Dragon Soul Press took a moment to interview Cherie Lynae Cabrera Suski, an author in the History anthology.
1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In second grade, I heard one of my teachers brag to another teacher about the length of the Cinderella retelling I wrote. I remember consciously deciding that I was a writer at that time.
2. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Finding the time. Between being a mom and working full time, my writing usually happens when I should be sleeping or on my phone.
3. How do you do research for your books?
Good ol’ google, I’m also a prolific reader and take the time to interview people if I’m writing about culture, occupation, or places I’m unfamiliar with.
4. What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?
I work the night shift as a Labor and Delivery nurse. Success would be making enough money from writing to go down to part-time at the hospital. If I’m being greedy, I’d love it if one of my novels became required reading for a college class.
5. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
I learned a lot about ancient clothing along the silk road. I found it interesting to see how they changed and complemented each other as you traveled from country to country. Gender roles and cultures in ancient history also intrigue me.
6. Who is your favorite character?
Daiyu, my strong female lead, I loved her independence and strength. I also loved planting her in a world where women weren’t allowed ambitions. Seeing her struggle through some of these cultural expectations made her personality shine.
7. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I Am Armageddon, my debut novel, is going through another edit after six months of querying. I’ve learned a lot in those months, and I have faith that she will find a home in the next year.
8. Where do you draw inspiration from?
My work as a nurse, my life journey, the human experience, all inspire me to write. Writing feels spiritual to me at times. I am blessed to have this creative outlet at my disposal.
9. Who is your favorite author, and why?
Anne Rice! It wasn’t until I read the Vampire Chronicles that I felt safe being myself. She showed me that other people in the world feel as passionate as I do about life.
10. Where can readers learn more about you?