ABOUT CHERYL MATHIS

  • I am a middle grade and young adult writer from New Orleans and grew up in its suburbs. While my neighborhood was typical suburbia, with houses and ball parks, schools and churches, it’s surrounded on three sides by water and is largely made of wetlands – bayous and swamps and canals. The entire area is below sea level. Famous for its jazz and its food, its unique setting is also a rich, fertile (and sometimes creepy) setting for stories of all kinds. So it should come as no surprise there are swamp settings in many of my stories.

    As much as I love the wetlands of Louisiana, the mountains are calling. After many years of visiting Colorado and its peaks and parks and hiking trails, I’m relocating to the Rockies. From life below sea level in Louisiana to the majestic mountains of Colorado. No telling what stories will come next!

    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.


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