Literaturschock: Ms Adair, could you tell your German fans something about yourself?

Cherry Adair: I've been married to the same wonderful man for 28 years. We met when he came into my Interior Decorating shop to buy wallpaper. We met on a Thursday, went to lunch on Friday, and by dinner on Saturday night decided to get married! We had a big wedding three weeks later. Very romantic then, and even more romantic now.

We have two adult daughters, and six grandchildren, all of whom we adore.

Literaturschock: What are your current projects? Can you give us a little sneak preview of the next books?

Cherry Adair: The book coming out this August is called OUT OF SIGHT. And since I only just received the back cover copy myself, I'm delighted to let your readers be the first to see just what Kane Wright has got himself into.

Sometimes chemistry is a matter of life and death. . . .

Though her confidence is badly shaken by a training accident, A. J. Cooper vows to become an excellent T-FLAC operative. She is everything the anti-terrorist agency looks for—she’s smart, resourceful, and a crack shot. Eager to prove herself to her instructor, the highly regarded Kane Wright, A. J. takes on a difficult and potentially deadly assignment. A success in the field could be just the thing she needs to make her career with the agency—and working so closely with the extraordinary and irresistibly sexy Kane is a fantasy come to life.

Kane Wright is a master of disguise, hiding his powerful attraction for A. J. in the name of professionalism. But when she doesn’t bounce back quickly after her accident, Kane’s desire becomes concern. In the field, even a moments hesitation can turn a routine operation into a deadly one. With A. J. taking a lead position in this mission, Kane knows he won’t be able to take his eyes off his gorgeous tomboy trainee. Under the hot desert sun, even as they struggle to unravel a madman’s devious plot, their long denied passion will finally boil over . . .

Literaturschock: Do you have any special methods to plan a new book (which)? How does your normal working day look like?

Cherry Adair: Before I start the book I decide who my characters are. It takes about a week, sometimes more, to write what happened to them BEFORE the book even begins.

Then I plot the story and do several weeks worth of research. I keep everything in a 10" white ring binder. In the binder are all my notes, photcopies of my reseach, the phone numbers of anyone who can help me with that research, or who might know someone who could help me. Anything, and everything to do with the book is all in one place.

I start writing at about 9 in the morning. I have to be dressed, with my hair and makeup done, and even my earrings on, before I can start work. I know many authors who enjoy writing because they don't have to get dressed up for work. But I can't concentrate unless I am. I work several hours in the morning, take a break for lunch and make phone calls and do any errends, and then back to work until 5. Just like a regular office job. The only diffrenece is my comute is better. (and I can play with my animals and not get fired )

Literaturschock: Reading your website I found: "Sit your butt in the chair and write. There's no magic to it. Writing is hard work. It isn't for sissies." What do you think is so difficult at writing? Are there some easy things, too?

Cherry Adair: Sometimes writing is easy. But mostly not. Not for me anyway. The biggest problem I think for most writers (and I'm no exceptuion! ) is we tend to procrastinate. A lot. Everyday I promise myself I'll do better. I'm working on it.

Literaturschock: Another quote of your website: "There simply aren't enough happy endings in the world and I wanted to create a few more for people to enjoy." So you mean writing isn't just your job but your passion?

Cherry Adair: Absolutly. I love, love, love what I do. I can't imagine doing anything else.

Literaturschock: One of the big parts of your week is answering e-mail from fans. So you have close contact to the readers and fans?

Cherry Adair: This is a hard one for me. I so love hearing from readers, but it's not always possible to respond right away. I try, I really do. But sometimes it's just impossible. For instance - we have been building a new house that's taken a year. In that time I was on two deadlines, came up to the property several times a day, and had to go out constantly to choose the millions of things needed to build the house. The closer I got to the end of the deadline, the farther appart my answers became....it's a vicious cycle. I want to talk to my readers. We have so much in common, and I LIKE them. But if I want to finish the book they are waiting for I won't have time to write back to them... I save every e mail from readers, and try to answer as many as I can, as soon as I can.

Then when we'd moved into the house, and the book was finished, I actually scheduled a week - on my callender - in PEN! - to takle my fan mail....And two days before -I got a horrible e mail virus which ate my harddrive! Oh! That was terrible! So all those poor people are out there waiting for me to answer them, and I no longer have their e mails. I feel just terrible about it.

I know many writers have their husbands, or someone else, answering their fan mail. I don't want to do that. But I do have to figure out how to respond

Literaturschock: Do you want to continue writing romantic novels? Or do you plan to write about something else?

Cherry Adair: I adore writing what I write. I can't imagine that ever changing.

Literaturschock: Fun question: Your favorite method to kill snails is drowning them in beer. Would you say, the snails die drunken and happy? ;-)

Cherry Adair: Well, I DO hear them giggeling...

Literaturschock: Do you write what ever you wanted to write? Or is there an unwritten idea, which sleeps in your head for years?

Cherry Adair: I have a big, BIG, B-I-G binder filled with ideas. I'll never run out of idea's and I *always* love the one I'm working on the most.

Literaturschock: I imagine that you love animals? Do you have your own pets? (What kind of pets?)

Cherry Adair: We have a 15 pound ginger, green-eyed cat named TC which stands for Temporary Cat. Named because I thought he was just visting...he's been with us for 14 years!!! I suppose he's not Temporary anymore. lol

And we also have a black, standard Schnauzer. His father is German and his mother is Spanish (although he doesn't speak either language unfortunatly ) he's now three, and has more energy than all 6 of our grandchildren put together. Our new house is on a lake, and Max thinks it's his personal swimming pool. He loves to swim and has been trying to entice TC to join him. TC finds him mildly amusing, but won't budge from his ring side seat on the grassy bank.

Literaturschock: There is a picture on your Website where we can see you sitting on a chair covered by a lot of books. But do you know exactly how many books do you have?

Cherry Adair: Hmm. Probably several thousand. I can't part with any of them. And those are just my *keepers*. I don't keep everything I read - maybe I keep one in 20.

Literaturschock: What are you currently reading and what are your favourite authors?

Cherry Adair: I'm reading research books on...I can't tell you yet But lots and lots of research books for Derek Wrights book next year.

Some of my favorite authors are Anne Staurt, Nora Roberts. Carla Neggers, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Thank you so much for inviting me.

Literaturschock: Thank you so much, too, Cherry! I really appreciate your taking the time to let me interview you.

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