Evening lovelies. I hope you’ve all had brilliant days. I’m shattered after a long day at work!! Today I’ve got a Meet the Author interview for you with Cheryl Butler. We’re chatting about childhood dreams, dancing, premonitions, what she can’t live with out, favourite words, her most recent book, The Depths Of Deceit and more…..
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I think I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer, creating little stories in my head that have rarely made sense but have kept me amused. None has ever really developed until about five years ago when one storyline nagged me constantly for months, and I decided to alleviate myself of the burden, committing my ideas to virtual paper. Initially it was nothing more than that – another scenario I’d dreamed up – and I assumed my plot would run out of steam five chapters or so in, but it didn’t; it grew and grew, unfolding as I tapped away at my keyboard, and no one was more surprised than me when, after a year, I’d written two novels. A Proclivity To Prurience was the first, and I felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate; The Course Of Conviction follows on with the same characters and a further progression of their lives, and when that was complete, I was sure that was it, but about six weeks later, I was hit by the realisation that the ending was screaming for another book, so I started to write The Depths Of Deceit, which was published earlier this year. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a tricky, especially given the themes of the trilogy, but every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so, and my characters took on a life of their own; five years after that initial ‘Chapter 1’ was typed, the Obsession Trilogy is complete.
I write what I love to read – character-driven tales with a psychological edgeand – and I’m not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… That said, you won’t find me reading or writing horror as I scare far too easily!
Aside from writing and my family, my greatest passion is music, and there’s not a moment in my day that’s not filled with it. I think I’m a frustrated musician, but any hopes I may have of becoming one are seriously hindered by the fact that I can neither sing nor play an instrument, so I shall console myself with writing novels instead. As compromises go, it’s not a bad one.
How many books have you written and published?
3 books written and published.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Probably A Proclivity To Prurience because it was the first and it was a little more lighthearted than the other two
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Ha! I would have to say Joe because… well… he’d certainly help pass the time…
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a shop keeper or a member of ABBA!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Soooo many! Here are a few: Dental Nurse, Photographer’s Assistant, Estate Agent, Retail Manager (the closest I could get to being a shop keeper).
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Dancing. If there’s a dancefloor somewhere, I’ll be on it.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I dreamed many years ago my step-father was in ICU and a few years later he was, and the room he was in was exactly as it appeared in my dream, including the colour of the walls.
Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?
Too many! Wuthering Heights because it’s a lesson in psychology, written by a young woman over 150 years ago!
What is something you can’t live without?
Music! It’s my drug of choice.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
I love typos! My funiest was in my second book, The Course Of Conviction. In a rather intense sex scene, I’d written the following line: ‘…and with his body racked with spasms…’ but instead of ‘spasms’ I’d written ‘spams’! It lessened the intensity, apparently!
What is your favourite word and why?
B****cks because it has such an impact when used correctly.
Was there anything that made you laugh while you were writing?
Yes, there were a few sentences / paragraphs, but there needs to be context for many of them. This is the shortest I could find:
‘Nodding, Matt was missing crucial details. “OK, so tell me what I’ve missed. I want to know everything since Abbie was released.”
“Everything? Christ, man, we could be here for longer than I really wanted; do you really want to put yourself through all those hours of intense, dirty, bordering-on-obscene sex? I’m game, mate, but it’s your call.”
Unimpressed, Matt simplified. “Everything that’s relevant to now will do.”’
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recent book is The Depths Of Deceit, and it’s available on Amazon.
As Jesse recovers in hospital, he’s riddled with paranoia, and with good reason. Those he thought he could trust have betrayed him in the most despicable way, so who’s left? There’s confusion about where the blame truly lies, and visits from Joe serve nothing more than further uncertainty, but it’s too late to tamper with testimony, and debating culpability could exacerbate Jesse’s delicate position. Chaos and devastation return as Joe struggles with Abbie’s absence once more, but this time it could be permanent. With limited options, he enlists the help of his greatest adversary, and a mutual understanding paves the way for the easing of hostilities and hope for Abbie’s return. Joe’s bond to his cousin assumes a more significant position, but not before the true colours of duplicity are discovered and unexpected appearances add unsettling complexities. Too many secrets, too many lies, but who can you trust when obsession veils the truth?
Thanks so much for chatting with me Cheryl!!
If you have any questions or comments, make sure you get in touch!
Have a wonderful evening