Thursday, May 14, 2009
Interview with Cheryl Herbsman
Cheryl Renee Herbsman's debut novel, BREATHING, is here. And thanks, Cheryl, for stopping by for a chat.
Here's a brief description of Cheryl's novel--just enough to make you want to read the story while sipping something tall and cool and imagining this Carolina setting.
What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?
Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and
seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.
This debut novel has it all—an endearing, funny, hopelessly romantic main character, lots of down-home Southern charm, and a sunny, salty beach setting that will transport you to the Carolina coast.
Cheryl Renée Herbsman lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, but she grew up in North Carolina and often spent summer vacations at the Carolina coast. Like Savannah, she fell in love as a teenager, and like Savannah and Jackson, she and her boyfriend carried on a long-distance relationship. They are now celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary.
I asked Cheryl, "Of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?" Here's what she answered.
Although there are many books I adore and am impressed by, I don't really wish I'd written them. I think we each have something so different and unique to offer. I try to focus on that.
And that's exactly what she's done. She's focused on capturing the pace and the sounds of her setting and she's done a fabulous job. While you're reading her book it's impossible not to settle into the rhythm of that southern coastal town.
What fictional character do you wish you could be?
I have to admit, it's Harry Potter :)
Wow! That was unexpected, Cheryl. You wouldn't by any chance have a touch of magical excitement tucked away for your next book? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
After chocolate what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?
There's supposed to be something after the chocolate?
Get you copy of BREATHING at Amazon