Cheryl Burman

Inspired by the Forest, fantasy, romance, historical United Kingdom
About the author

Cheryl took to writing when she moved to a very special place in the UK. The Forest of Dean has inspired writers for generations, including Tolkien, so finally taking up a pen (or computer) was the right thing to do. In addition to her novels, Cheryl writes short stories and flash fiction, some of which have been awarded various prizes and commendations, including being longlisted for the Historical Writers Association 2020 short story competition. She is married, and is slave to a border collie who has published his own book, Sammy’s Walks, highly rated by locals and visitors to the Forest alike, and their dogs.

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Genres: Historical FictionLiterary FictionWomen's FictionYA Fantasy

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Behind the books

Cheryl’s first books, her Guardians of the Forest trilogy, were inspired by the people's fight to save England's public forests from being sold to the highest bidder. She planned a sequel, half wrote a prequel (maybe to finish one day), and was then side-tracked into historical fiction when she co-authored a book about Elizabeth Scott, the first woman to be hanged in Melbourne, Australia. A tragic tale and not yet published. But the experience set her on the path to writing 'Keepers'. Also set in Australia, and also historical, the story weaves little snippets of family lore into a fictional love story. Her current project came about when she learned of a woman accused of being a witch, in 1906, in the part of the UK where she lives. But that's where the similarity to truth ends in this piece of magical realism. 

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