Author Spotlight: Cher Green

I’d like to welcome dark fiction writer Cher Green, author of Seduced by Darkness, a paranormal romance novel. Before we learn more about Seduced by Darkness, let’s see what Cher has to say…

  1. When did you start writing?
As a teen, I started writing poetry and short stories.
  1. What’s your ultimate goal as a writer?  How close are you to achieving that goal?
My ultimate goal is to be read widely and to bring unforgettable adventures to my readers. With each new book, I’ll get closer to the goal, but I believe this will be an ongoing journey with many twists in the road.
  1. If you have pets, what are they and what are their names?
I have two adorable cats, brother and sister. Prissy and Tike.
  1. Who has influenced your writing and how?
Stephen King has been a major role in my writing and writing goals. His stories and characters draw you in and don’t let go until the end. His book, On Writing, is a great source to fall back upon when losing faith.
  1. Tell us about your journey to publication.
It’s been a long road and I’m nowhere near reaching the end of my journey. Through many rewrites and rejections, I made a breakthrough in 2011 with my first paid publication with a short story, Friends Forever. This was one of my first stories written toward publication. It had plenty of rejections, but finally found its home.
  1. What does a typical writing day look like to you?
There’s no such thing in my life. I have a day job which has no normal schedule, so I write when I can. Sometimes I go days without writing, but bills do have to come first. It’s just the way life is.
  1. Are you a plotter, pantser or a little of both?  Describe how a story comes together for you.
I’m mostly pantser. I get an idea – a title, situation, or character, and I start writing. I keep writing till I feel it’s time to evaluate. At that point, I summarize each scene and look at what I have as a whole. From there, I start writing again till I reach the end. The editing/rewriting is the main work in my process.
  1. What advice do you have for writers who are on their own path to publication?
Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer and don’t tune out healthy criticism.
  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?  When did you realize it could actually become a reality?
I’ve always wanted to be an author, but life steered me away from my dream. My father’s death woke me up to reality. You only get one chance, so you better get with it. I began writing, joined writing groups, and honed my craft. I submitted and resubmitted, and continue to do so.
  1. What does your editing process look like?
Red! I move through the first draft with pen and paper, jotting notes and thoughts. Then, using Word’s tracking option – I reword, rearrange, insert and demolish the first draft. To be honest, my first draft is more of a guide for the real story.

Excerpt of Seduced by Darkness:

Chapter One

Geneva licked her lips, savoring the hint of sweet metallic blood. Allowed only a small amount of the delicacy, she craved more. As she stepped from the moonlit night into the quiet gallery, a shiver laced through her body. With each forbidden step, she searched for hidden dangers. If the clan discovered the deception, she’d be punished – of that she held no doubt.

With only her pale face visible beneath the black cloak, Geneva moved in front of the large painting. A majestic tree cast shadows over the landscape, children danced in play, and a young couple kissed by a lake. The sun glinted off a wine glass in the woman’s hand. Geneva ached to join such a scene, yet destiny tore her in the opposite direction – darkness. Gliding a finger across the canvas, she longed to be pulled within.

A hand gripped Geneva’s shoulder.  Instinct screamed for her to flee. Instead, she prepared for the worse and turned. A scrawny man fidgeted in place. A starched, blue security uniform hung loosely from his wiry frame. He recoiled, stammering incoherently.

Geneva cringed at the reaction, but wasn’t at all surprised. The pale skin and death-filled eyes scared humans. Their fear saturated her soul with pain. She wished to be a part of their world, yet they refused to accept the breed. The paintings provided a brief connection to human normalcy, but it wasn’t the same as the physical, the joy of holding another.

“Miss, you aren’t allowed to touch the artwork.” The security guard stuttered, bowing his head.

“I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

The man nodded and scurried away into the shadows. Just another mortal afraid of the death wrapped tightly around her – without even realizing the source of fear.

Geneva lingered, prolonging the return to her dismal abyss. She wandered further into the gallery, beyond the normal viewing area. Gasping, she stared at the collection, each canvas bore her image. The clan would be furious. How had she been noticed? Every care had been taken, so for a mortal to have noticed … should she run?

Stepping closer, weak pulse quickening, Geneva studied the artist’s name scribbled across the bottom, Lewis Hunt. The normal life scenes were replaced by an overcast of death, her death, her lethal darkness. She’d allowed the dismal destiny to affect the life of a human, dragged him into the isolation. Now, yet again, she’d be exiled from walking among them, just like before. Geneva stepped away from the paintings. Love, lust, loss – like claws shredding flesh– swept her away to another place in time. She brushed away the lone tear and stared at the faint pinkish color. “Momma, Tessa…”

Pain squeezed what little heart she possessed. She had to get out of there, had to return home. Stumbling into someone, Geneva tried to go around, but he matched the movements, blocking every attempt. He gripped her shoulders. She looked up, half expecting the security guard.

If you want to pick up this great read, here’s the link:

For more information on Cher, visit her website: www.chergreen.com

Twitter: @CherGreenWriter

Thanks for visiting, Cher!

I’m looking to fill some author spotlight spots. I’m booking for May and June. If you write romance, thriller, mystery, urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, or true crime, and you have a book you’d like to promote, send me an email: lynnette_labelle at yahoo dot com. Make sure you have “Author Spotlight” in the subject line or I won’t open the email. Let me know when your release date will be (if the book isn’t already available) and what genre you write.

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