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Hometown:
Hanalei, Kauai
About Me:
I'm an escapee from the big city, hiding out on the windward side of the northernmost Hawaiian island.

Thriller author, mom of a five-year-old, breast cancer survivor, former speaker/consultant on patient care or the lack thereof. (Now there's a real horror story. Don't get me started.)

Send me a note. Not too many writers/ readers out here.
I Am A:
Writer
Website:
http://www.cherylswanson.net
Books And Authors I Like:
Ruth Rendell, Jane Hamilton, Sherri Reynolds, and ANY woman who writes suspense or thrillers (let's beat the men at this game)
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Shawshank Redemption

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At 10:42am on August 20, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Cheryl , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:31am on October 20, 2007, Carola Dunn said…
Hi, Cheryl,
My son is a surfer, in Southern California, and is dad of a 5 yr old (and a 3 yr old). Do your thrillers involve surfing? I'm sure he'd like to read them if so. Me, I'm more of a cosy reader and writer.
At 2:26am on August 29, 2007, Cheryl Norman said…
What a great name you have! My best writer friend Judy Leigh Peters is a 20 year breast cancer survivor. She's not here because she doesn't write mysteries or crime stories, but you may want to visit her MySpace.
Cheryl
At 5:52pm on August 28, 2007, Newt Love said…
Here is my favorite book... the one I would take to a desert island. It is by Henri J.W. Nouwen: http://www.amazon.com/Reaching-Out-Henri-Estate-Nouwen/dp/0006280862/ref=sr_1_10/102-0199495-2248947?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188283798&sr=1-10
At 12:19pm on August 27, 2007, Newt Love said…
Hey! If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?
At 11:14am on August 22, 2007, Rick Mofina said…
Cheryl: thanks so much. Fell in love with SF each time I was there. First time I hitchhiked alone all the way from the east side of Toronto.
Second time I was there as a crime reporter and got to hang out with the SFPD Homicide Inspectors, who helped me when I really needed it. So yeah, my heart's there, in the Hall of Justice.
At 5:36am on August 19, 2007, norby said…
cheryl-just visiting here after constantly forgetting since I use a different browser now. Sent you an email.
At 12:13pm on August 14, 2007, Gemma Halliday said…
I live near SF, so lemme know if you need any local info. As to film stuff - I might suggest talking to some film extras? They pretty much know their way around film sets, but aren't quite as busy as "stars" so are generally willing to share any info they have. It’s been a while since I did any film work, but I’m sure there are message boards or forums for film extras.
And, yes, I did extra and film work for a few years, so that’s how I got the little tidbits I’ve put in my books. :)

~Gemma
At 2:27pm on August 7, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
I sure hope so....he's just c'est bon! Read an excerpt of my book at www.beatitudesineworleans.blogspot.com. Just heard that the final book will be i the mail in a week and then ready in September ...those New Orleans libraries will be rebuilt one book at a time, one brick at a time, one reader at a time...
At 11:11am on August 5, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Keep up with the writing...I worked in healthcare and understand the horror of lack of care- good subject for a murder mystery.
My book, The Beatitudes, Book I in The New Orleans Trilogy, will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. My blogsite www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com has excerpts, recipes, and news, and you can see the many prominent authors supporting me, such as Alafair Burke, Julie Smith, Ken Bruen, and many others. Hope you let me be your friend. Lyn Lejeune.
 
 
 

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