Alright…I gave everyone fair warning yesterday….today I have CHERRY ADAIR! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I am so excited! I love love love her! Cherry has got to be the nicest, most generous person I have ever met. I have never seen an author interact with her fans quite like Cherry does. Check her out on Facebook…seriously….do it. Well….wait until you read the interview, then by all means go, do it! 🙂
So Cherry, hello! Welcome to my crazy place on the web! Let’s jump right into it okay?
You have so many awesome books out currently. How many have you published and when did you start your writing career?
Including UNDERTOW I’ve published- hang on I have to count them. . . .23 I started writing long before I published. I wrote (and shredded) 17 books before The Mercenary came out in 1993
17 books?! WOW! You must have had some serious dedication to work so incredibly hard! But I suppose it all paid off in the end huh?
Your newest book, Undertow, is located in a tropical setting. Since you live in the Northwest, where do you get your inspiration? Do you travel to the places in your books?
I have traveled to many of the exotic locals in my books, but not all of them. I don’t like creepy-crawlies or not being anywhere near a shower or a flushing toilet! (and observant readers will notice that my heroines don’t like the same things )
Well, though I am sure there are some women out there that like “roughing” it….I am not one of those girls. I don’t even like camping. No thanks, unless there is a motor home involved in the deal. If the kids want to sleep outside in a tent, then so be it. I want a bed….and A/C. Spiders and creepy-crawlies are also not my thing LOL…I scream like a…well, like a girl 🙂
What other type of research do you do in order to start a book? Especially with the Black Ops elements in your T-FLAC series?
I do extensive research – it’s one of the most time consuming, and fun, aspects of writing for me. I’m lucky enough to have fans and friends in interesting places who fill me in on some of the local color first hand. When I’m doing research I try to find an expert in that field who is usually happy to answer all my question. Over the years I’ve made a lot of fascinating contacts because of my writing. (and a few very scary people, too!)I know several black ops guys who are incredibly monosyllabic in their answers, and it’s like pulling hens teeth to get any kind of direct information out them. But once they got what I was writing, and that not only didn’t I need to know troop movement in Iraq (or wherever, I really didn’t want to know classified Intel They’re great at giving me other interesting factoids to make my operatives fun and interesting.
I met a strange and um…unusual nuclear physicist who helped me with info in The Bodyguard. A Venezuelan “business man” who loves my books ,and has offered to help me with whatever I need (Let’s leave it at that. Lol) Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien Cousteau (who is as yummy and delish as one of my heroes!) has helped with research for several of my books over the years. And I found a fascinating treasure hunter named Dr. Lubos Kordac who is helping me with details on salvaging for the Cutter Cay books. Over the course of 20 plus books I’ve collected a fascinating little black book filled with incredible and invaluable contacts. If I told you where I hide it I’d have to kill you.
Hmm well I definitely don’t want to die today…so I won’t ask anything else about your ominous black book of secrets 🙂 I’m fairly certain those guys might scare the crap outta me. I had an uncle that used to be a Green Beret and even he said he couldn’t ever tell us some of the things he did. Who wouldn’t want to know classified information? Oh yeah..ME.
Undertow is the first book in the Cutter Cay series. Tell us a bit about this new series and how many books you expect there to be?
UNDERTOW is the first of the CUTTER CAY trilogy. Of course I’m already thinking of book 4, 5…. (You might have noticed numbers aren’t my thing. ) The (ridiculously wealthy- because why not??) Cutter brothers are treasure hunters and live on Cutter Cay, http://cherryadair.com/#/books/Cutter%20Cay) their own private island in the Caribbean.
They each have their own unique dive boat, and they search the world’s oceans for a likely wreck to salvage. Logan, Nick and Zane are very close, and they have a friendly rivalry to see who retrieves the most valuable treasure every year. It’s not about the money, it’s all about winning for the Cutter brothers.
Teal William’s, my heroine in UNDERTOW, is a fascinating character, and someone I’ve never written before. I absolutely love her, and hope readers will, too. She’s a mass of insecurities and bristly bad attitude. Zane is outgoing and gregarious. Teal is his exact opposite. Zane wants to party, and Teal just wants to be left the hell alone. This couple was SO much fun to write.
I’m sorry..what? I got distracted by the picture…I was imagining being on that beach with Zane…..whoever that model is…WOW! I love the name Teal too! Extremely unique!
What’s on your plate right now? What’s coming from Cherry Adair?
I just finished writing HUSH (a jungle book ) which will be out in May. HUSH is the first of my other new trilogy which is called LODESTONE. Now I’m writing RIPTIDE, the 2nd in the CUTTER CAY series, and middle brother Nick’s book. (He’s the one in the middle )
Holy Smokes I think I found my new screen background….*drool* *pant*
Is there going to be a crazy, sex obsessed character named Nikki always on a guy named Sven in your next book? Based on my Facebook shenanigans of course 🙂
Um….er…there does so happen to be a sex obsessed character named Nikki in …one of my books.
Ok, deep breath…deep breath….I’m going to just let that one go because if I don’t I may faint dead away and squeal uncontrollably…though maybe not in that order. Just know that for the next several years I will be impulsively reading every single book.
Let’s move on shall we….because if we don’t I may go into some kind of shock…
Is the T-FLAC series done now or will you continue those at some point?
For now I’m working very hard (OK obsessively!) on the two new trilogies which are not T-FLAC. (Although readers might see a familiar operative pop up where they least expect them )
It’s always really cool to see past characters pop up in new books. I hate feeling like when I read the last page of a book that the characters I’ve grown to love just disappear. It’s nice to hear from them again later.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written?
I’m pretty fickle. Whichever character I’m writing at the time is always my favorite. I must admit though that I do have a soft spot for Marc Savin (The Mercenary) because he was my first hero. We always remember our first.
Well, I think that’s totally understandable. Besides there is always room for one more 😉 But it is true, we never forget our first.
Who do you read? Favorite authors? Are you reading anything now?
I used to read a book a day. Now I’m lucky if I have time to finish a book in a month! That’s the downside of doing what I do. I love being an author, but it’s left me no time to enjoy one of my greatest pleasures. Some of my fave authors in no particular order – Ann Stuart, Maggie Osbourn, Linda Howard. . .and dozens of others.
I think most authors feel this way. But, I hear you’re going on vacation soon…so hopefully that will allow you to catch up with your favorite reads!I know I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like and I’m certainly not a bestselling author…I can only imagine the time management authors have to deal with.
I know you like to take walks, what else do you do in your spare time?
I don’t like to take walks! <g> I walk because it’s good for me, and get’s me away from my computer for a bit of fresh air. Lol And what spare time?
Ok, ok, no spare time…I get it 🙂 But walks up where you are must be so beautiful. And I like to imagine that the air is crisper and fresher there…as opposed to boring ole Ohio.
Alright, well I will let you get back to your writing. But first tell me….if you could pick anyone to play the part of Zane in Undertow…who would you pick?
The yummy and delicious Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is my new TV crush. I’d pick him to play the role of Zane Cutter. (I’d pick him to play…with me )
Be good Cherry! *wink wink* Ok, I’d let him play with me too LOL. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!
Go ahead and stare at this picture for a minute..you know you want to…..
In celebration of Cherry’s new book Undertow…I am going to give a copy away to a random commenter. This contest is open to anywhere thebookdepository.com ships! All you need to do is leave a meaningful comment on this post! EASY! I will leave it open until Dec 31st at 11:59pm and put the winner up January 1st.