When it comes to publishing, Cheril N. Clarke stands comfortably on the shoulders of the past while embracing the future. At 30 years old, she is the author of five novels, one e-book and two plays. Three of her novels, Intimate Chaos, Tainted Destiny, and Losing Control, are available in both paperback as well as e-books for Amazon's Kindle. These titles can also be read on iPhones and desktops by using Amazon’s free Kindle app or Kindle for PC software. "I think people should be able to read how, where and when they want to," Clarke says. "I still go to the library, buy from stores and read on my Kindle or phone. I just love the flexibility of it all and am excited about new ways of reading that align with the pace of my life."
Raised in Miami, Florida, Clarke has lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and has finally settled down with her wife in southern New Jersey. She has been featured in Curve Magazine, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine, The Princeton Packet, Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), About.com, Out IN Jersey, EURweb, Burlington County Times, Phillyburbs.com, 247gay.com, Femmenoinre.net, Sistah2Sistah Magazine, Clik Magazine as well as Crain's New York Business newspaper, among others. She is one of the most popular writers of fiction that feature, but is not limited to, African-American lesbian characters. Clarke is read by women, men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals in the United States, Caribbean and the United Kingdom because her work delves into the most universal themes of love, life and friendship. Her novels have explored subjects such as foster care, obsessive love, suicide, politics, infidelity, marriage and erotica. Her upcoming works promise to explore deeper themes such as death, same-sex domestic violence, white-collar crime, divorce and adoption across varied mediums.
Clarke produced a theatrical adaptation of her third novel, Intimate Chaos, in 2007 and has successfully mounted the show in Bordentown, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. It will be going back on stage in this May (2010) in Plainfield, New Jersey. For more information please visit the official website at www.intimatechaostheplay.com.
In addition to novels and plays, her opinion columns have been featured by the National Coalition of Black Justice and her editorial work has appeared in About Magazine, GayWired.com and on 247gay.com. Clarke was a keynote speaker at an African Asian Latina Lesbians United conference and has performed at events organized by African American Lesbians United for Societal Change. Her most recent novel, Losing Control, debuted in paperback in June 2009. Her other recent publications include Love and Marriage: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Dating and Romance, a non-fiction e-book, and she will soon be releasing a follow-up to Illusions of Love: Two Erotic Vignettes featuring Kenya, her firecracker character from Intimate Chaos in the summer of 2010.