International Bestselling Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif Talks about Writing CHILDREN OF THE FOG
by: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
How long did it take to write CHILDREN OF THE FOG? I wrote CHILDREN OF THE FOG sporadically. I started it a couple of years ago, then had to set it aside while I worked on other projects. I returned to writing it and spent about 6 months in total writing and editing.
What inspired you to write CHILDREN OF THE FOG? CHILDREN OF THE FOG is a story that came out of a common fear that most parents have: What would I do if someone tried to take my child? How far would I go to save him or her? After losing my first baby after he was born, I had a healthy daughter the following year. She’s now 23, but not a day goes by that I don’t worry about her. A mother’s “job” is never done. They’re our babies forever. For an eternity. We want the best for them—always. And what parent wouldn’t fight for their child?
But what if you were given the choice of letting someone take your child or watching your son or daughter die in front of you? Which would you choose? What if you were beaten and fighting the abductor wasn’t a possibility? What if he held a gun to your child’s head and gave you 10 seconds make that choice. And how do you live with I afterward? These are the heart-breaking questions I explore in CHILDREN OF THE FOG.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve? I did a lot of writing at a couple of local coffee shops, including 2 Starbucks. I knew early on that CHILDREN OF THE FOG would be set in Alberta, but I wasn’t sure where the cave area would be. When I did my research, I stumbled across Cadomin Cave, which is known to those who enjoy spelunking. The cave was closed to tourists and explorers a few years ago, due to negative impact on the bat life. Other than researching the general layout of the setting, and reading up on PTSD, this novel required less research than most of my others.
Tell us what happened with CHILDREN OF THE FOG in 2012. In March 2012, CHILDREN OF THE FOG made Amazon.com’s overall Top 100 list and placed at #4, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. It was on the list for approximately 35 days and sold tens of thousands of copies that month. It was a very exciting time for me! It made numerous Top 100 genre lists, placing at #1 on many. Since then, I have received over 600 reviews, and CHILDREN OF THE FOG has been well received by readers.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading CHILDREN OF THE FOG? I hope readers will come away feeling they were entertained, scared, and inspired to love their kids even more. I’m hoping they’ll treasure their relationships with their children. I’m hoping they’ll believe in fate and destiny, and the ultimate power of a parent’s love. I’m also expecting many will come away with soggy tissues.
Where can we go to buy it? CHILDREN OF THE FOG is available at Amazon (Kindle ebook and trade paperback), Barnes & Noble (paperback), Createspace (paperback) and other paperback retailers.
YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!
Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.
When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog.
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Genre - Supernatural Suspense Thriller
Rating – PG13
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