Cheryl Gillespie

Biography

Cheryl Louise Gillespie, blind from early childhood, was born in Perth Andover, New Brunswick Canada. Her family lived in Grand Falls and Woodstock before settling in Fredericton NB.
Tigger and Jasper’s New Home is a story of true events experienced by the author and her two cats. Cheryl wrote this book with the hope of introducing a blind character to young children in a humourous and gentle manner.
After graduating from Fredericton High School, Cheryl studied through the Royal Conservatory of Music and attained First Class Honours in piano, as well as in music theory and history. Private singing lessons have also been an important part of her music training. In 1993, she was the recipient of the Stanley B. Cassidy Memorial Award, presented by The Fredericton Music Society, for her dedication to excellence and personal achievements. As a member of the Fredericton Music Teachers’ Association, Cheryl continues to teach piano lessons which has been her passionate devotion since 1986.

Smashwords Interview

Did you go to regular public school in Canada?
Yes, no, and yes! Being frequently in hospital as a child, I didn’t start grade 1 until I was 7 years old, and even then, it was halfway through the school year. I clearly remember entering public school on February 2nd, in Woodstock NB, Canada. It was a struggle for me since my vision was quickly fading. By the time I reached grade 3, I attended a segregated school for the blind in Halifax Nova Scotia. After 6 lonely years spent away from my family back in New Brunswick, I, as a stubborn teenager, called home and with great resolve told my mother, “I will either go to school at home, or I will simply quit!” My mother, knowing my determination, made all the arrangements, and I successfully completed my public school education from grades 9 through 12.
What gave you the idea for your book?
I use to read a lot of stories to my niece when she was very young via print-braille books. After experiencing some of the antics of my cats, Tigger and Jasper, I thought that this would be a great story for kids, and at the same time give children a glimpse inside the life of someone who is blind.
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Where to find Cheryl Gillespie online

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Books

Tigger and Jasper's New Home
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A heart warming story of two KITTENS who through amusing happenings in their new home, soon learn that Christie, their guardian, is BLIND. Sharing her TRUE experiences of Tigger and Jasper, author Cheryl Gillespie,blind from early childhood, gently acquaints children to Christie, a young blind woman.

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