Cherry Pedrick, R.N.

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After twenty years working as a nurse in hospitals, Cherry ventured into the world of writing. Her experience as a registered nurse is reflected in her writing. She has had articles published in Woman’s World, Journal of Christian Nursing, Teachers in Focus, Christian Educator’s Journal, Journal of Christian Healing, New Heart, Mature Years, Church of God Evangel, The Gem, Cross & Quill, Writers’ Exchange, At Ease Magazine, and Doll Collector’s Price Guide. In 1997, Cherry wrote a continuing education home study course for nurses, published by National Center for Continuing Education. Her first book was published in 1999. She was a contributing editor for Suite101, an Internet portal, for a number of years. These Suite101 columns and her personal websites continue to help market her books. Cherry coauthored The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. After selling over 53,000 copies, they published a second edition in 2005. The third edition will be published in 2010. Cherry has coauthored seven books. She is now being pulled back to her first passion: inspirational writing for adults and children.

Interview

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Holy Bible

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Elizabeth George, Edward Rutherford, Jan Karon

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I felt God was leading me on a new journey in my life that included sharing what I’ve learned with others. I wanted to help people who had obsessive-compulsive disorder and habits overcome these things.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Pray about it and if God seems to be leading you in this direction, pursue your dream. Get an education, either formally or informally, then start small and write, write, write. Develop a platform, an area of expertise and become known for this. If you want to write books, start with writing articles and speaking. Hone your speaking skills so you’ll be ready to market your book.