Cherie Kephart


Raised in Venice, California, Cherie longed to travel and experience the way other people lived. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia on a water sanitation and health education project, Cherie returned to the United States with an African souvenir she didn’t expect: a mysterious illness. She fell severely ill and almost died, leaving her with several symptoms that went undiagnosed for many years. This inspired Cherie to write her memoir, A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing, taking the reader on a powerful but entertaining journey through her adventures and search for life-saving answers.

A Few Minor Adjustments has won several awards, including a San Diego Book Award, a Bookvana Award, and an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY). It was also featured in the San Diego Memoir Showcase and was performed onstage at the Horton Grand Theater. Cherie was also acknowledged as a finalist for an Author of Influence Award by The Connected Women of Influence. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications and events such as the San Diego Poetry Annual, the San Diego Writers Ink Anthology, the Oceanside Literary Art Walk, the Wild Lemon Project, the Magee Park Poets Anthology, and the Transform Your Life classes.

A graduate of the University of Auckland, New Zealand with an MA in Medical and Cultural Anthropology with First Class Honors, Cherie also holds a BA in Communications from UCSD, and a Certification in Scientific and Technical Writing.

After traveling to more than forty countries, Cherie now lives in San Diego and is passionate about healing the body, mind, and spirit, and sharing her experiences to help others. She has been celebrated for her holistic approach to healing and her willingness to examine her life lessons in her writing.

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Smashwords Interview

Did you always want to be a writer?
No. When I was young, I wanted to be a roller-skating champion! I know, crazy. I blame this outlandish dream on repeatedly watching the movie Xanadu as a kid. Of course, when I realized that wasn’t going to happen, I delved into education and travel, since I had lots of different interests and loved exploration. I worked as a waitress, valet parker, and bartender while in school. I did lots of non-profit work as well, including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa before I finally found my way into writing. I’ve always adored writing and have worked as a technical and scientific writer for many years. Writing a book, however, that’s a different species. I always remind myself though that being a writer is a privilege, and I feel grateful to be doing what I love.
Why did you decide to write a memoir?
I feel that memoirs connect us, bridging the gaps between different aspects of our humanity. I wanted to be a part of that connection, helping those who need some inspiration, those who are suffering from illness and feel lost, alone, and afraid. I know how it feels. I used to be there. This is my way of reaching people and doing what I can to help.
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A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,430. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers to a mysterious illness. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.

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