Friday, 16 July 2010

An Interview with Cheryl Herbsman

Today, Cheryl Herbsman is stopping by the blog!

Cheryl is the author of Breathing, which debuted last year and recently released in paperback.

What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one — her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning — Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

This debut novel has it all — an endearing, funny, hopelessly romantic main character, lots of down-home Southern charm, and a sunny, salty beach setting that will transport you to the Carolina coast.

On with the interview!

How would you define love? Lanna and I ask this of every author and no two answers have been the same.

I think part of the beauty of love is the inability to define it. It's not just one thing. It's this amazing amorphous feeling that's so much bigger than a feeling. It's a soul connection that grows and morphs and changes over time. It's a balm for the spirit. It can be tender or fierce. It's what turns a mother into a wolf or she-bear. It is one of the greatest gifts of life. But what is it? If I had to define it succinctly, I'd call it a soul snuggle :)

Soul snuggle. I like that. :) What five books would you recommend?

This is nearly impossible. How to limit it to five?! Okay, I'll list five, but just know if you asked me tomorrow I'd have five others that are equally worthy!

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

What book do you wish you had written?

I really don't look at books that way. I deeply believe that we each have our own stories to tell. I can't tell your stories the way you would, you can't tell mine the way I would. I try to believe that the stories that come to me do so for a reason and that the same holds true for the ones that don't come to me.

I'm obsessed with music and finding new songs and such, so if you had a soundtrack for your life, what songs would be on it?

Here are a couple that represent different eras of my life:

Hurry Home by Wavelength
Nightswimming by REM
At My Most Beautiful by REM
Defying Gravity from Wicked
Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
Room for the Life by Kate Bush
Push by Sarah McLachlan

How would you feel about a movie based off of Breathing?

Are you kidding? I'd LOVE it!

Is there a song (or songs) that describe, or just really work with, Breathing?

I'd have to say Love Story, A Place In This World, Breathe, and Our Song by Taylor Swift all go really well. Also No Air by Jordan Sparks & Chris Brown

What can you tell about your next novel?

I have a manuscript out on submission right now. I'm hoping for good news soon!

Thanks so much, again, for coming Cheryl!

For more on Cheryl and her books and to keep updated on future books, you can go to her website.


1 comment:

  1. Cute interview. I like that you asked what books Cheryl recommends.



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