Latest Blog Tour: Renée Cronin

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Latest Blog Tour: Renée Cronin

Meet Renée Cronin, a self-described avid reader and lifetime resident of Boston, MA. She began penning her debut novel Tastes Like Cherry in 2005. As a child protective social worker and clinician, Renée uses writing as a personal outlet, but recently began to explore publication. Renee’s inspiration to pen and publish comes from an overwhelming display of support from family and friends. She’s currently working on several short stories and anticipates the release of an anthology as well as a sequel to Tastes Like Cherry in the very near future.

Listen to Renée chat with S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle about her book and passions!

Tell us about Tastes Like Cherry.tastes_like_cherry

Tastes Like Cherry is the story of one woman’s fight between her heart and her head. Cherry and Anya are the main characters and the story is told in both voices. Anya breaks up with Cherry right before their wedding and moves out of state. Six months later, Anya is back and she wants one thing – Cherry. Cherry struggles with following her head or her heart. The two are not in accord and Cherry can’t decide what she really wants. How does she trust someone again who hurt her so badly? How does one reconcile with giving their heart back to the person who crushed it before? Read Chapter One!

In the novel, there is a character named Olivia who battles breast cancer, just like I did. I wrote part of the novel while dealing with my own wellness journey and some of the questions Olivia asks are ones I had while I thought about death and dying. Parts of the book are like a journal entry, very raw and revealing.

When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?

I spend a lot of time reading. I love to get lost in a book and jump into someone else’s world. It’s my stress reliever. I love to dance, but I admittedly have neglected my passion for dance. That is something that I want to get back into. I have recently begun exercising and am slowly (very slowly) falling in “like” with it. Gym and I had a very unstable relationship in the past, so I’ve decided to rekindle and it’s looking better than it used to.

Traveling is something that I love to do as well. I’ve been out of the country a few times and there is still so much to explore; and I still have some states that I cannot wait to visit.

What part of the writing process do you most enjoy?

I love beginning a book. I love when characters talk to me and plead to have their story told. I enjoy coming up with character profiles, names and putting a story together in my head. I have a few friends who are also writers and bouncing around ideas and getting feedback is a part of the process that truly motivates me.

What part of the writing process do you most enjoy?

I love beginning a book. I love when characters talk to me and plead to have their story told. I enjoy coming up with character profiles, names and putting a story together in my head. I have a few friends who are also writers and bouncing around ideas and getting feedback is a part of the process that truly motivates me.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

Anything with romance as the basis. I am into fiction literature mainly and can read non-fiction here and there. I love poetry (spoken work mostly), but Nikki Giovanni is my favorite poet and I love to read her work. In the past year I have delved into the world of M/M romance. Reading about gay men isn’t new for me, as I am a big fan of E. Lynn Harris and James Earl Hardy, but recently I’ve monopolized my bookshelf with M/M romance. About three years ago, I started reading paranormal romance and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

I love love! And so most of the books I tend to read have some premise of love, romance and relationships. When I’m not reading about romance, books like Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid, Push by Sapphire and The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah are just a few of the books that I enjoy. These books show the struggle of the woman, the sacrifice of women, the matriarchal family. These books resonate with me.

What’s next? Tell us about your work in progress.

The next book on deck is Treacherous Passion. This is the story of Jeya Wellington and the battle to get out of an abusive relationship with her girlfriend Rayne. She wants out but Rayne isn’t letting go so easily. When she met Rayne Waters, she thought she found true love. She never expected that love to come with bruises. Now Jeya has to learn how to stand up for herself or fall at the hands of Rayne.

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Contact/follow Renée Cronin:

Website: www.renee-cronin.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReneeCronin78
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shavon.fulcher

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The LEZ TALK BOOKS BLOG TOUR is a collaborative effort by Black lesbian writers of fiction and nonfiction works. These writers will also be featured on LEZ TALK BOOKS RADIO. Visit facebook.com/leztalkbooksradio for details on upcoming shows.

 

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