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5 Questions with Author Cherlyn Michaels

Thursday, January 04, 2007

After a successful debut novel Counting Raindrops through a Stained Glass Window, Cherlyn Michaels is back with her second book First Fridays.

I caught up with Cherlyn right before First Fridays hit the bookstores.

Where did the concept for First Fridays come from?
Well, in the past years, I've attended First Fridays events myself. And while there, you see all types of relationships being built. Business and personal. And somewhere along the line, I thought, "What if..." So, in this case, I can't say it was based on my experience or someone elses. Just a thought that developed from being in that environment.

Do you think this type of networking event is beneficial?
Most definitely. But just like the characters in the event, you do have to investigate and look deeply into someone. At networking events and wherever, you will always have those out with hidden agendas and personal motives. But then you have a lot of people out there that are on the move. People who know they have a good idea and a plan and have expertise in one or several areas, but not another. Networking is building a relationship just like building a personal relationship. With both, you have to take your time and don't rush into anything. Learn about the person that you're dealing with and what you're getting into before you go further.

Tell me more about your main character Naja Rodgers.
Naja Rodgers is like a lot of us. She's stuck in a dead end job where there's no growth and dying to get out there and make it on her own. She's intelligent, strong, and a go-getter, yet at the same time, she needs that reassuring voice and that gentle push for her to get started. She's very determined and focused. While that can be good for achieving her business goals, it can reek havoc on her personal life. And she sees that and tries and succeeds at letting go. But then she has to question whether she let go too much. Like a lot of us, she struggles with balancing all aspects of her life. But she's determined to get it right without losing everything.

This is your second book so I'm sure you have some words of wisdom to share with aspiring writers. What kind of advice would you give someone who has finished the manuscript--what should be their next step?
If they haven't already, research the industry before you jump in. Buy books (or borrow from the library) on publishing. Talk to other published authors. Then set your own plan, whether it be to go the traditional route or self published. Whatever you want to do, starting with knowledge and a well-crafted plan will assure you of achieving your goals.

How can readers learn more about your books?
Readers can visit my website at www.cherlynmichaels.com. I have a synopsis, first chapter excerpt, and a reader's guide for both of my books. Plus, I have a little bit about me and my background. Readers can also email me at Cherlyn@cherlynmichaels.com.

Interview by Shelia M Goss, an entertainment writer and author of My Invisible Husband and Roses are thorns, Violets are true. For detailed bio, visit www.sheliagoss.com.
posted by Shelia, 11:49 AM


Kudos to both of you Ladies for doing your thing in a B-I-G way!! Keep writing! Keep rising!
commented by Blogger MsJayy, 12:54 PM  

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