Author Spotlight/Interview: Cheree Alsop

Posted August 29, 2014 by sarah in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and adding depth to the stories. Cheree is currently working as an independent author and mother. She enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle on warm nights, and playing with her twins while planning her next book. She is also a bass player for their rock band, Alien Landslide.

Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great adventures, and never stop dreaming.

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Werewolves are struggling to survive. Jaze and those who remain of his pack build an Academy to protect the children who endured the genocide. Alex and Cassie arrive as orphans after losing everyone they love. The twins find themselves in a new world where they have to survive the politics and dangers of being a werewolf in a world that wants them destroyed.
But outside forces have found them. Can Alex protect his sister and survive the attacks of a man who wants them dead and will stop at nothing to see it happen?

The threat towards Alex and Cassie has intensified. Alex may no longer be safe at the Academy. Drogan will stop at nothing to find him, and the deadly force the Extremist is prepared to use threatens anyone Alex is with. Can Alex find the reason for the attacks and stop Drogan before everyone the werewolf cares about is in danger? Alex has to find the source of the questions that have put both his heart and his life on the line, but the answers might be more than he is prepared to accept.

Interview with Cheree Alsop

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love the creativity. My mind is always working. I love the fact that I can now put these stories that are always brewing in my thoughts out there, and that readers are devouring them as soon as I get them written! I love hearing from readers who relate to my characters and who grow to love them as I do. There is such a feeling of freedom in being a writer, and I love it very much.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I grew up in a small farm town and read everything I could get my hands on. I loved Louis L’amour first, and read every book of his that was in our school library. Westerns will always hold a dear place in my heart. Reading inspired my imagination so that when I went to bed at night, I stayed awake thinking of stories. Every car trip was an opportunity to live adventures, and that lead inevitably to writing.

Who inspired you to write?
I used to write letters to my favorite authors telling them how much I loved their books and that I hoped one day to be able to share my stories with the world. One author, Robin Hobb, the author of the Farseer Trilogy and the newly released Fool’s Assassin that I would tell everyone to read, wrote back a very supportive, kind letter. Ever since then, we’ve kept up a friendship through email and she’s been such a great supporter of my writing career. I am very grateful for her.

Are any characters named after anyone in your real life?
Characters in my books and the people in my life stay very separate. The reason for this is because I feel every character needs to be fully fleshed out, and if they are patterned after someone I already know, it takes away from that. We become who we are through the experiences we go through, and the experiences in my books shape my characters. I would love to meet them!

What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Outsider by Penelope Williamson. I am currently writing young adult urban fantasy, and I never read the same genre I’m writing. It helps me keep the stories straight in my mind.

If you could have lunch with any author, past or present, who would it be?
Definitely with Robin Hobb. She has been such a great supporter and I would love to tell her in person just how much of an impact she has had on me and how grateful I am for her.

Can you share with us what you’re currently working on?
I am writing Werewolf Academy Book 3: Instinct. It’s a continuation of Alex and Cassie’s story about twins who lost their parents and live at the Werewolf Academy where they learn how to survive a world that is intent on destroying their kind.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I am the mother of four year old twin boys and an eleven year old daughter. I find my writing time between chasing my boys around the backyard and going on hiking adventures, helping my daughter with soccer and acting, and going on motorcycle adventures with my husband. I am also the bass player for our band, Alien Landslide.

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