Featured Interview With Cherise Arthur
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Cherise Arthur and I am a native Oregonian. My firlst children’s book is “Sierra and Star”. I enjoy reading, writing , riding horses, traveling and going to the Oregon Coast. I also love all kinds of music as well. I have been writing for years and have always wanted to write a book. I came inspired to write a book last year and it has been a fun process.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was a child my favorite place at school was the library. I would find books that I likes and would sit on the floor the whole time we had and read a book. I was very interested in biographies and anything to do with horses when I was young. I started writing in high school loved writing essays – I always did better in writing than math LOL. In my 40’s I got more interested in writing again and started going to book club meetings and I joined the Willamette Writers Group based in Portland, Oregon. I volunteered at many of their conferences. In 2019 I started taking more classes and getting serious about actually trying to write and publish my first book.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I don’t really have a favorite author. I do enjoy historical fiction and non fiction books. I also enjoy photography books as I really enjoy photography and have been taking pictures since I was in high school.
Going to writing classes and reading other’s works have inspired me as a writer. I took a class two years ago on memoir writing and it was interesting to hear other people’s life stories and their writing. We would do free writes in class and it was always fun what other writers could come up with in like five minutes. I loved the feedback I got from the instructor and learning from others in the class.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Sierra and Star is my first children’s book. Sierra is a young girl who loves horses more than anything in the world. She visits the neighbors barn to ride their pony Stormy. She dreams of having her own pony. On the morning of her 8th birthday, Sierra is surprised to the most beautiful red pony with a milky white star on her forehead on her front lawn. She names her Star and their adventures begin.
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