Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Cheryl Therrien talks about D.R.E.A.M. Catchers



This week I’m featuring another Indie author on the blog and a book that's a bit different.  Cheryl Therrien is from the USA.  Cheryl blogs aka Geek Girl  and she’s a writer and breast cancer survivor. In preparation for her public debut on Amazon, she began honing her writing skills through blogging. You can find her blog at Geek Girl USA. Her first book, D.R.E.A.M. Catchers, was a collaborative effort with fellow blogger and friend Susan Cooper at Finding Our Way Now.  Cheryl is an eclectic writer so every genre is open for her to pursue. Cheryl shares her Kansas home with her husband and their furry children - three dogs and a cat - all of whom are rescues.
 

  • Cheryl - tell us the title of your current book.
    • D.R.E.A.M. Catchers
  • Can you tell us a little bit of what it's about?
    • D.R.E.A.M. Catchers is a simple and easy to use introduction to dream analysis. D.R.E.A.M. Catchers is an introduction to understanding your dreams. It covers the some of the most basic dream symbols and encourages you to create your own dream symbol dictionary. Dreams are unique to each person so the context in which a symbol appears is every bit as important as the symbol itself. This is not a book you read from cover to cover. This is a manual where you look up the symbol and then try to understand its meaning within the context of your dream. This manual is set up like 'The One Minute Manager'. It's quick and easy to use. 
  • What genre does your book fall under?
    • It's a self-help manual
  • Do you always write for the same genre?
    • I don't limit myself to one genre. I am a huge sci-fi fan so it only seems logical that I would explore that genre as well. You can look forward  to reading some good sci-fi from me in the not too distant future. 
  • Who or what motivates or inspires you to write?
    • Writing for me is like breathing. I thrive on it. The subject doesn’t matter as long as I can write. Writing has always been my passion. Until recently I did not share it with anyone. I am a computer Geek thus the aka Geek Girl alias I use on my blog. I began blogging as sort of a proving ground to hone my writing skills. You will find app reviews along with Motivational Monday quotes there. It has been through the encouragement of my newly found blogging friends that I found the confidence to write books for publication. 
  • Tell us about your writing background.
    • I am self-taught for the most part. After taking some college courses and getting positive feedback from the instructors I started my first blog. My blogging has served as my proving ground for honing my writing skills.
  • How long does it typically take you to write a first draft?
    • About 3 months if I work on it regularly
  • Do you employ an editor to assist you in your writing process?
    • Yes. I find that having someone else look at my work is really helpful. They see things I am too close to the work to see for myself.
  • Are you self-published or represented by an agency?
    • Self-published
  • Do you have future projects we can look forward to?
    • My next book is a series of letters from me to my unborn grandchild. As a first-time grandmother I wanted to offer advice through a series of letters. It is called ‘Letters From Grandma: Before You Were Born’. They are full of all the anticipation of his or her arrival, along with little pearls of wisdom to store away until the time is right. 
  • Do you have any tips or advice to offer fellow writers?
    • The most important thing I can say is to start promoting your book before you are finished writing it. Build the audience and the anticipation ahead of time.
  • Is there anything else you would like to share with your potential readers?
    • As an independent author and blogger you will see posts on my blog announcing all upcoming publications.
  • Tell us how we can connect with you in the world of social media.



  Thanks to Cheryl for the answers.  I've read and reviewed D.R.E.A.M. Catchers  and will be putting it up over on my book blog  as soon as I get back from England.  Fascinating reading.  My nights will never be the same again!




3 comments:

  1. I love the review and thank you for the shout out as well. Cheryl is an inspiration to me on many levels. Thank you for showcasing her. :-)

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  2. Both Cheryl and Susan are inspirational to me as bloggers and writers. I wish them all the best, plus I can't wait to see what direction Cheryl takes her blog in the new year.

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  3. Thanks Susan and Jeri - I've really enjoyed the experience connecting with writers across the Atlantic - England tends to be a bit introspective!

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