Growing up, reading a book was one of Cheryl’s favorite past times and she could often be found curled up in a corner reading some of her favorite authors getting lost in a book for hours at a time. There was nothing as comforting as being immersed in a book filled with mystery and intrigue. As an avid reader, in her formative years, that interest was nurtured by what she learned in her English classes. Since it was often part of the school curriculum, she had to learn the basics in order to properly construct a story. Being curious about the structure of a story, she absorbed everything she learned and excelled in her studies, even writing her first poem in her high schools' advanced English class’ first publication.
While in college, English was also part of her general education requirements. Her then English teachers required each of their students to construct a 500-word story each week on an assigned topic. She took on the task with the same enthusiasm she did in her reading. She learned to draw on her own life experiences, using the tools she learned in reading others' stories to create a story of her own that evolved with each written word.
Many years later she would self-publish her first book of poetry, "My Mind's Eye" (Watermark Press). In this compilation, she pays tribute to her family and friends and the many experiences she's shared with them.
Today, she still enjoys writing. Although she still reads occasionally, that passion has evolved into writing about her hiking adventures. That coupled with her love of photography makes for a visual experience that can only be surpassed by adding her own words to describe the beauty of nature she has captured in her photographs.
Check out her blog which chronicles her time on the trails.