Cheryl is the author of more than fifty books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America‚Äôs RITA Award for Best First Book, by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then she has received three more RITA nominations, a Writer‚Äôs Digest award for a feature article, and several Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards. Many of her books made the Waldenbooks Top Ten lists, USA Today, and Big Sky Brides climbed to #35 on the NYT list.
Cheryl has been a keynote speaker numerous times and has taught workshops at: Romance Writers of America National Conference, American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference, Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Mid-America RWA Conference, Desert Dreams Conference, Orange County RWA, Midwest Mystery and Suspense Convention, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Writers Conference, Nebraska Literature Festival, Nebraska Writers Guild, Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Friends of the Public Library, Romance Authors of the Heartland, Iowa Romance Novelists, Prairie Romance Writers, and Carolina Romance Writers.
Cheryl has had articles on the craft of writing published in Romance Writer of America‚Äôs Romance Writers Report Magazine, and numerous chapter newsletters. She was featured in the Writer‚Äôs Digest Romance Writer‚Äôs Sourcebook and the UK magazine, Writers Forum featured her in a two-page article, How To Break Into Western Romances. Cheryl‚Äôs online workshops have garnered praise from new writers and multi-published authors alike.
One thing all reviewers and readers agree on regarding Cheryl‚Äôs work is the degree of emotion and believability. Words like ‚Äėheart-warming, emotional depth, touches your soul, tugs your heart, endearing characters and on my keeper shelf‚Äô are commonly used to describe her work.
In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, ‚Äúemotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations.‚ÄĚ Amazon and Goodreads reviews show her popularity with readers.