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. Her unique voice brought Cheryl the opportunity to help launch Radio Disney while it was still in a pilot program at ABC Radio in Dallas. She voiced original characters and discovered she had a talent for writing features, promos, and her favorite, The Magic Kids Theatre weekly radio drama.
A few years later, serendipity pounced again when a former Radio Disney co-worker invited her to put her writing skills to the test at “Barney & Friends.” During the seven years that Cheryl worked for HiT Entertainment, she wrote multiple Barney scripts and crafted a new concept that kept “Angelina Ballerina” from being canceled.
When one of her children challenged her to write a story of her own, without the limitations of budgets and schedules, she created the Aether’s Edge book series and began a new career as an author. Shortly after book one, Ivey and the Airship, debuted, Cheryl’s husband received a job offer in San Francisco. Within a year, they’d found a homey 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 struck again. 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.