Interview with Cheryl B. Evans

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really wanted to make a difference. Society often has harsh views of transgender people. I would like to believe my book, I Promised Not to Tell, may be positioned to help change some of those views. I hope that by sharing our family's story readers may gain a better understanding of transgenderism. It was not an easy decision to share such intimate details about our journey but if it helps even one family or one individual struggling with their gender identity then it will have been worth it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They are the sole reason for sharing my deeply personal memoir, I Promised Not to Tell.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me a platform to help stretch my message across the globe all from one convenient and central place.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my husband for sure. I'm a creative at heart so it may not surprise you to learn that when I'm not with family, not reading or writing I enjoy painting. Just for fun though, I'm not very good :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My husband gave me an kindle fire for my birthday some years ago and I just love it! It's wonderful when you can carry so many of your favorite books with you inside such a small device.
What is your writing process?
I'm quite disciplined when I'm writing. I have a great office set up in my home and have regular hours each day that I dedicate to writing, researching or marketing. I love the freedom that comes from working from home. I've been able to do that for more than twenty years now.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover for me is something I'll work on after the manuscript is written. There may still be editing to do but the story is essentially complete. I like it when the cover gives the reader insight into the story so they're not left guessing about what they are about to read. I think the cover of I Promised Not to Tell - Raising a transgender child is a great example of this. The cover clearly tells readers it's about a girl who sees herself as a boy. This was accomplished by using a mirror and showing her looking at her reflection, but the reflection is not of another girl but of a boy. This depicts the inner struggle my own child experienced quite well.
How did it feel to get five star reviews from Reader's Favorite on I Promised Not to Tell?
It felt wonderful! It's one thing to have people that know me tell me I've written a great book, I almost expect that. Believing they wouldn't want to hurt my feelings. However, it's a completely different ball game when people that don't know me or my family show that kind of appreciation for my writing. It's just amazing. I feel so blessed and thankful that my words on such a controversial topic as transgenderism are connecting with readers.
What do you read for pleasure?
It may sound odd to say non-fiction when your question is what do I read for pleasure, but that's the truth. I gravitate to non-fiction books. I love to learn and feel that if I'm going to spend hours with a book I should come away with a greater knowledge on the topic than I had when I started. I just can't get that same satisfaction with fiction.
What are you working on next?
I have started another book but for now I'd like to keep that one under wraps, at least until I get a little further along.
Published 2016-06-27.
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Books by This Author

What Does God Think? Transgender People and The Bible
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 34,280. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Transgender, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Social Issues
From the award-winning author of I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a transgender child, comes this thought-provoking and highly revealing book. With powerful biblical and scientific explanations, Evans invites you on a journey you won't want to miss. Why do some Christians insist there is no such thing as a transgender person? What does the Bible say? And most importantly, What Does God Think?
I Promised Not To Tell: Raising A Transgender Child
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 49,760. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Transgender, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Coming out
2017 Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal Award Winner! I Promised Not Tell is a deeply personal, true story, told by the mother of a transgender child. This is an LGBT book that invites you to experience an unforgettable journey between genders. A must read for a parent, relative or friend of a gender-questioning or transgender person or anyone looking to learn more about transgender people.