What Makes a Writer Tick?

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Cheryl Rogers, a children’s author. When I saw the word “camp” in one of her books, I knew I’d like her! Camp always equals great memories for me!!

Hope you enjoy meeting Cheryl.

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We have with us Cheryl Rogers, author of the Bible Camp Mystery series teaching biblical principles to preteens and teens.

Q. Cheryl, why did you decide to write your Bible Camp Mystery series? What are your goals for the series?

A. As a child, I loved Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and any mystery I could get my hands on. I loved them so much that I decided to become a writer. So now that I am writing to share my faith, it is natural for me to write a mystery that would appeal to young adults. I recognize how books can affect people’s lives, and hope to encourage and introduce biblical principles in a fun and entertaining way.

Q. Tell us about your books. I understand your second Bible Camp Mystery is slated for release.

A. Yes, Alone in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery is scheduled for release Sept. 15. It’s the story of a woman who lives deep in the backwoods to avoid electricity. She is suffering from a severe immune disorder, Environmental Illness. The youths from The Boy’s Den find her, pray for her and she is healed.

The first Bible Camp Mystery, Lost in the Woods, centers around 13-year-old Zack who disappears in the middle of the night. A bunch of the boys suffer from food poisoning, yet the group needs to find Zack and get out of there fast. A hurricane is heading their way!

Q. How did you develop the characters in your books?

I take personality traits from real people, put them in a plot and let them respond to the events I put them in. Some of the events/places are real, although they are fictionalized. For example, Living Water Community Church is fictitious; so is Timucua Park. But I volunteered in a co-ed youth group at my nondenominational church. I also camped in the Central Florida backwoods, off the hiking trails. It’s very primitive out there. There are no restroom facilities or electrical hookups.

Q. What lessons do you hope to teach with Alone in the Woods?

A. Alone in the Woods is about the power of prayer and God’s ability to heal. The group leader, Chet Harrigan acts in faith and obedience in taking the boys to the woods, and in changing his plans to assist the woman, Sandy. He demonstrates real sensitivity in following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I recognize not everyone has role models like these in their lives, and I hope to expose them to godly living.

Q. Tell us about your upbringing.

A. I was born in Miami and I was an avid reader growing up. I spent many hours sitting in a chair reading. By the time I was in high school, I was preparing for a career in journalism by working on the high school newspaper. I earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Journalism and worked in the newspaper business for 12 years before quitting to raise a family.

Q. Tell me more about yourself.

I currently work as a freelance writer and self-publishing consultant, offering ghostwriting, editing, copyediting, proofreading, interior and book cover design and formatting for digital and print books.

I’ve also written Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, a short story collection teaching there’s a price to pay when you disobey, and a parent/teacher guide, Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook.

On the nonfiction side, I’ve written Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook, a 40-lesson devotions book to get new and young Christians up to speed quickly on biblical principles. Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions About Our Maker is intended for those who wonder if God is real, who find church meaningless, or feel their prayers are not being heard. And Trees Walking: A Guide to Truly Loving and Forgiving Others … and Ourselves shares the biblical principles we need to see people as God sees them.

I also publish New Christian Books Online Magazine at http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristian Books, where I publicize and sell Christian books.

Q. Do you have plans for any more Bible Camp Mysteries?

A. Well, yes. Glad you asked. The third Bible Camp Mystery will involve a canoe trip, very likely an overnight canoe trip. The boys haven’t been able to canoe yet, so it’s time. I am still developing the plot though, so I can’t say for sure when it will be released. I expect it will be ready sometime in 2014.

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Alone in the Woods is available for pre-ordering here:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/347520
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alone-in-woods-bible-camp/id689555720?mt=11
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alone-in-the-woods-cheryl-rogers/1116761946?ean=2940045216951
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/alone-in-the-woods-a-bible-camp-mystery

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