Many of you know today’s author from her children’s books (I dream of living in Chocolate Land), poetry, the book she co-authored with her mother, and extraordinary baking creations. But did you also know she’s the author of a new young adult horror book? Welcome Roberta (Robbie) Cheadle!
Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?
I would prefer to walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight. That is the witching hour and there is no telling what interesting ghosts you might meet during your stroll. Graveyards frequently contain the bodies of people from many different eras and, as many people don’t die badly, these spirits would be peaceable and have no reason to scare or haunt anyone. In the UK, many graveyards are up to three people deep – just think of the fascinating history these ghosts could share on a moonlight stroll through their tombstones.
Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
I would never chose to be a werewolf as I do not like a lot of body hair. I also don’t think that werewolves are glamorous, beautiful or subtle in any way. They kill in the most basic and savage way.
Vampires, on the other hand, are described as being very beautiful in both Dracula by Bram Stoker and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. If you have to be one of the undead, why not be a beautiful one? They also have an air of sophistication, age and history about them which are all things I like.
Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?
Definitely I would prefer to take my chances with Jack Torrance at the Overlook. My reasons for this are simple. Very few of the students at the prom attended by Carrie survived while, Danny, Wendy and Halloran all survived their experience with Jack as a murderer. In addition, in the sequel to The Shining, Jack’s ghost helps Danny to overcome at frightening and horrific situation. He had some good lurking inside him. Carrie completely cracked when she was humiliated in public and showed no mercy.
What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?
My readers may [or may not] be surprised to know how obsessive I am. Throughout my life I have had obsessions that have ranked above nearly everything else except for my direct family. These have been reading, exercise, studying to become a chartered accountant, teaching Sunday school, writing my publications about investing in Africa, baking, fondant art and now writing. One day my interest may change and I may never set pen to paper again. Blogging is also an obsession of mine as I spend approximately 3 hours a day doing it.
People often ask how I get as much done as I do and I think the reason is that I am obsessive about most things I enjoy including my job and, currently my writing and blogging, and that results in my focusing completely and with great determination on those particular things. I find time for these things above most other occupations, except my boys who always get my time and attention when they need it.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Currently, I have four books in various stages of completion. The first is the second book in the Silly Willy series called Silly Willy goes to London. This one is fairly complete but I have been quite distracted with my new passion for writing for adults and young adults. I am a creature of obsessions and my ghost stories and supernatural writings are the latest in a series.
I have started book 2 in my mother’s story about growing up during and after WW2 in Bungay, Suffolk. I have a lot of her notes and need to settle down to some serious writing on this one. It will be called After the Bombs Fell.
I am nearly finished a novella about the Anglo Boer War from the perspective of the Afrikaaners. This story takes the form of a supernatural tale and is called A Ghost and His Gold. I am toying with the idea of writing a second supernatural novella to include with this first one about the ghost of an 1820s female settler from the UK.
I am also 40 000 words into my dystopian novel about a future world that is suffering the effects of global warming and the fourth industrial revolution. I put this one aside in order to finish A Ghost and His Gold. My plan is to send the novella for editing and then carry on with Russian roulette, anyone?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing, I like to work [especially when I am busy with an interesting transaction with lots of complications], bake and do fondant art. I entertain my family for tea every second Sunday and I usually bake all the goodies for these teas. I also entertain my family [up to 21 adults and children] on all high days and holidays like Christmas, Easter and my Mom’s birthday.
Can one girl banish evil?
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.
A clever melding of fiction and historical facts.
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.
Robbie has recently branched into young adult and adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie’s first supernatural, young adult book, Through the Nethergate, published as Roberta Eaton Cheadle has recently become available
Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre, and three short stories in the short story murder mystery collection, Death Among Us, edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
Robbie has also recently published a poetry collection, Open a new door, together with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.
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