The fear of being
Today's special guest is international bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of the must-read thriller of 2013, SUBMERGED. Today Cheryl is going to share some information on her writing career.
When did you become a published author?
I’ve been a published writer since I was 14. I was a journalist for a small BC newspaper back then, but my passion was always writing fiction―in particular, suspense and horror.
Tell us a bit about your life before your first novel was released.
When I graduated high school, I went into cosmetology, since it was easier to accomplish than becoming a published author. I went on to become one of BC’s youngest salon owners. I married a military man and we moved around Canada, and I decided to give up my career as it was too difficult to maintain when we were moving every 3 years or so. That’s when I went back to writing fiction on the side. And since that doesn’t pay until you get published, I threw myself into a number of careers—telemarketing, sales, promotion, advertising and motivational speaking―each of them benefiting me later on in my current career as a published novelist.
What are some of the unique successes you've achieved in your writing career?
In 2004, I was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. In 2006, I was a contestant in ‘A Total Write-Off!’, a reality TV game show for writers. I’ve been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows, and I’ve been featured in newspapers and magazines across Canada and the US. I also present at writers’ conferences on the topics of publishing options and all aspects of book marketing (physical book signings, virtual book tours, internet and more).
In your new release, SUBMERGED, you explore the terrifying theme of being trapped in a submerged vehicle. Do you personally have this fear? How difficult was it writing those scenes?
I have traveled a lot by car, even coast to coast across Canada, more than once. I've also lived near water, whether the ocean or a river or lake. Ever since I was young, I would grow tense if our vehicle drifted to close to an embankment that separated us from a body of water. Drowning has been a deep fear of mine and I have often wondered how I'd get out if I found myself in that situation.
Writing Rebecca's scenes in SUBMERGED was very intense. I often found I had to remind myself to breathe. Even now, writing this and thinking about this poor mother trapped in a car with her kids in the back seat, and water slowly rising around them, makes me hold my breath.
Please share with us the description of SUBMERGED.
From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…
"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds
Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…
After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.
Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.
*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.
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Thank you, Cheryl, for visiting us today. I know your fans around the world are excited about your new release, I know I am!
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