Cheryl Peyton

Cheryl was born and raised in Chicago. She was introduced to the principles of good writing by her mother, a graduate of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University who, as a book editor and writer, would read to her young daughter from her manuscripts, discussing character development, dialogue, and story arcs.

As an adult, Cheryl worked in widely diverse fields as an interior designer,  social worker, and as a paralegal, meeting people from all walks of life and learning from different areas of discipline.

As a writer of mysteries written with an Agatha Christie format, she has drawn from her variety of interests and experiences to create memorable characters and intricate plots.

Cheryl and her husband Jim retired to a lakefront development in Loudon, Tennessee, southwest of Knoxville. She was inspired to write her first novel, SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, a thriller about an attack on a nuclear weapons convoy, when she learned that Y-12 in nearby Oak Ridge continues to transport nuclear weapons to military installations around the country, decades after their participation in the Manhattan Project in WWII.

Cheryl was Vice President of the Authors Guild of Tennessee in 2018 and has been President since January of 2019.

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