Welcome to Author Cheryl Cory!
Cheryl Cory lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband Matthew and their cat Betsy. She enjoys reading, cleaning (seriously), and making cookie dough (not to cook, just to eat). She has tried and quickly given up a number of sports including, but not limited to, golf, skiing and snowboarding. Must’ve Done Something Good is Cheryl’s first novel.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
There’s one called Mint Patty Explosion at the ice cream store near us that’s just as good as it sounds! It’s mint frozen yogurt with loads of mini peppermint patties mixed in. It’s my go-to treat on the way home from a nice, long bike ride.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Hmmm…I’m noticing a pattern in the questions I’m getting drawn to here. On weekend mornings, my husband and I like to walk to a diner a little ways from our house. I always get the bacon, egg and cheese on an English muffin and a cranberry juice. I guess I’m a creature of breakfast habit. We usually stop at the coffee shop on the way home and get a white chocolate mocha, hot or iced, depending on the weather. I love the weekends!
Night owl, or early bird?
Is it possible not to be either without seeming completely lazy? I can’t stay up much past 10, but it’s often a losing battle getting myself up before 7. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually hit the limit on my snooze button, but I know I must’ve gotten pretty close a few times.
A few just off the top of my head from my last grocery trip: when a new register opens and they take whoever happened to be wandering by instead of the people who’ve been waiting ten minutes, when every single bag I bring home from the grocery store has a big hole in the bottom so I can’t use them as trash bags, and when I spend minutes on end trying to decode my Enigma-encrypted receipt to make sure I wasn’t overcharged for anything. CPK LMT SPN ARTC and NP ORG SLD 7OZ for lunch—Yum!
At this point, it would have to be The Simpsons (yes, still!), but it definitely used to be The Smurfs. Saturday morning nirvana used to be watching The Smurfs with my younger brothers while munching on the Egg McMuffins and hash browns our Mum had just brought back for us from McDonald’s. Wow, this interview is so much cheaper than therapy, yet I’ve already discovered the roots of my unhealthy weekend eating. As a side note, I watched a Smurf episode or two recently, and it just didn’t live up to what I remembered. Also, am I the only one who questions the whole “three apples high” thing?
What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I am a huge Boston Celtics fan! A few years ago, they were calling up constantly, begging us to buy season tickets. Needless to say, that doesn’t happen anymore (since they won the 2008 Championship, their first since 1986). We did make it to the big parade in Boston after their win, though, and saw the team come by in a slew of festive duck boats. Quack, quack, indeed!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It will make you feel like you’re watching The Smurfs with your family on the couch with an Egg McMuffin in hand on a snowy Saturday morning. (Or substitute your own version of pure happiness).
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I went through a phase in high school during which I read almost every book ever written by George Orwell. My favorite was Keep the Aspidistra Flying. I suspect I wouldn’t like it quite as much if I were to read it again now, but who knows.
What is your favorite quote?
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”
— Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Maybe Later: Adventures in Procrastination
What is your guilty pleasure?
Filling up a bowl with peanut butter and Hershey kisses, pouring a big glass of milk and watching back-to-back Monk re-runs while chomping away.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I’ll sometimes watch The People’s Court out of the corner of my eye…umm, if there’s nothing else on and I need to pay some bills or something. Haha! Who am I kidding—it’s destination TV!!
Write a haiku about your book.
Finally—a question I can answer without a reference to eating or watching TV! I have to admit, it is somewhat inspired by my fascination with the game of poker.
Turbulent plane ride
Bluffed promise to God—He calls!
Now do something good
If you love “The Sound of Music” and “Pride and Prejudice,” prepare to be enchanted by “Must’ve Done Something Good!”
Sylvie O’Rourke, “The Sound of Music” devotee and born procrastinator, is about to die. Well, she thinks she is, anyway, and so attempts a last-ditch bargain with God for her life.
“You guys are my witnesses,” she tells her sisters somewhere over Connecticut. “If we get out of this plane alive, I promise to do something good with my life.”
Back on firm ground, Kate and Meg won’t let their sister forget her promise, and with their years of practice hitting just the right chords of guilt (“What kind of person lies to God?” Meg wants to know), Sylvie finally caves.
A teaching position at the broken-down St. Matthew’s High School appears to be Sylvie’s perfect opportunity to do some good. That is, until she’s snubbed by a fellow teacher on the first day of school.
Whether she’s becoming a bit too invested in the students’ fall fundraiser or directing the school’s sure-fire musical disaster, Sylvie’s charmingly irreverent style gets her called down to the principal more often than her students. Can Sylvie keep her promise and make it through the year, dignity and sanity intact?
Both the paperback and Kindle editions of Must’ve Done Something Good are available at Amazon. The ebook is also available for Nook at BN.com.
Must’ve Done Something Good is a PG-style romantic comedy for adults and older teens looking for a funny, fast, clean read.
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