A Woman Who Knows Men...
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- Pastor Saul
Cheryl: What's it like to be in love with the most wanted brother on campus, the one who opens your soul and lets you in, only to find you have to stop letting him have your whole love? She-wolves are circling, and the God within is certain what you have to do. But he's so good to you.
Ever meet someone you just can't stop thinking about when they leave? It's not just because he's a sexy little somebody, but the things he says. He makes you believe.
Everything was fine, God, before you came in. Now all my friends are wondering what's wrong with me. Who am I supposed to be. Just yesterday, that was clear to me. Yet, there's this peace.
Mike: Man, why women gotta always be talking when we need peace? And quiet as it's kept, they be pressing me. I just want Cheryl, but it's like she don't want me. No more Mr. Understanding. It's like all they understand is my piece. Should've never let her in. Stupid me.
All these females pressin' me. Want me to give them what I give Cheryl. Cheryl. Man she got underneath. I need that woman. It's like I'm half of me.
Can't no other brother compete with me. I know what a woman wants, I know how to be when I'm in love. Really. Can't stop stop touching her. Everything she says is music to me. But this God thing...
Donna: I want Cheryl to be my girl, not go after this man every time we get to hanging. So much more of the world for Cheryl to see. Sister. Soror. The better half of me.
She's like the big sister I never had, tempting me, trying me, shielding me from that painful thing. Memories.
It's so much easier with the sisters. Men always got to be pulling, tugging, hammering on me. I just want it to be soft, peaceful. Can't they see?
Perry: Don't they see? All these brothers, sisters, from another family. It's not like when I grew up. Everybody knew me, and I knew God. I knew he'd be sufficient in all things. Now, has he left me? Never. I'll always believe.
Thank, you, Lord, for letting me see a love like Mike and Cheryl have. I know you have such a love for me. A woman like Cheryl. I keep waiting. I should be ministering. But you sent me here. Your purpose I keep.
God, I love these you sent me to. Yet we, you and me, know what being despised and rejected by those we love seems, feels. It's real. This place is finally real and I love them. I do.
Vernon: I know she wants me. The Vernon monster eats everyone he meets. It's a shady thing. I got to save my boy from these. Women only want one thing.
Can't believe what they did to me.
Give me a drink. Pass that bowl! All ya'll are gonna see. Think you're better than me. You'll see. Old Vernon's gonna be on top. I might let a few of y'all sit with me.
Vic: These boys are gonna love the frat, love the frat like women love me. Well, maybe that's an impossible thing.
I'm the best this frat has ever seen. Can't but one or two hang with me. Yet this boy, Perry. Something about him. Something about this one puzzles me. Where does he get his strength from? I can't see.
I see class. I see style. I see charisma in me. But this thing this young boy has, where does he get this timing? Strange thing.
Saul the Pastor: I know you and your girlfriends know what's going on with the world. I know when you walk up in here with that skimpy dress on, you know I'm out of date and old. I know.
But do you know how many girls have cried in my study when that boy they had on the line, the one who almost cried when they didn't give him their number, called them a ho? Said he just wanted to hit it. Then he let it go? Oh, don't you know.
Congregation, raise your hand if you planned to trap some man or woman and found they didn't stick around. Oh, the one you have to scheme and manipulate on to make look your way is the one who will want what you don't have to give every day. Just be yourself, young sister or brother. Supersexy is hard to fake. You weren't born that way.
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He was still standing in his boxer’s stance, shoulders squared, piercing eyes. I eased up into him and gently put my hands over his hands, bringing them down from in front of his chest. I walked into him until our bodies...
I looked down on “Sweethearts” until my roommate, Susan, became one. I had to rescue her. They were running her ragged. Making sandwiches, waking her up late at night to go get the pledges something some big brother...
You wouldn’t know I’m mixed to look at me. Mixed. I hate that word. It sounds like confusion. I have my mother’s features sure enough, except for my lips and behind. My nose is long and narrow like hers, and I have her slim frame...
...the interview process is the only way to weed out threats. Before all these hazing laws came, the weak ones dropped Line. Mike started with eight, and by the time it was over, it was only Mike. Now though, National chapter..
If I get on Line, will you help me behind the scenes? I don’t know the Greeks on campus, and I know I need those contacts...I’m not exactly Mr. Popularity. You’re the key, Cheryl.”
I got on the bed and knelt down behind him. I never saw him cry, and he said he never had, but he looked so down. I held him from behind, around his chest, and put my face over his shoulder, cheek to cheek...I waited.
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"The writing is rich with this author's passion for understanding the ways of the heart, and his compassion for the human experience with all of its ups and downs, especially in the area of religious faith. The author also inspires with Cheryl's resiliency in healing and personal growth.The cast of characters encountered on her journey is, individually and collectively, certainly strong..."
"Kenneth is the fresh new voice in fiction today. As a male author, he's done an amazing job of writing from a female perspective. It's his hand doing the writing, but it's Cheryl all the way."
"It is a symphony of various genres (Christian, romance, thriller) - a novel one would love to see on the big screen. Though the author is male, the story is narrated from a female perspective very convincingly. Very. Reminiscent of an Oprah Book Club selection I read years ago by Wally Lamb, another male author taking a woman's perspective with amazing insight. The dialogue is realistic, the action is compelling. Talented writer, great read!"
"This book has me anticipating its next volumes! I literally could not put it down and spent the entire second half of the book gasping or with my mouth agape! My emotions ebbed and flowed along with the characters. I am left with an appreciation for men of integrity and feeling completely empowered as a woman."
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Frequently asked questions
Why did you write the book?
Cheryl wrote herself. I actually started with a television show. I was writing all these male voices, and in one episode, Mike's college girlfriend showed up. And she just took over my writing. Eighty-thousand words later, I had Cheryl's Song.
That's fantastic. How long did it take?
The first twenty-one chapters took three years, writing and re-writing. From Chapter 22 to the end of the book took three days.
Three days? You must have been writing fast.
I was. It came in a torrent. After prayer and hearing what I believed was God inviting me to start writing at 9 a.m., I wrote until 6, 9-6 three days in a row, and finished. Same thing with the screenplay and Cheryl's Song II
Wow. What's happening with those?
Cheryl's Song II is available on CherylsSong.com. Just download. The screenplay, The Suicide Seven, is still being shopped.
Perry is such a unique and compelling character. Is he like you?
No. I wish. Cheryl's Song is semi-autobiographical in that, like Perry, I did pledge a Black Greek organization as a freshman, and I was part of the brutal pledge hazing, but that's where the similarity ends.
Did anything about the book surprise you?
I was a little surprised how many of my female readers fell in love with Perry. I was, by comparison, more like Cheryl's boyfriend, Mike. I was a pretty feared hazer too, but I've changed my perspective. My eyes are open. Pledges come to us to be taught, to become family, not to be potentially killed. It makes no sense.