A lifetime of writing short stories, poetry and philosophy led Shady Cove resident, Cheryl Castro, to publish her first book. “Mark of the Tattoo” is an exciting adventure with kidnapping and other dramas and is geared towards youth. Castro will have a book signing event at Books-N-More in Shady Cove on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m.
After a couple pieces of Castro’s writing from a compilation were published in the Christian Journal, Castro decided to get serious about her work. In 2006, she began writing classes at Pacific Bible College. As well as classes, Castro attended two writing retreats with the Oregon Christian Writers and a group of local writers who spent that retreat at the Box R Ranch near Ashland.
Castro’s college textbooks had an exercise at the end of each chapter. One exercise was to write in an unfamiliar genre and that was what led Castro to write short adventure stories and ultimately the book. Castro said her teacher, Sandy Cathcart, encouraged her to pursue publication.
With a low-keyed spiritual theme, Castro’s hope is to reach a generation she feels is struggling at this time. She also hopes adults will read the book just for fun. The book is published by Eagle’s Wings Publishing in Central Point and is $14.99. Books-N-More is at 21891 Highway 62. For more information, Castro may be reached at 878-2467.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent