Wacky Southerner

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist and author. 


A native of New Orleans, Cheré began her career in communications at the 1984 World’s Fair. She has worked for Variety magazine in Hollywood, the Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, Gambit Weekly in New Orleans, the Gannett newspapers of Louisiana, The Californian, and many others. 


She currently writes freelance for a variety of publications, including AAA Southern Traveler; New Orleans magazine, Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile of the Renaissance magazine group of New Orleans; TravelAgeWest magazine; Travelhost South Louisiana; and many others. She's also the co-managing editor of DeSoto Magazine of Mississippi and writes their monthly cocktail column, In Good Spirits.


Chere's nonfiction books include "Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History," "Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana," and "Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana" by The History Press, the cookbook travelogue “Cooking in Cajun Country” with "Cajun" Karl Breaux (2009, Gibbs Smith Publishing) and “Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets” (2010, Llewellyn) with Jude Bradley.


Her fiction, under the pen name of Cherie Claire, includes the Viola Valentine paranormal mystery series, the Cajun Series of historical romances and The Cajun Embassy , a contemporary romance series. 


Cheré has sat on the Louisiana boards of the Lafayette Public Library Foundation of Lafayette, the Festival of Words literary festival of Grand Coteau, the Writers Guild of Acadiana, and the Heart of Louisiana Romance Writers of America of Baton Rouge. She has appeared numerous times at the Louisiana Book Festival, Romance Writers of America's national convention, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the Louisiana Library Association conference, and many other literary events. Contact her for speaking engagements and workshops at cherecoen@gmail.com.

You can read examples of Chere's writing at The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge, City Social magazine and Country Roads magazine of Baton Rouge, Acadiana ProfileNew Orleans magazine, TravelAge West, Louisiana Life, DeSoto magazine of Mississippi and AAA's Southern Traveler. 

You can read more about Cheré and her publications here.

For additional Haunted Deep South stories, visit Cheré's original Haunted Deep South blog. For additional Weird South stories, visit Cheré's original Weird, Wacky and Wild South blog



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