Welcome,Cheryl, to My Book Addiction and More today….
Interview with Bestselling Suspense
Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif
MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
I’m an avid reader who grew up reading Nancy Drew and
progressed quickly to anything by Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz. I was the
kid who, when told to turn out the lights, would read under the covers with a
flashlight. I’ve now progressed to reading my Kindle with a small flashlight
clipped to the side. Some things never change…lol.
And I’m an author. When people ask me what I do, I like to
tell them, “I kill people off for a living.” Sometimes I’ll add,
“Fictitiously, of course.” Sometimes I don’t say anything else. I
guess I like to shock people. I think that’s an important element to writing
MBA: What if anything made you want to write supernatural suspense?
It all started with Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul.
They’re my horror idols. I like the creepy, unpredictable, hair-raising,
breath-stopping scare. As a teen I loved horror movies and anything
suspenseful. What is it about being scared that is so thrilling? The very first
novel I wrote was a paranormal suspense about a ghost. Unfortunately, it was
stolen from my high school locker and I didn’t have a copy.
I am fascinated by the paranormal/supernatural and with the
“what if” scenarios.
MBA: Can you tell our readers a little about Sadie O’Connell?
Sadie O’Connell is a loving mother of a beautiful
six-year-old boy. She’s a successful writer with an equally successful husband,
but life hasn’t always been easy. She has a difficult marriage, a wandering
husband, and she has struggled with alcoholism in the past. But she has
everything to live for in her son Sam. Until he’s abducted. And then her life
spirals out of control.
I find Sadie a fascinating character. You feel for her, and
yet you’re sometimes mad at her for accepting certain situations. But in the
end, you can’t help but admire her. She learns to become a fighter.
MBA: In “Children of the Fog”, the children are kidnapped or abducted, what made you want to use this storyline or plot?
Most of my novels tap into certain fears that people have.
As a mother, I can’t think of any fear more terrifying than that of having
something happen to your child. In this case, abduction. But I really wanted to
push the boundaries and explore an even deeper fear. What would you do if you
were given an ultimatum to either let a kidnapper take your child away or watch
your child die in front of you? What would you do? Most parents will say they’d
fight. What if there was a gun to your child’s head?
When I’ve asked this question, I get mixed responses. Some
believe they’d fight to the death. Some believe they’d let the kidnapper take
their child—at least then the child lives. It’s a tough question.
MBA: What would you hope your readers will learn from reading “Children of the Fog”?
That there are choices in life that we just have to live
with. In the heat of any moment, we have decisions to make. We can only learn
from them and go on. Drinking is a choice. So is infidelity.
But mostly, I think readers will take away the biggest
message: love and protect your children.
MBA: What is next on your horizon?
I’m currently working on multiple projects—a suspenseful
novelette, a YA novel and a suspense thriller that has a tie-in to Children of
the Fog (but is not a sequel).
In February, I branched out and became a publisher. Imajin Books publishes quality fiction
by a variety of international authors, and we have more books releasing over
the next 4 months. It is hugely rewarding to be helping other writers realize
their dreams of becoming published authors.
MBA: What advice you would give to any aspiring authors?
If you aspire to be published, educate yourself on
everything from writing to publishing to marketing. Do it BEFORE you approach
publishers. Read authors in your chosen genre and study their works. Be visible
online. And above all, embrace the newer technologies, including ebooks, social
networks and blogging. As a publisher, I can tell you we won’t look at your
work if you haven’t done this. As an author, my best advice is: Dare to dream
and dream BIG!
Thank you Cheryl for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today…
Watch the book trailer for “Children of the Fog”: http://youtu.be/PEuMH6Jvpvg
CHILDREN OF THE FOG
CHERYL KAYE TARDIF
- Pub. Date: March 2011
- Publisher: Imajin Books
- ISBN-13: 9780986631061
- ISBN: 098663106X
- SOURCE: Received for review from the author
Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son
Die.Choose!Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.
When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog.
CHILDREN OF THE FOG by
Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an interesting supernatural/paranormal
suspense. It is well written depth and details. The characters are engaging and
believable. It has
murder, suspense, some supernatural elements,ghosts,kidnapped
children,love,secrets,betrayal,a mother’s love, an ex-soldier,a killer’s
demented evil,fate,with twists and turns you want see coming. When Sadie O’Connell’s young son is kidnapped by a demented man
called ” The Fog” she is tormented by the kidnapper. Who sends pieces of her precious little boy to her. He
has already kidnapped seven other children. Sadie is always dealing with an
adulterous husband and a strained marriage.As the secrets continue,she has ideas
of her own. Sadie leaves for a small cabin in the mountains,where she has her
own plans to be with her son,who she believes is dead.What she finds is danger,a
small village,questioning her sanity,losing her sobriety,and finding answers she never
expected.This is a fast paced story of a mother’s love,her sacrifice and
protection at all costs for her child,what ifs,and should haves
and friendships.A must read with supernatural/paranormal elements,full of
suspense and a women who learns that the truth is not always what it seems.This
book was received for the purpose of review from the author. Details can be
found at Imajin Books.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn
Five people who leave comments about Cheryl’s post will receive a FREE ebook edition of CHILDREN OF THE FOG. To enter the draw, answer Cheryl’s question below and leave your email address. Prizes will be awarded September 30th, 2011.
YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. What would YOU do?
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!