Word-Slingers – Guest Interview Cheryl Douglas

Today I’m happy to welcome Cheryl Douglas, who is touring with her Nashville Nights series. She seems like a very nice lady with some great sounding books, so let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?


1)                 How long have you been writing?

Forever! I wrote my first romance manuscript in my early twenties. It was terrible, but I knew that meant I had a lot of work to do to learn my craft. I’ve taken dozens of writing courses in the past twenty years and I’m pleased to say that writing now seems effortless (most days).

2)                How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I’m blessed to be able to get up and do what I do every day. Most days, it doesn’t even seem like work. I even enjoy the business side of being a writer: the marketing, networking, trade shows, but my favorite thing (aside from the writing) is interacting with my readers. They’re the reason I’m able to do what I do, and I’m so grateful for each and every one of them.
 Of course, there’s more to me than my career. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, friend, volunteer, and devoted dog owner, so it seems every day is a balancing act. I want to spend as much time as possible with the people I love, and I make sure to carve out quality time every evening for my husband, son, and canine friend. I speak to my mom every day on the phone, but the people around me know I’m a workaholic, and when I’m in the zone, it’s best to leave me alone for a while. Fortunately, I have amazing people around me who support me and take pride in my accomplishments, so I never feel as though I have to choose between the career I love and the people I love.

3)                What can you tell us about your releases in the Nashville Nights series?  What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

I’m a huge country music fan! Years ago, when I was still working my day job as a nutritionist, this story idea came to me… A country music superstar whose life was falling apart because of some tragedy he’d endured. He lost his wife because of  alcoholism, and he didn’t know how to find his way back from the brink of despair when he felt like he had nothing left to fight for. Anyone who’s read my books will know that I love a gut-wrenching story, the more emotions at play, the happier I am. I try to develop complex characters where the reader really has to peel back the layers to get to know who they are beneath the façade.
 The book I’m referring to, Shameless, was the catalyst for one of the most rewarding journeys of my life, thus far. Readers embraced the hero in this story, Trey Turner, in ways I couldn’t even have imagined at the time I was writing it. I knew I loved it, but I didn’t know tens of thousands of people would be as passionate about it!
 That story literally took on a life of its own. Secondary characters became more prominent and Shameless, which was supposed to be a standalone title evolved into six books. I was ready to end the series with book six, Heartless, but readers began to contact me telling me how much they’d love to read about the adult sons of the hero in book two, so they got their own stories, which became books seven and eight in the series.
 As the series came to a close, I began to get a sense that it wasn’t over. Readers were contacting me on a daily basis telling me they would be so sad to see the series end and I felt the same way. So, Nashville Nights Next Generation was born. This eight book spin-off series follows the children of the original characters on their journey to finding their soul mate. I’m so glad I didn’t let go off the series after the first eight books. There was so much story left to be told.  

4)                What is it about the contemporary romance genre that you like so much?

I’ve always loved reading contemporary romance, and I still do. I love the happily ever after, but I’ve also loved watching the genre evolve. Characters are so complex now, and we routinely see both characters point of view now, instead of just the heroines.  There’s one thing we can be sure of with romances, we will get our HEA, but it’s a question of how we will get there that continues to intrigue me.

5)                Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I’m still passionate about writing contemporary romance and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. If I were to try my hand at another genre in the distant future it would probably be women’s contemporary fiction. I don’t think I’ll ever write a single title. I love writing series because it allows you to develop these tight-knit groups that readers come to know and care about. Women’s fiction lends itself to these types of stories, so if I ever wanted to try something a little different, that would likely be an easy transition for me.

6) Sweet or sour? 

Sweet

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

AUTHOR INFO
Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.
The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of its own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights Next Generation.
One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.
Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose.

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BOOK INFO
Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He’s desperate to make amends for the mistakes he’s made and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.

Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce. She has a career she loves and a fiancé who loves her.

Unfortunately, her fiancé isn’t the only man professing his love. He may be able to offer her safety and security but will she decide to risk everything for another chance with the man who broke her heart?


