Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

It’s all about Beginnings

by Cheryl Hollon

A Holiday Season hello from Cheryl Hollon, the newest member of the Booklover’s Bench. I’m excited to join this amazing group of writers. Their posts make this site interesting, popular, and a source of inspiration.

I write the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries published by Kensington. The books are set in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, where my husband and I have lived since 1975.

Let’s get acquainted by talking about the beginning of my writing career Writing is not my first career, but so far, I’m thinking writing will be my last and best career.

I didn’t dream of being a writer when I was a child, so I’m late to this venture. But, like many, I had an awesome English teacher in the sixth grade who taught me to love words. Instead of essays, she encouraged me to write poetry for my assignments. I was absorbed with the form and used poetry to express my feelings. Naturally, I wanted to be a poet. But honestly, I fell in love with calligraphy and fountain pens.

After high school, I got a job at a big factory and that’s where I found out that what I truly wanted to be when I grew up was an Engineer. I made that dream come true after many missteps, detours, obstacles and rejections. A lot like writing, you say? Yes, it was. I didn’t know I was in training for the challenges I would experience in my writing life.

I am a life-long, voracious reader in all types of genre and media. I’ll read anything, anywhere, anytime. As a youngster, I would read a book or more every day. Now, I’m delighted to finish one a week.

What started me on this journey? On a long-haul flight from Los Angeles, California to Sydney, Australia. I had a nice thick best seller with me that turned out to be terrible, awful, completely unreadable.

I thought, I’ll just right one myself. How hard could it be? I found out right then that it was terribly hard work! But that’s where the dream began. Seven years later, my first book was published.

What were the first important steps for you in a brand-new career?

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