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Interview with Cheri DeGroot, author of Dear Friend




Title: Dear Friend

Genre: Non-fiction humanities

Author: Cheri DeGroot

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 60

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-44016-146-9


Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordable—become a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters.

Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United States have helped her through life’s good and bad times. This guide demonstrates the positive aspects of pen palling—from sharing news of family, hobbies and emotions to expanding their knowledge by learning about different cultures and different people.

Stressing the importance of communication, Dear Friend reveals how becoming a pen pal can help those who are lonely to find friendship, love, and happiness through the power of the written word.

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The Interview

Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Yes I hve had one book published before this one and you can say I am multi-published.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I choose small press because I wanted to try it on my first book. I really thought it would be a good idea but it wasn’t. I learned now not to go with a small company to get my book published.

How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

I believe it took about 9 months as I had things to change and shorted before it could be published.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was very happy to see my book in print and my husband took me out for dinner to celebrate and I called up my friends and family and told them the good news.

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I wanted to start my next book which I did as it encouraged me I could do it.


Cheri DeGroot loves writing letters and journals of her life. Pen palling helps her make new friendships by reaching out through written letters and by computer. DeGroot has initiated several pen pal clubs. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren and lives in Milverton, Ontario, with her husband, Joe.


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