The writing bug first snagged Cheryl through her penning of a personal essay, for which she received an award and publication. However, today short story fiction is what drives her writing, with an emphasis on Southern Gothic. Since her roots are buried deep in the bayous of Southern Louisiana, it is a natural fit. When not visiting the mysteries of her childhood home she also writes fantasy and science fiction.
She is the mother of eight grown children. Thus the theme of family and all that it entails, are prominent in her fiction. She had this to say about the rich culture of the South where she was raised, and how it influences her writing: “My grandmother was a believer in voodoo and practiced the every day forms such as creating love gri-gri’s (charm pouches). She once cured me of a reoccurring bout of warts on my hand by using an aluminum plate, candle and holy water; the warts never came back. Writing gothic tales, featuring the dead, is very natural to me because in the south we live with our dead. They walk beside us and talk to us daily.”
When Cheryl is not writing, you will find her at an easel covered in oil paint. “When I write I usually have a picture in my mind of a painting to go with the story. The same holds true when the picture of a painting forms in my mind. It’s usually followed closely with an idea for a story. I hope everyone enjoys my interpretation of ShadowSpinners. I was greatly honored when asked to provide my vision in the from of an oil painting for the website.”
Cheryl’s paintings have been juried into Maude Kerns Art Center’s annual “Day of the Dead” show for the past three years, as well as in their 2012 “Art Expressing Music” exhibit. Her art has also hung in New Zone Gallery, Emerald Art Center and Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center.