Sunday, September 9, 2012

Interview with Cherie Colyer, Author of Young Adult Novel, Embrace

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Cherie Colyer to the blog today.  Cherie is the author of the young adult novel, Embrace.

Please give the readers a bit of information as to how you came to writing novels for middle graders and young adults.  Between the two genres, do you have a favorite?
When my boys were young, I’d read to them before bed. I used to love finding books they’d get excited about, and quite honestly I enjoyed the stories as much as they did. I used to tell my husband about ideas I had. He’d tell me that I should write one of them down, so one day I finally did. That was all it took for me to realize how much I enjoyed weaving tales for children.
I really don’t have a favorite genre. I enjoy reading and writing both.
Congratulations on your debut teen paranormal romance, Embrace, published by Omnific Publishing.  Tell us about it and how you came to write this particular book.
Cherie Colyer
Thank you. Embrace is a story about a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers there are unseen powers in the world, and she needs to embrace these powers to save her friends. Madison doesn’t like change, but this year everything is changing. Her world really spins out of control when her spunky best friend becomes panic-stricken, seeing things no one else can see and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she discovers.
I was working on a different novel when I got the idea for Embrace. It started with an image of this girl running through the halls at school. She kept popping into my head until I finally asked myself who is this girl. Over the next few months Madison was born.
My readers always want to know about an author’s typical writing day.  Would you fill us in on how yours goes?
My weekdays are pretty busy. I wake up around 5:30, workout, then get ready for work. (Yeah, I have a pesky day job (that I love, if anyone I work with is reading this.)) It’s at night, after I unwind from the day and have had dinner that I find time to write.
My weekends are much more relaxed. I write whenever I have some free time, usually early in the morning.
I know you have a new agent.  Congratulations on that achievement!  Would you share with us what you are working on now?
Thanks! My agent is currently shopping around my middle grade ghost story. To keep my mind off submissions, I’ve been working on the sequel to Embrace. In book two, Madison and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and these new creatures are more dangerous than ever. Let’s hope Madison will be able to hold on tight to those closest to her, because this time she risks losing more than just her friends.
Where can fans find you, and what social media do you use for that purpose?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads and have a blog where I spotlight fellow authors and offer tip to writers. For more information on Embrace, please visit my website.



  1. Interesting interview. Was nice to learn how the idea for EMBRACE started out.

  2. Thanks, Susanne. It is fun to read about how a book is formed! And thanks again for your support.

  3. Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for introducing us to Cherie.

    Hi Cherie,
    Best of luck with your books.

    1. Thanks, Barbara, for your comment. Cherie has a bright future ahead of her!

  4. Great interview! Congrats on the agent, Cherie.

    1. Thanks, Linda. It was a pleasure doing it!

  5. Cherie, it was such a pleasure having on the blog today. I wish you much success with Embrace and with the ghost story being shopped by your agent now.!

    All best wishes to you!

  6. Hi Nancy, thanks for having me!! And thanks everyone for the kind wishes!

  7. I am your #1 fan and can't wait for your next novel(s) to be published! You are a fantastic writer. I wish you all the best!! Happy writing to you, and happy reading to all of your fans!

    1. What a great endorsement, Tina! I couldn't agree more. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment!