Indie Revolution Day Seven - Cheryl Bradshaw

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For one whole week, I will be talking to Indie Author's about what it is like to be an Indie Author and their books!

For today on the tour, we have Author Cheryl Bradshaw!

Thanks for joining us today Cheryl!

What is it like to be an Indie Author?

It’s exciting.  I love being able to work with cover artists to create my book covers, and it’s fun getting to know other indies.  In some ways, they are like my second family. 

Can you tell us any pro’s/con’s about being an Indie?

The pro’s would be the power to control everything: when my book comes out, what my cover looks like, what promotions I want to run, and the best part of course is having control over all the profits.
The only con for me is the process of keeping up with where to promote myself and taking time every day to do that when I would rather spend my time writing and connecting with my readers. 

Can you tell us about an important experience in your Indie journey?

In 2011, I was contacted by a well-known producer in the film industry who works on various hit TV shows, and his assistant inquired about the rights to my Sloane Monroe series.  It was shocking, but in a good way. J

Do you have any advice to any aspiring authors, about being an Indie?

I would say take your time and do your homework.  When I read negative reviews toward indie writers it usually has to do with the fact that their book was not formatted, edited, proofed, etc.  All these things must be done.  It’s worth it to invest whatever you can in building your brand.  In addition, get to know your genre—what’s selling, etc.  Never stop learning and growing.  I read at least one book a month to keep myself in tune with my own genre.  I’m still learning new things all the time.

Tell us a little bit about your Sloane Monroe series!

The Sloane Monroe Series is set in Park City, Utah.  I chose Park City because it was unique.  The main protagonist, Private Investigator Sloane Monroe, is both quirky and OCD challenged which adds a bit of fun to the storyline.  It was important to me to weave her own past into the current situations she faces so I could allow readers to get to know her a little at the time but not in a way that distracts from the novel.  There are three books in the series so far:


Enter the world of Sloane Monroe in Black Diamond Death...

On the slopes of Park City, Utah’s newest ski resort a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident. But what if she was murdered? Although skeptical, PI Sloane Monroe takes the case and learns not everyone is who they seem, and some will go to any lengths to protect their identity.


PI Sloane Monroe has solved every case that’s come across her desk with the exception of one—the brutal murder of her sister Gabrielle. Three years have passed without a trace of the serial killer until today, when a young woman’s body is discovered on a patch of dirt in front of the local supermarket. Will Sloane exact her revenge before Sinnerman slays his next victim, or will she be too late?


It’s been twenty years since PI Sloane Monroe has returned to her hometown of Tehachapi, California, but when a former classmate is stabbed and tossed overboard during the high school reunion cruise, Sloane isn’t about to allow a murderer to run free in her own backyard. But in a town where everyone is harboring secrets, how many more men will die before she discovers the truth?

Did you know what the series was going to be about from the start?

I had my protagonist and the setting all fleshed out, but I found that no matter how organized I am in my own life, I didn’t like outlining anything.  I found I wasn’t as creative that way.  I allow my novels to come to life as they are written. 

Who is your dream movie cast?

This is honestly too hard to say!  I’ve pondered it many times, but I have to say I have never seen one actor or actress who I thought fit my characters perfectly.  Not yet anyway.  I’m still looking though!

Did you always want to be a writer?

I was born with a pen in hand…

Future Books in the works?

Right now I am working on the fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town.  It’s begins with a child being kidnapped from a grocery store in Pinedale, Wyoming. 

Random Questions!

This is terrible, because I would say writing.  Boring to some, exciting to me!  Other than writing, I love to travel.  I’m fascinated by historical places and have visited Abraham Lincoln’s birth place and childhood home, and been everywhere from New York, London, and Paris to Alaska.  Traveling gives me lots of ideas and visual imagery which I use in my stories.  A few years ago I went to Jamaica, and I mention the area briefly in I Have a Secret (Sloane Monroe Series, Book Three). 

Special writing habits?

Nothing too special.  The main thing is peace and quiet.  I’m easily distracted.  I wait until no one is at home, and I turn my phone off.  Once I am interrupted, many times I can’t get back in the “zone” I was in. Hotels work great for this, especially if they are five star and I am sans children for the weekend ;) Sometimes I go to a hotel when I finish a book so I can spend a whole day going over the whole thing from start to finish without interruptions.

Favourite book? (Apart from your own of course!)

I am going to cheat a bit on this one and choose more than one. 
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Murder on the Orient Express –Agatha Christie

Thank you to Cheryl for stopping by and having a chat with us!

You can find more about Cheryl at her website here!

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. Great interview. :) Have a great day..

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Good advice: take your time and get it right. So important.


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