About Chelle Cordero
1. How did you start your writing career?
The first piece I ever had published outside of school related publications was actually done as a favor for the Auxiliary Police liaison officer in the local NYPD precinct – he needed to supply a write-up about a ceremony he was hosting. It was a newspaper article about a 16-year old who lost his life defending a mugging victim on the subway.
2. Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
At this point I start singing the words form the Beatles song, “And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be” I have been very fortunate to be inspired by a few people since I’ve become a published author. I have a stereotypical artist temperament and there are times self-doubts begin to find their way in. During these melancholy times I am often bolstered by the encouragement of Kimberlee Williams (Managing Editor at VHP), Charmaine Gordon (fellow VHP author) and my sister Bobi Du-Bois.
3. Does your significant other read your stuff?
Nope. He claims the stories I write are not his style of reading material, however I think he is just afraid of the heroes and the love stories wondering if he will recognize himself or not, lol.
4. Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have a passion for embarrassing our offspring; there really isn’t room for all of the stories for which they will never forgive us. I could probably write a book once I start talking about my husband and children, but then I would probably get sued… Our daughter and our son have, despite our influence, grown to be remarkable adults – they both work as first responders in Emergency Medical Services and are terrific at what they do. Hubby is a freelance Audio/Visual technician and photographer and has volunteered in emergency services all of our married life.
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Mostly I wanted to be an adult. I guess I was a mixed up kid: I wanted to be an actress, a nurse, a police officer, an architect, a theatrical lighting designer, a wife and mom, and a novelist.
6. What are your favorite TV shows?
I adore the old Emergency series (from the 70s). Currently I like Drop Dead Diva, NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Grimm.
7. What group did you hang out with in high school?
Theatre Arts students, we did all of the backstage work. I went to the High School of Art and Design in NYC where I graduated with BOTH an academic diploma and a vocational diploma. It was a terrific specialty school that offered professional level art classes. We came from all over the city and spent early morning to early evening in the school. At lunchtime the TA students used to ditch the cafeteria and eat our lunches high up on the catwalk for privacy.
8. Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Just write – about anything and everything. Getting those words down on paper is one of the most important things you can do. If you want to make a business of it, you will also need discipline, perseverance and a thick skin, but it is definitely worth it.
9. Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
Why yes, I am turning 60 this month and I’m approaching it day-by-day. By the way, I’ve never lied about my age (at least not to make me younger since I’m a teen), I would much rather have folks say I’m in decent shape for a woman my age rather than have their pity because I’ve told them I’m 20 years younger.
10. What would we find under your bed?
I haven’t the slightest idea aside from a lot of dust – but I have been looking for that pair of shoes…
11. What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you as an author?
Shortly after my first book was published by Vanilla Heart Publishing, I accompanied my husband on a business trip. I took a few copies of the book with me to hand out to strangers I met along the way. One morning I autographed a copy and gave it to the hotel room maid – she politely smiled and said thank you; I was a little let down that she didn’t seem impressed. About a minute later I heard her exclaim from the hallway and she came running back into the room waving the book and pointing to my author photo on the back cover. She said, “You really did write this book, I thought you were just making a joke.”
12. What do you write?
As a novelist I write the type of books I like to read, love stories with strong suspense story lines. But I am also a journalist with several newspapers and magazines and I write a variety of topics including fashion, how-to home maintenance, financial advice, party planning and more. And yes, I do write under the same name for fiction and non-fiction.
Chelle Cordero is an award-winning author of ten Romantic Suspense novels for the 30plus crowd. Believing that everyone should fall in love and take pleasure in the adventure that surrounds them, Chelle writes about passionate, determined and committed characters who overcome obstacles to follow their dreams.
A not-so-typical suburban housewife and mom to two adult offspring, Chelle has been an acting student, undercover investigator, Auxiliary Police Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, reporter and community activist; she continues to live vicariously through the adventures of her husband and children who are all active in various levels of emergency response.
Chelle is a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications.
Visit Chelle Cordero’s website at http://ChelleCordero.com to learn more about her books and where to purchase them.
Acclaim for Chelle’s books:
Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website
Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival & a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Bartlett’s Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009
A Chaunce of Riches was Winner of D. Renee Bagby’s readers’ choice for The Best Overall First Chapter, April 2010
60+ Days to LIVE, BREATHE, & WRITE Writer’s Book Selected as Writer’s Groups ‘Textbook’
Karma Visited was featured in USA Today – Happy Ever After – Nov. 7, 2013
This is just a taste of Ms. Cordero’s talents. Thanks for stopping by, folks.