Before I begin this week’s interview, I would like to extend a ‘thank you’ to the authors who so graciously volunteer to participate and appear here with me. In the beginning, I had to scout out people willing to participate on a yet-to-be-established blog. A few months down the road it began to even out between ask and offer and now, I no longer have to
beg search for willing authors.
So, I thank you all, truly, for the gift of your time and the stories and insights that readers keep coming back for. I may offer the opportunity, but without all of the authors who put themselves out there, I would have nothing to offer.
And now, I would like to introduce you to this week’s guest, Cherie Waggie…
IDI – Hi Cherie, thank you for joining me. First I’d like to ask, when did you have your Eureka moment? When did you know that you were born to write?
IDI – What are you the most passionate about within your writing?
CW – Within my writing there are several themes: faith, family, letting go of the past, and accepting the consequences of actions.
IDI – Some writers have been known to be eccentric, from keeping rotting apples in their desk drawer to only being able to write on a certain type of paper. Do you have any quirks or superstitions that are as integral to good writing as plot and character are?
CW – I talk to myself a lot. Working out dialogue and character interaction, I talk to myself. And I hate being interrupted.
IDI – Who do you consider your main influences in your writing, in your life?
CW – God. Because He is the one who created me with the talent and the imagination and the ability to write. He created me to be an artist in many ways, and He gave me the heart for loving my family, my country, and what is right. He gave me a quiet sense of humor, a soft place for children and animals, and a fierce protectiveness for the weak and innocent. After God, my main influence would be Mama, because she’s strong, independent, and caring.
IDI – What are you working on now? Can we get a peek?
CW – Right now, I’m working on a mystery with one of my characters, a private investigator named Dakota Jennins. Dakota is recently widowed and taking time to deal with her grief when she is pulled unexpectedly into the rescue of kidnap victim, Eddie Tseung. (Eddie was introduced in my book ‘Twisting Dagger’ and I hope to include as a bonus the short story introducing Dakota)
Eddie kept one eye on the road, one eye on the black truck that was quickly closing the gap between it and the jeep. Dakota managed to get her seatbelt buckled and reached around Eddie to pull the shoulder harness across him and snap it. She risked glancing at the speedometer. They were going much, much too fast on a road that resembled a tightly coiled snake. She looked behind them. The truck was closing fast. She could see the faces of the two men in the front seat.
The jeep slid around a curve and she had to grab the roll bar to keep from being hung of the side of the door. Eddie fought the steering wheel to straighten out the fishtailing jeep. Every muscle in his arms and shoulders were tensed. His jaw clamped, his eyes clamped, his eyes so focused that Dakota didn’t dare break his concentration. The pickup was right behind them. It sped up and bumped the jeep, sending them into another fishtail. Dakota held on as Eddie nursed the jeep. the pickup was coming at them again. Dakota glanced at the speedometer. they were going eighty miles an hour. She swallowed and desperately wished for her gun.
IDI – Who’s your target audience? What aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
CW – Target audience, anyone over the age of twelve. I may not write strong, deep, philosophical books, but I hope that I write entertaining books. Escape from day-to-day worries and stress, that’s why I read, and I hope that’s what my writing offers.
IDI – Everyone has their dream. What’s yours?
CW – My greatest dream is to have one or several of my books made into films. A best seller wouldn’t hurt. But I ‘cast’ my books and have been told I tend to write as if I’m ‘looking through the lens of a camera’.
IDI – We all draw from within and I believe there is an element of ‘us’ in everything we write. How much of you will a reader find in any given book?
CW – A lot of me is in what I write, my views, my beliefs, my feelings, my ideas; I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’ve learned from every experience.
IDI – I know I have ideas for stories that cross over the lines of my usual genre. Do you have any such ideas wandering around and if so, what’s your outlook on genre crossing?
CW – I’ve done this. I began writing fantasy, and now write mystery, but I want to continue to write fantasy as well.
IDI – What is your favorite book of all-time?
CW – ‘Lord of the Rings’ and then ‘The Sword of Shannara’.
IDI – Choosing between all of the characters you’ve written, which do you consider the ‘strongest’?
CW – One character not yet realized in print, but the first real character I wrote is Auguston. He’s strong, incredibly brave, mysterious, loyal to his heritage, his family and his friends, he has a strong sense of right, absolutely hates evil, and isn’t afraid to admit his own failings. I always considered him my ‘alter ego’, everything I would like to be, but am not.
IDI – I think many of us have written characters that depict our ‘alter ego’. Thank you very much, Cherie, for joining me here today. I wish you the best of luck with your writing endeavors.
As many of you already know, I’ve recently incorporated something new into each Wednesday interview. I add a little something at the end that I came across during the previous week. Sometimes its amusing, other times it’s informative. This week, I’m going to include two links, each having to do with the publishing industry and where it’s headed.
The first is a clever little video and I would like to thank Author Media for posting it originally:
The second is informative and I would like to thank Joanna Penn (of The Creative Penn) for the post:
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