Letting readers know my books exist. I am not very savvy when it comes to social media, but these days that seems to be the best avenue for marketing.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
Until Ray is the start of a journey that centers on Ray Saint and Sarita Deering as they transition into adulthood, find each other, and develop a bond that is tested over the course of three decades.
What inspired you to write this book?
The second book in the trilogy inspired me to write Until Ray. I finished the second book first, and I thought it would be a standalone novel. As I was working on the second revision, I started moving backstory from that novel and decided to use it for what I thought would be an eighty-page novella. However, the characters had a lot to say, and it grew into a novel.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I spend roughly four hours per day writing, and the rest of the time either thinking about what I want to write or marketing what I have already written.
Name your top five favorite books.
It is very difficult for me to narrow my favorites down to five. What I can name are five books that I continued to think about long after I finished reading them. In no particular order: The Color Purple, I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings, The Bluest Eye, Silver Linings Playbook, Waiting to Exhale.
What are you working on now?
I am working on final revisions to the second book of the Until Ray trilogy.
Title: Until Ray
Author: Cheryl Robinson
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Two people in the same city but worlds apart.
Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.
HE IS LOST…
Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a four-family flat with his mother. When he’s not at home, Ray’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Dissatisfied, dysfunctional, and leagues behind his peers, Ray’s ready for a change but isn’t sure how to make it happen.
THEN SHE ARRIVES…
At twenty-four, Sarita has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Until now. Dr. Graham Emerson wants to marry Sarita, and her parents expect her to, but Sarita isn’t convinced he’s the one for her. On a blind date, she meets Ray Saint and is immediately drawn in by his good looks and sense of humor. But his reputation for being a ladies’ man raises several red flags. Ray swears he’s changed. Is giving up a sure thing for a maybe worth the risk?
Set in the mid-eighties, Until Ray explores life and love through the lenses of colorism, classism, and family dysfunction.
Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. For Penguin/NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me. Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.
Cheryl currently resides in Florida.
To learn more about Cheryl and the Until Ray trilogy, please visit www.untilraytrilogy.com
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