What were your hobbies as a child? Did you read a lot of children books?
As a child my hobbies were art, making figures out of corncobs, shells, clay and anything else I could find as well as reading. I was a big reader and finished all the books in the Children’s Section of our library by the time I was nine years old. I then moved on to the Adult Section although I had to get my mom to check the books out on her library cards.
What were your dreams as a child? What other day jobs you have had before being an author?
When I was a child, I wanted to be a singer and a dancer. After I finished school, I took a gap year when I worked in several different jobs of a reception and secretarial nature. I then went to university and studied to become a chartered accountant (“CA”). After completing a degree and then an honours degree in accounting, I did three years of articles at KPMG in Johannesburg. I passed my Board examinations in 1999 and qualified as a CA in 2000. In 2000, I moved out of auditing and into corporate finance. I still work in corporate finance and do all the documentation for companies with either debt or equity listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. I also work with a number of other stock exchanges, primarily in London, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.
What is the hardest thing about writing children books? Why did you decide to write all your children’s books under Robbie Cheadle?
I don’t find writing books for children difficult. I relate well to children and know how to interest them as I worked as a teacher in a local Sunday School for six years. I write my children’s books using the name Robbie Cheadle because Robbie is the name most people call me. Cheadle is my married name and my husband preferred that I use it to publish my books. I have just published my first adult novel, Through the Nethergate, which is published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Roberta is my full name and Eaton is my maiden name. I have recently submitted an adult novella called A Ghost and his Gold to my editor for comments. This novella should be published in March 2020.
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