Welcome to my website! My name is Cheryl Lee Petro and I am the author of “Liquid Comfort – A Surf Story”, and the new upcoming novel, “Damn You”. Thank you for taking an interest in my books If you are interested in my graphic/web portfolio please click “HERE“.
A PASSION FOR WRITING:
As a child (and even as an adult) I always had an overactive imagination. I remember myself at a young age hiding away in closets, wrapped in blankets, daydreaming about magical ponies or super powers or clouds that rained candy. In grade three, I scribbled one of those dreams onto a piece of paper and won a storytelling contest. From that day on, I was hooked. Writing was a way for my dreams to come alive!
Books by Cheryl Lee Petro:
MY FIRST NOVEL: (Liquid Comfort)
My first book, Liquid Comfort – A Surf Story, took me ten years to write. I spent most of that time doing research and revisions, learning everything I could about writing. Just like I did when I was a child, I got the idea for the story from a dream. Liquid Comfort was originally a romance, a love triangle between Travis, Shayla, and Mika, but the more I wrote, the more I leaned away from that plot and started focusing on the story between the two brothers and their struggles with addiction.
A LOVE OF SURFING:
Although I grew up in the Canadian prairies, I’ve always considered myself a soul-surfer at heart. I rode my first wave at Waikiki Beach when I was eight years old and quickly developed an infatuation for the sport. It became one of my biggest passions. Now that I’m older, I visit the Hawaiian Islands regularly, spending most of my time on the North Shore of Oahu. Although I am not a local, the spirit of Aloha lives in my heart and soul and will remain there forever.
Liquid Comfort was inspired by my love of the ocean, but it is more than just a surf story. Liquid Comfort is a tale of self-torment, addiction, and grief. It’s a story about overcoming adversity. Growing up on the streets when I was fifteen years old placed me in diverse situations. Much of my writing focuses on many of the issues I was forced to deal with such as family member’s drug and alcohol addictions, abandonment, grief, and rebellion. Through these hardships I learned a great deal about what not to do, and I hope to pass that on in my writing.
MY SECOND NOVEL (Damn You):
One day while daydreaming about a conversation between an angel and God, I found myself wondering. What if a person grew up in a poor situation, learning vile behavior and making bad decisions because of their upbringing? If underneath it all, they had a good heart but made stupid choices, would it really be their fault in the end? Would that person deserve to go to Hell?
Damn You is not a religious novel. Although I have used spiritual theories such as Heaven and Hell as my settings, these serve as places of fantasy only. It’s an imaginary tale. My characters: the Angels, Demons, God and Evil are pure fantasy. The opinions and names are fiction. This is not a religious story, but an agnostic view of a divine world beyond.