USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 80+ books.
Blah, blah, blah… Also, she has 15 dogs. That’s why she puts dogs into most of her stories. Because dogs make great characters and…let’s face it…Sam has tons of experience to share. (Especially about dog poo…she has LOTS of experience with that!)
An Interview with Sam Cheever
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 was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My husband and I moved all over the United States for years, but returned to Indiana about 10 years ago so I could be close to family again. We currently live in a small town outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Our small country town has a local grocery, two restaurants, and assorted other small businesses. There’s really a lot more here than I expected to find when we first moved. The most fascinating thing we’ve discovered since moving here is that, although we’re surrounded by farmland, trees and rolling hills, we’re just minutes away from everything we need! It’s really a perfect location!
What is your favorite part of writing Cozy Mysteries?
I love writing Sweet and Cozy because the emphasis is on the story and characters where it belongs. The genre allows me to give my characters so much more depth and settle them comfortably into their world without a lot of flashy distractions. Cozy mysteries are so much richer because of the setup. Cozies generally feature a group of people who live in close proximity, with a lifetime of shared memories and experiences that both enable and obstruct the final solution. People whom you think you know well are the richest source of trickery a sleuth can encounter. We all have secrets. But when you believe you know everything you can about a suspect, that’s when you’ve set yourself up to be fooled!
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve dabbled in writing since I was a kid. I guess I always knew that was what I wanted to do. The turning point for me was when my English teacher in High School called out my assignment to the class, telling me I should consider writing as a career. I began writing in earnest when I was a young mother in my late twenties and haven’t looked back since!
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I’m a writer by trade and a dogaholic by nature. So, I’d like to think I’d have a pet rescue, doggie daycare or something having to do with animals. It breaks my heart to see all the disadvantaged fur babies out there that need someone to help them.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
Whoo boy… Do I have any pets? Yeah. I have 15 dogs. Hubby and I rescue them…mostly seniors and dogs who’ve had hard lives. We don’t even try to foster because we get attached and don’t want to let them go. Our pack includes 2 Great Danes, 8 dachshunds and several medium sized mixes in between. Amazingly, they all get along pretty well and we’re a generally stress free bunch.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
See number 5 above. LOL Yeah, I’m living my dream. With all my fur babies, 2 grown daughters and 2 adorable grandbabies, my life is busy and full and happy. AND I get to do what I love for a living. How can I possibly beat that?
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
This is a hard question for me. I’ve read so many great books…from gothic romance in my early teens to the classics of Bronte, Tolstoy, and Poe. I’ve gone through phases that encompass nearly every genre, from romances of all kinds to science fiction, paranormal, suspense, mystery and horror. I’ve loved a thousand books and every single one of them has enriched my life and inspired my writing. I’d have to say the classics really set me on my path. They were written in a different time, at a different pace, with different perceptions and rules…but the stories then are the same as the stories now. People who love and lose and worry and fight and strive to find themselves in a world that can sometimes be crazy and confusing. It’s the human story. And it’s the inspiration we all reach for when we pick up a new book. It’s what draws us all together and makes life gel. It’s the heartbeat of our imaginations and the source of our deepest gratification. That’s what makes me write. And every book I’ve ever read…even the bad ones…added something to my creative journey.