Interview with Cher Gorman:

Hi Cher. Thank you for doing this interview. I would like to welcome you to the Romance at Heart Interview and Author Grilling session. *bg* We are interested to find out as much about you as we possibly can, so lets get started...


- Please tell us about your latest book.

Cursed with Love
Detective Nick Morelli lost his wife, but he can?t seem to let her go. He buries his heart in work, and tries to avoid emotional entanglements. Now, he?s been assigned to a plum case ? tracking down a jewel thief amidst Denver?s posh elite. The only clue is a pristine white feather, signature of an infamous thief known only as ?The Dove.? His prime suspect is Cullinan Benedict, the owner of a local antique shop.

Assistant District Attorney Hope Benedict and her brother Cullinan are the children of The Dove, who died several years ago. Though Cullinan is innocent, they know the truth about the ancient healing amulet ? that is, it?s cursed, with love. Anyone giving the amulet to a wife or a lover will die a violent death. They must protect that secret and others and see the amulet returned to Scotland where the curse will be broken.

From the first minutes of their meeting, Nick and Hope feel a powerful attraction. To get romantically involved would be a severe conflict of interest because of Cullinan?s status as a suspect. Also, protecting Cullinan and the secret must come first. Still, Nick and Hope must work together, and as their passion increases so does the danger ? from the real thief, an organized crime lord with a terminal disease who will stop at nothing for the amulet that can cure him.

- What can we expect from you in the future?

I want to write more romantic suspense and very sexy contemporary romance but I?d also like to try my hand at writing paranormal, sci if and a mainstream historical. Plus I have Sheriff In Her Stocking coming out in December and in February 2007 The Secret Truth at Dare Ranch.

- How do we find out about you and your books?

My web site: www.chergorman.com
My announcement group: groups.yahoo.com/group/Cher_Gorman/
I have a page and a blog at Coffee Time Romance: Coffee Time Romance

- How may readers contact you?

There is a link on the home page at www.chergorman.com. They can also leave me a message on the blog at Coffee Time Romance

- Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way?

They boost my writer?s ego. I love hearing from them.

- Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

Are you planning a series?

- Why did you decide to write romance novels?

Because love is the most profound emotion of all. It drives people to lie, cheat, steal and even kill. For me there was no other choice.

- How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

There is always a little bit of myself, my upbringing, people and places I?ve been during my lifetime in my books. We are all a product of our past and our present. It?s inevitable that I would include at least some of that in my stories.

- When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I started thinking about writing 20 years ago. I submitted that first ms because I knew it would make me feel like a real writer. I needed to experience the fear, the adrenaline rush of sending my book out to an industry professional, a total stranger to read. I also needed to feel the sting of my first rejection because I knew it would be the first of many and the only way to get published was to submit my work.

- Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

Anywhere from one to four months or even longer.

- Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

My goal is to write each and every day. Sometimes that goal is reached and sometimes life intrudes on my plans. Then other times the words are flowing like water and I write no matter what is happening in my life.

- What is your writing routine once you start a book?

My process is to write some pages, get up and throw some laundry in the washer or do some other household chore then get back to writing. Sometimes, instead of a chore I go practice playing my harp.

- Do you play the harp professionally?

I don't play the harp professionally. I took piano when I was a kid and decided to take up the harp only recently--this past September because I heard it was supposed to be good for people with RA like me. My teacher thinks I'm doing amazingly well.

- What other hidden talents do you have?

My other hidden talent is that I can drive and operate a back hoe.

- What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

I do get interruptions but it?s not constant unless its during the holidays and other family is visiting.

- What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

I soak in the tub, watch movies, go for a walk, go places with my family.

- What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?

The simple need to tell a story, characters who pop into my head or the first scene for one of my books. I?m a story teller. Putting words on paper allows me to share these things with my readers.

- Where do your ideas come from?

