Saturday, August 24, 2013

Author Interview - Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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What are you most proud of in your personal life? My daughter, Jessica. She has grown into a beautiful young woman who isn’t afraid to pursue her dreams. She takes pride in everything she does. And she chose a wonderful man to marry!

What books did you love growing up? Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were my absolute favorites before my teens. As a teen, I discovered Harlequin romances. Of course that was back a few decades when they were all about romance and not so sexually explicit. But my most favorite books were anything by Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz (he’s Dean Koontz now) and John Saul. I was an avid reader and read far above my grade level because our family home was always filled with books of all genres. I even went through a fantasy period where that was all I read.

Who is your favorite author? Stephen King and Dean Koontz—it’s kind of a tie now.

What book genre of books do you adore? Suspense—which includes thrillers & mysteries.

What book should everybody read at least once? The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? I’m not big on true sci-fi, the older kind, or literary fiction.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? Awesome wife, mother and friend. Inspiring.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up all over; I was a “military brat.” However, most of my youth was spent in Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands, just north of Vancouver Island, BC. This greatly influenced my first book, WHALE SONG. I live in Edmonton now and have for about 20 years, but we’re expecting to move back to BC within the next year. I am a BC girl at heart.

How did you develop your writing? I wrote short stories while in school and sometimes they were critiqued by my teachers. This taught me many of the basics. I also studied other great writers in my genre, like King and Koontz. I really absorbed how they put their sentences together, how they created tension, how they paced themselves. I took a journalism and short story writing course in my early 20s and graduated with Highest Honors and a 98% overall score. I joined various critique/writers’ groups over the years, read books on writing, editing, and more.

Where do you get your inspiration from? My inspiration often comes from my own fears or from something I see or hear. My goal is to delve into a reader’s emotions and make them FEEL something with every book I write. If they don’t feel some kind of strong emotion, I have failed. Most often, my inspiration comes from the characters themselves. The more I get to know them, their vulnerabilities, their thoughts, their lives, the more I want to share their stories.

Children of the Fog

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Genre – Supernatural Suspense Thriller

Rating – PG13

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