A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour
A Ghost and His Gold
by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
It is my pleasure to welcome Roberta Eaton Cheadle to Escape With Dollycas today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an author with 8 published children’s books, 2 young adult books, one a historical fictionalized memoir and the other a supernatural fantasy with a strong historical influence. I also have 1 published poetry book and stories in 8 anthologies. My latest novel for adults is a paranormal historical book set partially during the Great South African War.
I published my first children’s book in August 2016 and have not looked back since them. I have one self-published book, Open a new door, a collection of poetry, and my other books are published through TSL Publications in the United Kingdom.
I have a full-time job as the head of the capital markets team at my firm. I have been in corporate finance for over twenty years and during this time I have written several publications about investing in Africa and the potential impact of the fourth industrial revolution on various African countries.
I am married with two sons, both of whom are teenagers. My younger son, Michael, co-authored the Sir Chocolate series of books with me. He has outgrown these books for the time being and I am not expecting to write any more in this series as the writing of these books was a collaboration with Michael.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I am always reading up about historical events and ghost stories and they often evolve into story ideas. When a particular story or event strikes my fancy as a novel idea, I then research the entire outline of the historical event or situation.
Once I have this general overview in my mind, I start writing my story, working towards the ending I have already planned. I always have a basic outline and an ending in my mind when I start writing a story. I have discovered that I need to have an end goal to aim for with my novels, even if the middle often goes off in a different direction to what I originally planned. This method keeps my writing on track and prevents to much distraction and deviation with the plot. It also ensures I don’t get halfway through a book and then realise I have no ideas for the ending. Weak endings in books is something I dislike intensely, and they are common, even among well know and famous writers.
Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?
No, my biggest problem is a lack of time to write all the books I would like too. Historical fiction is very time intensive and involves a lot of research so my word count in a day is rarely over 1, 000 words in 2 – 3 hours.
To date, writer’s block has not reared its head.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Writing and publishing a book is a huge commitment of time and effort. A Ghost and His Gold took me two years to research, write and edit and I wrote during weekends and holidays and whenever else I got the chance to write.
The road to publication is a hard one and you have to love writing and be open to comments and positive criticism from other people to write the best book you can.
When you are not writing what do you like to do?
I work full time and have a family, so I don’t have that much spare time. I write on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am to 8.30am and I like to read for at least 1 hour every evening before bed. If I have any other free time, I enjoy baking and cake art and going for walks in the local park.
How has the COVID pandemic affected you and your writing?
The pandemic has made my work much busier and it has encroached on my evenings and weekends. This has reduced my time for writing, and I can get a little grumpy about it when I can’t write for a few weeks. Writing is like a meditation for me and it helps relieve my work stress so when work takes over everything in my life, I have no release valve for tension. My doctor told me recently “I must get a life and not work all the time.” I think that says it all.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I like visiting the UK and Europe. I have been to Scotland and a number of places in the UK, including spending time in London. I have also visited Finland, Italy, and Budapest. I would like to see more of Europe and also visit Glastonbury in the UK. Glastonbury and London were on our agenda for our 2020 visit, but obviously that didn’t happen.
What is next on the horizon for you?
In the short term, fellow author, Kaye Lynne Booth, and I have copied an anthology of poetry called Poetry Treasures which will be published early in May 2021.
I am also finalizing a second book of poetry called, Behind closed doors, a collection of poetry, which will be published later this year.
In the medium term, I am continuing to focus my attention on writing for adults in the paranormal historical genre. I am currently writing a new novel called The Soldier and the Radium Girl which is about the American participation in WW1 and the female dial painters at the factories that produced glow-in-the-dark watches for use in the trenches.
I am also working on a sequel to my book, While the Bombs Fell, a fictionalized account of my mother’s life growing up in a small English town during WWII.
In the longer term, I have plans for a three-book series about South African history from the 1820 settlers through to the end of the Anglo Zulu War.
Thank you Robbie for stopping by today!
Keep reading to learn about her latest release!
About A Ghost And His Gold
A Ghost and His Gold
Publisher TSL Publications (1/27/2021)
Number of Pages 264 pages
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 lie 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.
More Robbie Eaton Cheadle
Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s supernatural stories combine fabulous paranormal elements with fascinating historical facts.
Children’s picture books – available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook
Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)
While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with Elsie Hancy Eaton)
Open a new door (co-authored with Kim Blades)
Supernatural fantasy YA novel:
Through the Nethergate
Supernatural historical adult novel:
Horror Anthologies (edited by Dan Alatorre):
Wings & Fire
Paranormal Anthologies (edited by Kaye Lynne Booth):
Spirits of the West
Whispers of the Past
Murder mystery Anthology (edited by Stephen Bentley)
Death Among Us
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Great Escapes Praise for A Ghost and His Gold
by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Eaton cleverly uses the past to hint about the future… and it works very well. I enjoy her ability to paint characters in a realistic light, both positive and negative attributes.
