Author Chat with Cherie Priest (Cinderwich), Plus Giveaway~ US ONLY!

Today we are very excited to share an interview with author Cherie Priest!

Read on to learn more about the author, the book, and a giveaway!




Meet the Author: Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, including the horror novel The Toll, acclaimed gothic Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series, beginning with Boneshaker. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, and she won the Locus Award for best horror novel. Her books have been translated into nine languages in eleven countries. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a menagerie of exceedingly photogenic pets.

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About the Book: Cinderwich

“Who put Ellen in the blackgum tree?”

Decades after trespassing children spotted the desiccated corpse wedged in the treetop, no one knows the answer.

Kate Thrush and her former college professor, Dr. Judith Kane, travel to Cinderwich, Tennessee in hopes that maybe it was their Ellen: Katie’s lost aunt, Judith’s long-gone lover. But they’re not the only ones to have come here looking for closure. The people of Cinderwich, a town hardly more than a skeleton itself, are staunchly resistant to the outsiders’ questions about Ellen and her killer. And the deeper the two women dig, the more rot they unearth … the closer they come to exhuming the evil that lies, hungering, at the roots of Cinderwich.

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~Author Chat~


YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I was bored and sad and I missed having adventures with my friends – so I thought I’d write one that we would all enjoy. What’s more fun than solving spooky little mysteries with my spooky little friends?

YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

Hard to say – maybe the ghost, Meredith Barlow. You don’t see as much of her as you do the others, but I love her vaguely sinister sense of whimsy. She’s really quite the adorable trickster, though her motives are…generally good.

YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

I had the idea for the book, and it was kind of percolating in the back of my head – but one day I was playing around with an online “gothic house name generator” or something, hitting “refresh” over and over again, and the word “Cinderwich” popped up. I immediately paired the idea in my head with a title for a town (not a house, but it still worked) – and then started writing.

YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Maybe the finale, where everyone is together – and sparks are flying, and strangeness abounds. I loved putting everyone together on the page, even though many of the folks who inspired the characters have not met in real life.

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

To take my own advice. Whenever writer friends are in a slump, I always urge them to pursue whatever weird little goblin project their heart desires, even if it’s too crazy to work, or sell, or make sense. The projects of the heart (so to speak) are the only ones that ever really break through the static; and the market is so tough right now, the risk is relatively low. Write whatever you want. If it doesn’t sell, oh well. But it’s always the oddball projects that wind up really taking off.

YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I really like the color palette. It’s evocative and cool, and features some of the major elements of the story – like the tree, the ghosts, etc.

YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2023?

I don’t honestly know. I’ve been pretty busy lately, keeping my head down and working; I’m not sure what all is coming out this year, but I’m always on the lookout for more good reads.

YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

 I really dug MEDUSA’S SISERS, by Lauren Bear, a retelling of the story of Medusa from a very compassionate, clever angle. Right now I’m reading LOOKING FOR SMOKE by K.A. Cobell.

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Next up is a gothic thriller called THE DROWNING HOUSE, coming in July from Sourcebooks. One night during a terrible storm, a house washes up on the beach – stopping the heart of the only woman who knows what it means. In the morning, she lies dead and her grandson is missing, but two of his childhood friends head out to the remote island in order to search for him. I mean, in a nutshell.

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?  

Maybe the scene at The Ladies’ House, as I have to tell the same story two or three different ways, but still make it interesting. The little differences in point-of-view make all the difference, though.

YABC:    Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

In Cinderwich, it was absolutely Judith – the elderly academic woman who is looking for her long-lost lover. Her experience was pretty far outside my own (an 80-year-old lesbian PhD who spent a lifetime in academia) and I worked hard to get it right. I spent a little time in academia post-college; by which I mean, I do have a masters degree, but I stopped there.

YABC:    What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?

Don’t make assumptions about places and people; you never know what goes on in the shadows. Sometimes it’s bad, but sometimes it’s good. Not all long-buried secrets hide terrible sins. Some are kept for other reasons.


YABC:      What would you say is your superpower?

Parallel parking. I once parked an old SUV so tightly that I got out and took a picture to prove it.

YABC:     Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I am always interested in animal welfare and rescue work. We have three rescue animals at the moment: two large older dogs (mutts) and a three-legged cat. Adopt, don’t shop!

YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers?   

Be patient, because this business takes time. And be careful who you take criticism from. You can’t please everybody, and you should not try. If you’re very lucky, you can find a critic or two (or a writing partner, maybe?) whose opinion and analysis you respect. Listen for the single authoritative voice; don’t listen to the whole crowd at once. Down that road lies madness.

YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

 Nothing springs to mind! Thanks for the questions, you are all lovely.





Author: Cherie Priest

Release Date: June 11, 2024

Publisher: Apex Book Company / Diamond Book Distrubutors

ISBN-10: 1955765200

ISBN-13: 9781955765206

Genre: Dark fantasy

Age Range: YA




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