Lexi Brooks has overcome adversity to build a successful real estate business that will enable her live life on her terms. The life she envisions includes travel, fun, and excitement, not marriage, kids or commitment. But will Trey’s sexy bodyguard throw a wrench into her plans?
Being a cop taught Josh Cooper to take calculated risks, but he’s tired of living with the daily threat of danger. He’s ready to settle down with someone who wants to be a step-mother to his two teenage sons. Too bad Lexi isn’t that woman.

She’s smart, sexy, and head-strong, and they’re totally in sync in the bedroom, but she isn’t willing to ‘settle’ for a life of domestic bliss. Or is she?

 

Marisa Turner has wanted Luc Spencer forever, but she also wants a baby, and it seems Luc isn’t up to the challenge. She has to choose between the man she loves and the family she hopes to have. Fortunately, there’s another man waiting in the wings who would love to make her baby fantasy a reality.

Luc Spencer is tired of hearing about marriage and babies. He loves Marisa, but he’s not a forever kind of guy. After two years together, she tells him it’s over. He’s not worried; he believes she’ll be back. But what will happen when he finds out there’s another man waiting to take his place?


As a publicist, Avery Collins knows that mixing business with pleasure is a recipe for disaster so she has one rule. Her bedroom is off limits to clients, no matter how enticing and persistent they may be.
Ty McCall is country music’s newest rising star, but he needs the best team in the business to help him make it to the top. That team includes Avery, the woman who gave him the most unforgettable night of his life only to disappear the next morning.
Avery agrees to work with him, but Ty isn’t willing to settle for a professional relationship with the woman of his dreams. Can this sexy cowboy convince her that rules were made to be broken?

Nikki Spencer is all grown up, but the world still sees her as the little girl she used to be. She’s ready to prove to her adoring public, and a certain rough riding rodeo champion, that sweet little Nikki isn’t as innocent as everyone seems to think.
J.T. McCall has a reputation as a rough rider, both on the bull-riding circuit, and in the bedroom. So what’s he to do when an innocent, like country crooner, Nikki Spencer, sets her sights on him? He plans to do what any good old country boy would do, save the lady from herself. But who will save J.T. when this little firecracker sets his world on fire?

Derek McCall was devastated when his college girlfriend married his best friend, Josh Cooper. He respected the boundaries of friendship for years, but one night they gave in to temptation. Feeling guilty for betraying his best friend, Derek left town determined to put the past and Ashley behind him.

Ashley Cooper has loved two men in her life, her ex-husband, Josh, and her ex-boyfriend, Derek. The single mom of two grown boys is finally ready to start dating again when Derek comes back to town, eager to throw his hat in the ring. Her kids are against the relationship, but is she willing to risk their disapproval for a chance to re-write history?


When Jay Cooper has to hire a new black belt instructor for his karate studio, he doesn’t expect the most promising applicant to come with a huge chip on her shoulder. He knows there must be a story behind those tortured brown eyes, if only she would let him get close enough to find out why she seems so determined to keep her past a secret.


Victoria Pierce grew up in the foster care system. For her, martial arts was more than a hobby, it was her best hope of survival. She learned at an early age that the only person she could count on was herself. She doesn’t let anyone get close enough to hurt her, not friends, boyfriends, and definitely not her new boss. She shuts Jay down at every opportunity, so why does he keep coming back for more?


Detective, Mike Cooper, loves a challenge. So when his father, Josh, asks him to consult on a tough case, he can’t resist the temptation. He agrees to take a brief leave of absence from the police force to accompany country singer, Tori Warner, on tour. His objective? To find the crazed fan who’s been stalking her. If only Tori wasn’t so determined to play hard and fast with the rules.
Tori is tired of living in a bubble. She’s been allowing this stalker to control her life for months, and she’s sick of it. So when some hotshot detective decides to become her self-appointed bodyguard, she’s determined to show him that she’s the one calling the shots.

Tori is the most infuriating woman Mike has ever met. She refuses to take orders, even when her life is at stake. He’s tempted to let her fend for herself, but Mike can’t walk away knowing some maniac is out to get her. Especially not after one explosive night makes him lose his objectivity. Suddenly, this case is personal, and Mike can’t rest until he knows Tori is safe.



There you have it, the Nashville Nights series. Hope you enjoy the sounds of this series – I know I do. Don’t forget, we’ve got Ashley Nemer coming up later this week. C’mon back on Thursday!
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