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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.