Cheryl Holloway Bio
CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government and military. She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in the journalistic and publishing arenas. She has earned the respect of her peers and the general public as an expert in media reporting in a number of states.
Holloway was a metropolitan reporter in southern California for the Precinct Reporter and Orange County News in the early 90’s. For over two decades, she worked diligently with military magazines for both the Air Force and Coast Guard as a writer for the Nuclear Surety and Flying Safety magazines. She began as a writer for the Road & Recreation Magazine and Proceedings Magazine, the oldest military magazine in U.S. history. She later became the first and only African-American Editor of each magazine. While working for the military she won several awards for the publications, including the coveted NAGC Blue Pencil Award. Holloway also was an intern at the Smithsonian headquarters for the Smithsonian Publications. She has also been a Talk Show Host in radio and television in California, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois and New Mexico. Her latest talk show, Just About Books, was created in 2005 to give authors an arena to discuss their books and bring them to the readers of the world through Internet radio. She retired from the Federal Government in 2006, which opened the door for a new phase of her life as a full-time writer and editor.
One day while visiting an antique store with her granddaughter, who asked, “What is that?” She replied, “an adding machine.” Cheryl came to the realization that children of today with all of the technology need to know how life really was for their grandparents—in the recent past. So, she decided to write a historical novel about the 1960’s.
Holloway is the author of two books, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows, and Lana’s Dream, a young adult historical novel. She is also the author of several short stories and is currently working on two ebooks.
Cheryl is currently making her dream come true as an author. She lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on her next book and other writing projects.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why did you write a historical fiction novel? I wanted my grandchildren and future generations to know about the simpler life of past generations that did not have the technology of today. Lana’s Dream is a story about determination in the face of adversity. It seemed like just the thing that was needed for Generation Y kids who are known as incredibly sophisticated and technology wise.
- Who is Lana’s Dream written for? The book is written for young adults ages thirteen and up, but it will appeal to adults and all lovers of historical fiction. I suggest that parents also read the book.
- What was it like growing up in Gary, Indiana? Everybody’s father worked in the steel mill, whether it was the big mill in downtown Gary, where my aunt and uncle worked (yes, women were allowed to work in some areas of the mill) or one of the steel mills in East Chicago, Indiana like Inland or Youngstown Steel Mill where my father worked. There was always a dust residue in our homes from the ashes of the steel mill. Healthwise, I am sure that wasn’t good. Most of our mothers were stay-at-home moms. Downtown, we had stores such as Sears, W.T. Grant, Goldblatt’s Department Store, and Tom Olesker’s. Mr. Peanut Store downtown had a life sized Mr. Peanut statue that all the kids loved. We had the Palace Movie Theatre on Broadway. I went to Lincoln Elementary School. I was supposed to go to Froebel High School, but my parents moved to the Tolleston area and I went to Tolleston High School. Roosevelt High School was the African American high school, Froebel, Tolleston and Horace Mann were integrated. We had one drive-in theater, the Y & W on Broadway in Merrillville. I had my “Sweet Sixteen” semi formal birthday party in the Ballroom above the Tolleston Bowling Alley. I went to Jerusalem Baptist Church. My parents had been members there since 1951 when it began with Rev. Joyner. Another big African American Church was First Baptist Church with Rev. Penn near Roosevelt High School. During the winter holiday season, we had the Holiday Basketball Tournaments at Memorial Auditorium.
- Did you really know Michael Jackson? Yes. The Jackson 5 were just beginning and their father, Joe Jackson, was promoting them and trying to get them known. They played at the YWCA on Saturday mornings. It was a community Talent Show that was held to keep the youth out of trouble. They wore red polo shits, black pants, red socks and black shoes. In 1963, Michael Jackson was about 5 years old at the time. When Dianna Ross had the big Talent Show at Memorial Auditorium where the Jackson 5 won First Place, I was there.
- What historical facts are important to the story? The standard black rotary telephone with party lines, the clock radio, the digital clock with flip numbers, and 45 RPM records. "Fingertips" is a 1963 number one hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single.
- Can you tell us more about Vivian Carter, the disc jockey? Vivian Carter was an African American record company executive, one of the co-founders of Vee–Jay Records, and radio disc jockey for WGRY radio station in Gary, Indiana. She also owned Vivian’s Record Shop on Broadway in downtown Gary. Her record company was the first record company to introduce the Beatles to America. She was active in radio in Gary well into the 1980’s.
- Will there be a sequel to Lana’s Dream? Yes, I am currently working on a historical novel and some short stories. The historical novel is a sequel to Lana’s Dream, so there is no definite release date for the sequel. The story is about Lana’s wedding to Jim Callis.