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Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

I had a chance to chat with the talented Cherie Colyer,  a YA author with Omnific Publishing, about her writing journey. She's open and fun, a real pleasure to talk to. Loved her book, too! Read about her writing process below:

Author Interview:

  1. What made you decide to write a book in the first place? My husband. I used to tell him about these ideas I had for different books. One day he said, why don’t you write one of them down. So I did, and I’ve been writing ever since.

  1. Approximately how long does it take you to write a book––from a germ of an idea to the final draft? Oh, wow. If we count from the time I first start to think about a new idea to the time I’ve written the book, two or three years. If you start the clock from the time I write the first chapter to when I finish the novel, three to six months.

  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk––certain music, lucky socks, favorite beverage? I like to write in the family room where the television is on and the family is moving around. I’ve become very good at blocking everyone and everything out.

  1. What appears first in your mind when developing a new story––characters, plot, or setting? A snippet of a scene. With Embrace it was of a girl running through the halls at school.

  1. What was a surprising thing you learned while creating your books––about yourself, the business, or about the world? My protagonist’s mom is usually dead. My mom—who is a wonderful woman—happened to point that one out.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why? Six or eight, a few of those will never see the light of day, however. I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite.

  1. Do you read reviews, and how do they affect your writing? I do read reviews. I believe it’s good to know what readers liked and didn’t like about my book so I know what is working and what I can improve on.

  1. Top three bits of advice for writing a successful novel? Write what you are passionate about, be open to criticism and willing to revise, and never give up.

  1. What's your favorite thing about being a writer? Being able to make things up to weave together my own stories.

Author Bio:

Cherie Colyer’s imagination extends far beyond her Illinois roots through her love of books and reading. The discipline of her career as a Network Technician provides an opposing mindset for her fictional stories. Cherie combines her fascination of all things mythical with her passion for writing to weave together middle grade and young adult stories. Her young adult paranormal romance/ thriller, EMBRACE, is now available.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, writing, reading, and loves a challenge. While she has had many great experiences, her most satisfying experience is seeing her children and stories grow into their own exciting and distinct entities.

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Embrace-ebook/dp/B006NST1Q2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1347149573&sr=8-8&keywords=embrace
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/embrace-cherie-colyer/1107995306?ean=9781936305964

I’m always happy to hear from readers:
Website: http://www.embracenovels.com/
Blog:  http://cheriecolyer.blogspot.com/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12931061-embrace
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherie-Colyer-author/250631921629169
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherieColyer

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 20th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Hi Cherie!
I love how your mom pointed out that your mom's were always dead. LOL!

Mar. 20th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi Cherie!
Ah yes, the poor, dead or very busy parent(s) in YA. Cherie'll have to make sure the mom of her next YA is alive and well, but maybe very evil instead.... :)
Mar. 20th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for having me on your blog! Cherie
Mar. 20th, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for brightening my pages! :)
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