Interview an author with Author Robbie Cheadle aka Roberta Cheadle!

It is such a pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Today, please help me welcome talented author/accountant/incredible baker, Robbie Cheadle!

Thank you so much, Robbie, for coming today to share a little bit about yourself and your lovely books. It’s nice to have you back again. You were here before with your son, Michael (link). I am excited to have you here again! The floor is yours!

Robbie Cheadle

Thank you, Janice, for inviting me to be your guest on JemBooks.

Please tell us something about yourself

I am a chartered accountant and have worked in corporate finance for over 16 years. I did both my degrees through a correspondence university and worked full time throughout. As a result, I completed my academics and three years of articles in six years, instead of the usual seven. 

A career in writing never occurred to me during my school years although English was my favourite subject. When I underwent IQ and EQ testing for a ‘best fit’ career in my penultimate year of high school, chartered accountant was the result. I did vacillate between accounting and law but didn’t consider anything outside of these two careers. I decided on accounting because figures and accounting came easily to me and I knew I would cope with the course. 

Corporate finance is quiet cyclical and I have periods of being extremely busy and working very long hours, and periods when it is quieter. During the quieter periods, I always invested my time in studying up on topics that complimented my career choice. The end produce of this self-study was several guidance booklets on various topics, numerous thought leadership pieces, and a series of publications about investing in Africa. 

It was these opportunities to research and write publications that led me to the writing world. I learned how to write, edit, publish, and market these works and that experience gave me the confidence to turn my hand to writing more poetry and fiction. My first blog, Robbie’s Inspiration was established in 2016 just after my first children’s book, Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook was published. 

My work hours are flexible now, in theory, and in between the big, time consuming deals, I work a half day and spend the extra time writing and marketing my books. It half works and I do believe I make the absolute best use of all my time through this system of work. 

I now have seven published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate series and two other children’s books written under the name of Robbie Cheadle. I also have two poetry books and five anthologies published under Robbie Cheadle.

I also have a YA novel and an adult paranormal historical novel published under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle, along with five anthologies under this same name.

Jjspina: That is wonderful that you found what you love in accounting as a life’s work and writing as another outlet for you. It appears that they both keep you quite busy and productive.

 What projects are you currently working on?

I currently have a lot of irons in the fire. I am contributing to four anthologies which are due for publication over the course of 2022. One of these is a poetry anthology, two are collections of paranormal short stories, and one is an author reference guide. 

In addition to the anthologies, I have five books in various stages of completion. Three are children’s books and two are novels. 

The Soldier and the Radium Girl is the novel I am focusing on and trying to get written this year, reading for publication in early 2023. It is the story of an American soldier’s experiences in France during WW1 and his girlfriend’s life in Orange, New Jersey, working as a dial painter in a watch factory during the same timeframe. This book was intended to be a novella but has expanded into a much longer historical novel which I expect to be approximately 120,000 words on completion.

The other books in my pipeline are After the Bombs Fell (a sequel to While the Bombs Fell about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in a small English town during WWII), Silly Billy Goes to London (a sequel to Silly Willy goes to Cape Town which I am planning to rename as Silly Billy Goes to Cape Town), The Girl Who Loved Dolls which is about my own younger years and is styled along the lines of Dorothy Edward’s series, My Naughty Little Sister, and a dystopian novel called The Creeping Change about climate change and the fourth industrial revolution. 

I have also finalised my new children’s picture book, Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog, which is about Sir Chocolate’s son and will be the eighth book in the series. This book will be available from TSL Books, my publisher, and in time for Easter.

A children’s picture book called The Happy Halloween Holiday Hextravaganza is also in the mid-stages of finalisation. 

I have a fair bit on the go this year.

Jjspina: Wow, Robbie! You certainly do have a lot of irons in the fire to keep you busy!I wish you much success with all of these projects.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Writing is my hobby and a creative diversion from my day job. I suppose you could say that my day job is my hobby as a writer and my writing is a hobby as a corporate financier. I also like baking, cooking, reading, and blogging.

Jjspina: You are also a talented baker as demonstrated by all the incredible cakes you make that I see online! You could be a professional cake decorator!

What advice would you give prospective authors?

In order to write successfully, you need to be determined, thick skinned, and dedicated.

