Cheryl Rainfield

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I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I am a lesbian feminist survivor of incest and torture. I write strong girls who save themselves; queer characters; and characters who overcome trauma.

And yes, it is my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

If you loved SCARS, you may want to get my free 38-page SCARS short story that picks up where SCARS left off by signing up for my author newsletter at www.CherylRainfield.com

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Cheryl Rainfield Thank you, Sam. (smiling at you) Have you read my newest book STAINED? It is the closest of my books to SCARS. Like Kendra, Sarah is a strong girl…moreThank you, Sam. (smiling at you) Have you read my newest book STAINED? It is the closest of my books to SCARS. Like Kendra, Sarah is a strong girl survivor. In STAINED, Sarah is abducted and must find a way to save herself. And like I did with SCARS, I drew on my own trauma and abuse experience to write it.(less)
Cheryl Rainfield I am living my dream. I have a voice now. I reach others the way other authors reached me as a teen. My books help save other teens the way books…moreI am living my dream. I have a voice now. I reach others the way other authors reached me as a teen. My books help save other teens the way books helped save me. I write about what I care about.(less)
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“Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They're part of my history that'll always be there.”
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“You can see when someone's been hurt the way I was. It's obvious. Something changes in their eyes; pain becomes their center, even when they try to hide it.”
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“You don't deserve the anger you're turning on yourself. Your abuser's the one who does.”
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Which book should the YA LGBT Books Group read as our April 2013 Book of the Month?

Scars Scars by Cheryl Rainfield by Cheryl Rainfield (More mature subject matter - self-harm)
 
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  8 votes 15.7%

 
  4 votes 7.8%

Hush Now Hush Now by L.A. Green by L.A. Green (Mature themes)
 
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Fresh Meat Fresh Meat by Jo Ramsey by Jo Ramsey (non-graphic description of sexual violence - mature)
 
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“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
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“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.”
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“If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.”
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“The lack of human voices really gets to me. I never realized that we need to talk with other people just to know that we exist. That we matter. Loneliness is a howling, empty cavern inside of me that just keeps growing.”
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message 51: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Thanks! I'm glad Scars was there! (beaming)

Sphinx wrote: "Cheryl wrote: "Oh, that's very cool, Sphinx; thank you for letting me know! (beaming) Which one was it? Scars?

Sphinx wrote: "Hey Cheryl, I saw your book on a must read for Teens table here in Ohi..."



message 50: by Sphinx

Sphinx Feathers Cheryl wrote: "Oh, that's very cool, Sphinx; thank you for letting me know! (beaming) Which one was it? Scars?

Sphinx wrote: "Hey Cheryl, I saw your book on a must read for Teens table here in Ohio a couple of w..."


Yes, it was Scars.


message 49: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Oh, that's very cool, Sphinx; thank you for letting me know! (beaming) Which one was it? Scars?

Sphinx wrote: "Hey Cheryl, I saw your book on a must read for Teens table here in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. :)"


message 48: by Sphinx

Sphinx Feathers Hey Cheryl, I saw your book on a must read for Teens table here in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. :)


message 47: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Glad to connect on GoodReads, Lucinda. If you'd like to read my books, you should be able to find them at your local library. I hope you'll check them out; it sounds like you like YA. :)

Take care,
Cheryl

Lucinda wrote: "Dear Cheryl,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads; which is a real honor and delight! I do hope that i shall have the chance to read some of your work, at some po..."



message 46: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Cheryl,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads; which is a real honor and delight! I do hope that i shall have the chance to read some of your work, at some point, as i am a huge fan of this genre and it is something that greatly apeals to me.
Thank you once again. x
Kind Regards
Lucinda


message 45: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield oh, good! (beaming) I'm so glad to hear it, Jen. Thank you!


message 44: by Jen

Jen Thanks so much for the request. I loved Parallel Visions by the way :)


message 43: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Brenda, I'm so very glad to hear that; thank you! (beaming)

Brenda wrote: "Oh My!! Thank you so much for the request... your book made a big impact in how i see things, I really did liked it >0"


message 42: by Brenda

Brenda Oh My!! Thank you so much for the request... your book made a big impact in how i see things, I really did liked it >0<


message 41: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Thanks for friending me back, Amanda! And I'm glad you'll give an honest review. :)

Amanda wrote: "Thanks for friending me Cheryl! I'm looking forward to reading Scars this weekend - I promise to give you a full, honest review. I really appreciate everything!"


message 40: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Thanks for connecting with me, Jill!

Jill wrote: "Lovely to meet you here on Goodreads, Cheryl. Thank you for your friendship."


message 39: by Jill

Jill Lovely to meet you here on Goodreads, Cheryl. Thank you for your friendship.


message 38: by Amanda

Amanda Thanks for friending me Cheryl! I'm looking forward to reading Scars this weekend - I promise to give you a full, honest review. I really appreciate everything!


message 37: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Thanks for friending me back. :) I'm glad my video moved you.

Mari wrote: "Thanks so much for your invite! Your video made me tear up."


message 36: by M.J.

M.J. Thanks so much for your invite! Your video made me tear up.


message 35: by Rogier

Rogier Thank you for the friend request.
i <3 contemp


message 34: by Natasha

Natasha Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to sharing my love for books with you


message 33: by Skyler

Skyler ok cool my fingers are crossed


message 32: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "hey didn't the giveaway end today???"

