Monthly Archives: February 2013
When people ask me what I do, I like to tell them: “I kill people off for a living.” You can imagine the looks I get. Sometimes I’ll follow with: “Fictitiously, of course. I’m a suspense writer.” Sometimes I won’t say anything else. Yeah, I’m bad that way.
Writing thriller, suspense, mystery and/or crime novels has always been my passion—especially if I throw a pinch of supernatural or paranormal into the mix. I’ve always been drawn to dark stories, ones that raise the hairs on the back of my neck or make me glance over my shoulder. The two greatest influences in my writing life have been Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Need I say more?
So what can I offer you if you choose to read my books? I hope and strive to give you a satisfying read, once that will impact you emotionally. If I can make you shudder or tremble or wince or even cry, then I’ve done my job.
In SUBMERGED, I share with you a very personal fear of mine—the fear of being in a car that’s underwater and not being able to get out. I have traveled long distances by car hundreds of times during my life, twice from one coast of Canada to the other. Whenever we’re along a stretch of highway with a body of water beside me, my fear kicks in. And I hold my breath…waiting…praying…
I want you to relate to this fear. But even more, I want my characters to come to life. I want you to feel for Marcus Taylor, a struggling recovering addict who has had his fair share of grief and guilt. I want you to admire his strength, even in the midst of his weaknesses. I want you, dear reader, to feel compassion for this man who has lost his wife and son in a terrible accident, who blames himself for their deaths, and who is searching for redemption, though he doesn’t really know he is.
I want you to cheer on Rebecca Kingston, a mother on the verge of divorce who has left an abusive husband. I want you to feel empathy for her because this decision, no matter what others think, is not an easy one to make. I want you to cry with her when she realizes she is physically unable to help her children who are trapped with her in a sinking vehicle. And I want you to be holding your breath every time Rebecca does.
Marcus and Rebecca (and the others in SUBMERGED) may only be characters on paper, but they feel real to me. I gave “birth” to them and watched them grow. With every step they took, I wiped away their tears, hugged them and loved them. And, dear reader, I sincerely hope you’ll love them just as much.
Happy reading…with the lights on…
Cheryl Kaye Tardif, international bestselling author
PS: The Kindle edition of SUBMERGED is available on Amazon from March 4th – 6th for a special price during the Killer Thriller Book Launch.
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“Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.”
~Thomas C. Haliburton
Have you ever heard a story about another person which drastically changed your opinion of them? Did you later realize that you had only heard half of the story and jumped to the wrong conclusion?
Write a character whose life is destroyed by only one side of the story being told.
Reflect and write!
“Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.”
“If the artist
does not fling himself,
into his work,
as Curtis flung himself
into the yawning gulf,
as the soldier flings himself
into the enemy’s trenches,
and if, once in this crater,
he does not work
like a miner on whom
the walls of his gallery
have fallen in;
if he contemplates difficulties
instead of overcoming them one by one…
he is simply looking on at the suicide of
his own talent.”
~Honore de Balzac
Today in some provinces in Canada, we celebrate Family Day. Family day is meant to celebrate spending quality time with those you love. Often families aren’t just about blood relatives but those friends who mean the world to us. Whether it’s your blood family or those you love like family, what do you consider as quality time? What are some of the family traditions that hold meaning for you?
Reflect and write!
“Sometimes people say to me, “I want to write, but I have five kids, a full-time job, a wife who beats me, a tremendous debt to my parents,” and so on.
I say to them, “There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait. Make the time now, even if it is ten minutes once a week.”