Cheryl Aguiar


Cheryl Aguiar is an author and entrepreneur who has an intuitive admiration and in‐depth respect for nature
and its wildlife.
Cheryl is a hardworking, self‐employed salon owner in the small, New England Town of Westport,
Massachusetts where she also resides with her husband Jim. Cheryl and Jim live in a quaint, country style home,
hand built by themselves near the woods she explored as a child. With nothing more than a high school diploma,
Cheryl has succeeded in her businesses, becoming a self‐taught photographer and learning the art of writing.
Cheryl’s true passion is her love for nature, traveling, exploring and photographing the beauty of our
landscapes and magnificent wildlife all around the country. She travels whenever it's possible with her husband
Jim. They also own land in New Vineyard, Maine, their own piece of woodland paradise. In discovering the
amazing beauty surrounding her homes and around the country, Cheryl founded Roadside Stills Photography
and continues growing while exploring her talents. Her strong passion and entrepreneurial spirit have granted
her the ability to share her experiences with nature through the lens of a camera and now… on paper.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small, New England town of Westport, Massachusetts. We lived in a neighborhood surrounded by pine groves and wetlands. I spent most of time as a child exploring the woods, learning about nature by playing near ponds and streams filled with Mothers Nature's creatures. I learned at an early age just how amazing nature can be and carried that with me to adulthood. My love for nature took a different turn when I found myself faced with the decision to help one of Mother Nature's fierce predators... the Great Horned Owl, a decision that changed my life forever. This experience opened doors I never knew existed. I found myself wanting to share this amazing story which lead me to writing my first book. The strong passion and respect that I learned growing up with nature, came through in my writing. Writing with passion allows you make your readers feel what you have felt. I want all my readers to feel my excitement, my sadness, my worries, my respect and most of all... my passion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book is to share with my readers how truly amazing Mother Nature and her creatures can be. Experiences that can happen right in your own backyard. This story is about the rescue of an adorable pair of Great Horned Owl babies after tragedy leaves the family homeless. These frightened little owlets were left unprotected and stranded on the ground; unable to defend themselves from predators that roam the woods. After seeking advice from a wildlife specialist, my husband Jim and I attempted the dangerous task of relocating the owlets and provided the family with a new home. The adult Great Horned Owls, also known as raptors, with a reputation of being extremely aggressive, show a different side when faced with sudden adversity. In my book, a personal narrative, I share my emotions as I observe this family in the wild. I documented the details of the rescue, the emotional journey of the two owlets which I named Wisdom and Willow and the heartwarming outcome. A captivating story of love, trust, respect and the gift of gratitude.
I have always had a strong connection with wildlife and a great love for exploring nature. Through this experience, I have learned the struggles of survival, the amazing bond of a family and the gift of gratitude. What makes this story special is to see how animals and humans from two different walks of life can co-exist and discover that we are not so different after all. By trusting each other, working together and showing respect, this family of owls allowed me into their lives... now, they have become a part of mine. Together, we have proven the statement... Where There's a Will, There's a Way.
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Where to buy in print


Great Horned Owlets Rescue: Where There's a Will, There's a Way....
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,540. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The captivating story of two Great Horned Owlets rescued after a fallen nest leaves the family homeless. These normally aggressive birds show a different side when faced with sudden adversity. In this personal narrative, Cheryl shares the details of the rescue, the emotional journey of the two adorable owlets which she names Wisdom and Willow, and the heartwarming outcome of a courageous rescue.

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