**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Cher’ley Grogg
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I, along with my husband, live in West Virginia in a very small town along the Little Kanawha River. I love where we live, because we’re the last house on a dead end road. The river is in my front yard, a creek and the woods behind us and on the far side of us.
My husband and I are team drivers of an 18 wheeler. We can cross the US, ocean to ocean in a week. We see some very beautiful country, mostly through the windshield, but occasionally we get to stop and spend a little time in an interesting place.
I am fortunate to have my children and their spouses living close to us, especially since I have four grandchildren which I love spending time with. I miss being home with them, since I stay on the truck for 4-6 weeks at a time. I also miss going to church at home. Sometimes I can attend services at a truck stop.
Painting, photography and fishing are some of my other interests. I like to write poetry by longhand in a notebook. A secret of sorts, is that most people don’t know is that I love to belly dance. It’s great exercise, but I just started doing it a couple of years ago.
1. How did you get started writing?
My husband was in college and he’d come home from school and say, “My instructor said, you really should become a writer.” Of course he was kidding. The instructors were telling him that he should be a writer, but they didn’t know I was helping with his assignments.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I mostly write mystery, but I have a suspense that I have been working on for a while and some friends and family have talked me into writing a Vampire novel. Mystery and suspense are what I like to read.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is writing “The End”. But, before that I like the creation of the whole thing, not so much the details, but the overall feel of it. I think the novels through for a long time before I ever type them on the computer.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
You’ve probably guessed, my least favorite part is the details. What kind of apples grow in West Virginia, on the side of a mountain, close to the Cheat River? That sort of thing, or naming my characters, I’m not good at that either.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I really don’t know. They just sort of happen. I think I’m going to write a cozy mystery or a YA novel, and then it just starts coming to me. This would be a good setting, now you need a strong protagonist and then you need a love interest. Of course you need someone to cause havoc.
6. What is your typical day like?
My typical day is probably different than most peoples. I get up, pull my clothes on and start driving. I need lots of coffee. I drive for 11 hours while my husband sleeps. After the shift ends, I’m looking for a shower and some food before I hit the bunk. Sometimes we are down for a day or so, or I’ll have a little extra energy and that’s when I write. I write in chunks. I don’t get to write often, but I write a lot at one time when I do get the opportunity.
Daily, I try to work in some book marketing, some email and some Facebook time. I read a little on my Kindle, but I also keep a couple of paperbacks and my Bible on the nightstand. I like TV too. I have a DVR on my Droid and I often watch it until I fall asleep. Sometimes it takes me 3 or 4 days to watch on show of Castle.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I believe conflict is the hardest thing for me to write. I see the world through rose colored glasses, so I have a hard time writing anything bad in any of the stories. One of my writing buddies told me one time, “Every story cannot be nice and sweet. Sometime, you’re going to have to write something that doesn’t turn out perfectly.” So now I strive very hard to put in the right amount of conflict. And sometimes really bad things happen.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I actually have two books published now. The second book is call “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”. It’s more for young people, but so far it’s only been read by adults who have really enjoyed it. There’s a very spicy grandma in this story. I haven’t given this book as much attention as I did the first one, because it’s only been published a few weeks.
I am working on the sequels to Stamp Out Murder and The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk. I’m hoping to have those finished by the end of next year.
My books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions:
Stamp Out Murder http://www.amazon.com/Stamp-Out-Murder-Cherley-Grogg/dp/1470113058
The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Grandmas-Trunk-Along/dp/1475282656/ref=la_B007UVFEYE_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344205640&sr=1-1
Stamp Out Murder Blog http://stampoutmurder.blogspot.com/
My webpage http://cherley.webs.com/apps/blog/
You can join me on facebook at my Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/cherleygroggfanpage
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Cher’ley and her release, STAMP OUT MURDER, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!