About the Author: Cheryl Rainfield
I love to read. Books nurture me, helped me survive the abuse I endured as a child and teen. I also love to write. I write fantasy books and edgy, realistic fiction for teens.
My fantasy books often hold hope that I need, and feel others might need, too, while my realistic fiction is gritty, intense, and emotional. All of my books have fragments of the abuse I experienced. I write about some of the harsh things teens go through...things that I think shouldn''t be hidden. But I also write about healing, hope, and love, and finding courage and strength.
I write for so many reasons. I write because I love good books–-love the exhilaration that comes from a great story. I write because I hope that my books may reach others and give them something they need, the way books did for me when I was growing up–-and still do. I write realistic fiction because I want others to know that they are not alone, and that things can get better. I hope that a teen may hand someone one of my books and say, "Read this. This is what it's like for me," and maybe that person will give them greater understanding or compassion. I write fantasy because I hope that someone will find it inspiring. I write to increase compassion and understanding, even while I write to entertain. And I write for myself. I write because I need to. Sometimes to get things out, sometimes to speak to others.
I write the things I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I felt so alone and in so much pain as a child and a teen; I often didn't want to be here. I kept searching for something that would tell me I wasn't alone in the abuse and torture I was enduring, something that would tell me I wasn't crazy, something that would tell me I wasn't alone in being queer, too. I never found enough of what I needed. And that's a big part of why I write the books I do. I write for those people who've been through the same and similar experiences I've been through, to tell them you're not alone, there is hope, you can get through this. And I write to help other people understand what it's like, to increase compassion. And always, I write to move people, to touch hearts, to reach others.
I always try to write from my heart, whether I'm writing fantasy or realistic fiction. I write emotional truths.
Where to Stalk Cheryl!