Featured Interview With Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in South Jersey, about an hour from all the ‘shores’, and experienced the extremes of every season. Blizzards, hail, ice storms, etc. Now I live in Florida (2 years now) and I despite the lizards and gators everywhere, I am loving the warm weather and daily dose of sunshine. I threw my rock salt, shovels, ice scrapers, winter coats and hats and any boots with fur OUT THE WINDOW. Ha! I had a cat but my allergies got so bad I could not breath and had to put him up for adoption last year.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My mother started me young, reading to me as a baby and toddler. Once I started reading she kept all of my bookcases full in my room with the entire Dr. Seuss collection and all the Disney stories. She also exposed me to the library when I was old enough, and I would read there for hours. I started writing poems at 11 and had my first poem published in a poetry book collection that same year. I would sit and write for hours, either short stories or poetry. In high school, I wrote for the literary magazine as well.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love James Patterson, John Grisham, Dean Koontz and Lisa Jackson, to name a few. I love murder mysteries, thrillers and anything with suspense! I’m inspired by the writing styles of all of my favorites, trying to be as descriptive as possible in my language, so the reader feels the story and sees it in their mind while they are reading.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is an adult thriller about the birth and life of a serial killer in the streets of New York. Warning….it’s quite racy! Anyway, it gives the reader a chance to learn how he was raised and what trauma he went through and determine whether it may have influenced his choices in life. The main character, Douglass, is so handsome and charming that you may sometimes forget he is a killer and feel empathy towards him and even ‘like’ him. A dilemma most readers have stated struggling with throughout the book. Additionally, working with detectives to try and catch him is both frustrating and thrilling at the same time.
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