There are very few instant successes in any field in life. It took me two degrees, a board exam, three years of articles, and ten years of experience in corporate finance before I could say I was a success in my career. It is the same for writing. You have to be prepared to learn, grow, and do the time in order to achieve success.

Joining the writing, poetry, and reading blogging community is helpful to young writers. This community is excellent at sharing advice, support, and enthusiasm and makes the whole process much more fun and rewarding. 

Jjspina: Good advice, Robbie. I agree with you about being thick skinned and dedicated. Being a writer is not an easy road to travel. We receive both negative and positive feedback that we need to take in and not let the negative get us discouraged.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

My story ideas usually come to me out of the blue. I don’t work for them. It is the same with poetry, I might witness a scene on the street or see a painting or a flower, and a poem just comes into my mind, usually fully formed.

My Sir Chocolate book ideas always came about from chats to my son, Michael. Michael was the inspiration for this series and came up with the original idea of a couple made of chocolate and sweets who live in a world where you can eat everything. Story ideas came from watching the bees, findingand interesting and unusual ice cream shop, and witnessing a dog in distress in a local dam.

My paranormal and historical short story and book ideas come from museums and places I have visited and real-life ghost and other stories I come across while blogging or reading on-line articles. I do a lot of historical research for my paranormal and historical stories, but the ideas are not difficult to come up with. Inspiration hits me from all directions all the time.

Jjspina: It is what works for you – receiving motivation, inspiration and ideas to create your lovely books. How sweet that your son, Michael, was your inspiration to write the Sir Chocolate series.

Here are Robbie’s links:

Follow Robbie Cheadle at:




Purchase links:

TSL Publications (paperbacks) (paperbacks and ebooks)

Amazon US (paperbacks)

Amazon UK (paperbacks)

Robbie Cheadle’s books

Sir Chocolate books

Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook

The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books, when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.

Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook

Book 2 of the Sir Chocolate series: Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Five lovely new recipes are also included.

Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Five lovely new recipes are also included.

Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five Story and Cookbook

Number 6 in the Sir Chocolate series: Five zoo animals go missing and Sir Chocolate needs to find them. Includes five lovely new recipes.

Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook

Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on a fun adventure to discover why the milkshake rain is pale and white.

Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Oftenthey come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.

Open a new door

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the lives of the poets, Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporates and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style, haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colourful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:

What drives me to write?

To share my innermost thoughts

The answer is clear

It’s my personal attempt

To make some sense of this world.

Inspiration blossoms

Like the unfurling petals

Of the Desert Rose

Behind Closed Doors

What goes on behind closed doors: in the boardroom, after death, in the home, during lockdown, and in nature? This collection of poems, ranging from rhyming verse to twisted nursery rhymes, captures the emotions and thoughts people hide behind the masks they present to the world.

                                                                                          What thoughts are hidden

                                                                                          Behind her immobile face

                                                                                             Quite expressionless

                                                                                           Eyes cold and indifferent

                                                                                          Scrutinising me – hawk like

This book includes some of Robbie Cheadle’s spectacular fondant art and cakes.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s books

A Ghost and His Gold

After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summonses a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904. 

Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?  

After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lies in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.

Through the Nethergate

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.

In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.

With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle author biography

Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African writer and poet specialising in historical, paranormal, and horror novels and short stories. She is an avid reader in these genres and her writing has been influenced by famous authors including Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Amor Towles, Stephen Crane, Enrich Maria Remarque, George Orwell, Stephen King, and Colleen McCullough.

Roberta has short stories and poems in several anthologies and has 2 published novels, Through the Nethergate, a historical supernatural fantasy, and A Ghost and His Gold, a historical paranormal novel set in South Africa.

Roberta has 9 children’s books published under the name Robbie Cheadle.

Roberta was educated at the University of South Africa where she achieved a Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1996 and a Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1997. She was admitted as a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2000. 

Roberta has worked in corporate finance from 2001 until the present date and has written 7 publications relating to investing in Africa. She has won several awards over her 20-year career in the category of Transactional Support Services.

Purchase Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s books

TSL Books (paperback) (ebook) A Ghost and His Gold:

Through the Nethergate:

Amazon US

Here is my review of While the Bombs Fell:

An interesting compilation of memories of a young girl during wartime in Britain. The author relays her mother, Elsie’s memoirs of what transpired in her day-to-day life growing up during WWll.

