Cheryl Byrd was born on 9 June 1947 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA, daughter of Nancy, a sales manager, and Smith Henry Byrd, a military officer. As an army brat, she has lived in Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, southern California, Great Britain, and Germany. Growing up, she changed schools ten times in twelve years. On 2 June 1967, she married Q. J. Wasden, a sales manager. They had two children: Quinton John and Michelle Nicole, and divorced in September 1979. On 20 June 1982, she married Charles O. Zach Jr., the president of a die casting company, who died on 1990. She obtained a BA (1968) and MA (1977) in English Literature at Austin Peay State University. She worked as high school English teacher in Harrison County, MS, 1970-71; as freelance journalist, 1976-77; high school English teacher in Dyersburg, TN, 1978-82; before stopping to write full time.

As Cheryl Zach, she wrote Young Adult and romance novels, she also used the pseudonym of Jennifer Cole. So after publishing over thirty books in various genres, she was thrilled to write books. But, she loves history, most of all English history, and most wanted to write historical adventure set in the English Regency period–Jane Austen’s era. The first books as Nicole Byrd were written with her daughter Michelle Nicole Wasden Place. When Michelle became too busy with a growing family to do more than function as the world’s best critique partner, the later books were written on her own. The books in the Sinclair Family Saga have been a delight to write, and the characters have become as familiar and beloved as old friends. Her book Benny and the No-Good Teacher was a nominee for the South Carolina Children’s Book Award and her book, The Class Trip was an International Reading Association/Children’s Book Award. Zach is the first young adult writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. She was also the first recipient of Young Adult Network’s Silver Diary Award. Her historical novel, Hearts Divided, won the 1996 Virginia Romance Writer’s Holt Medallion in the Young Adult category. Her articles have appeared in The Writer magazine, Children's Writer, and the Writer's Handbook. She is the current chairperson of the SCBWI Regional Advisors.

Book List in Order:28 titles

  • Rosamund is home in Tenn, being courted by a handsome Union officer while her younger brother Tom chaffs because he wants to fight for the South. Ros and her family try to hold on to a valuable stallion-her father bred horses-as the Yankees take mo...


  • Victorine LaGrande returns to her home in New Orleans to prepare for marriage. But the handsome Creole 'prince charming' her father has chosen to be her husband is in love with another woman.  Will she fight for his love, with the help of a Voodo...


  • While researching a report on protest movements, Emma Carter sees a photograph of a young woman who could be her double, fugitive environmentalist and bank robber Leigh Grimble, and feels compelled to find out more....


  • Concerned over her parents' impending divorce, convinced that her dependable boyfriend, Nate, doesn't understand her, and looking for a little more romance in her life, tenth-grader Brittany Parrish turns to the Internet and, miraculously, meets "the...


  • When her uncle gives her a job baby-sitting his son, Lauri is delighted to finally be able to help her financially struggling mother, until she begins to suspect that the child is being abused. Original....


  • Science-minded Jamie and psychic Quinn put their heads together to find the ghost who communicates with a gypsy at an old mansion, and when valuables start disappearing, they suspect that something more sinister is going on...


  • Jamie, a science genius, and Quinn, who has a supernatural gift, become involved in the search for a missing ancient artifact. When Quinn has a series of visions involving a ceremonial golden skull mask, the pair realize that's what they're looking t...


  • Carrie Benson's life is not the fairytale existence she always dreamed of. She works in her uncle's mercantile, stocking shelves, and wears her beautiful cousin's cast offs. Carrie longs for something more than the poverty she lives in with her dream...


  • Quinn comes to live with his cousin Jamie and her reporter mom. Quinn gets lonely but when he goes to the museum to look at the new exhibit things start to get a little exciting. First Quinn feels the mummy's presence around him. The mummy calls to h...






  • Quinn and Jamie are at an old building being used to film a movie starring a teen star. But then the star receives a threatning message signed The Phantom. The star hires Quinn and Jamie to help him see who is threatening him. Quinn gets in touch wit...


  • The last thing Jake Magee needs is another girlfriend. His recent breakup left Jake licking his wounds, and bitter about romance. But everything changes when he meets beautiful but broken-hearted Caroline. Jake decides he'll keep his mind off his own...


  • Sarah Davenport, an adopted child, has no choice but to travel across the country in search of her biological mother in the hopes that her bone marrow will be suitable for a transplant, saving Sarah's life from the leukemia that is ravaging her. Orig...



  • Discovering that she is pregnant, a teenage Cassie is sent away by her disapproving father to a home for wayward girls and forbidden to ever see Seth again, and Cassie must choose between her family and the boy she loves. Cassie's father rules his...


  • Hannah, a slave from the Virginia Stafford  plantation, helps deliver fellow slaves to freedom on  the Underground Railroad, and vows never to marry  until she herself is free. Then Hannah meets Joshua,  a free man of color whose love overwhe...


  • After the fall of Fort Sumter, Victorine LaGrande is brought home to New Orleans from boarding school, and while she misses her friends Elizabeth and Rosamund, she is glad to be home in the French Quarter. She is more than happy to meet the man that ...


  • Elizabeth Stafford, a plantation belle from Virginia, dreams of breaking away from her father's grasp and of being more than a proper Southern lady and wife. Her dreams seem possible at Madame Corday's Charleston boarding school, where Elizabeth lear...


  • Ana, the beautiful daughter of a missing business tycoon, is on a desperate mission. Certain that her father is in terrible danger, Ana vows to find him. Brad, a rugged American working to save the rain forest, scorns Ana's wealth and innocence. Comp...


  • Choosing between love and friendship .. . Lacey and Megan have always seen best friends, even though Megan's idea of friendship has often meant getting into trouble -- and counting on Lacey to bail her out. But in their junior year of high school, M...


  • Seven-year-old Benny Holt enters a contest to win a new bicycle....




  • When their parent's marriage brings together two sets of teenagers who must suddenly share living quarters and their parents' time and affection, no one is sure that they can get along even for the sake of the family...


  • Melissa has everything: money, looks, brains and a jock boyfriend named Tank. But her parents' marriage is breaking up, and she fears no one likes her for herself. She goes through an unsteady period and finally ends up with a quiet Oriental loner wh...


  • Amanda becomes responsible for her little sister and aging aunt when her mother dies, and she refuses to accept help, even from handsome Ty Kendall. ”I DON’T TURN KINFOLK AWAY…” Aunt Mary May said when she agreed to take recently orphan...


  • She'd never be a fool for love again When Lauren Mackenzie flipped an unruly drunk to the floor in a posh restaurant, her fellow diner Blake Harris gave her more than a once-over. Lauren had noticed him, too. Blake's blond good looks and trim hard...


  • Kelly feels like an ugly duckling in her new school. From the first day she is targeted by the popular crowd who make her the butt of their jokes. When one of them nominates her for class president as a joke , she is just as surprised as they are wh...


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