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Please welcome Cheryl Renee Herbsman, author of the sweetly romantic YA novel BREATHING, which was released just last week.

About the book:

What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

An Interview with Cheryl Renee Herbsman:

Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Cheryl: I loved thick books, sagas, romance, something that lasted. But I never had a lot of patience for descriptions that went on overly long.

Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Cheryl: I read both adult books and YA as a teen, then stopped reading YA when I "grew up". Now I'm back to reading mostly YA and I still love it!

Me: What was your favorite part of writing BREATHING, and what was the hardest?
Cheryl: I loved writing the Southern expressions, Savannah's voice, and the romance. Hardest for me is usually the plot somewhere in the middle when I haven't yet figured out where it's all going.

Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Cheryl: I drew on my own experiences growing up in the South, my long-distance relationship with my then boyfriend, now husband, and my love of the beach.

Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Cheryl: There have been so many exciting moments. It all began with my agent's offer of representation. The scariest moment was getting started on the revision after I received my editorial letter.

Me: What are you working on now?
Cheryl: I'm working on a new novel about a group of four friends, which of course has plenty of romance.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know Cheryl! Another interview to come later this week. :)


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Nice to hear that Cheryl is a skimmer of long descriptive passages, too. I always do that but sometimes I have to go back because I realize I've missed something more crucial. Nice interview!
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Such a good book!
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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