Sunday, March 17, 2013


We were fortunate enough to have Candian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif join us a couple of weeks ago, sharing how she comes up with her story ideas for her novels.

Cheryl has a number of international bestselling novels, including her newest thriller, SUBMERGED.

From March 15-24, Cheryl will be traveling the blogosphere and visiting book blogs during her SUBMERGED Blog Tour. We're thrilled to have her stop by her along her way to answer a few questions for us.

So grab a cup of your favorite bevvie, sit back and enjoy our chat as Cheryl gives us the inside scoop on her latest psychological thriller.

Welcome, Cheryl.

Thank you, Chynna. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Fire away!

Was there a specific inspiration for this book?

I was inspired by a deep-rooted fear I've had since I was a child—the fear of being trapped in a submerged vehicle. We traveled so much by car when I was young, and many times we traveled along roads that paralleled a body of water. I would envision us going off the road, into the water and then slowly sinking. Fear! That's what inspired me to write SUBMERGED.

How hard was it for you to write the scene where Rebecca is in her car underwater?

Very hard. I found myself holding my breath with Rebecca.

How did you choose the names for your characters?

Marcus is named for my husband, Marc. Taylor just fit as a last name, and ironically it means that Marcus and my husband have the same initials. Even more ironic is the fact that the friend who inspired Marcus's character also has the same initials. Rebecca is a name I like.

Which character do you love most in SUBMERGED? Why?

Marcus. I love him because he's flawed and suffering. He has seen enough death in his life to last a lifetime. Yet he is a good man, a giving man who would sacrifice himself for others.

How much research, if any, did you have to do for this book?

I do research for every book I write. With this one, I researched a few areas, including the settings used. Especially Hinton and Cadomin. I also researched the 911 call center process here in Canada, and the ResQMe tool. The people who work at each of these places helped me immensely.

How long did it take you to complete this book?

The actual writing of it took about 2-3 months. However, life interrupted in between so it took much longer to complete. I started a new business—Imajin Books, a publishing company—so I had to put SUBMERGED aside for 2 years while I got my business off the ground.

What other books have you written?

I've written Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, Divine Justice, Whale Song (regular and school editions), Lancelot's Lady (under the pen name Cherish D'Angelo), Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (a collection of horror), and Remote Control, (a novelette). And I have a non-fiction book on marketing.

Why should people pick up a copy of SUBMERGED?

If you love a good read with characters you can relate to and a story that may give you chills or make you hold your breath, you'll find this in SUBMERGED.

From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…


"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Learn more about Cheryl Kaye Tardif at and follow her on Twitter.

Enter Cheryl’s March Giveaway – 59 Prizes!

For more information about the tour, click HERE.


  1. Chynna, thanks for hosting me! I really appreciate it. :-)

    1. Anytime, Cheryl. We always enjoy when you stop by.

      Thanks for sharing a few details about your book. I think it's your best one yet! ;)


Video trailer for BLACKBIRD FLIES!

Video Trailor for JUST SHUT UP and DRIVE