Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an international bestselling Canadian author, who is best known for Submerged, a psychological thriller that had over 49,000 downloads on Amazon in March 2013, Children of the Fog, a supernatural suspense thriller that has sold over 50,000 copies (Sept 2012) and made Amazon’s Top 100 bestsellers list (overall list) multiple times out of nearly 2 million ebooks; and Whale Song, a much-loved, inspiring family tale with a hint of mystery, which is now available in its third edition–plus a school edition with a discussion guide.
Cheryl has not only held hundreds of book signings, she has organized multi-author signings, held a virtual book tour and taught others how to do their own, and she has presented at conferences in Canada and the US. Cheryl is known amongst her peers for her creativity and knowledge regarding book marketing, and has worked as a Book Marketing Coach. She is a member of various social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, AmazonConnect and Chapters Online Community.
Cheryl has been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations in Canada and the US, and she has been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines in both countries. According to photojournalist, Heather Andrews Miller, who interviewed the author for a Real Estate Weeklyarticle, Cheryl is a “gem in the literary world”. And according to Graham Hicks of the Edmonton Sun, “Cheryl Kaye Tardif specializes in mile-a-minute pot-boiler mysteries, usually set in Western Canadian locales.”
Cheryl is also the publisher at Imajin Books, a venture that is dear to her heart. Imajin Books publishes quality international fiction at affordable prices, with a focus on ebooks.
Born in Vancouver, BC, Cheryl Kaye Tardif was a “military brat” and a “military wife” who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. She now resides in Edmonton, AB, with her husband Marc and the family dog.
Q: It’s great to have you here today, Cheryl! What inspired you to write this story?
A: I was inspired by a high-school friend who became addicted to painkillers while working as a paramedic. With such a high stress job and seeing the things he must have witnessed, I wanted to explore a character with a similar life. And I wanted to show that even though a person may make some wrong decisions in his or her life, it is never too late to turn a life around or find redemption.
Q: Why should readers buy SUBMERGED?
A: SUBMERGED is not a story of perfect people. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s about people with flaws, like you or me. If you’re looking for a fast-paced psychological thriller with real-to-life characters, then SUBMERGED is for you. Not only will it keep you turning the pages until late into the night, you won’t want to put it down until you know who exactly is responsible for pushing Rebecca’s car into the river, trapping her and her two young kids.
Q: What makes a good thriller?
A: Fast pacing, unexpected twists and memorable characters are what makes for a good thriller. A great thriller will also connect with you on an emotional level.
Q: Describe your working environment.
A: I have a beautiful office with periwinkle blue walls and two work stations with PCs. But most of the time I write with my laptop while sitting on the recliner in the living room with my dog Chai. Since my daughter is living with her fiancé, I have no small children at home, so it's very peaceful and conducive to writing.
Q: What is a regular writing day like for you?
A: I usually start with a writing goal, perhaps 3000 words. Then I go over my notes, read the chapter I left off at and carry on writing. Sometimes I have music on; sometimes not. Most often I exceed my word goal for the day. If I’m on a real roll, I won’t stop until I feel I’m at a good place to stop. I’ll take breaks when I need them, but they’re usually short. And quite often I’ll edit along the way.
Q: When it comes to writing, what are your strong and weakest points?
A: I think I'm very strong at digging into the emotions of my characters and reflecting that emotion back to readers so they connect deeply to the characters and story. My weakest areas are timelines or anything to do with numbers.
Q: What was your publishing process like?
A: SUBMERGED was originally going to be pitched to some of the major publishers, but my agent and I decided on a different strategy. Since I won't give up my rights for a small/medium type book deal, we decided that Imajin Books would publish my thriller and I'd do my best to help it sell. Once we have high sales like I do for CHILDREN OF THE FOG, we plan to take both books to a major publisher and pursue a substantial deal.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about being an author?
A: The rewards are two-fold. First, seeing my characters come to life in a story is very rewarding. But even more rewarding is receiving emails from readers who have enjoyed my books, especially if they “get” the often deeper meanings in my works—or when they tell me my work affected their lives in a positive way.
Q: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to pass to other authors?
A: Determine if you want to put out a book as a hobby or write as a career author. Then learn everything there is to know about writing and publishing, and treat this like a business. Because that’s what it is.
Q: What’s on the horizon for you?
A: I will be focused on Imajin Books publications for the next few months and then in the fall I'll be working at completing my next suspense thriller, DIVINE SANCTUARY. It's book 3 in my Divine series
From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying psychological thriller that will leave you breathless…
“Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl.”
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds
Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…
After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.
Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.
*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.
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