Getting to Know C.A. Phipps
Cheryl is a USA Today bestselling author from beautiful Auckland, New Zealand with two alter egos: C.A. Phipps who writes mysteries and Cheryl Phipps who writes women’s fiction-often over-lapping as these things do. A lover of stories filled with feisty heroines, suave heroes, and wonderful small towns, she enjoys crafting her own heart-warming tales of strong family ties, mixed in with a little romance, humor, and delicious baking! You can learn more about C.A. and her book here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and still live here but in a different suburb. Surrounded by water we have some fabulous beaches. On the west coast the sand is black.
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I love the small town vibe, where the only strangers are the new people in town.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I have always written stories and put that down to reading Enid Blyton at a young age. My older brother had every book!
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I was a payroll manager until 2 years ago, so I guess I’d still be doing that. I had contact with over a hundred staff and knew them all by name and some of their children. People fascinate me.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I have many grandpets, but my terrier, Zara, was with us for nearly eighteen years and we haven’t gotten over her loss yet. At the end of the year I hope to have a new addition.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
43 years ago I met the love of my life. Childhood sweethearts, we married young and every day with him by my side is a very good day.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
I loved Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein. That might seem odd for a person writing Romance, but as a cozy mystery author I understand now why it resonated with me. The intricacies and sub-plots, friendships and inner struggles, made the books come alive and I was delighted when New Zealander Peter Jackson made them into movies.