Cheryl Gillespie


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

Who most influenced your love of reading?
My mother was the one who instilled the love of reading in me at an early age.  It started with a large book of fairytales, of Jack And The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel And Gretel, Chicken Little, Cinderella, and many more.  As I got older, she would read mysteries like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden.  Even in my adult years, my mother has read to me when books were not available in Braille which is my preferred method of reading
What gave you the idea for your children's book?
I use to read a lot of stories to my niece when she was little, via print-braille picture 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, allow children a glimpse inside the life of someone who is blind.
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Tigger and Jasper's New Home
Price: $2.99 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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