Title: And, Not Only That
Synopsis: Three friends. Three incredible journeys. Janole, Jenn and Tam meet in college and forge a lifelong friendship. Janole makes a decision as a young adult that exposes the true character of her family and ignites a chain of unpredictable events. Later, her world is torn apart when her beloved husband of 24 years mysteriously disappears under scandalous circumstances. She questions everything that she believed in especially her husband and their marriage. Jenn, wealthy and privileged, witnesses a childhood tragedy that instantly changes her family and haunts her into adulthood. She, and everyone she loves, are being destroyed by events that occurred years ago. Unless something changes, she is on the brink of losing everything including her sobriety and her husband. Tam’s mother dies from a lengthy illness while Tam is in college. As a result, Tam decides to become a doctor and is committed to helping others. However, she must face her own medical crisis and a possible change in lifestyle that she finds difficult to accept. This is a gripping story of love, faith, family, marriage, pain, tragedy, triumph, restoration and spiritual growth that transcends time, age, race and gender. It contains a message of God’s unwavering and uncompromising love and how He reveals Himself in the most unusual and unexpected ways.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Cheryl M. Robinson, a debut author with a unique writing style. Welcome to my blog, Cheryl.
CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
CMR: The reader will take an unforgettable and real journey, experience a wide range of emotions, applaud the experience, and long for more.
CH: Why did you decide to write a Christian novel covering so many topics?
CMR: My novel is a book about life–a multifaceted journey of many experiences—and my belief that God is the core of our existence.
CH: When you are coming up with a new idea for a book, do you look at the market for trends? Or do you just write your own story?
CMR: I do not look at the market for trends to generate ideas. I simply write what I hope will be an engaging, intriguing and inspiring story.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing?
CMR: My goal is to make the characters so “real” that the reader identifies with them, perhaps even recognizes him or herself. Inspirational suspense is the genre that best describes And, Not Only That though—to my knowledge–no such genre exists. My intent is to captivate and surprise the reader throughout the reading experience just as life captivates and, at times, surprises us.
CH: Since this is your debut novel, what pitfalls or challenges have you run into as a new author?
CMR: The biggest challenge, by far, is marketing and publicizing the novel. Not only is this my debut novel, but it is also self-published. The challenge is how best to expose the book to a wider audience, nationally and internationally.
CH: What was the most exciting thing to happen on your self-publishing journey?
CMR: Many exciting things occurred. Writing a novel—especially the first time—is a unique and gratifying experience. As I review the entire writing and self-publishing journey, one of the most exciting things was the day my book arrived in the mail, when I actually held it in my hands for the first time, which was quite exciting and humbling. In my hand, I held the result of countless hours of writing, re-writing, editing, reviewing and praying. Ultimately, the writing journey was an incredible spiritual journey for me.
CH: In reference to the friendship of the women, is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
CMR: Yes. Friends—true friends—are a gift. I believe God reveals Himself to us in many, many ways. One of the ways in which He reveals Himself and His love—and allows us to demonstrate that love—is through friendships. I’m so incredibly thankful for the “unique treasures” who have blessed my life.
CH: Who are some of your writing influences?
CMR: I am an avid reader and have been since I was very young. Surprisingly, I don’t have a specific writing influence. I am indebted, however, to all of the incredible published writers/authors.
CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you? (outline, draft, edit, write)
CMR: The hardest part for me is time, believe it or not. I enjoy writing and while I have an outline of the story, the characters sometimes refuse to follow the outline. The joys of writing fiction.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
CMR: The situations and issues in And, Not Only That are real life occurrences: young love, abuse, marital and family discord, tough decisions, and other painful situations, such as death/loss and betrayal. All of which can be challenges to our faith. It was not difficult creating believable situations.
CH: Which one of the characters was hardest to write?
CMR: Tough question. Perhaps Tam, one of the main characters.
CH: Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?
CMR: There are some parallels of my personal experiences in the book.
CH: Does this make you feel like you have accomplished your goal as an author?
CMR: Yes, the reviews are extremely gratifying. Those posted on Amazon, along with the many I’ve received via e-mail or in person, are encouraging and validating. I’m so thankful! One of the measures of a good book, in my opinion, is when the reader doesn’t want it to end. Many have expressed just that to me and that they are eagerly anticipating book #2.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?
CMR: The overwhelming consensus from most readers is that it is a “5-star” reading experience. Readers seem to love this book, because there are 24 out of 25 reviews that are five stars. The reviews have been astounding!
CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making?
CMR: And, Not Only That was my debut novel. I am currently working on my second novel, a sequel to And, Not Only That. So, yes, I am in the process of writing the sequel and excited about the direction of this book. I’m targeting a release date of September/October 2016.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
CMR: www.cherylmrobinson.com And my e-mail: email@example.com
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
CMR: My book is available via Amazon, including Amazon Kindle. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1qkWgKd
CH: Any closing remarks?
CMR: To Readers: I am able to write because God gave me a “measure of a gift” that was nurtured by many. I’m honored—and humbled—that God chose me as the vessel for this literary work. God has given to each of us a gift. Yes, each person is uniquely blessed with at least one gift. What is yours?
Cheryl, thank you for allowing me to share information about And, Not Only That. I am deeply appreciative. Best wishes for your continued success.
CH: Thank you, Cheryl M. Robinson, it has been a real pleasure discussing your writing journey and your book with my audience.
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