Cheryl Skory Suma

Biography

“Mommy, can you write me a story?”
—Melissa, at age nine

Cheryl always enjoyed making up bedtime stories for her two children, brief tales imagined on the spot to teach and entertain them each night before going to sleep. Then one day, her daughter asked her to write her a ‘longer’ story, and Habitan was born.

Habitan will be a multi-book fantasy-adventure series, and Cheryl promises continued plot twists, surprises and new mysteries along the way, so fans of Habitan, Book 1 should check the Habitan website regularly for updates on the release dates for the next book in the Series!  www.HabitanBooks.com

A proud Canadian, Cheryl has a multi-cultural background that includes not only Canadian settlers of various European descent, but also one-quarter Cree Indian/Inuit mix from her maternal grandmother.  Her grandmother’s spirit and grace were inspirational to the creation of this story and the use of Cree as the basis for the magical language of Habitan.  The scenery and animals behind the story were drawn from the naturally varied and beautiful landscape of Canada.

Cheryl holds an Honors degree in Child Psychology and a Masters of Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology, and brings over 30 years experience working with children and youth. Following a successful career, first as a Speech-Language Pathologist, and then as the founder & CEO of a home health care company, Cheryl was able to return to her true love, story telling.

Melissa Suma is Cheryl’s 12 year old daughter. They share a passion for drawing, story telling, music, and the art of ‘listening’. Melissa graciously agreed to provide all of the inside artwork for her mother’s book, as well as the framed drawing for the cover. Melissa is also an accomplished vocalist. She is working on releasing an original album, which will include a song for the Habitan website. Cheryl lives outside Toronto with her husband Peter, son Michael, and daughter Melissa. This book would not exist without all of their love and support.

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Why did the author decide to become a writer of children’s books?
Cheryl has always loved the world of the imaginary. Since she was a little girl, she has enjoyed story-telling, listening to others spin their tales, and anything creative, including drawing, painting, music and writing. While she began her career in the health care sector, she immediately focused on children, and has always incorporated creativity and stories into her work and business.

When she made the decision to sell her home-health care business in 2013, Cheryl enthusiastically set to work in completing her first novel. Cheryl has been telling her two children short bed-time stories that she made up ‘on the spot’ every night since they were very little, and a few years ago Melissa had asked her mom to make up a ‘longer story’ for her; this is where Habitan began.

When her daughter first asked Cheryl to write a story just for her, Cheryl really wanted to deliver! It has now become her hope that other young readers of the book will enjoy the fantasy, and all of the twists and turns along the way. Hopefully they will also pick up on the positive messages and values within the story, as well as feel inspired to follow their own creativity, their own dreams.

Cheryl also enjoys a good sci-fi or adult mystery novel, and is concurrently working on her first adult novel while completing the second book in the Habitan Series.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Three young adventurers discover they may be the last hope for the land of Habitan against the evil sorceress Oskana. The children face challenges and surprising twists along the way, while developing their own innate gifts and magic.

“It’s twisted, suspenseful and exciting!"-Sarah,age 12
"The plot flows really well and yet is entirely unpredictable. A true adventure read!"-Celina, age 21

Habitan Book I: The Parallel Place
Melissa, Michael and Annabelle were each separated from their parents as infants. Our story begins where they now live, together in an orphanage in northern Canada in the 1600's. Discovering a strange kinship, they have become true friends, and support one another. But why do they feel they are meant to be somewhere else? Is this where they truly belong? Then a mysterious event occurs, transporting them to another land called Habitan, a magical place where anything and everything is possible if you believe and strive hard enough. In Habitan, sorcery, magic, and powers 'of the mind' abound. Animals talk, and the spirit of the woods is alive. While in Habitan, the children join forces with three animal guides, encounter a wicked sorceress named 'Oskana', and embark on an adventure to discover their true heritage and destiny. Can they develop their innate powers and magical gifts soon enough to protect themselves and to help the Good of Habitan? Will they be reunited with their parents again? Who can they really trust? How can they save Habitan from the tyranny of Oskana's rule? Finally, how do the events on Habitan affect the Parallel Place, the 'earth' they grew up on? The children discover that they may be Habitan's last hope for salvation from the evil sorceress Oskana. They face challenges and surprising twists along the way, all while also developing their own innate gifts and magic. As they begin the path to finding their own inner strength, they learn how to face unbearable odds with determination and courage, standing up for what is right despite the possible personal costs.

Inspiration for the Habitan Series by Cheryl Skory Suma
The author's children grew up enthralled with their mother's bedtime stories. Then came the question, "Mommy, could you write me a longer story?". The Habitan Series grew out of these imaginative bedtime stories and the author promises continued plot twists, surprises and new mysteries along the way in this four book series. A proud Canadian, Cheryl has a multicultural background that includes not only Canadian settlers of various European descent, but also one-quarter Cree Indian/Inuit mix from her maternal grandmother. Her grandmother's spirit and grace were inspirational to the creation of this story and the use of Cree as the basis for the magical language of Habitan. The scenery and animals behind the story were drawn from the naturally varied and beautiful landscape of Canada. Resources for Teachers, Librarians and Book Clubs Chapter questions and discussion notes can be found on the Habitan Series website, www.HabitanBooks.com .
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