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.

Her memoir has won several awards and received an outpouring of heartfelt responses, motivating Cherie to write a companion book, The Healing 100: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.

After receiving a MA in Medical and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and traveling to more than forty countries, Cherie now lives in San Diego. She is passionate about healing the body, mind, and spirit and sharing her experiences to help others.

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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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Where to find Cherie Kephart online

Where to buy in print


Poetry of Peace
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Poetry of Peace is a rare and poignant collection of poems that celebrate the decadence and darkness of life, taking the reader through four aspects of ascension: Seeing the World, Through Darkness, Into the Light, and With Peace. Profound and universal, Cherie’s poems are a gateway to understanding what it means to be fully alive.
The Healing 100: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,350. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living
Award-winning author Cherie Kephart brings you The Healing 100, a companion guide to help you on your healing journey. Cherie suffered for years from a mysterious illness that left her bedridden, hallucinating, and being spoon-fed to stay alive. Through perseverance and ingenuity, she found healing practices, remedies, and techniques that took her from the precipice of death to truly living again.
A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,160. 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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