All about Cherry

Who the Heck Is Cherry Pickett?

I’m glad you asked!

My name is Cherry Pickett, and I’m a writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been a writer for pretty much my whole life. I started writing stories when I was eight years old, using a really old computer. (Seriously. It ran MS Dos and, like, Wordperfect 2.0.) These days, I’m writing on a Mac or my tablet (and very occasionally by hand), but I’m still writing!

My day job is a writer (ahem, sorry, content creator) and editor. In my “spare” time–or when I’m not working–you can often find me writing! I also travel a lot.

A Brief Bio

I was born and raised near Toronto, and I’ve lived pretty much my whole life in the area. I travel a lot more now, splitting time between the Six and San Diego/LA. I do get to travel around a lot too, often visiting places in the US, but also venturing to Europe and beyond.

I completed a BA in English Literature for my undergrad, and I also received a post-grad certificate in book publishing. Unfortunately, my lit degree and my job kind of killed reading for me, so I’m still trying to get back into the groove of being a reader, as well as a writer.

I’ve worked both in-house in traditional publishing and as a freelancer. I’m nitpicky about grammar, and typographical errors sometimes make me twitch.

I decided to become an editor because someone, somewhere, told me writing often doesn’t pay the bills. Nonetheless, writing’s a passion for me. It always has been and always will. Not being able to write has a terrible effect on my mental state, so I’ll keep writing to make myself happy. 🙂

Why Slash?

I get asked this question a lot. When I was in my teens, I discovered the internet and the world of yaoi/shonen-ai. I was already a huge anime and manga fan, but discovering this subgenre was like stumbling on the missing key. I loved it. I loved reading it. And I loved writing it.

It wasn’t long before I was writing my own fanfiction. Eventually, I began writing my own original stories again, and, well, the rest is history. Some people ask if I’ll ever write “normal” stuff, and the answer is 1) I already write normal stuff, and 2) no. No matter what I do, the m/m creeps in there.

My favorite thing to write, by far, is fantasy and supernatural. I obviously also enjoy sports. Ultimately, I love exploring the relationships between characters, no matter what setting they’re in.

My Favorite Things

A small sampling of my favorite things, which might help you understand me better. (Probably not. I’m weird.)

  • Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  • Favorite Manga: Naruto
  • Favorite Sport: Hockey! (to watch, of course)
  • Favorite Song: Shattered, by The Rolling Stones
  • Favorite Food: Pasta!
  • Favorite Place to Visit: Stockholm, Sweden!

Trivia

  • I’m currently training for a triathlon, even though I suck at swimming
  • I have a pet chinchilla
  • My current favorite song is “Louder, Harder,” by Galantis
  • I love going to music festivals!
  • I cosplay

Cherry on Social

I’m using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and tumblr. You can also find me on GoodReads and Wattpad.

I’m often pretty busy, but my major problem is, like a lot of writers, I’m fairly shy. I have social anxiety, so the thought of talking to strangers makes me very nervous! I often have a lot I want to say, but then I think others likely don’t want to hear from me. I sometimes feel it would be rude to intrude on a conversation or to toss in my two cents, even if it’s as simple as “I agree!”

I do like talking to new people (and making friends), so I typically reply. I’m working on being more bold!

Looking Forward

I’ve revamped and relaunched the website, and I’m hoping things will go a lot smoother from here. It’s been a bumpy ride thus far, but I think I’ve got things sorted to the point where I can keep everything updated with new fic and other content.

I hope to keep publishing in serial here, and to publish more books as well. I hope you’ll stick around and that you’ll find at least something entertaining!