Teriece Cherell is a New Orleans native. She is a mother, minister elect, speaker and life coach. Author of Live, Learn, Love: With an Open Heart, a co-author of Unshakeable Faith, and the Co-Editor of QRTM Magazine. She loves to network, connect with like-minded young entrepreneurs, and spread the message of love, hope and how to practice harmonic prosperity. A strong lover of reading, writing, speaking and acting. It comes as no surprise that she is an author, actress, speaker and life coach. A romantic at heart, she enjoys long walks in the park, traveling to new places, spending quality time with her family, and all things relative to life and love. When she isn’t reading, writing her next book, or speaking at various events, you can find her spending quality time with her daughter, being active in several ministries at the City of Love Church, and just enjoying life. Her favorite fashion accessory is sunglasses, of all colors, shades, and styles, which earned her the nickname Hollywood. You can connect with Teriece Cherell on Facebook at facebook.com/TerieceCherell, or on Instagram @iamteriececherell. You can also visit her website, teriececherell.com to sign up for updates on new projects such as her blog, speaking engagements, and book signing events.
“….think about what you are passionate about, what you have experienced and what you want to share. Is it a book used for information, inspiration or entertainment purposes?”
VERSAFI MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
TERIECE CHERELL: My journey as an author officially began as a mentee at the All Access Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that mentors women between the ages of 25-45 in 4 main areas. The areas of interest are becoming an author, starting a business, going back to school, or becoming a homeowner. I have an MBA, and I was not interested in going back to school. I was a credit repair agent through FES so that was the business part. The home ownership piece came in after working on credit. So basically, becoming an author was the best option for me. I hadn’t written anything in a while and figured it was a good time to get back into my writing. I sat down with CC Harrison (CEO) and told her that I wanted to write a book. My book would be about relationships and the role that they play in our lives. Her response was “Ok, let’s do it.” I had my book’s title and a tentative chapter outline. I started the process and by the end of 2018, I was a self-published author. At All Access Foundation, we believe that Accountability + Action= Access. I was the 1st author to come through the All Access Foundation
VERSAFI: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
TERIECE: Yes and No. As a child, I loved reading, writing, speaking, and acting. I started writing what would have been my 1st book at about 8 or 9 years old. Just writing about my childhood, life and growing up. I also loved to write poetry. Writing was a form of self-expression for me. I didn’t think about being an author as my profession or anything like that.
VERSAFI: Who motivated you?
TERIECE: My motivations are my daughter Tiana and my paternal grandmother, Maggie. My grandmother instilled the values in me that I still carry with me. She taught me the importance of having a solid spiritual foundation, getting an education, believing in myself and being independent. These are values that I instill in my daughter. Now the title of the book was inspired by one of my favorite artists, India.Arie. Her album Testimony Vol 1: Life and Relationships spoke to my soul and evoked so many different emotions in me. But that’s a conversation for another day and time. I did have the chance to meet her and place a copy of the book in her hands.
VERSAFI: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
TERIECE: The only challenges that I have faced would be better marketing, building an author platform, etc. Since these things are within my control, I am currently addressing them. So, they will not be challenging any longer. Outside of that, I would probably be the other challenge. I am seeking to get better as a writer and establish myself as an expert in my industry. I can be hard on myself at times regarding my writing process.
VERSAFI: How many books have you written?
TERIECE: I have written 1 book, Live, Learn, Love: With an Open Heart and I am the co-author of another book, Unshakable Faith. But, you haven’t seen or heard the last of Teriece Cherell.
VERSAFI: What is your genre?
TERIECE: My 1st book is a non-fiction, self-help motivational book. I read other genres and am interested in exploring other genres to write in.
VERSAFI: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
TERIECE: The message that I want readers to take away is that all relationships are lessons or blessings, even the ones that do not work out the way we want. I want readers to understand the role that relationships play in our lives. My readers should learn the lessons these relationships are meant to teach them. They should use these lessons in their future relationships to live their best lives. I want them to learn how to love themselves and not to settle for less than what they truly deserve. I want so much for them to have the best healthy relationships possible. I want them to be true to themselves and make the best choices for their happiness, peace, and sanity.
VERSAFI: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
TERIECE: Yes, I do have a few tips to share. The first thing would be to think about what you are passionate about, what you have experienced and what you want to share. Is it a book used for information, inspiration or entertainment purposes? After you figure out what type of book you wish to write, just start writing. I would suggest creating an outline so that you can have some structure, schedule some time to write and just then stick to it. For me, I like to listen to some soft music, light a candle and just allow my thoughts to flow. There is no right or wrong way to write. It’s really based on personal preference for the process and how to get in a creative mood. I would also suggest that you read something in the genre that you wish to write in. It helps give you insight, inspiration and can spark the writing process.
VERSAFI: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
TERIECE: Yes, I am currently writing the workbook companion to my book as well as a devotional journal. The workbook and journal may be ready by the end of July or August. I am also working on a series of other books, which will probably be ready later this year.
VERSAFI: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author. Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
TERIECE: This may sound surprising, but I didn’t have a marketing strategy when I started out as author. Strangely enough, this didn’t hinder me from appearing on TV, radio shows, podcasts and on a speaking panel. Of course, trial, error and experience has taught me to have a better marketing strategy. There are were some things that I did not know. Things such as identify your target audience, define your brand, and build an author platform. I did some research and discovered that these were all relevant to my success as an author. The main key is to be creative, consistent and have good content. I had the content, but I was inconsistent with posting on social media and my website. I would have speaking events or be a vendor at pop up shops, but these events were not promoted on my website. They would be posted on social media. Yes, sometimes it can be challenging but I had to find out what works for me and my target audience. or social media pages like they should have been.
VERSAFI: What are your thoughts on authors supporting other authors?
TERIECE: My thoughts are to most definitely support other authors. Make some new literary friends, share some tips and techniques, share your experience, and provide support for indie authors. I would like to see more events and collaboration projects between indie authors and seasoned authors. Like a big brother/big sister or mentor/mentee collaboration.
VERSAFI: How can readers connect with you and support you?
TERIECE: Readers can connect and support me via social media. I have a personal Facebook page and one for the book. I also have an author Instagram account and my website links listed below. http://www.facebook.com/TerieceCherell http://www.facebook.com/livelearnlovewithanopenheart http://www.instagram.com/iamteriececherell
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