Award-winning author Cheryl Anne Porter, well known to fans for her gripping historical suspense novels, also took the literary world by storm with her fresh-voiced, contemporary comedy.
The versatile writer sold her first book, Jessie’s Outlaw, in 1993. Originally intended as her creative writing master’s thesis at the University of Central Oklahoma, Jessie, instead, introduced enthusiastic reviewers and readers to Cheryl Anne Porter. In distinguished recognition of the novel’s historical significance and superb representation of Americana, the US Library of Congress subsequently chose Jessie’s Outlaw for its prestigious Rare Book Collection.
After Jessie, Cheryl penned a succession of critically-acclaimed historical titles: Kansas Wildfire, a National Readers Choice Award finalist, and Sara’s Bounty, re-released by popular demand in 1999. Her ground-breaking Lawless Women Trilogy told the compelling saga of three frontier sisters determined to solve their parents’ shocking murder. Hannah’s Promise, in which Cheryl invented the "Eastern" genre, won the National Readers Choice Award and is now in its third printing. Jacey’s Reckless Heart was nominated for Best Historical Adventure of the year. And the trilogy-concluding Seasons of Glory received a Best Western in a Series nomination.
Greater honors followed for Cheryl’s powerfully affecting historical mystery Captive Angel in 1999. The book earned Publishers Weekly’s prestigious Starred Review, and was widely acclaimed by critics and readers, alike. Her next effort, Prairie Song, received a nomination for Best Historical Romantic Adventure of 2000. The compelling Wild Flower, a Doubleday Rhapsody Book Club selection, earned 4½-stars from RT magazine and a "Perfect 10" review from RomanceReviewsToday, along with other kudos.
Cheryl entered the short contemporary comedy market to rave reviews in 1997 with A Man in Demand, a nominee for that year’s Best Love and Laughter Romance. A string of comedy hits followed: The Great Escape, From Here to Maternity, Puppy Love, Drive-by Daddy, and Sitting Pretty. As further testament to Cheryl’s skill in the genre, Puppy Love garnered second place in the Madcap Comedy Awards.
Cheryl penned Her Only Chance for Harlequin’s TemptationTM line in 2001, making a brilliant debut in that line with a 4½-star rating, Top Pick, and W.I.S.H. hero selection from RT magazine. Her second Temptation title is scheduled for a 2003 release.
Mainstream romantic comedy welcomed Cheryl’s fresh voice in 2001 with her release, Mad About Maddie. The delightful tale of a love-shy New England shop owner who inherits both a fortune and a man quickly won readers’ hearts. Doubleday’s Rhapsody Book Club made Maddie its featured alternate and Publisher’s Weekly praised its "energetic prose and snappy dialogue."
A popular national speaker, Cheryl’s stirring keynote presentations and informative workshops drew overflow audiences across the country. Her frequent appearances on TV, radio, and Internet programming also made new friends and fans for the vivacious and always-entertaining writer.
A former public school teacher who also spent five years as a college fiction writing instructor, Cheryl mentored many aspiring writers. In addition to teaching workshops, she hosted lively writers’ roundtable gatherings near her home on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Cheryl's latest triumphs include the short contemporary comedy, Daddy By Design? and The Marriage Masquerade, an historical mystery spiced with the sophisticated humor of The Thin Man’s Nick and Nora Charles. Cheryl described it as her "Gothically humorous American West historical set in Victorian England." It, too, is a Doubleday Rhapsody Book Club selection.
Popping the Question, a no-holds-barred mainstream romantic comedy that puts a tantalizing new spin on the mating game’s climactic moment, debuted in late 2002 and her last historical mystery To Make A Marriage arrived in bookstores January 2004. Cheryl's last novel, Blind Date, will be published by Harlequin in February 2005. The romantic comedy sparkles with Cheryl's signature wit and humor.
From the dark intrigue of her historical mysteries to her irreverent forays into the trials and tribulations of contemporary life, Cheryl Anne Porter was a master storyteller. Add this accomplished speaker, teacher, and novelist to your must-read list today!