Author Cherry Seniel

Cherry Seniel is a paranormal romance writer who believes that all of the best love stories have one thing in common—one must go against the odds to get there. Her novel tells about that. By day, she applies her skills as a Computer Engineer and leads a team. She pursued her IT career in Singapore for a couple of years and then she went back to her homeland. She loves the Entrepreneur world as well. She finished her Masters Degree in Business Administration at Ateneo de Cagayan University in Philippines.

At night, she writes her novels and talks to her characters. Her passion in writing is so massive that she cannot disregard its call. She took various courses online to develop her skills and to learn more in the field of literature. Writing about her characters and introducing them to the world is her deepest wish.

Her second novel will be available soon this spring.

Do you keep a diary?
Not really, but I keep a personal planner and organizer where I can write my research about anything that pops into my head. I love reading news and current events from the internet. Whenever I bump into lines that I find interesting, I write it down for my future references.

Sometimes, I write quotes that I like from random sources. Words of encouragement motivates me to keep trying. It is also where I keep important dates, links, and notes of achievements. I used two planners while I was writing my novel A Timeless Heartbeat. I filled it up with information and details for my book. They were nice additions to my bookshelves at home nowadays.

How did it feel when your first novel got published?
It was a salad of emotions. In the beginning, I was skeptical. I evaluated the process I went through and verified whether I have done it correctly or not.

And when I am confident that I really made it, I was hopeful at the same time, afraid of the reader's response and views about my book. Eventually, I have overcome it and allowed myself to continue what I have started. I love writing romance stories with supernatural twists. Working hard for something that I love is my passion and I'll never get tired doing it. My second novel is coming out soon.

How critical are you in your evaluation when you read others' books?
In some occasions, if the words are too complex, I will put it down and stop reading it completely.

Which writer’s work do you believe resembles your work?
Well, I can’t really tell which one resembles mine. I love writing under paranormal romance genre—loving the idea of going against all odds to secure a happy ending for two lovers fated to be together. When I write, I feel that my characters talk to me in my head, telling me about their story. So I just fueled my imagination with many ideas and translate it into words.

Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you?
I concealed my passion in writing for so many years, paving the way to a different career path after graduating college. And when finally, I took the courage to work on it, there’s no stopping. The joy it brought me is priceless. It is working hard for something I love. So no, I won’t give it up. Writing is my passion.

How do you market yourself and your book?

My idea in marketing my work is to produce more novels. Well, creating an author’s platform where readers can reach me and see the progress of my work is essential. That’s why I set up my blog and maintained my presence in the social media. I would love to produce one novel every year, so I am doing my best to reach this goal. It’s challenging because I have a day job to attend to, but it’s worth giving a try. I love doing it. My second novel will come out soon. I am very excited about it.

Why do you write?

To give inspiration and to promote hope and love.

In our daily lives, we encountered different struggles—caught up in difficult situations and circumstances. It’s nice to show encouragement through my characters, depicting the same struggle, yet they never surrender to the challenges. Instead, they hold on to their faith and determination in overcoming the hardship, reaping the fruit of their sacrifices in the end.

How often do you write and what is your process?
A writer with a day job is really a big challenge. At the end of the day, it is always about time management. So whenever I find time to write, I do it. But I always made it sure that I can do some writing or if not, editing, on a daily basis. I do it at night or after waking up in the morning. One thing—I am half “pantser” and half “plotter”. I guess, I can call myself a “plantser” because I am a little of both.

But being little of both gives me liberty in my writing phases and I like it that way. I have freedom to go beyond limits of my characterization and at the same time, plotting a perfect ending for the story. I plan the schedules on when to start writing the manuscript, setting the target date for editing, book cover conceptualization and designing, copyrighting, beta reading, publication and marketing. It’s nice to set deadlines to myself because somehow, it pushed me to go extra mile to achieve this goal. I just write what’s in my head or what my characters tell me for their story.

What writing advice you can give?
Wanting something to achieve requires putting your heart into it and complement it with hard work and dedication as best as you can. That moment I’ve decided to follow my dream and produce my first book, I planned on how to achieve it. I devoted a year, learning about Creative Writing and how to write novels. I enrolled myself online and grabbed the opportunities of getting tutorials and courses before I started writing my first novel. Our technology nowadays made it too easy for us to learn anything that we could imagine. We just need to be resourceful and dedicate a time for it. Writing is my passion and I know I have many things to learn about it and I am still learning. It is an everyday process that a writer or an author should take considerably when writing. And if we write from the heart, words become flawless.

One thing I am very grateful about is there are so many authors and writers out there who are too eager to extend help and support. To sum it all, my advice is to plan accordingly, to organize and follow your schedules timely, be confident in our talent and above all, learn to connect to people who have the same interest as you are.

Can you create a short writing prompt?

Nina shivered. The old, abandoned mansion brought her a temporary escape from the mob of ghosts that haunted her. They can’t follow her there at night. She wondered why, but it didn’t matter. She was safe. The sun will rise in a few hours.

She will hear their screaming again, pulling her to their misery. There should be a way to end it. She can’t take it anymore. But how?

A Timeless Heartbeat
By Cherry Seniel

Two living souls who wish to rekindle a love—born from the past and reborn in the present. It was a love of a lifetime tested by time and age. But fate was elusive. The long days of waiting consumed her peace—it leads to a dark plan. Another soul can spark their flame of love in exchange for something she can never take back—her life. Death is not the end, in the name of love.

Mila opens her eyes and feels her heartbeat again. Thanks to her mysterious donor. Caught between life and death, a dream becomes her key. She knew that a lady gave her a second chance to live. But in return, she made her promise one thing—to find a guy she doesn’t know. The secret of the past is her only clue, but how to find him—she remains oblivious.

The dream can mean nothing—she starts to believe that until fate made its way to unveil the answers to her questions. Joshua’s penetrating gaze awakens a feeling that is new to her. Is it really a new spark? Or is it an old feeling, rooted deeply, waiting to be rekindled? She needs to lead her fate—to embrace the love from the past or to welcome Luke’s love in the present?

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