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Exclusive Interview Cheryl Rainfield of #StainedBook @samijolien @CherylRainfield

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STAINED Book Launch and Blog Tour

Friends I am SO excited to be part of my Bestie Cheryl Rainfield’s new book tour!

I have an EXCLUSIVE interview with our author, to peep into her brain and see what’s going on in her world.

Check it out!

UNCONVENTIONAL LIBRARIAN: Do you drink coffee?

CHERYL RAINFIELD: No; I’ve never come to like the taste. I drink a lot of water, and I love hot chocolate (but have to have low glycemic).

UL:  Do you like donuts or cookies? Do you dunk?

CR: I loooove cookies. Especially chocolate chip. I now have to have them gluten-free, but there are some really yummy ones. I never got into dunking; I don’t want soggy cookies. 🙂

UL:  Yeah soggy cookies make me a sad panda too. How did your book get started?

CR: I write to have a voice. I write about the things I deeply care about. I had no voice growing up. My abusers frequently told me they would kill me if I talked, so writing became my way to talk. I also write because I love books–they helped me survive the abuse as a child and teen. And I write to try to create positive change–to help others know they’re not alone in their pain, to know that healing can happen. I always wrote as a child and teen, but I didn’t get serious about getting published until I took a children’s writing critique group.

UL: What was your first book?

CR: My first book was SCARS, about Kendra, a sexual abuse survivor who must face her past and stop hurting herself before it’s too late. It’s my own scarred arm on the cover; I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn’t find. Technically, my first book is Dragon Speaker: The Last Dragon–I think I got the contract a month before I got the contract for SCARS. But because I spent ten years writing, editing, and rewriting SCARS, submitting and resubmitting it and getting hundreds of rejections, and because so much of me is in SCARS, I consider it my first book.

UL:  Powerful stuff. Will you write another one?

CR: I will always write. 🙂 I need to, and I love to.

UL:  Good, more good stuff for us to read.  If you could have any superpower what would it be?

CR: I always wanted to be a telepath like Caitlyn in my book HUNTED, and a precog like Kate in my book Parallel Visions, but after writing about both characters I think they could be hard to have. I also used to wish when I was a kid being abused that I could be invulnerable like Superman, so that I wouldn’t get hurt.

UL:  Those are all good super powers. What makes you happy?

CR:  Spending time with people I love and my little dog Petal. Getting hugs from people I love. Playing with Petal and cuddling her. Reading a great book. Blowing bubbles. Laughing with a friend.

UL:  Those all sound good; who doesn’t love cuddling with a pooch? Anything else you wanna tell us?

CR: When I wrote STAINED, I drew on my own trauma and healing experience to write it. Like Sarah, I know what it’s like to be held captive, withheld food and water, repeatedly raped, and have my life be threatened. And like Sarah, I was able to protect others from bullies more than I could protect myself, I loved comics and tried to write them, and I worked on healing my body image issues. And like Sarah, I had to rescue myself over and over until I was safe. I hope that STAINED reminds readers that they are strong and they can survive many things, and that things will get better.

UL:  I love that about your books.

She’s pretty awesome, non? Get more of Cheryl at CherylRainfield.com or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

3 replies on “Exclusive Interview Cheryl Rainfield of #StainedBook @samijolien @CherylRainfield”

Woah. That’s some pretty intense stuff… I see why you chose to begin with easy questions about coffee and cookies. I’m glad that she is able to speak out and write about her life now.

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