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Welcome Author CHERYEL HUTTON !!



     Secrets of Ugly Creek is the second story I’ve ever written in first person (The Ugly Truth, the first book in the Ugly Creek Series, was the first). So why make such a big change after all these years and the words I’ve written in third person? Simple, when I wrote The Ugly Truth manuscript I just couldn’t get it right. I changed this, I changed that, I changed the other thing; and still it didn’t flow the way I wanted it to. As I tried to figure out what the problem was, I suddenly realized the bit of journal I’d written in first person from the heroine’s point of view was the best part of the whole thing. I decided to see what would happen if I let her tell the story her way. It was a blast.

      Then I got to Secrets of Ugly Creek, the second Ugly Creek book. I’d set a precedent, so I had to at least try to go with first person again. To my delight, Madison was wonderful as a narrator of her own story. She has a sharp, sarcastic way of looking at the world that was fun to work with.  I hope you like her too.


Cheryel is offering a free PDF of Secrets of Ugly Creek to one lucky commenter.


SECRETS OF UGLY CREEK can be purchased at: 


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Cheryel Hutton talks to dragons. Thing is, they talk to her too, telling her dark stories of witches, werewolves, bigfoot creatures, fairies, and vampires. Then there are the stories of evil humans—and they are the scariest stories of all.

Her husband and grown children sometimes wonder about Cheryel. That maybe she spends too much time whispering to dragons and writing down the stories the dragons tell her. But the dragons make her happy, so her family isn’t overly worried. The grandchildren are young enough to talk to dragons too, so they understand.

Cheryel has had several articles and short stories published over the years, and her novels, Shadows of Evil, from Samhain Publishing, Keepers of Legend and The Ugly Truth from The Wild Rose Press are currently available from all major outlets. She is currently working on her next novel.

Cheryel, her family, and two dachshunds live in Chattanooga, TN. The South is known for odd corners where the impossible sometimes comes to life. Cheryel loves to visit those places.


Twitter @cheryelhutton





Piper - June 25, 2014 - 2:18 am


Welcome Cheryel! You have a distinctive name for your series. Where did the “Ugly Creek” name come from?

Marilyn Baron - June 25, 2014 - 3:00 am

I also write in first person, especially when I’m writing women’s fiction. It gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility. I enjoyed your post and your books sound intriguing. I’m also a Wild Rose Press author.

Susan Carlisle - June 25, 2014 - 8:44 am

I like to read first person. I especially enjoy it in gothics. Your book cover sure draws a person in. Thanks for joining us today.

Tamara LeBlanc - June 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hi there! I have yet to write a novel in first person…I need to, I always love reading them, but I haven’t broken out of my comfort zone yet.
Don’t you just love when something’s not working in your story and then you tweak one aspect and it suddenly glows with life! So glad that happened to you :)

Best wishes on many sales,

Pam Asberry - June 25, 2014 - 9:41 am

Hi Cheryl! My WIP, a YA, is in first person, and I can’t imagine writing it any other way. Every project is different, I guess. Thank you for blogging with us today! Much success!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 9:47 am

Piper, the name Ugly Creek came from the dark, scary recesses of my brain. Thanks for having me here!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 9:51 am

Marilyn, it’s good to know somebody else who writes in first person. And a fellow Wild Rose Press author!

It’s great to be here, thanks for having me!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 9:58 am

Tamara, it is so great to meet someone who likes first person! I’ve heard so much about how people hate that point of view, I was beginning to wonder. Writing first person is a lot of fun, but there are some real challenges, especially for a romance. Luckily, I didn’t think about that before I started writing, LOL. My characters tend to be strong minded, and very stubborn. Makes for an interesting first draft ;)

Thanks for the well-wishes!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 10:02 am

Pam, you are so right about every project being different! I’m currently working on a dark paranormal romance in third person. It wouldn’t work in first, but the next Ugly Creek book will, of course, be in first person, with yet another heroine. Luckily, all three heroines are strong and distinctive–And I was worried they’d all sound the same, LOL

Thanks for having me here today!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 10:52 am

Susan, another person who likes first person. Yay! Thanks for the compliment on the cover, Debbie Taylor is an awesome cover artist!

Thanks for having me here :)

Marilyn Baron - June 25, 2014 - 11:26 am

Yes, Debbie Taylor has created a number of my covers. She is very talented.

Maxine Davis - June 25, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Cheryel – chalk anohter one up to liking 1st person. I, too, want to try it. I know I will one day. Just got to get throuhg with all those that I’ve started. I look forward to reading the “ugly” series. It sounds great! Love the cover.

Lori L. Robinett - June 25, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Isn’t that funny – sometimes the book wants to be written how it wants to be written. Glad it worked for you!

Looking forward to reading the Ugly Creek Series.

Connie Gillam - June 25, 2014 - 12:41 pm


I wrote a YA in first person. For me it was a challenge. I do like the intimacy of reading books in first person, but the writing of them is harder.

Love your cover and the series name.

Sandy Elzie - June 25, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Most of the mysteries I read are 1st person and I don’t mind it at all, but I’ve only made one attempt to write in 1st person. I might even publish it some day. It’s about Ace Devlin, a hard-nosed cop who has a marshmellow heart. (sounds like an oxymoron)

Anyway, thanks for joining us today and good luck with your new series.

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Maxine, Writing first person is fun if the character is strong enough. The problem, of course, is that they have to be present for everything, or hear about it. So far, so good, but it’s taken some hard thinking at times.

Hope you like the series. The cover artist is Debbie Taylor, and she’s great.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Lori, yes books & characters do tell you what to do. I know writers who swear they have total control, but I sure don’t. When I try to push what I want the story always goes wrong. I finally learned to listen. *sigh*

Hope you enjoy the series :)

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Connie, 1st person does have its challenges, but I enjoy my Ugly Creek books. But then, they give me a chance to write light and funny.

Think you for the compliments. The name just happened. As I said above, the cover is the work of the cover artist, Debbie Taylor.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Sandy, I’ve read quite a few mysteries in first person too, as well as other genres. For me 1st or 3rd doesn’t matter, it’s the characters and story that matter.

I like your cop idea. I’d read that.

Thanks for the good luck wishes, and thanks for having me here. I’m having a lot of fun!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I’ll be drawing (actually letting my husband draw) for the free PDF at 8pm Eastern US time.

Walt Mussell - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cheryel, thanks for coming. I’ve never tried to write in first person, because it sounds too much like me and not the character. How hard is it to maintain it in first person?

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Walt, it was hard at first, but my characters were strong, so that made it easier. You wouldn’t know it by my booklist, but I’ve been at this writing thing a LONG time. I started out in short stories back when dinosaurs walked the earth. Mostly for myself.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryel Hutton - June 25, 2014 - 8:15 pm

And the winner is…..*drumroll*

Susan Carlisle!

Susan if you will email me at cheryel.hutton at I will send you a PDF.

Thanks everybody! It’s been great!

Thank you sooooooo much for having me here at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales!!!

sandra Elzie - June 27, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Our winner is Lori Robinett !!! Lori, when you read this…or when you check our “Contest” tab at the top of our site, and e-mail us your e-mail address, we’ll notify Cheryel and let her know. Congratulations !!

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