She didn’t meet the ocean until she moved to Dallas with a theatre degree from the University of Northern Iowa. The Texas beaches were dotted with tar balls and the gulf water was often murky, but Cheryl was thrilled to dig her feet into the sand of America’s “Third Coast”.
Her life as an actress was one serendipitous adventure after another. She met her husband while auditioning to play a wacky bride in a television commercial. At the callback he was asked to step out from behind the camera and play her groom due to an error in scheduling. She won the part and he won her heart.
Her unique voice brought Cheryl the next career in her life. In 1997 she submitted her voice over demo to the pilot program for Radio Disney in Dallas. Cheryl was offered the chance to co-host The Morning Show with Dean Wendt, but with two small children, she declined the 4am-to-12pm shift, and countered with an offer to work 20 hours a week, doing her voices for Dean’s program. Radio Disney accepted when Cheryl agreed to spend the majority of her time writing features, promos, and her favorite, The Magic Kids Theatre weekly radio drama.
Three years later, one of her children was diagnosed with learning differences and she stepped away from work to focus on her family. Serendipity pounced two years later when a former Radio Disney co-worker called and asked if she’d like to try writing for “Barney & Friends.” In another twist of fate, Dean Wendt had asked Cheryl’s children to record lines for his audition tape to help him win the role of Barney a year earlier.
During the seven years that Cheryl worked for HiT Entertainment, writing for Barney and crafting a new concept pitch that kept “Angelina Ballerina” from being cancelled, one of her children asked her to write a fantasy novel – just to see what would come from her unfettered imagination.
That led to the creation of the Aether’s Edge book series and a new career as an author. Shortly after book one, Ivey and the Airship, debuted, Cheryl’s husband received a serendipitous offer for a job in San Francisco. The family downsized and made the move to one of the most beloved ports in the world.
Within a year, they bought a cottage in the seaside village of Pacifica, and Cheryl went back to work on her book series. After bringing Bob West of Thought Nozzle on board as her creative director, Cheryl made a monumental decision to put book two, Masters of Misfortune on the back burner while she updated the first book with her own company, Pantala Press.
To get away from the computer, Cheryl took long walks on the beach. She’d first learned of sea glass when one of the lovely mermaids at Pedro Point Sirens gave her sea glass earrings as a welcome gift. Having been trained by her mother to hunt morel mushrooms in the timbers of Iowa, Cheryl was a natural at finding patches of beach rich in sea glass, spotting the colorful gems hidden in the sand.
As her collection of beautiful pieces grew, she found that serendipity had once again caught her by surprise. Her instincts as a writer gave her the urge to share the transformational journey of sea glass, and her skills as a seamstress gave her hands the ability to give nature’s art a fitting frame.
Now, Cheryl Ammeter’s Pacifica Sea Glass jewelry is inspired by the same wonder, whimsy, attention to detail, and boundless imagination that fuels her books.