MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHERYLLYNN DYESS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Cheryllynn Dyess and I write fantasy / paranormal.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
For most of my books I have the idea just pop in. I usually figure the story out as I go. I have The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn series that now has three books in it and I’m writing each one out as a step to the final event I planned out ages ago.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always been fascinated with the paranormal, ever since I was a little kid. I was about 6 years old when I saw my first spirit and from then on I’ve been hooked.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For my most recent release,A Moment of Darknesss, there was little research needed since it’s book three in the series most everything has already been established.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Yes of course! The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn is about a young woman who discovers she is a powerful witch after her mother’s death. She moves to a new town to live with family she barely knows and is introduced to the world of magic and fantasy. She falls in love with an elf but also gets emotionally attached to a male witch. Her father is trying to take over the council and sway the witches from their deal with the seraphim that says they must protect the others and the humans… he feels they should be ruling over everyone since they are so powerful. Elizabeth goes through a lot only to have to battle her father and a twin brother she didn’t know she had.
Can’t say much more or it’d give away the story.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I think the first book, A Witch’s Dream World, would be my favorite of the three I have done so far.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I dreamt it. Odd I know, but that is how I got the idea.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I researched the area its set in and did some research on herbology and witchcraft. I wanted elements of the real mixed in with my fantasy.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes it was!
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to write everyday and at the minimal of 150 words. If I’m not distracted too much I can usually put out around 1.5-2k words a day. I write when I can. I work from home so my schedule is insanely flexible. I write from wherever I am sitting and have access to the apps I use.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes I do. I’ve alredy written more than half of book 4 in this series and have three more I’m working on. I don’t have a title for book 4 yet but the others are The Forgotten Soul, Bonded, and a new series I’m working on the title for.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
In the very first series I wrote every name is a twisted version of someone I know. The main character Jein was named after my mom, Betty Jean. In this series, Elizabeth is named after my daughter Amanda Elizabeth. Most of the supporting characters for the rest are just random names I chose.
Where do your ideas come from?
My dreams, nightmares, or the wind could blow just right and an idea pop into my head.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
No not really. I love the genre I write in and think I’ll stick to it.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Staying in one story. I have so many ideas that I have to work on focusing to finish one before running away on another.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them. I have a few but they are very basic.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Getting published, even if I am an indie author. It’s hard to put your heart in something and then show it to world.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting a reader/fan who tells me how much they love my work. It makes all the stress worth it for that one moment to know you made a difference in someone’s life.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Oh wow, well hopefully more established and still writing!
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I’ve done it since I was in middle school. I started off with poetry.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up. Research and ask questions!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d still be in the healthcare field. I have a passion for helping others and did it for many years.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read the reviews, every one of them. I respond to some but not all. If there are bad reviews I look hard at them to see the constructive criticism and try to learn from it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing and Marketing!
What are you working on now?
Book 4 in The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn and a couple of other stories, The Forgotten Soul and Bonded.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is the very last thing I wrote in book four … mind you its raw and unedited:
“I can’t believe he showed up!”
“Yeah,” Elizabeth rubbed her hand, “I can’t believe how hard his jaw is mom!”
“It’s not funny! He could have hurt one of y’all bad. Good thing she has a protective neighbor. Did that guy really jump on his back and roll around with him?” Sari snickered as she envisioned the sight.
Sara burst out laughing as she sat across from her friends mother at the table, “Yes ma’am. I just hate that Jaquie got hurt, even if it wasn’t bad. I mean,” she started twisting her hair, “here everyone is trying to keep me safe and he gets in anyway.” Elizabeth looked shock, she hadn’t really thought about that night like that but it was true, they had failed to keep Jeremy out. “I’m not trying to be ungrateful or anything. I just… I don’t know.”
“No, you made a good point. With all of us there, he still managed to get in,” Elizabeth stood up and headed to her room, “and I aim to find out how!”
Sari called after her daughter, “Don’t do anything stupid!” She then looked at the young woman still sitting at the table, “You know… they are going to be going insane about your security now.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose this genre because it chose me. It’s the one I relate to best.
Where did your love of books come from?
For a long time I was only an academic reader until my son handed me the The Hundred Thousand Kingdom book…. that book changed my life.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
First and foremost – Edgar Allen Poe. To me there is no better then comes authors like NK Jemisin, Stephen King, RA Salvatore – for indie authors I absolutely love CL Gaber and RS McCoy, to name a few off the top of my head.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Tara in Born of The Veil is my favorite because her story was written completely from my nightmares. It’s very personal to me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. I put a lot of myself into my work and some days it drains me and others I walk away skipping.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what comes to me. I don’t write to market at all…just what my heart says to do. I take input from readers and my BETA’s and incorporate what I can into the story to fill it out and make it better.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Oh goodness, there are way too many to list here. So the very short list would be Airicka Phoenix, Anne Conley, Stella Price, and RS McCoy – these women all give me inspiration in one form or another. Screaming Mimi and Alathia Paris Morgan and D Michele Robbearts – these ladies are the most local that I interact with and must say in their own ways are very encouraging and inspiring to be better and never give up.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
After the Storm… it’s actually in the works.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My website is cheryllynndyess.com or you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @CheryllynnDyess
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for having me, its been an absolute pleasure.
A Moment of Darkness, Book Three of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn.
Elizabeth fought with her father to save the coven with The Veil’s help and succeeded. She secured the peace her coven desired but failed to find her own. Wesley and his family disappeared before the battle and left her feeling abandoned, broken. Her soul rages with emotions and magic she still hasn’t mastered. Living in a world she barely understands, the one person who is there for her is the one she should stay away from.
Will the lure of the darkness be overcome or will she give in?
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Trailer – https://youtu.be/1hmTWnr1NqI