Today I’m super excited to present Cheryl Yeko, author of Protecting Rose that just released TODAY!! Since Cheryl is my critique partner, I’ve read Protecting Rose, and can guarantee that you will absolutely love it.
Let’s get started with some information about Cheryl.
I live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, write, play piano and spend time with my grandchildren.
Although I’ve spent most of my professional life as a legal assistant, I can also include realtor, small business owner, and virtual assistant/mobile notary to my varied background. I am also a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin Chapter.
• What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work full time as a legal assistant, so I write over my lunch hour, in the evenings, middle of the night and weekends. It seems like every spare moment is spent on writing. It has become my passion.
• What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I haven’t been writing long enough to have a quirk. Check back with me next year :>)
• Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I take things I know and build them into a story. In Protecting Rose there is a very unique walking path that has fun stuff to see as you stroll through it. This path is actually real. I just took it and added more cool stuff to it. Built a fantasy path, so to speak. The hero charms the heroine when he takes her through the path. He also uses the path when he’s chasing the bad guy.
• What does your family think of your writing?
My family thinks it’s cool. I see my kids bragging about it on facebook, that’s fun.
My mom especially loves to be able to brag to her friends and family about it. She’s even convinced the local library where she gets all her books to place a copy there. She’s the “lunch lady” at the local elementary school and everyone she works with has vowed to buy a copy, as well as all her “group” friends on her online General Hospital fan group and her iSketch online game group. Way to go mom!
A funny story. When I first told my husband I was writing a novel he was like, “yeah, that’s cute.” He was very supportive of my efforts, but I don’t believe he ever thought it would really go anywhere.
I can still remember the look of surprise in his eyes when I told him I had a contract. Now, that was awesome. When I showed him my book cover, I think he finally got it. It went from me telling my friends about my writing goals, to him saying…”did Cheryl tell you about her book?” I love it! When I told him I was a finalist in the Launching a Star contest he was awed, his mouth literally fell open. You gotta love that!
I think he now secretly hopes I make us rich so he can retire.
• What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could actually do it. I had never so much as written a short story and had no idea if I would be able to write a novel. I just knew I loved to read them and had these ideas in my head. I’m very pleased to learn that I had a hidden talent. I don’t mean to brag, but I love Protecting Rose. I had so much fun writing the story. I hope to write more, but Protecting Rose will always hold a top spot in my heart.
• What do you think makes a good story?
Emotion and Action. I love a high intensity story. Kind of like a Bruce Willis movie.
• What author do you think your work is similar to?
Lori Foster comes to mind. I think she writes with lots of action and emotion. My favorite author is Karen Rose. She writes a little darker than Lori Foster. I love her bad guys, they are so very bad. I would love to write like her someday.
• What are you working on now?
I was recently a juror on a 2 week double murder trial. It was a fascinating case and touched every emotion imaginable.
Two young men from decent families became drug dealers. Another young man of a local well respected and wealthy business man became a user and also stored drugs on his father’s property for his dealer. He then skimmed drugs off the top and was caught. High on drugs, and feeling threatened by the men, he planned their murder. Luring them into the woods on his father’s 300 acre sod farm, he shot them with a sawed off shot gun and slit their throats. Wrapped them in chains and moving blankets and dumped them in his father’s private lake on the farm.
It was a very high profile and emotional case. Families were devastated, children were left fatherless. This case had a little of everything.
My goal is to build a romance between the lead detective on the case and the widow of one of the murdered drug dealers.
• How do you deal with writer’s block? I step away from the story and read a book.
• Do you love or hate writing sex scenes?
I love writing sex scenes. I think this is the best area to either pull the relationship back with angst or move the story forward. They are also a hoot to write…or overwrite, as the case may be.
• What was your reaction when you got the first “call”
I went through a range of emotions. Shock. Then so excited I could barely speak. Humbled.
Now, as things are starting to settle down somewhat, I’m nervous. Afraid that I won’t be able to do it again. I’m hoping this particular emotion wears off quickly. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, that’s for sure.
• Where do you see yourself, career wise, in five years?
I’m hoping to be working part time and writing full time, instead of writing part-time and working full time.
Wow, wonderful information, Cheryl. I advise you all to run out and buy (well, actually, you can just sit on your butt and buy) Protecting Rose. You can get it at Soul Mate publishing: Click Here . In a few days you’ll be able to access it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But don’t wait the few days—get it now.
Cheryl has a great website, check it out: Click Here
And for a real treat, take a look at her book trailer for Protecting Rose: Click Here
Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl, and sharing your excitement with us.