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| Waking up in a romantic seventeenth-century French château every day is the sort of research opportunity most authors dream about. Cheryl Sawyer’s experience of living and working in the beautiful Château de Breteuil, surrounded by reminders of France’s glittering and turbulent past, prompted her to write her first historical novel, LA CREOLE, which was also inspired by friendship with two women from the French Antilles.
On a later trip, to the hills of upper New York State, Cheryl's second novel, REBEL, was born—the story of the first great love affair between France and the United States, when Frenchmen (and one brave young Frenchwoman!) fought alongside the patriots in the American War of Independence.
Cheryl Sawyer was born in New Zealand. Her first voyage to the northern hemisphere took her through the Caribbean, where she fell in love for ever with coral islands; and in her part of the world she has since visited Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. When she first started writing SIREN in 1998, she at once decided that the heroine, Léonore Roncival, should be the mistress of an uncharted Caribbean island. Léonore is also the granddaughter of Ayisha, the exotic heroine of LA CREOLE.
THE CHASE (June 2005) and THE CODE OF LOVE (May 2006) draw on Cheryl’s different sojourns in England and France.
The inveterate traveler, teacher and publisher has two masters degrees with honors, in both French and English literature, and has tutored in French language and literature at the University of Auckland. Her training as a publisher began with educational books in Auckland. She subsequently worked as a freelancer on a wide range of non-fiction and fiction, the highlight being her editing of THE BONE PEOPLE by Keri Hulme, which won the 1985 Booker Prize in the United Kingdom. When Cheryl's family moved to Sydney, Australia, she became publisher for an independent Australian company producing illustrated non-fiction. At present she publishes popular fiction and non-fiction collections for an international company.
After a year’s travel researching and writing in Greece, France, England, the US and Central America, Cheryl is living in Sydney with her husband.|
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