About Cheryl Aguiar:
Born June 30, 1973
Cheryl Aguiar is a first-time author and entrepreneur who has an intuitive admiration and in-depth respect for nature and its wildlife.
Cheryl is a hardworking, self-employed salon owner in the small, New England Town of Westport, Massachusetts where she also resides with her husband Jim. Cheryl and Jim live in a quaint, country style home, hand built by themselves near the woods she explored as a child. With nothing more than a high school diploma, Cheryl has succeeded in her businesses, becoming a self-taught photographer and learning the art of writing.
Cheryl’s true passion is her love for nature, traveling, exploring and photographing the beauty of our landscapes and magnificent wildlife all around the country. She travels whenever it's possible with her husband Jim. They also own land in New Vineyard, Maine, their own piece of woodland paradise. In discovering the amazing beauty surrounding her homes and around the country, Cheryl founded Roadside Stills Photography and continues growing while exploring her talents. Her strong passion and entrepreneurial spirit have granted her the ability to share her experiences with nature through the lens of a camera and now… on paper.
What inspires you to write?
What inspired me to write my book was first, was the amazing experience of creating a bond with Mother Nature's creatures in the life changing event of a wildlife rescue. Secondly, the passion and desire to share the experience with readers all over the world. Not only for those who love nature and wildlife, but also those who just love a feel good, heartwarming story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wrote this book from the feelings, memories and lessons learned from my experience. Everything came from the heart and just started pouring out as I typed… tears and all.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
I doubted my ability to write at first, but before I knew it, I had written a book. Believe in yourself, you can and will accomplish anything you put your mind to. Don't ever give up! If your frustrated or just can't come up with the right words, put it down, walk away. You can pick it were you left off later or another day. You have to be in the right frame of mind, its your thoughts… on paper.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my book. I needed to prove to myself that I could create a book that readers would love, no matter how it was published. What a sense of accomplishment to have done the entire process yourself. With hard work, research, dedication and devotion, I have accomplished what some people never think they can. It is possible. It may not be perfect, but when I hear that readers love it, I have succeeded. I think you should explore and research all the publishing options that are available and decide what fits into your budget, schedule and long term goals. Self-publishing does require a lot of work from you and you alone. You are responsible for getting your book out to readers so they can find you. The hard work can be overwhelming at times, but rewarding in the end. Hang in there!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the way books have become digital and audio, but who doesn't love a good, hold in your hand, paper book? I hope the future keeps the brick and mortar stores alive and stays true to tradition. Self-publishing is becoming the way to publish for many authors after being turned down by traditional publishing houses. Some stores and reviewers still wont look at self-published books. I believe a great book is a great book no matter how it is published and all books should be given at least one chance.
What genres do you write?: nonfiction narrative, animals, nature, wildlife
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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