Yes. Yesterday on GoodReads--I think the winners are listed--and on my blog. I have to count out the entries today, randomly pick some. I'm behind a bit; I've had so much to do--but I'll be doing it today.


message 31: by Skyler

Skyler hey didn't the giveaway end today???


message 30: by Skyler

Skyler Thank You


message 29: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "hey sorry I haven't been able to get that video up I will try to get it up soon SORRY"

Skyler, no worries! If you can't get the video up at all, that's *okay*! (hugging you) Your comments felt good to read, period.


message 28: by Skyler

Skyler hey sorry I haven't been able to get that video up I will try to get it up soon SORRY


message 27: by Skyler

Skyler Cheryl wrote: "Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "I have a question what do you think about an interview on the topics in the book as well for the youtube"

Do you mean an email interview? Or, er, video? I'm totally ..."


great


message 26: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "I have a question what do you think about an interview on the topics in the book as well for the youtube"

Do you mean an email interview? Or, er, video? I'm totally cool with email..."


Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "no like my sister wants to read the book and and interview her on the topics and maybe an email interview... :)"

email interview would be perfect!"


Email addy is: Cheryl@CherylRainfield.com


message 25: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "no like my sister wants to read the book and and interview her on the topics and maybe an email interview... :)"

email interview would be perfect!


message 24: by Skyler

Skyler no like my sister wants to read the book and and interview her on the topics and maybe an email interview... :)


message 23: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "I have a question what do you think about an interview on the topics in the book as well for the youtube"

Do you mean an email interview? Or, er, video? I'm totally cool with email. Maybe on video. :)


message 22: by Skyler

Skyler I have a question what do you think about an interview on the topics in the book as well for the youtube


message 21: by Skyler

Skyler I enteredthem both thanks for the tips


message 20: by Skyler

Skyler Oh Ok thanks Ill try to do that


message 19: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "Its all right and thank you I entered the one on goodreads :)"

Good! You can enter both, though, you know; then you have double the chances. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog post.


message 18: by Skyler

Skyler Its all right and thank you I entered the one on goodreads :)


message 17: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "how do you enter for the chance to win the autographed copy of scars"

Skyler, you should see a button to press that says "enter to win" on this page:
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...

You can also enter for more chances at a signed copy (and a $10 Amazon gift card) on my blog here:
http://wp.me/p1yz4O-T8

I'm sorry; I should have thought to mention it! I forget that people like autographed copies. I hope you enter, and good luck!


message 16: by Skyler

Skyler how do you enter for the chance to win the autographed copy of scars


message 15: by Skyler

Skyler Your so welcome thank you for asking me to review it


message 14: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "also I will make a video review for Youtube and also I am going to ask my public lIbrary to order the novel Thanks Again"

WOW. That is huge! Thank you!! Please let me know when you have it up and I will tweet it. Thank you!!


message 13: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "i talked to my librarian and she has Scars avalible to checkout and she read and said that she really enjoyed it"

Skyler, thanks so much for checking with your librar..."


Oh, thank you so much, Skyler; that is fantastic! (hugging you) I really appreciate it.


message 12: by Skyler

Skyler also I will make a video review for Youtube and also I am going to ask my public lIbrary to order the novel Thanks Again


message 11: by Skyler

Skyler Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "i talked to my librarian and she has Scars avalible to checkout and she read and said that she really enjoyed it"

Skyler, thanks so much for checking with your librarian; that's fan..."

I put one on good reads and I will put one on Amazon thank you for asking me it is an honor....


message 10: by Cheryl

Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "i talked to my librarian and she has Scars avalible to checkout and she read and said that she really enjoyed it"

Skyler, thanks so much for checking with your librarian; that's fantastic! (beaming) Every bit of getting the word out there helps a book. I'm glad she had it already, glad she enjoyed it! And...I don't know if I asked you already, but would you be willing to write a short review or even a few sentences saying what you liked, and put it on Amazon and GoodReads? It really does make a difference in getting the word out. But please don't feel you have to! Only if you want to.

take good care,
Cheryl


Skyler i talked to my librarian and she has Scars avalible to checkout and she read and said that she really enjoyed it


Skyler your welcome


Cheryl Rainfield oh, thank you; that's lovely of you to say!


Skyler Hunted sounds amazing I cant wait for it to come out!!!! I know it will be amazing!!!


Cheryl Rainfield Thanks, Skyler! I really appreciate your writing. :)


Skyler Cheryl wrote: "Skyler wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my freind request you are an amazing author.
I Loved Scars, Kendra and Meghans relationship was strong and stable in my opinion. It is a new type of ..."


I Most Certainly Will it sounds great. :) Thanks For replying.


Cheryl Rainfield Skyler wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my freind request you are an amazing author.
I Loved Scars, Kendra and Meghans relationship was strong and stable in my opinion. It is a new type of book couple the..."


Thank you so much, Skyler, for letting me know; I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you liked Scars! It was important to me to have Kendra being happy being queer (and in a good relationship). I think we need a lot more books like that.

I have another novel coming out this October called HUNTED. It's a paranormal fantasy about Cassie, a telepath on the run from government troopers who must choose whether to save herself or to save the world. She's not queer, but another important character (one of her friends) is. You can read more about it here: http://wp.me/p1yz4O-RP if you'd like to. I hope you'll check it out when it comes out. :)

Take good care,
Cheryl


message 2: by Skyler (last edited May 17, 2011 05:35PM)

Skyler Thank you so much for accepting my freind request you are an amazing author.
I Loved Scars, Kendra and Meghans relationship was strong and stable in my opinion. It is a new type of book couple they're great!!!

Also are you planning on writing another novel?????


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