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Interview with Cheryllynn Dyess

Where do you get your inspiration?

My dreams and nightmares usually, but sometimes things just pop into my head.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

I have 15, so I’ll narrow down to the standalone and series. The Jein’s Journey Series was the first series I wrote (first of anything really). It is an inspirational story about how a young woman who was raised in a matriarchal society had to fight to be unique and accepted. Its in a world I built and nature and peace play a huge role in the story. My second series is The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn. Another young woman but this time she must accept who she is rather than others. Her world is turned upside down when she discovers magic is real and she is a very strong wielder of it.

Stand alones: *Born of The Veil came straight out of my nightmares – demons and ghosts along with immortals. The story starts out in Southeast Georgia and then moves all over the world.

*Bonded is my sweet fantasy romance between humans and sprites. Shae discovers she is one of the Forgotten and when she sees her first sprite she is almost instantly in love…

*Forgotten Soul is about a man who has lived a thousand lives but remembers none of them because it was a curse God put on him for disobeying him. He must regain his faith in order to get his memories back as well his admission into heaven. Only after being hired by a demon and falling in love with the man he works with, does things fall apart…or rather together.

*Multifaceted is a story about a sentient stone that can influence the humans around it and those that own it. It can see into the heart of man and gives man what they deserve.

*Little Measures is a small cookbook I threw together after my kid complained about not being able to figure out my recipes because…well, I don’t measure.

*The Shadow of the Mind’s Heart is a collection of poetry that spans over thirty years…it touches on every topic a young woman goes through in life, many of which are taboo to speak on.

What inspires you to write?

 Inspiration comes from many places. For me its like a craving, once I have it I have to finish the words to sate it.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

 Originally I only wrote as a teen, poems and short stories. When I met my husband he read my poems and asked why I wasn’t doing it for a living. So he made it so I could stay home and write and take care of the kids.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

 My first book, Calastan, was published via a publisher and it was a huge mistake but holding a book with your name on it, that has the words you wrote – there is no other feeling like it in the world.

What advice can you give future authors?

Write because you want to. Write what you want because that is what you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t write your best. After that … learn the industry and network!

What was the easiest book for you to write?

 I’m not really sure to be honest.

What was the hardest?

 Multifaceted was my hardest to date. I did a lot of research for that book and it took me nearly two years to finish.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

 Focus. There are a lot of interruptions in my day and that is stressful and you can loose your flow really quickly.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

 I detest marketing. It is not easy at all. It’s a lot of work. I took a year and a half off to learn marketing and lost a lot of money doing that. Now, I focus more on the writing and will entertain a few ads here and there.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

 Poetic and fluid. I love nature and description and it is reflected in my writing.

Have you ever participated in Nano? If so, did you make the goal?

 Yes I have participated and No, I never make the goal. November is the worst month next to December to do that challenge. Holidays usually means family and lots of cooking. Family comes first so writing is never finished.

How supportive is your family of your books?

 Very. I’m blessed to have a loving family. I have a few kids who share everything I promote and one who buys all my books. My husband is my biggest supporter as he financially backs everything I do. Not saying all my family buys or shares my work, but a good enough portion does and I’m thankful.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

 No I haven’t. I am my biggest discouragement.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

 I have BETA readers, but that is it really.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Three or four, usually.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

 Not at this time, hoping for a future with that.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

 My biggest author crush is Edgar Allen Poe, hands down. His dark and twisted words opened me to accept my own. Everyone else falls in line behind him!

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

 I have a new series planned out about the elements and shifters. It will address real world problems with a fantasy foundation!

Where can we find you on social media?

Here are my links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cheryllynndyess

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheryllynndyess

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/cheryllynndyess

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheryllynndyess/

Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/c5z8w7

Website: http://www.cheryllynndyess.com

Bookbub: https://goo.gl/zqw1Xy

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