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!
With a wonderful husband who she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts) by her side, she is devoted to her children and grandchildren and loves animals of all kinds, especially bossy cats! Her favorite things are family times, travel, and cooking-in that order.
An Interview with CA Phipps
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 of 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.