Writing for readers
Cheryl Burman hails from Australia – an Adelaide girl originally before going off to university. She moved to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, UK via Switzerland and Surrey, in 2008. She’s glad she did! The Forest has inspired writers, including Tolkien, for generations. It’s still doing so.
Her first novel was Guardians of the Forest, a fantasy trilogy. Theoretically for the nine to early teens market, the books have found a wide fan base, from 9-year-olds to 80-year-olds and all ages in between.
She now writes historical fiction for grown ups. Keepers, her women’s fiction novel (with more than a touch of romance) was released in April 2021. Click here for more detail, or click on image for retailers.
And other things too…
Cheryl also ventures into short stories and flash fiction. Some of these pieces, together with novel opening chapters, have won prizes and commendations. Take a look here to read (and in some cases, listen to) a selection of flash fiction. Or go to Books to see Dragon Gift – a slim collection of stories with myths or fairytale themes.
Cheryl is married with two grown children, and is slave to a border collie who has published his own book, Sammy’s Walks – highly rated by locals and visitors to the Forest alike, and their dogs.
To get the full story
If you’re interested in the longer version of how Cheryl came to write, go here to Elaine Carnegie’s blog post where she was kindly allowed to write about herself in some detail (what a temptation!). And for an insight into a writer’s life, check out her interview with Vince Stevenson of Boomers on Books on the Look and Listen page. Much fun!
Stay in touch!
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The rest of the writing life
Writing may be a lonely process, but writers need the support of other writers. Being a member of Dean Writers Circle has given Cheryl that support, and her writing has improved tremendously since sharing with and learning from the group. She has also found brilliant support and made wonderful friends via Twitter’s #writingcommunity.
Keen to ensure the next generation of Forest writers, she is a founder of Dean Scribblers, a small group of volunteers whose aim is to encourage the creative writing spark in young people in their community. Spending time with kids in classrooms is brilliant, and she has seen some imaginative and emotive work from 10 and 11 year olds and younger.