They come from a snippet of conversation I overheard in the checkout line at the grocery store, or something my husband said, or a line in a movie or a line in a book, an article in a magazine or the newspaper. They come from a need to explore a particular kind of conflict, to share a character?s journey in overcoming this conflict to deserve their happy ending.

- Do you feel humour is important in women's fiction and why?

I think a sense of humor is important in life--period. It?s certainly a vital part of my life. I couldn?t get through a day without a sense of humor. I enjoy humor in stories that I read and I like to put it in mine as well whenever I can. My book, Seductive Reasoning, has the most humor I?ve ever written. It isn?t comedy or slapstick, it?s more subtle but it worked very well for that story.

- What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?

I have no problem writing sex. It?s not difficult for me at all. The only difficult part for me is making sure the choreography works.

- What kind of research do you do?

It depends on the book. In Wolf Island I had to research ghost hunting and psychics and in Cursed with Love I had to research police procedure and the day to day of an antique dealer. So it depends on the story, the characters, the situation. I strive to add just enough to make my stories ring with authenticity without overwhelming the reader and taking away from the core of my stories--which is the characters and their internal conflicts.

- What does your husband think of your writing?

He supports me 100%. He encourages me, he tells me I?m a wonderful writer and to keep doing what I?m doing. He is my rock and has been since we met.

- Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)

I?m a college graduate with a degree in Art. I grew up in south Georgia. I have one daughter who is special needs. I?m an active member of Special Olympics. In fact, I have a page on my web site called Lilly?s Story Road which I?ve recently created to give advice and help to parents of special needs children. I also play the harp, not great yet because I just started taking lessons but I?m having a blast.

- Fill in the blank favorites -

Dessert - Hot fudge sundae
City - Paris
Season - Autumn
Type of hero - Delta Force Officer
Type of heroine - Rare book dealer

- What are some of your favorite things to do?

Spend time with my family, watch movies, and of course, READ.

- Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?

I love Nora Roberts, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Robert B. Parker, Carl Hiaasen...the list is infinite. My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre.

- Are you a member of any author groups - RWA, critique groups, etc.?

Yes I?m a member of RWA and several other romance writing groups.

- What do you think of critique groups in general?

Critique groups are like a marriage. When they work it?s wonderful but when they don?t it?s a nightmare.

- Where do you see yourself in five years?

Writing bigger and better books and hopefully see my name on the NYT list.

- How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?

I started writing in 1987. I was always good at putting words on paper but didn?t realize my true calling until the late 80?s.

- How many books have you written, how many have been published?

I?ve written approximately 15 books and have had 3 published so far. I have two more being released before the end of the year and one on the slate for 2007--so far. But that number will change.

- After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

My publisher send me copies. I don?t go back and read it. I?m already working on the next story.

- Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?

My first, Wolf Island with Dev and Abby.

- What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?

Writing isn?t easy--period. It?s sweat-of-the-brow hard work. The fun part always begins after the first draft is laid down.

- What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Emotion, emotion, emotion and of course great characters.

- What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?

The hardest part is writing the first draft. The easiest is reading through the final draft.

- Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

Both. Sometimes they go in directions I didn?t plan or expect but they are generally right so I go along with them.

- Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?

Yes. The only way to get through it is to write and keep writing until the garbage that I?m writing starts to morph into something good and readable.

- What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Seeing my work published and having a reader tell me they loved my book.

- If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?

I would like to be a professor at a small college in New England.

- Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Remember that no writer is a failure who has the courage not to quit.

- What question would you love to answer that I didn't ask?

What is my greatest accomplishment?
That?s easy. My daughter.

Thank you very much for taking the time with us and answering our questions. I really appreciate this interruption to your busy schedule. Good Luck, and we will be looking forward to the next delightful creation from your talented imagination!

Yours in good reading,
Rose!

Cher Gorman CURSED, WITH LOVE
Cher Gorman SEDUCTIVE REASONING
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