Three Only Children, a literary novel by Ms. Rogers is now available in eBook.
Bio: Cheryl F. Rogers:
I am a writer, but I didn't start out that way. After college, I became certified to teach English in high school. Ironically, I taught writing during the last ten years of my twenty-two year career in a prominent all boy Catholic school in the New Orleans area. But writing was never a serious option for me as a person until I eulogized a dear friend from high school. It was the first time I received rave reviews, rowdy applause and heard raucous laughter. A funeral is hardly a suitable venue for a writing debut, but in the words of the decedent's sister, I was a hit.
Charlotte's family laughed and cried as I retold how she and I became friends at St. Joseph Academy, a now defunct all girl Catholic high school in New Orleans. I felt such gratifications that my words incited such honest emotions. Without an audience, writing is a series of letters, an alphabet hidden away.
What I write about is relationships between people, success and failure, love and heartbreak, laughter and tears--women's literary fiction. Writers I have taught have influenced how I write--Southern writers like Harper Lee and Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor. Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite novel and more recently, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The South is what I know about and New Orleans is where I was born and bred. I lived in a shotgun house near Broad and St. Bernard Avenue, where Al Scramuzza's Seafood City was within walking distance. I dressed up and rode the Public Service bus to Canal Street and met my girlfriends under the clock in front of D.H. Holmes. On weekends in the summer, we went to Pontchartrain Beach. I drank Dixie Beer and watched Morgus the Magnificent on Saturday night.
My husband and I have two married daughters and three grandchildren with two more on the way. In between the glamorous life of washing clothes and cleaning and babysitting, I write--not on a lonely beach at sunset but in my p.j.'s at the computer or while a batch of clothes is in the dryer.
In 2012, my novella Christmas Connections was published as as an ebBook. My novel, Three Only Children is in the editing phase. Characters and plots keep pestering me at night before I go to sleep and more writing is on the way.