Monday, July 25, 2011


Please welcome Cheryl Kaye Tardif to my blog today. She has took the time to write an excellent post about what inspired her to write Children of the Fog. I'm going to be posting a review later this week on this book.Please comment and tell me what is your deepest darkest fear?

Children of the Fog Delves into a Mother's Worst Fears

Any good writer can plot a suspense novel, and take characters from danger to escape/happiness, but I like to dig a bit deeper with my characters. I like to delve into their deepest, darkest fears. Often, those fears mirror my own. For a mother, there is no worse fear than that something horrible will happen to your child.

I know this fear intimately. I experienced the death of my first baby, a son born after the most perfect pregnancy with no warning sign of what was to come. After sixteen hours of hard back labor, I gave birth to my first child and immediately knew something was wrong.

Fear gripped me like a noose around my throat and I couldn't breathe. My heart raced and my mind soared into all those dark scenarios, ones that led to only one conclusion. I watched as a nurse lifted my son's purplish leg a few inches from the table and then let it drop. He didn't respond or move.

My son never cried. I did though. I knew in my heart that I was watching my son in his final hours, and even though I willed him to live, I knew he wouldn't. I would have given anything, including my own life, to have him live. My little love. He died four hours later, a fluky brain stem stroke.

Yes, I know a mother's fears. When my daughter was born a year later, I had survived 9 months of intense fear, but knew that the real terror was just beginning. As she grew, I fought those fears, determined not to be an overprotective mom. I think I did well, all things considered.

When the idea for Children of the Fog first came to me, it appeared as a thought. The thought went like this: What if someone broke into my house and kidnapped my daughter? That thought turned into: What if I confronted a kidnapper as he was trying to take her? What would I do? That thought evolved into: I'd fight, of course. I'd fight with all I had.

Eventually, these thoughts became a plot idea, and the plot brought out my darkest fears. Could I let someone take my child if the only other choice I had was to watch her die in front of me? What a horrible choice that would be. What an unbelievably difficult decision to make. How would someone live with that decision?

And Sadie and Sam were born...

Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die.

Sadie O'Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn't just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It's the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can't tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in "little bloody pieces".

When Sadie's unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie's descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son--a man known only as...The Fog.

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"A chilling and tense journey into every parent's deepest fear." ―Scott Nicholson, The Red Church

"A nightmarish thriller with a ghostly twist, CHILDREN OF THE FOG will keep you awake...and turning pages!" ―Amanda Stevens, author of The Restorer

"Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, Cheryl Kaye Tardif weaves a tale of terror that will have you rushing to check on your children as they sleep. With exquisite prose, Children of the Fog captures you the moment you begin and doesn't let go until the very end." ―bestselling author Danielle Q. Lee, author of Inhuman
Author Bio:
Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, bestselling Canadian suspense author of numerous novels, including Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls “a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."

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Children of the Fog is available in ebook and Trade paperback editions from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, and many more.


  1. Thank you for sharing your backstory with us Ms. Tardif! It's clear you didn't have to try and project those feelings of suspense or fear into your story since you know them both intimately. I can't even begin to imagine the intensity of that situation. My absolute fear is something - anything happening to my family. Spiders are pretty high up there too:)

  2. Thank you for reading this post!

    I'll be tackling spiders in another novel. :-) Yuck...


  3. Children of the Fog...I'm so happy all my babies and grandbabies are safe.

  4. What a scary but intriguing story here! I can't wait to read it! My deepest fear is, yes, of something happening to my children, but especially now that I have grandchildren also to worry about. Beyond that, I have irrational fears of drowning or falling from a tall height. Thanks for the guest post, Rae

  5. Hi Eileen and Rae

    Thank you both for dropping by. Yes, it's a good thing when a parent/grandparent doesn't have to worry. Not sure that happens often though...if ever.

    Rae, I'll be addressing one of your other fears in a new thriller. Am still in the writing process for it, but I'll tell you the title and you can guess which fear...


    :-) Cheryl

  6. I have to say that this story sounds riveting. It is amazing to hear how the idea came about and how it changed as it developed. Thanks for your honesty.

    Jess-although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens sometimes and I can't fix it. :)

  7. Wow! Sounds quite a book. And quite a story behind it. Thanks, and I'll be looking out for it.


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