Interview with Cheryl Rainfield, Author of Hunted
Posted by What The Cat Read
Hi Cheryl! Thank you for taking time to come chat with me here on What the Cat Read! I first want to say that I seriously enjoyed Hunted. There were several moments where I found myself screaming out loud at various characters and events and even had chills racing down my spine a couple of times.
So let’s get to the questions. 🐱
Tell us a bit about yourself. What sorts of things do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any favorite foods/drinks? Favorite movie/TV show? Etc.
Ah, The Cat From Outer Space is one of our favorite movies as well! Always got to love a movie that features a cat as the main character. Not that we are biased or anything. Murr! We might just have to someday come over and nose through your books and movie collections. It sounds like we share similar tastes.
But before we get too distracted by thoughts of movie nights and discovering great books to read, let’s talk a bit about your novel Hunted. It is a truly powerful story. It not only makes the reader think, but it brings up serious issues that we as a society/nation could one day risk facing. Would you care to comment?
~Nods in agreement~ Yes, society has gotten better at recognizing how wrong it is to oppress others. Though it sometimes seems that for every two steps forward we inevitably take one step back. Hopefully we can avoid repeating past events on such a large-scale like the ones who mentioned and your story isn’t a foreshadowing of things to come.
With that in mind, what do you hope readers of Hunted will take away from the story?
Two very powerful messages right there. We felines often have to remind ourselves that we are not alone in our struggles and that things will get better in the end. Our human is the same way. There are times when she gets so caught up in everything that is going wrong, she has to fight the urge to up and run. It’s way to easy to get bogged down in all the bad stuff.
That’s probably why Caitlyn quickly became a favorite character for all of us as we were reading. She’s easy to relate too and is definitely a survivor and fighter for what is right.
And speaking of favorite characters, we’re curious to know, who is your favorite character in Hunted and why? Likewise, who is your least favorite character and why?
I think we can all agree that Daniel and Ilene are the least likely to win hearts. Though we have to wonder if Daniel is really truly bad. Yes, he made the choice to become like his oppressors, but we can still hope that there is a chance that he might redeem himself. ~Sighs~
Okay, time for a bit of a pick me up. We know that when it comes to the process of writing all authors have different ways of going about it. So, when you sit down to write, what requirements do you have? Could you describe your writing process for us?
Wow, major tail waves to you for writing your stories with pen and paper! We felines would probably die without our computer. Our paws aren’t exactly designed to hold a writing tool. And, truth be told, we tend to view pens and pencils more as toys which can be batted around the room. =^.^=
Our human agrees with your comment about reading your writing out loud in order to catch the flow of it. She does that all the time with our posts. Murr!
Now, Hunted is not your only published work out there. You also are the author of the book, Scars, which was recently a rallying book for the YA Saves movement on Twitter last year. For those who aren’t familiar with the novel, can you give us a brief summary of what it is about?
A definite must read! ~adds title to the TBR list~
After finishing Hunted we now want to find out what happens next to Caitlyn! When can readers expect the sequel and can you give us any clues about what will happen?
Hmm, know you’ve got us wondering if these allies are Caitlyn’s friends from school or if they are new folks we haven’t met yet. And it figures that we haven’t seen the last of Daniel and Ilene. Oh, there’s nothing worse than having to wait to find out what happens next! The anticipation is likely to drive us felines crazy. ~flattens ears in aggravation~
Well, as much as we would love to keep you around and ask more questions about the sequel, our time is sadly running out. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers before we bring this interview to a close?
Speaking of reviews, you can read Sara’s review of Hunted HERE.
Thank you again Cheryl for taking the time to chat with us here on What the Cat Read! If ever you’d like to come and visit again, you are more than welcomed to do so. Maybe we can chat again once the sequel to Hunted is out. 🐱