Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

Summers on the farm in Kentucky
By Cheryl Hollon

It’s a new series! The Book Birthday for Still Knife Painting was two days ago and I’m still over the moon in delight!

This new series is close to my heart. The setting is in eastern Kentucky where my parents were born and my grandparents were born and my great grandparents were born and my great, great grandparents. You might ask how I know that? I’ve met them.

Yes, I remember meeting my great, great grandma Beasley. I was only about five-years-old, but I remember her black dress, white apron, and polished black sturdy boots. She also clutched a knobby ended cane that she could wave at any small child that annoyed her. My mother took great pains to make sure we didn’t play anywhere near Granny Bags.

My greatest adventures were the summers that I spent with my grandparents on their little truck farm, grocery store, and post office. My grandmother ran the post office and my grandfather took care of the store customers. What I remember best is the glass counter filled with penny candy.

Well, both sides of the family settled there in the early 1800s.

Of course, the best place to play was in the barn. So many things to explore. So many smells to sniff out. So many farm tools to discover and try to figure out what on earth they were used for. My grandparents were so patient with all the questions from their little city girl. I loved every minute of it.

I’m enjoying the time I spend writing this series. Why do you pick up a new series?

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Comments

  1. Sometimes it’s a series I’ve heard about and sounds appealing to me. Sometimes I’m just browsing and a title or cover catches my eye. If I like the theme I’ll pick it up. And if I’m on the fence a good recipe in the back can be a deciding factor. I admit I’ve gotten spoiled by so many books these days having recipes- I tend to be slightly disappointed if I read about an amazing dish the characters eat and there isn’t a recipe.

  2. I usually pick up a new series for one of two reasons — someone recommends the book/author, or the setting is one I know (or want to know) and something about the protag’s background specifically resonates with me. Oh, and a third reason — I’m likely to pick up a series if it has a magical or paranormal theme…BUT, the author better stick to traditional mythology (no way will I ever read about sparkly vampires!)

  3. Those summers at the farm must have engendered wonderful memories. I pick up a new series based on the story. Certain tropes appeal to me more than others.

  4. MargaretToussaint says

    Once I discover a new-to-me author that I enjoy, I generally run through all they’ve written. Fortunately, there are many fine authors and series from which to choose. I read across genres so I don’t stick to one lane of fiction Loving your new release.

    • cherylhollon says

      Thanks, Maggie! I read widely as well. I’m reading more non-fiction lately, but I’ll be back to mysteries soon.

  5. I try many different series, both contemporary and historical, and if I really like the first book, I’ll go on to read the other books in the series. If not, I move on. Too many series, too little time. 😉 Looking forward to starting this new one, Cheryl.

    • cherylhollon says

      Thanks, Lois. You’re absolutely right about too little time. My day is packed with writing, reading, writing, and them more reading. I’ve got several new series in my TBR pile.