About

About Me

My name is Cheryl - "Chery" for short (you can call me either one) - Eichar Jett and I love travel, history, books, architecture, museums, music, old musical instruments, maps, road trips,  genealogy, Mid-Century Modern furniture and design, flower gardening, word games, antique and second-hand shops, writing, and reading. 

At SIUE I did two degrees in history (perfect GPA on my masters, thank you very much) plus I did some coursework in arts management from UMass (online) and made two trips to the Santa Fe Screenwriting Conference (in person). 

Arcadia Publishing has been my publisher for six books. Joe Sonderman and I collaborated on two of them, Route 66 in Illinois and then Route 66 in Kansas, my sixth and his bazillionth, for Arcadia Publishing. My next book project is different from the Arcadia pictorial format, and I'm super excited about it. It's not under contract yet, but it tell the stories of the amazing women during the historic Route 66 era who contributed to what we think of as Route 66 culture.

I'm a regular contributor to The 66 News (Route 66 Association of Illinois quarterly newsletter), Show Me Route 66 (Route 66 Association of Missouri quarterly magazine,) and I write a monthly column, "Along Route 66," for The Prairie Land Buzz, a free and very enjoyable magazine that covers Montgomery, Macoupin, Madison, and Bond Counties (Illinois) (also available online at http://www.thebuzzmonthly.com). I also write fiction and particularly like the short story format.

Volunteer work with preservation and tourism keeps me busy as well. I serve as a board member on Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, as President of Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor, and as an Associate Commissioner on the Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission. In 2015 I established the first Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference in Edwardsville, Illinois, and served as Conference Director. (The second MOP conference was held in Bloomington-Normal in October 2016, the third MOP conference is coming up in October 2017 in Joliet, and the location of the fourth, to be held in October 2018, will be announced at this year's event.)


Awards

WOW! Women on Writing Winter 2015 Flash Fiction Contest - Placed in Top Ten
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/64-FE1-Winter15Contest.html

WOW! Women on Writing Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest - Placed in Top Ten 
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/65-FE1-Spring15Contest.html

Las Cruces magazine's First Annual Fiction Contest (2016) - First Place Winner
http://lascrucesmagazine.com/fiction-contest-submissions/