The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on Cheyenne Meadows. You can keep in touch with her at the links following the interview!
Author Spotlight: Cheyenne Meadows
First off, I want to thank Cheyenne Meadows for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
Friends with Benefits
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
Friends with Benefits
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it. I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse. A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing. Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters, quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone can get into. When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
Friends with Benefits is humorous, fun, and sexy all rolled into one. It goes to show that sometimes friends make the best lovers.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Ram is a lion shifter and first baseman for the professional baseball team both guys play for. He’s laid back, takes his relationships seriously, and knows where he stands in life. Wiley, the wolf shifter and shortstop on the team, is a playboy at heart. So many men and so little time is his motto. That works just fine until he learns his persistent matchmaker of a grandmother has decided he needs a mate to settle down. Since he can’t deny her anything, he decides to drag Ram along as a pretend boyfriend just for the weekend. That way, everyone is happy, and he can continue on with his bed hopping activities afterwards. However, sometimes grandmothers know best.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, I intend for this to be the first book in the series, tenatively entitled Hardball, Shifter Style. I hope for more members of the team to find their mates as time goes by.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
I’m a traditional writer in that I work at my computer desk in my office at home. On a desktop computer, no less. LOL. The location keeps me focused, limits distractions, and works for me.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Jayne Castle’s paranormal called “The Hot Zone”. I enjoyed it as I do all her other paranormal books. She has great insight into characters, world building, and intrigue. She’s one of my favorite authors of all time.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I started out as a writing major in college as I loved reading romance all through high school. Unfortunately, my first writing class professor crushed my dream by telling me, “I don’t know why you want to be a writer, you’re so bad at it.” Shocked and heartbroken, I quickly changed majors and became a nurse instead. Looking back, I can say she was right. I was bad. But, while working as a nurse, I spent my free time practicing and learning from others on a fan fiction site. The readers there gave me the support, confidence, and encouragement to submit my first manuscript. The rest, as they say, is history.
What does your writing process look like?
Chaos? LOL. I’m a plotter and planner. So, I start out with an idea, figure out what happens in the beginning, middle, and the end. Then, it’s a matter of filling in all the places. I tend to write what scene comes to mind, so I end up jumping all over the place, then having to go back and fill in holes. It’s a challenge sometimes to make sure the timeline fits and it flows well, but that’s how it seems to work for me.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
Actually, I do write other genres. I write everything from Paranormal M/M erotic romance to M/F sweet romance. My tastes run the full gamet as does my stories.
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
Peanut butter? A definite staple in my house!
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!