Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Miami, Florida, Clarke is the author of five novels, several e-books and three plays. She has been featured in Curve Magazine, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine, About.com, The Princeton Packet, Philadelphia Gay News, Out IN Jersey, Burlington County Times, Clik Magazine, EURweb.com, Phillyburbs.com, 247gay.com, Femmenoinre.net, Sistah2Sistah Magazine, The Philadelphia Women’s Journal and Crain's New York Business newspaper. She is one of the most popular writers of fiction that features, but is not limited to, African-American lesbian characters. Clarke is read by women, men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom because her work delves into the most universal themes of love, life and friendship. Her novels have explored subjects such as foster care, obsessive love, suicide, politics, infidelity, recreational drug use and erotica.
Clarke produced a theatrical adaptation of her third novel, Intimate Chaos, in 2007 in Bordentown, NJ. Since then, she successfully produced the show in Plainfield, NJ and twice in Philadelphia, PA. In 2010, Intimate Chaos was a feature of the inaugural Philly Urban Theatre Festival. Most recently, it was translated to Spanish and performed at a theatre festival in Puerto Rico under the name Caos Intimo. Her most recent play, Asylum , which was the recipient of the Audience Award of the 2012 Downtown Urban Theater Festival (NYC) and runner up for best play. She is currently working to bring the production back to New York as well as to Philadelphia in 2013.
In addition to novels and plays, her opinion columns have been featured by the National Coalition of Black Justice and her editorial work has appeared in About magazine, GayWired.com and on 247gay.com. Clarke was a keynote speaker at an African Asian Latina Lesbians United conference and has performed at events organized by African American Lesbians United for Societal Change. Her most recent novel, Losing Control, debuted in paperback in June 2009. Her other recent publications include Love and Marriage: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Dating and Romance, a non-fiction e-book, and The Beautiful People: New York city, the third of a six-part short story series exclusively for e-readers. Clarke lives with her wife and business partner for publishing LGBT children’s books, Monica Bey-Clarke, in southern New Jersey.
Below are a few personal videos of Cheril and Monica, including their 2007 wedding at Oheka Castle.