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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cheryl Renee Wyatt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1969 in San Diego, California

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Illinois Connection

I moved to Illinois in 1985, attended high school in Marion, Illinois until graduation in 1987. Resided in Carterville, Illinois during college. Moved to Herrin, Illinois for a time as well as Carbondale, Illinois. Currently reside in Hurst, Illinois. Have set all of my books in Southern Illinois with fictional towns that I fashioned after the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge area and surrounding Southern Illinois' areas. I have mentioned several Southern Illinois landmarks in my books and try to capture the essence of the area in my settings. I attended Southern Illinois University (a certification program for Crisis Intervention) and John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois where I graduated with a degree in Registered Nursing. Worked at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Illinois for almost two decades.

Biographical and Professional Information

I write award-winning Inspirational Action Romance and am multi-published by Love Inspired, the Christian Imprint of Harlequin Enterprizes. I have also been published in non-fiction, poetry, devotionals, worship songs, and national publications including Group Magazine.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Soldier's Promise (Wings of Refuge, Book 1) (Larger Print Love Inspired #430)
ISBN: 0373813449

Love Inspired Large Print. 2007

“My name’s Bradley. I’m eight and have cancer. I want to meet a Special Forces soldier more than anything. Well, almost anything. Having a family would be nice.”

U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper Joel Montgomery promised to make a sick child’s wish come true. Well, not the family part—not with Joel’s past. And so despite vowing never to set foot back in Refuge, Illinois, Joel parachuted onto the boy’s school lawn to a huge smile. But another smile unexpectedly stole Joel’s heart: that of Bradley’s beautiful teacher, Amber Stanton, who was trying to adopt the boy. ANd trying to show Joel it was time for new vows.

A Soldier's Family (Wings of Refuge, Book 2) (Love Inspired #438)
ISBN: 037387474X

Love Inspired. 2008

On A Crash Course With Love

She was the woman of pararescue jumper Manny Pena's dreams. But he'd stuck his foot in his mouth the last time he met Celia Munoz. Now, grounded after a parachuting accident, he was desperate to make amends with the beautiful widow.

But Celia wasn't having it. The last thing she needed was another man with a dangerous job—even if he had given his life to God. Yet

Manny's growing commitment to her and her troubled son began to convince her that perhaps she should take her own leap of faith.

Ready-Made Family (Wings of Refuge, Book 3) (Love Inspired #490)
ISBN: 0373875266

Love Inspired. 2009

Amelia North needs refuge, and finds it—in Refuge, Illinois. Stranded there after a car wreck, the single mother expects to be cold-shouldered. After all, she's already been rejected by her parents, her church and her daughter's father. Instead, she finds a town full of people with open hands and open hearts…including pararescue jumper Ben Dillinger. Ben wants to help Amelia and her daughter find safety and stability. Instead, he finds himself free-falling—right into love with the ready-made family.

A Soldier's Reunion (Wings of Refuge)
ISBN: 0373875320

Love Inspired. 2009

Despite a decade apart, this isn't the reunion Mandy Manchester expected! She thought she'd put high school sweetheart Nolan Briggs behind her. Now he's back…and the pararescue jumper literally sweeps her off her feet. He's ready and willing to rekindle what they once shared. Mandy, though, isn't prepared to put her heart at risk. He left her before—she won't trust him again. Can Nolan teach this grounded girl to take a leap of faith?

Soldier Daddy (Wings of Refuge)
ISBN: 0373875576

Love Inspired. 2009

U.S. Air Force commander Aaron Petrowski leads pararescue teams, yet can't find one nanny for his three-year-old twins? The widowed father is returning to duty, but not without the best care for his beloved boys. So when Sarah Graham applies, the young woman surprises everyone by passing inspection. Until Aaron discovers Sarah has a secret tied to a tragedy in his past. He can't keep her in his employ—or in his heart. Until his brave little soldier boys teach him a thing or two about love.

A Soldier's Devotion (Wings of Refuge)
ISBN: 0373814534

Love Inspired Large Print. 2009

U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper Vince Reardon was headed to a lifesaving mission. Until a too-pretty lawyer crashed her fancy car into his motorcycle—sidelining him for two weeks. Vince can barely accept Valentina Russo's heartfelt apologies. Ever since his brother was wrongly convicted—and killed in prison—Vince has lost respect for lawyers. But wait—is that Val volunteering at his refuge for underprivileged kids? If Vince isn't careful, this lady of the law might just earn his respect and his heart.

Steadfast Soldier (Wings of Refuge)
ISBN: 037387605X

Love Inspired. 2010

Rescuing people is his job…

But the one person pararescue jumper Chance Garrison can't seem to help is his own ailing father, who refuses his much-needed physical rehabilitation. That is, until Chance hires unconventional occupational therapist Chloe Callet. To his surprise, Chloe and her sweet black Lab, Midnight, work wonders. And not only on the elder Garrison. Chance just may have met the woman who can get through his own toughened exterior. Can he persuade the lovely Chloe to take a chance—on him?

The Doctor's Devotion (Eagle Point Emergency)
ISBN: 0373877544

Love Inspired. 2012

When he fled Eagle Point years ago, former air force trauma surgeon Mitch Wellington left only broken dreams behind. Now he's back with a new dream—opening a trauma center in the rural area and saving lives. He hopes to hire the quick-thinking nurse who impressed him during an emergency. But Lauren Bates lost her faith and doesn't believe she deserves to help anyone. Mitch knows firsthand what loss feels like. And it'll take all his devotion to show Lauren that sometimes the best medicine is a combination of faith, community—and love.


  • Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Love Inspired novel of 2009,
  • Ready-Made Family

  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist,
  • A Soldier's Devotion

  • #1 Most Blogged about Book-2008-2009 eHarlequin,
  • A Soldier's Promise

  • #4 Most Blogged About Book-2008-2009 eHarlequin,
  • A Soldier's Family

  • A dozen major awards on 7 book manuscripts prior to publication.
  • And, many more!

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Depending on my deadline schedule, I enjoy speaking to military groups. Womens' Events. Churches. Book clubs. Libraries. Schools-children interested in creative writing and more. Contact for inquiries. Fees are always negotiable and usually consist of travel/housing reimbursement and a "love offering."