Awakening - Cheri McKenzie

I love all things magical. Perhaps it's part of growing up as an only child (although I know of people with siblings who feel the same way). And while I always love a good fantasy set in the far past or the distant future without technology, I also enjoy normal day stories with magic and fae thrown in. 

Awakening has a wonderful concept that I found to be unique and enchanting. Without giving any of the plot away, the main character, Acacia, begins having strange dreams about a gorgeous man, who then suddenly places himself into her life, and her life takes a new and bizarre direction.

One of the primary focuses of this book is the relationship between Acacia and her mystery man. And while it's an intriguing and romantic concept, I had a difficult time with their up and down relationship. But that's probably due to my frustration with many a young adult's current idea of relationships, thanks to books like Twilight and Fifty Shades. 

However, that did not prevent me from enjoying this book by Cheri McKenzie. The plot is still fascinating and includes a great twist that I did not see coming. The twist definitely enriched the story for me, due to my appreciation and love for the character it involves. 

A fun and fantasy filled read. 

Some Bio Information

Born and raised in rural NE Missouri, I’ve always loved the quiet atmosphere and beautiful landscape that lends itself to artistic inspiration, which is probably why as an adult, I chose to make my home there.  A busy mom of five, I spend my days working, running errands, and performing a multitude of motherly duties.  In my down time, I enjoy reading, taking photos at rodeos, and cuddling with my eight-month-old daughter.

Six years ago, when I started writing “Awakening”, I never believed I’d end up publishing it.  To me it was just a story that I’d become obsessed with finishing.  Almost five years later, I decided it was time to cast aside my insecurities and publish.  Since then, I’ve been working on the second installment to the series and hope to have it ready to publish soon.

For better or worse, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this new adventure, and intend to follow wherever it may lead.


1. What inspired you to write this book?

This may sound a little strange to many people, but I’m really not sure what inspired me to write “Awakening”.  One day, I sat down to write a journal entry and ended up writing the first twenty-five pages of what I then called “a story”.  After that, I was obsessed.  I needed to know how the story would end.  By the time I’d finished, it was a book and my brain was already thinking up new ideas to continue Acacia’s story.  

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?

  1. Put the 8 month old to bed.
  2. Grab a snack.
  3. Search through my playlist for a song that fits the scene I’m working on.
  4. Get distracted by an infomercial.
  5. Write a few pages
  6. Baby wakes up
  7. Type-one handed while feeding baby
  8. Finish a few more pages
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 several times a night for months
  10. Celebrate because the 1st draft is finished
  11. Edit
  12. Give to a reader.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12
  14. Create cover, format for kindle, publish

3. Who’s your favorite author?

Terry Brooks.  I fell in love with the Shannara Series in Junior High.

4. What’s your favorite part in Awakening?

I actually have several and they all involve the gifts Caelan gives to Acacia.

5. Describe your favorite place.

 Curled up on the couch with my eight month old sleeping peacefully in my arms.

6. What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?

That’s a no-brainer...editing.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
For better or worse, to finish what I’ve started and be happy with what I’ve accomplished.