Let’s Get Real: Interview with Author Cherie De Sues By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Welcome! Let’s get real with Author Cherie De Sues today!

Susan:  Tell us a little about you, your background, and what is fun about you!

Cherie: I’m a California girl born and raised in Huntington Beach. My parents took me sailing in Newport every weekend and I fell in love with the ocean. I’m a Navy veteran, scuba diver, and explorer of new beaches worldwide. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Florida, and Galveston, Texas to enjoy the sea activities I love. I’m also a retired open heart surgical PA, a medical person who uses a scalpel under the direction of a surgeon.

Susan: What are your favorites: color, food, and music?

Cherie: My favorite colors have evolved from all ocean shades to now include pink and purple. As a working artist, I lean toward botanical flowers, leaves, and such. Mexican food is my favorite. I enjoy everything from Flautas to tacos, enchiladas, and empanadas with rice and beans…and cheese! I’m eclectic in my music choices. I listen to Spanish “Gipsie Kings”, Ottmar Leibert and alternative or rock & roll.

Susan: Tell us about your book.  Where does your book take place? Why did you choose that time and location?

Cherie: Because this is a Native American paranormal story, I chose the tri-state Navajo land and Oregon. All my novels are in places I’ve been and know. So I used the Oregon coastline and mountain rivers for much of the book. All of my novels are hot and rated 3-4 on a scale of 5. As a retired medical professional, I assure you that all verbiage is accurate and sizzling.

Susan: What makes your hero/heroine fascinating so we can’t put the book down? Spoilers are not allowed.

Cherie: This is a FAST-paced novel with danger, paranormal elements, a strong female character attorney, and a medicine man shapeshifter bounty hunter. There are no chances for boredom, I start with drama, suspense, sexual tension, and never stop.

Susan: What do you love most about your book? What was the toughest part?

Cherie: I wanted authenticity and I spent a great deal of time on the research for the native American Navajo words and lifestyle to be correct. Sometimes getting the answers I needed was tough. But blending an attorney in love with the law with a bounty hunter was like fire and water.

Susan: Please, share a sneak peek. 


Kicking hard, she bit the man’s hand covering her mouth and tasted blood. He pulled away with a pained yelp. Sara drew in a huge gulp of air then let it out on a scream she hoped would be heard over the music coming from the bar.

“Help! Somebody help me!”

The filthy, bloodstained hand came back over her mouth as the door of the trailer came into view. Sara fought with every ounce of strength in her command and the briefcase shoulder strap broke. Her cell phone, wallet, and documents fell out as she stomped down again with spiked heels.

Loud snarls layered over her muffled screams and she strained to look to the side. From out of the mist, a large cougar ran toward them and her captors abruptly released her. She crumbled to the ground. The earth shook with the power and rhythm of the feline’s paws. At ground level, Sara looked into amber eyes as the cat rose and went for the throat of the first man.

Screaming in horror, the man dropped with the first strike, hitting the dirt parking lot with blood gushing from his neck. He lay still, unconscious or dead, Sara couldn’t tell.

She crawled backward until she came up against the wheel of the trailer and watched in terror as the cougar ran after the other man. A door slammed closed and the cougar snarled. The cat stalked back into view, stopped and looked around the parking lot before padding quickly toward her.

A mew of fear escaped Sara’s lips as she cringed, bringing up her knees and covering her face, hoping to give the impression of submission. She didn’t want to die from the sharp claws of a cougar.

Her life—her incredibly empty life—flashed before her eyes. Even if she died, who would miss her? She had no family, no children. No man to call her own.

Sara held her breath and waited for the end.

Nothing happened. No growling, no teeth. A deep purr exhaled right in front of her and warm breath covered her trembling hands.

Steeling herself for what would come, she peered over her knees and looked right into the unblinking eyes of the cougar. She looked closely at the familiar amber with the ring of brown around the edges. The eyes of the stranger who’d kissed her.



Susan: Why did you write your book?

Cherie: I enjoy suspenseful paranormal novels and am enamored with Native American history and life. This novel was an opportunity to stretch from the supernatural and medical/military novels I’d been writing.

Susan: What do you love to do when you’re not writing?

Cherie: I’m a watercolorist, artist, and surface pattern designer for Spoonflower and other online stores. I create wallpaper, fabric, and clothing under Gypsea Art Designs.


I’ve been playing with the idea of creating the next two sequel books of Tales of the Red Moon Clan.

Susan: What is your favorite line in the book?


“She spared the cougar another sideways glance. He stared vigilantly out the back window. His lower jaw lay over the headrest; his feline body overflowed the leather seat. She shook her head, imagining the amount of fur she’d need to have vacuumed out of the Jag’s interior, but then smiled. At least he had the good sense to hang his claws over the edge of the seat so he wouldn’t scratch up the leather.”

Susan: Where can we find out more about your books?




Susan: Do you have any parting words for our readers or aspiring authors?

Cherie: Keep a journal, and write down what people say during interactions. Later, you can use these tidbits for your novel. For readers, I suggest trying new genres on occasion, you never know when you will find a gem and want to read all their work.

Thank you, Cherie, for getting real with us today at Nights of Passion!

Stay safe.


Susan Hanniford Crowley

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About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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