We see life through the eyes of Elsie who didn’t know what was going on around her with the war because of her young age. All she knew was she was cold and hungry and loved to have some sweets at Christmas time. She remembers the fun she had with her siblings and curling up in bed together on cold nights to keep warm. She remembers helping her mother make Christmas pudding and receiving a beautiful doll as a Christmas present.

Elsie lived on a farm with cows and chickens and other animals around. She was fortunate to have eggs and milk daily. Others were not as fortunate. She didn’t realize the hardships caused by war but she and her family adjusted and were resilient. Her father was a farmer who delivered milk daily while her mother kept the home clean and children fed and cared for even if they had very little to eat at times.

This story displays the tenacity, strength, courage and resourcefulness of this generation of people, known as the greatest generation of all times. We, today, could not do what these amazing people did to survive. We are too spoiled and cosseted in our ways and life styles. We can’t imagine a time where war came to our doorstep. Thank God for that.

A lovely story for young adults to read in order to learn about life during the toughest of times. The collection of recipes at the end of the book is a nice touch to further display what these truly courageous and resilient people had to use daily to survive.

Here is my review of Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook:

This is a yummy storybook that made my mouth water. Kids will love it and all the lovely fairies on each page. It is written in a delightful and musical rhyme.

The author wrote a creative and entertaining series for young children to enjoy. With her expertise in creating fondant art she has brought this story to life for all to see. At the end of the book there is a cookbook with wonderful confections to bake and enjoy. I will be trying some of these soon.

I received a copy of this book without compensation and chose to review it.

Thank you so much, Robbie, for coming today. It was fascinating to learn more about you and your books. My readers and I will have plenty to look forward to when you complete all these projects. Please feel free to come back again when you have some of them completed. It was a pleasure to host you once again.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today to read this post. I hope you enjoyed learning more about this talented author. Please check out her links above for some enjoyable reading.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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135 Responses to Interview an author with Author Robbie Cheadle aka Roberta Cheadle!

  1. Check it out, two incredibly diverse authors having a chat! Always fun where Robbie is concerned!!

  2. Darlene says:

    Robbie is the most ambitious and hard working author I know. I can´t imagine juggling as many projects as she does. And she does it all so well! A great interview.

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  4. Jane Risdon says:

    Fab interview, corporate finance is a bit heady, so I can see why your books are your hobby and your place of sanity. Loved this. Great news rea all your new books. Good luck and continued success xx

  5. Great interview. Have shared on Twitter.

  6. Jan Sikes says:

    What a fantastic interview! Thank you, Janice, for hosting and congrats to Robbie!

  7. Hi Janice, thank you for hosting me with this post. I wasn’t able to comment on your blog from my iphone or ipad for some strange reason and we only arrived back home a few hours ago.

  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Janice Spina from Jemsbooks has hosted me with a lovely author interview. Janice is the author of an amazing variety of wonderful books from children’s pictures books to adult novels. Do take a look around while you are there. Thank you, Janice.

  9. Thank you, Robbie and Janice, for sharing. Such a joy to read.
    Robbie, I admire your ambition. Five books! That’s amazing. I’m really enjoying your pictures and videos from your travels. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    A fabulous review, Janice. Bravo to Robbie.
    Wishing you both a wonderful day and week ahead! 🙂

  10. Jennie says:

    Wonderful interview, Janice!

  11. Jim Borden says:

    I am continually impressed with Robbie’s work ethic. I found it interesting that it was the writing for her job that led her to discover her love of writing in general, and the rest is history.

    I don’t know how she keeps track of so many different projects. If I ever wrote a book, it would be just one book at a time!

  12. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Thank you, Janice, for sharing this amazing interview with readers. I’m stunned by everything Robbie has accomplished. And dealing with corporate finance?? Oh My Goodness! Bravo, Robbie. 😊

  13. Another excellent interview for Robbie. Thanks for hosting, Jem. I know what you mean, Robbie, about needing a creative break from finance. I started my dance obsession while working for a finance company. I can’t believe how many projects you are working on–4 anthologies and 5 other books! Yikes!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Jacqui, for stopping by! 🤗 Yes, I agree, Robbie is a busy lady!

    • HI Jacqui, I think it is the type of people we are that we need a creative outlet. We are creatives and it is essential for our well being. My husband has no such requirements. I am happy to say that the poetry anthology and two short stories are complete as well as the essay and questions for the Ask the Authors anthology. I have one more short story to go and I’ve taken on another anthology. I’ve also started a new poetry compilation featuring poems about African and its landscape and animals.

