Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Author of Children of the Fog
Question 1 – What inspired you to write this book?
Answer: One of my greatest fears was the basis for this novel: abduction of a young child. Many nights I’d hear strange noises when my daughter was young, and I’d have to get up and check in on her. I often wondered what I’d do if someone broke into my home and threatened to harm my daughter. Even worse, what if he threatened to take her? What would I do? I’d fight! But what if I couldn’t fight? What if I was incapacitated somehow, either injured or restrained? These wild thoughts erupted into this story.
Question 2 – Do you have firsthand experience with the book’s setting?
Answer: CHILDREN OF THE FOG is set in Alberta, in areas I’m quite familiar with. I lived in Edmonton for about 30 years of my life, at two separate times. I’ve been to Edson and Hinton many times. I have never been to Cadomin Cave, though. It’s currently closed for exploring. Maybe too many ghosts…
Question 3 – Who was your favorite character to write? Is this character based upon a real person?
Answer: Sadie was my favorite character to explore in this story. She is terribly flawed, puts up with a lot from her husband and best friend, is lost in her own world, which revolves mainly around her young son, Sam, who hasn’t spoken a word in years. She’s a wonderful, caring mother, but when Sam is kidnapped, her entire life changes. Her evolution, especially emotional, is what makes her fierce.
Question 4 – Describe your writing process.
Answer: I usually have the opening, ending and scenes in between in my mind before I start writing. Once I start, I let my characters lead me where they need to go. But I always have stepping stones along the way, so I can guide them in the general direction. Sometimes they surprise me, refusing to take my advice.
Question 5 – Which aspect of the book did you find most difficult to write? How did you overcome it?
Answer: The most difficult scene to write was close to the beginning, when Sam is taken. The entire scene where The Fog breaks in and Sadie finds him in Sam’s room made it hard to breathe while writing. I found I had to stop occasionally as my own emotions would overcome me. Sadie fights as hard as she can. The fight scenes were difficult to write and experience.
Question 6 – How did you go about researching and organizing your book?
Answer: I researched the area of Cadomin, and the cave, quite extensively. This story doesn’t have technical angles to research like SUBMERGED, a thriller that has cool tie-ins to CHILDREN OF THE FOG. Research ended up being a minor need for this work. I organize my thoughts, make a few notes along the way and write. I strive to dig deep on emotions in my work.
Question 7 – What made you want to become an author?
Answer: I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid, thanks to both of my parents who exposed me to various genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense, thrillers, mysteries and even romance. My love of reading made me want to create works that affected people, positively or negatively. If I can make you feel something my characters feel, then I’ve succeeded. Writing is challenging, exciting and always changing. I can’t imagine doing anything else now. This is me!
Question 8 – What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Answer: Prepare yourself like you would for the biggest career of your life. Being a career author is work! Learn everything about writing in the genres you select. Learn everything about the publishing industry. If you believe you are in this for the long haul, you’ll want to educate yourself and learn everything you can. Have your work critiqued by other writers–in a fair, kind way that is also honest. Make sure you have a website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Understand how to use each in a way that encourages people to follow/friend/like etc. And never ever give up! Not if this is what you truly want. And pick up a copy of my marketing book: HOW I MADE OVER $42,000 IN 1 MONTH SELLING MY KINDLE eBOOKS at http://getBook.at/HowIMade Dare to Dream…and Dream BIG! That’s my motto!