ABOUT CHERYL MATHIS
I am a middle grade writer living in the New Orleans area. I’m very honored my manuscript The Runaway Ghost — written with writing partner Laura Roach Dragon, winner of a Crystal Kite for Hurricane Boy — was selected as runner-up for the 2015 Sue Alexander award. Also, two of my short stories appear in the middle grade anthology Bayou Bogeyman Presents: Voodoo and Hoodoo, published by Pelican Publishing Company, reprinted by Acadia Publishing in 2020.
Two water-shed events happened in my life in 2005. I started writing and Hurricane Katrina devastated my city. Glad to report we’re both still standing. The challenges of storm recovery are finally over and my city is better than ever. The challenges of writing will never be over, but I continually improve thanks to SCBWI. The craft invigorates and enriches my life on a daily basis and in ways I’d never have imagined.
SCBWI became my home away from home in 2007, and I am now the Regional Advisor for Louisiana/Mississippi.