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"Creative people are often told, it's important to find your own voice. I've always had a voice. I just didn't have a megaphone."

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Originally from Detroit, Cheryl Head now lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where she has navigated a successful career as a writer, television producer, and broadcast executive. When not writing fiction, Head consults on a wide range of diversity/inclusion issues

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My first book, Long Way Home: A World War II Novel (2014) was a labor of love. It is the little-told story of Negro soldiers serving stateside during World War II. It is both a coming-of-age, and love story. Yes, there is also a murder.


Long Way Home was honored as a Next Generation Indie Book finalist for African-American Literature, and Historical Fiction.



The Award-winning, Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries feature queer, African American, Private Investigator, Charlene (Charlie) Mack, and a strong group of secondary characters.  The series is included in the special collections of the Library of Michigan, and the Detroit Public Library’s African-American Books list.

There are six books in the series:

Bury Me When I'm Dead (2018 Lambda Literary Award Finalist),

Wake Me When It's Over (2019 Detroit Public Library African American Book List),

Catch Me When I'm Falling (2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award-Mystery Finalist),

Judge Me When I'm Wrong (2020 Goldie Winner-Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award),

Find Me When I'm Lost (2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist),


Warn Me When It's Time (2022 Anthony Award nominee) which the New York Times calls "chilling and prescient".

Coming 2.28.23

  Time’s Undoing

(Dutton Books)

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"Times Undoing is a harrowing yet beautiful journey into the heart of darkness that beats in the center of the American Experience. "

-S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland

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“Based on her family history, exploring the inherited trauma and pain wrought by white supremacy, and the power of a community coming together to fight for change, told in alternating timelines: in 1929 a Black man and his family in Birmingham encounter racially-motivated violence, and in 2019, a young Black reporter investigates the unsolved murder of her great grandfather in Birmingham almost a hundred years ago.”

~ Publishers Marketplace

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