~This Is My Truth Now
Roberta brought to life a one-of-a-kind paranormal story that’s jam-packed rich South African history. I learned a lot of extremely interesting facts about the wars that took place in South Africa in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
~Author, Didi Oviatt
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The Detecting Duchess (Victorian Bookshop Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – London, England
JDP Press (May 18, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
E-Book ASIN: B071J129MG
The only thing standing between Georgia and her fairy-tale wedding is a murder. Or two.
When a young woman pleads for help from Georgia Fenchurch in locating a missing Crown investigator, Georgia resists. Her wedding is only a week away. Before she can say no, she’s knocked to the ground by an assailant attempting to kill the young woman.
Georgia now feels she must help. She soon finds herself up to her wedding veil in stolen treasure and coded letters. With the Duke of Blackford’s help, Georgia follows a trail of missing men and dead bodies. Every victim had one thing in common – a desire to possess a fortune in gold.
In between the society balls and social calls of late Victorian London, Georgia works on her last case before the big day. Will she stop a ruthless killer in time? Or will Georgia find getting to the altar on time is going to be murder?
When I reviewed The Conspiring Woman at the end of 2015 I thought that was the final book in this fantastic series but author Kate Parker wasn’t quite done with these characters. As a reader I was thrilled to receive this book and visit these characters one last time.
Georgia Fenchurch should be concentrating on her wedding plans as it is just 8 days away but when a young woman is attacked right before her eyes she can’t say no to one last investigation before she says “I Do”.
Her friends are not happy but her groom, the Duke of Blackford, offers his assistance in hopes to wrap the investigation as quickly as possible. Instead people go missing and more bodies pile up. A missing treasure trove of gold seems to be what all the victims have in common. Can Georgia stay safe and find the killer and gold and still make it to the church on time??
As expected the author has given us quite an intriguing mystery. It starts in Egypt with a trunk that was supposed to be filled with gold coins, payment owed by Egyptian government to various European banks, turns out to be filled with nails. The gold had been stolen, Eugenie Munroe’s uncle has been killed, the man she traveled to London with, Mr. Burke, has gone missing, and another man has been murdered. Eugenie wants the man who killed her uncle brought to justice and it seems all the suspects have left Egypt for the cooler Summer of England. So Georgia and The Archivist Society are on the case.
Ms. Parker takes us back in time as only she can. Her words paint wonderful pictures in your mind of Victorian England as we follow Georgia as she goes to society balls and social calls and investigates. I totally escaped into this one. I felt like I was on Georgia’s shoulder from the first page to the last.
In addition to the characters we have come to love from the previous stories we are introduced a whole new contingent that arrives from Egypt, all the suspects. Some are eliminated because they are killed and Georgia is warned to stop asking questions. She doesn’t give up and as the story continues the tension ramps up to a scary and surprising conclusion.
Do Georgia and Blackford tie the knot?? You are going to have to read the story yourself to find out.
I have loved every book in this series. I recommend reading this series in order to follow the progression but they each can be read on their own. Kudos Kate, this is my favorite book in the series!
Kate began reading Agatha Christie mysteries and the Nancy Drew books while her classmates were reading Dick and Jane. She particularly likes historical mysteries and the feeling of time travel a good historical book can give the reader. Combined with her love of late Victorian to World War II architecture and fashions, she found an outlet for the stories and characters that fill her head by writing The Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and The Deadly series, as well as taking part in the Christmas Revels anthologies.
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Blackberry Winter: A Novel
Plume (September 25, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Paperback: 320 pages
Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways…
What a wonderful story! A story that was inspired by a song the author just happened to hear one day on the radio. I am amazed how authors take just a couple of words and create such wonder for us to read and enjoy.
A mystery entwined with emotions so raw. Mothers will feel this story not only in their hearts but in their souls. The love a mother has for a child cannot be measured. The lengths that mothers will go to for their children is infinite. The loss of a child leaves an imprint on your very being. Nothing is ever the same. Jio takes us into the lives of two women that are grieving, just trying to get through the days.
The main characters of Vera and Claire are fleshed out and so real. I was also drawn to Charles. His heart was in the right place but circumstances of the times made things difficult. I had hoped for a little different resolution but as I kept reading and the story started to mesh the pages couldn’t turn fast enough. The story had to play out just as it did for the surprise at the end.
This is a book you are going to want on your keeper shelf. It along with the other books by this author are going to become the classics of this time. Stories we want to share and read over and over again.
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