Cheryl grew up in Southern Oregon and earned a BA with honors in Recreation and Park Management from the University of Oregon. She went on to work for a number of years as a Recreation Coordinator and Community Center Director in Portland, Oregon.
After years of working with and teaching kids, she is now an author of a Middle Grade Mystery series. Her childhood love of Nancy Drew sparked a never-ending appreciation for mysteries, and her sun-worshipping spirit led her to the Hawaiian Islands for a year while she attended the University of Hawaii.
Her series, The Hawaiian Island Detective Club, springs from her experiences in mystery and the exotic land of pineapples, palms, sand, and surf. The first book in the series won the Novel Journey YA/MG contest in April 2010 and placed third in the Kiss of Death, Daphne Du Maurier Mainstream Mystery Competition in July 2010. The series is now contracted and book one, Pineapples in Peril, will be available sometime in the fall of 2012.
She is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Vice President of the Portland Chapter of ACFW.
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