  14. Daniel Kemp says:

    It sounds as if you’re very busy, Robbie. You have my admiration and respect. The very best of luck to you.

  15. memadtwo says:

    You have a full plate indeed Robbie! I have no doubts you will see everything through to completion. (K)

  16. A very engaging interview! She certainly does have a lot of book project irons in the fire.

  17. Robbie’s talented in so many different ways, Janice. It was lovely to see her here and learn a little more about her. I have no idea how she keeps all those irons in the fire. Five book projects with four anthology entries on top of that! I’m nearly choking in amazement. I can barely handle one thing at a time, and two is the limit. My favorite of her novels so far is While the Bombs Fell, and I adored her poetry book Behind Closed Doors. I wish Robbie the best of luck with her amazing talent and busy schedule. Wonderful interview.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Diana, for stopping by. Yes, I agree. Robbie is a busy bee with so many irons in the fire! 🙏

    • Hi Diana, thank you for your lovely comments. I am planning to finish The Soldier and the Radium Girl before going back to the other five books. I am enjoying the research very much. It is different from A Ghost and His Gold as the paranormal element is gentle and loving rather than scary. I am delighted you enjoyed those two books, While the Bombs Fell does the best of my books as far as sales go. It is popular. You also manage to write a lot and I can’t believe the hours you put in during one day. I can’t write for such a long time, it makes me tired.

  18. My compliments, Roberta, for your perseverance you have shown through the years in order to be not only successful in the accounting sector but also as a writer!

  19. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great interview! You have so many projects going, and it’s great you do a job that fulfills you!

  20. Good interview! The Soldier and the Radium Girl is going to be interesting. The dial painters suffered quite a bit!

  21. Wonderful interview, Robbie. You are always a busy bee. 🙂

  22. TanGental says:

    I’m always a touch breathless when I read what Robbie is currently doing. A few years ago I went to the Isle of Lewes and watched a weaver making Harris Tweed on an old loom, using his bicycle to power the shuttle. It was exhausting. I imagine Robbie next to her keyboard peddling madly, a word weaver extraordinaire. It’s the only thing that explains her output, unless of course she’s been cloned. Now there’s another story for her. Thanks both for this insight; I need to go and turn the lights off and play some whale music….

  23. frenchc1955 says:

    This is a wonderful interview!

  24. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please enjoy this wonderful interview with the excellent writer, Robbie Cheadle! Also, please treat yourself and buy her books!

  25. A wonderful interview and a nice selection of reviews.

  26. petespringerauthor says:

    Excellent interview. I particularly liked Robbie’s advice for authors (determined, thick-skinned, and dedicated). Sounds like a winning combination to me.

  27. You are very determined, Janice, just look at how many wonderful books you have. And you win so many awards too. You are an inspiration.

  28. Thank you for sharing another wonderful interview. Robbie is a real role model for multitasking, and the different topics of her books are all so interesting. Every book is worth to read, and honestly they for baking with children have also a delicious effect. :-)) Best wishes, Michael

  29. jjspina says:

    Thank you, Michael! 💕

  30. Baydreamer says:

    Hi Janice, thank you for hosting Robbie in such a wonderful interview. My head is still spinning from reading about all the irons she has in the fire! I loved Behind Close Doors and am currently working on a review. I have yet to dive into her other books, but I know I’ll enjoy them as well. She is one talented writer and I enjoyed learning more about her and how her career lead her into writing poetry and fiction. I also liked her advice for authors. I am in awe. Congrats to Robbie on all her accomplishments.
    ~Lauren ❤️

  31. markbierman says:

    Great interview, Robbie. You certainly do have many irons in the fire. Wow! How do you do it? Thanks for hosting and doing such an excellent interview, Janice.

  32. Wonderful showcase for you Robbie and terrific reviews for your books… thanks Janice and hugs to you both ♥

  33. jjspina says:

    Thank you so much, Sally! I’m working hard to follow your example of hospitality. 💕🤗

  34. Resa says:

    Great in depth interview Janice and Robbie, thank you!! Wow, Robbie I’m thrown that your day job is in Corporate finance. Creativity and the money world seem to be like mixing oil and water, to me.
    Power to you!!!

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