Featured Interview With Cherie Burbach
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hello! I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and that is exactly where my novel is set. I adore Milwaukee and feel it has so much culture and art to offer that you don’t often hear about. In fact, one of my favorite places in the entire world is the Milwaukee Art Museum. The building itself is a work of art and when you step inside you know you are in a special place.
As far as pets, I’ve got one barky little spoiled dog. (Coincidentally, a little yapper dog also makes an appearance in The Space Between Dreaming.)
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always been fascinated with books (and art), as far back as I can remember. When I was a little girl I wrote stories and poetry and often illustrated them, too. By eight years old, I was regularly writing poetry. Creativity has been a constant for me.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
So many favorite authors! I adore Elinor Lipman’s storytelling and humor, I admire Willa Cather’s descriptive work and I’m also a fan of Pearl Buck. I like Lawrence Block, Barry Eisler, and I could go on and on.
I enjoy all kinds of books, and often read a nonfiction work and something else (usually a novel) at the same time. I like to trade off between real-life and the fictional world.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My new book, The Space Between Dreaming, is my first novel. It’s about two women who are holding on so tightly to a certain vision of their future that they’re missing out on happiness in their life. Despite their different ages and the circumstances they are each struggling with, they become friends. A painting created by the husband of one of the women also plays a key role in helping them see their own version of a new future.
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