the '80's, we didn't have as much freedom to discuss sexuality as young teens. When I read this book about teen lovers coming of age, I was in shock! I had previously had no idea at the age of 12 that sex even existed. I spent the afternoon searching the card catalog at my local library to find out what exactly sex was, and what it involved. I found out way more than I was asking for, let me tell you!
How do you approach cover design?
I was a graphic design major in college, so I have fun creating my own covers. I don't go for obvious clenching half dressed couples, I prefer to hint at the eroticism inside. For example, one book about a housewife who invited her two young male college age roommates from next door in for coffee featured just a sexy pair of lips taking a sip of coffee.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything! A voracious reader from a young age, my tastes range from Sci-Fi to Romantic Suspense. I love Jane Austin, and I love Danielle Steele. I find something in every genre to whet my appetite. Lately though, I've been into dystopian dramas.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook, because it was a gift. I want to try a Kindle next, but I'm quite happy with my Nook Color.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still a relatively new author, but what I've been doing is utilizing Social Media. I joined many groups on FB that allow Erotica Authors to post, and everytime I publish, I post in every single group as well as on my own page and Twitter.
Describe your desk
Kicked back in my recliner with my laptop, my vapor ecig on one side, and a cup of coffee on the other!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Originally from Las Vegas, NV; I grew in Santa Cruz, Ca. Vegas is an anything goes kind of town which taught me lower my inhibitions, while Santa Cruz is an old Hippie style beach town where I learned to accept all other types and flavors of people. This makes me less judgemental, and more willing to push the boundaries when writing Erotica.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first complete manuscript three years ago, but I've written incomplete stories since I was thirteen years old. I kept a diary back then, and everything important that happened to me was written down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a pseudoincest story of a lifelong affair between stepsiblings, and what happens when the cheaters find themselves cheated on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get my work out there, and this was the best way for to do that.
Published 2016-09-05.
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