Renee Cronin, a self described avid reader and life time resident of Boston, Massachusetts began penning her debut novel Tastes Like Cherry in 2005. As a child protective social worker and clinician, Renee has used writing as a personal outlet, but only recently began to explore the possibility of publication. Renee's inspiration to pen and publish such a compelling story comes from a overwhelming display of support from family and friends. Renee's debut novel Tastes Like Cherry is expected to keep her readers captivated and pining for more. Renee is currently working on several short stories and anticipates the release of an anthology as well as a sequel to Tastes Like Cherry in the very near future.
When did you first start writing?
This is the question that challenges me. For as long as I can remember, I have been a storyteller, but not necessarily a writer. I imagined lives outside of my reality often. I made stories up in my head, but never put them on paper. It was during my undergraduate years that I began to feel confident about my writing. I received good feedback from professors, but these were essays and term papers. It wasn't until 2005 while in graduate school that I felt compelled to bring my stories to life. I had fallen in love with storytelling and now I wanted to be among that union of authors who did just that. Tastes Like Cherry was born at that moment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In 2013, I started off the year with several goals to accomplish before 2014. Tastes Like Cherry was finished and I had other WIP. I set a goal to submit at least one of my manuscripts to a publishing company before the end of the year. As time progressed and I became more aware of other indie authors, my interest piqued about self publishing. My genre of books fall under lesbian fiction, more specifically black and POC. I researched publishing companies that I thought would be interested, but I was not seeing where I fit. Paranormal romance and BDSM was huge at the time and that was even within the LGBT communities it appeared. I lacked the confidence to just put my work out there and see what happens and decided to try it on my own. I did initially talk to someone in a vanity publishing company, but the money they want just to start out was unbelievable. I decided to try it on my own.
Does love really conquer all?
Cherry's had six months to get over Anya, something that she was certain she had done, until Anya comes back. Anya's return sends Cherry on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Cherry's always followed her heart but she doesn't know if she can trust it now.