Cherie grew up in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan, and learned to mentor writers through years of experience, numerous workshops, and two residencies at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
She writes successfully in five genres.
Major awards and recognition for her work include the New York Times best seller list, American Library Association Best Book of the Year, Tony Award, Emmy and Writers Guild Awards. Her body of work includes many published novels, plays, writing team leader for hit TV shows, and screenplays for Universal, Paramount, MTV Films, and Disney.
Cherie was a nationally syndicated advice columnist and is now focusing on advice for writers via her new blog on this site.
Currently, she’s commissioned to write a major new play for Dramatic Publishing.
Her multiple award-winning novel Anne Frank & Me, adapted from her play with the same title, will soon be a major motion picture from the producers of “The Book Thief”.
Cherie loves mentoring writers and being part of a writers’ community almost as much as she loves writing. She is also a mom (which is her first priority, even though her “kid” is no longer a “kid”). She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with the world’s most affectionate cat, Mac, who thinks he’s a dog. She’s pretty sure he can’t read this, so please don’t tell him.