My Writing Journey to PROTECTING ROSE

I dreamed of being a novelist as a young girl, and was voted book-worm when I graduated high school.  Not, to my parent’s dismay, because I was such an academic scholar, but because I was always getting caught with a romance novel tucked between the pages of my text book.

Then life got in the way.  I moved away from my small hometown to a nearby city and enrolled in college and found a job.  The first thing I learned was that I had to curb my reading habit if I was ever to get anything accomplished.  When I pick up a book I can’t put it down until it’s finished.

I met and married my husband Patrick within a few short years.  He has given me a lifetime of love and happiness.  Our children are now grown and it’s just me, Pat and our cat Shelby.

Pat bought me a kindle for Christmas one year and everything changed.  Oh boy, did I rediscover my love of reading.  My Kindle library grew at a rapid rate.  Two years later when I finally came up for air, I decided I could do this.  I could write a romance novel.  I determinedly set out to learn the craft.  I signed up for online classes, buried myself in library books and started my manuscript for Protecting Rose.

I wrote and learned at the same time.  So, once again I went into book mode and for the next year I spent every spare moment learning and writing.  When I would start to burn out, I would pick up my Kindle and take time to read a book, and I was filled up again with motivation.  I work full time so I wrote in the middle of the night, on my lunch hour, after work, on weekends, anytime I had a spare moment.  I was consumed with it.  I found my most productive time is between one a.m. and four a.m., when I wrote some of my best stuff.  My family was wonderful with their understanding and encouragement of my obsessive goal.

It took a year to write and edit Protecting Rose.  No one was more shocked and excited than I when two out of the three publishers where I submitted my manuscript wanted to publish it.  Life is good.  I even managed to impress my husband, which is always a good thing!

I hope everyone enjoys reading Protecting Rose as much as I enjoyed writing it.  I am currently working on my second novel, a murder mystery romance.  So stay tuned.  And thank you for stopping by.

About Cheryl Yeko

My writing career began when my wonderful husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas and changed my world. I started reading romance novels, and fell in love with them. I decided to write one myself, and disappeared into my room over a long Wisconsin winter and wrote my debut novel, PROTECTING ROSE. I submitted to a few publishing houses and was offered a contract with Soul Mate Publishing, which I quickly accepted. PROTECTING ROSE went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the romantic suspense category. Well, I was hooked. Today, I'm a multi-published, award-winning author, and live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. I belong to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime. I can also be found under the pen name of CiCi Cordelia, with my writing partner and BFF, Char Chaffin.
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7 Responses to My Writing Journey to PROTECTING ROSE

  1. Cheryl,
    I loved these lines: “I work full time so I wrote in the middle of the night, on my lunch hour, after work, on weekends, anytime I had a spare moment. I was consumed with it.”
    It is this kind of dedication that gives a dream legs. Congratulations. I look forward to reading your book!

  2. B.J. Scott says:

    Wonderful post, Cheryl and I look forward to reading your book. I can relate on all levels. Working full time and trying to write at the same time can be a real balancing act.
    Great when your family and hubby are so supportive and proud of your achievements.
    So happy you chose Soul Mate as the home for your book.

  3. Awesome post, Cheryl and welcome to our Soul Mate family. That’s me – when I begin to burn out, I pick up a book and read. It works every time and is great when I’m having writer’s block.

  4. AM Bishop says:

    Hey Cheryl,
    We’re all book worms here so where the moniker proudly!
    I loved your post and I’m glad to be in the trenches with you.
    Keep writing and loving ‘Happy Endings’!


  5. carol in wisconsin says:

    No one is more proud of Cheryl than I am………………….MOM

  6. MCC says:

    That’s such a great story. I also find my most productive times are late at night… up until about one in the morning. And it’s so great to have family who is supportive of the dream. Congrats, and I can’t wait to read the book.
    … Meggan

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