Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5 Easy Questions with Cheryl Reif!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming… Cheryl Reif!!

You know how sometimes you come across a blog and feel an instant connection? That’s how I felt when I found Cheryl’s blog after chatting with her on Twitter. She’s amazingly (had to use that adverb!) intelligent, and her blog always encourages and informs. Plus, I’m drawn to science majors who also write fiction, and she fits that description perfectly. :)

Let’s get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Coffee, unless I splurge on a gingerbread latte.
2. Any pets?

I’m owned by two dogs, a boxer and a standard poodle.
3. Dream vacation?

Only one? Hmm…either a castle in Italy (like the one in Enchanted April) or a sailboat off the coast of Greece.

4. What are you listening to right now?

Silence! (a rare event in my home)

5. What's for dinner?

Some sort of pressure cooker soup—quick, hot, and yummy.

Cheryl, I’ve never tried a gingerbread latte, but boy, that sounds delicious. I, naturally, would spray Reddi-Whip into a tower on top. Your dogs sound fun. Do they get along well? Are they polar opposites or partners in crime? They’re such different breeds; I’m curious!

Enchanted April? I haven’t watched it, but I’m now adding it to my DVD list. First, it has the word “enchanted” in it, and second, I’m all about castles! But the sailboat and Greece sound so good too. Decisions, decisions… Enjoy the silence (blessed silence!) and the yummy soup, and thanks so much for being my guest today!

Cheryl Reif ~

I'm a writer on the road...trying to balance a rich writing life with family, friends, home, and bringing home a bit of cash. I write fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults, magazine articles and book-length works, and am represented by Gary Heidt of Signature Literary Agency.

To learn more about Cheryl, head to her blog and follow her on Twitter.

What is your go-to snack?

I’m on a fruit and nut kick, but I always enjoy a good cookie.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!


  1. Thanks Jill for introducing Cheryl. After reading your Wednesday posts where you ask authors what they drink, so many of them, me included, drink coffee. I think there ought to be an author's blog day when we all toast each other with our coffee at a certain hour. It would be the SLURP heard around the world. :)

  2. Em: Oh, what a great idea!! The slurp heard round the world--love it!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I'm so glad you interviewed Cheryl! Isn't she terrific? I'm with you on the gingerbread latte - sometimes I make it a gingerbread frappucino. Yum! Thanks, Jill!

  4. Love how your dogs own you, Cheryl. Clever way to answer that and I get it! :D
    ~ Wendy

  5. So nice to meet you! I love Gingerbread latte. Jill, you must try one!

    I'm on a pretzel and cheese cubes snack kick. *shrug*

  6. Hi, Cheryl.

    I'm a fan of saltine crackers for a snack. In college, I used to keep them everywhere - in my backpack, my car, my dorm room...

  7. Thanks so much for featuring me, Jill! And for all your kind words :). I feel much the same about your blog--so many times I visit and find exactly what I needed to hear for inspiration or encouragement.

    Em: I like the coffee-toasting idea. Name the time and I'm there!

    K.B.: Aw, thank you! Oooh, I didn't know the gingerbread frap existed. I'm going to have to try that!

    Wendy: Glad I'm not the only one who understands the canine-human relationship. The beasts are irked with me at the moment because I put on my running clothes and then (horror!) sat down at the computer...

    Jessica: So nice to meet you, too!

    Julie: That's too funny--my son and I had saltines last night on the way out the door. I used to eat a saltine, butter, and onion sandwich as an after-school snack in high school (Yes, I was an odd child!)

  8. I don't do coffee at all, but I must admit, a ginger bread latte sounds delicious.

  9. Owned by her dogs... Love it! I feel the same way about my bull dog and, sometimes, my hubby's bird. Another fun post, Jill. Thanks for bringing us Cheryl!

  10. Jill: I'm with you on the Reddi-Whip! We always have a bottle or three in the fridge. It's perfect on a cup of hot chai, too.

    The dogs get along really well--and are surprisingly well matched in the way they play. The main difference is that the boxer likes to cuddle and the poodle does not, but he's been working on her for the past several years. Now when he snuggles up next to her, she gives a half-hearted growl and succumbs to the inevitable.

    Enchanted April is one of my all-time favorite movies. If you're a Hulu subscriber, it's currently available for streaming :)

  11. Love how your voice shines through in your answers, Cheryl!

    I can relate to your dogs owning you. I'm staff to two cats. =)

  12. Katie: My husband doesn't like coffee, and even he says the gingerbread latte is pretty good. It's more dessert than coffee :)

    august: Nice to meet you! Hope you enjoy your dog and bird "owners"!

  13. Hi Keli: Thank you :). Cats may be even better at dogs than establishing themselves as rulers of the home. Luckily, they aren't *too* demanding. Usually....

  14. Jill, thank you for introducing us to Cheryl. I have to try a gingerbread latte next time I go to Starbucks. Sometimes I do peppermint.

    It's true. Dogs rule the roost, lol!

  15. So nice to meet you, Cheryl! Silence is a rarity in my house too. Whenever Christmas comes around, I tell my hubby the best gift he can give me is an empty house to write in. :)

  16. Cute interview! I'm always so impressed by people who make soup. I really need to learn how to do that.
    Love your profile pic, Cheryl!

  17. Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by and chiming in! I'm ruled by my dog also, and she's sleeping on my lap right now. :) If I had a cat, I'd be ruled by her too. I'm a sucker for animals!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Gingerbread lattes are awesome! And fun picture, Cheryl!

  19. Nice to meet you! I like fruit, but the cookie got me. :)

  20. So nice to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Thanks for all your sweet comments. The cookie is winning today, Susan...

    And BIG thanks to Jill for inviting me over. This is such a delightful way to get to know other writer. Thanks, Jill!


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