Chit Chatting – Featured Author #Robbie Cheadle with @EnigmaSeries

I am guest posting over at Rox Burkey lovely blog today. Rox has asked me all sorts of questions about my past and my writing and I hope you will go over and have a read. While you are there, have a look around as Rox is a terrific writer and the co-author of a number of great books.

Thank you, Rox.

Today I am delighted to share my special guest with you. She is a creative author of multiple genres, cooking artist, and devoted to her family. Roberta Cheadle, or Robbie from our first meeting, is a master chef at stories coupled with scrumptious eats. Trust me her recipes are fun, doable, and delicious.

Robbie, let’s start off by sharing a bit of your fascinating early years, and your migration to South Africa.

Hi Rox, Thank you for inviting me over to your lovely blog, I am delighted to be here.

I was born in London in the UK. When my biological father died, leaving my mom alone with a three-month-old baby, we moved back to my mother’s hometown of Bungay, Suffolk in the UK. When I was nine-months old my mother made the decision to move to South Africa. Her older sister, Wendy, lived in South Africa and she offered to look after me while my mother worked. We travelled by ship and arrived at the port city of Durban in December of that year.

My mother got herself a job in a busy hotel in Johannesburg and when I was 18 months old, she met my dad, Dean. They were married when I was two years old.

I attended high school in Johannesburg and took a job as a junior bookkeeper after I finished my matric year. I was 17 years old, a year younger than my peer group. I enrolled to study at The University of South Africa, a correspondence university, and studied a Batchelor of Accounting. I passed my three-year course with distinction and in 1997 I started my three-year article period at KPMG in Johannesburg. The firm paid for me to continue my studies part time and obtain the necessary Honours in Accounting degree. I then did my board examinations and at the end of 1999 I qualified as a CA(SA). I completed my qualification in six years instead of the usual seven.

After my articles, I moved into corporate finance with a focus on stock exchange related work. I trained to become a reporting accounting specialist and an approved executive for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. I also learned about other stock exchanges all over the world. This is currently still my career.

I met my husband in my first year of articles and we were married in 2001. We now have two lovely sons who are both teenagers and who are currently attending high school.

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About Rox Burkey

Rox Burkey is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and the co-author of the award-winning books of the Enigma Series and short stories. She is also a big reader. She reads a variety of genres and provides detailed reviews posted on and Amazon. She loves to talk with authors and share what they love about writing their masterpieces. ~ Twitter:  @1rburkey

You can find out more about Rox Burkey and her co-author, Charles Breakfield here:

Breakfield and Burkey

You can find out more about RRBC here:

Rox, together with RRBC, hosts a fabulous ‘Rave Waves’ talk show called Eyes On The Book which you can learn more about here:

Rox was kind enough to interview my for Eyes On the Book earlier this month and you can watch the show here:

65 thoughts on “Chit Chatting – Featured Author #Robbie Cheadle with @EnigmaSeries

      1. Hello Robbie! Its always nice to meet you. Yes, we have something like a “half lockdown”. Means, schools, shops and churches are open, restaurants are closed, and we are wearing masks whereever more than three persons meeting. Hope you are staying well, without lockdown.

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      2. HI Michael, I am still working from home and so is my husband. We have to wear masks everywhere outside of our homes. All shops and companies are required to provide hand sanitiser before people can enter their premises. If I go to a mall, I must sanitise my hands at each and every shop. Everything is open, but we have to comply with the masks and hygiene restrictions.


  1. I just finished listening to your interview. I enjoyed learning how you got your start as a fondant artist. I appreciated your comment about your cakes and other creations being entirely edible. (Unlike a certain cake boss, who shall go unnamed. 🙂

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    1. Haha, naughty of me to say that, but I think it is cheating. Food art should be edible not construction works. Thanks, Liz, I am quite shy so I find these live recordings quite a strain, but Rox is very nice and made it an easy process.

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  2. I knew a bit about Rox but nothing about your personal history, Robbie. An accounting degree with a seat on the Johannesburg stock exchange – wow! What a blend of reality and fantasy you are. Most certainly both sides of your brain get a workout daily. Thank you Rox for hosting, and you, Robbie, for the revelations here. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marian. I am glad you enjoyed this interview. I always have fun responding to questions about my life. They make me think and I discover interesting things about myself that I never focused on before. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving today.


  3. I enjoyed learning more about your life and your writing process, Robbie. You always have so many things going on. I did not know you were planning a follow-up book for While the Bombs Fell. Now that you’ve written books with one of your sons, and one with your mom (and another one in the works), it might be time to do one with your husband. Pretty great that you have him as a proofreader.

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    1. Hi Pete, thanks for visiting and commenting. Terence is better as a proofreader [very critical] than a co-author of a book. He is a fantastic auditor, but not a man of great creative output. In other words, I would never write with him [giggle].

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    1. Hi Norah, Terence took a few photos of me and I didn’t like them. This was one of his efforts. Greg took some photographs of me and they were even worse so I went with the one I thought was the best. I do not have many photographs of myself. All my photographs are of my boys, places, and flowers.


  4. This is so fascinating, Robbie. I feel like I know you in so many ways, but I never knew how you ended up in S. Africa and how your mom found love there, and how you grew up with a loving father. And your career! Holy Moly. Isn’t life grand? xo

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I am pleased you enjoyed this post and video. RRBC is a popular book club in the writing community. I found it because a lot of my blogging friends are members. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and and enjoying a long weekend.

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  5. How exciting, Robbie! Congratulations on the interview over at Rox’s site. I was sad to read that there will be no more Sir Chocolate books. Perhaps Michael will have a renewed interest for it in the coming years! Also, great about the YouTube group panel ~ Fun!

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    1. Thank you, Christy, it is fun to be part of an on-line book club. I belong to two, Rosie’s book club and RRBC. They are quite different as RRBC also offers a lot of promotional opportunities for writers and authors, in addition to the book club. Maybe Michael will regain interest later in life. In the meantime, I am planning some fondant art books of my own.

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  6. Fabulous interview Robbie. I was sad to learn it’s an end of an era with your son and the Sir Chocolate books, but they are now evergreen and document of time for you both to cherish. And once again, you are a dynamo. I don’t know how you get all you do done! 🙂

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    1. My mother is very adventurous, Barbara. She’s really quite brave to have travelled to South Africa with a small child. She did it because she wanted the best for me and thought the crèches in the UK for young children weren’t nice.

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  7. Great interview, Robbie. I got a much clearer idea about your life, both past and current. It’s amazing to read about all you’ve achieved. I’m sure there is much more to come. Good luck with everything and all the best to your family.

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  8. I’m so glad I read this post Robbie. Got to know more about you. Excellent interview. I really need to catch up on my reading. Its like I’ve been on a roller coaster ride the last few months.

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