Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray.
Cheryl obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Wayne State University. As a student, she took a fiction writing course as an elective and earned an A in what would soon become her favorite subject. While at Wayne, she also entered a writing contest, for which she wrote a novel in a week, without any revisions, and received an honorable mention along with a check for twenty-five dollars. It was then that she wondered if, with more time and focus, her dream of creating memorable characters could perhaps flourish into a long-term career.
After graduating from college, Cheryl held various jobs before accepting an entry-level position with Chrysler Financial. Each promotion brought her to a new locale from Syracuse, New York, to Overland Park, Kansas; Keller, Texas; and Orlando, Florida. While these positions provided financial stability, her desire to write fiction remained. Every night and weekend, she worked on her first novel, Memories of Yesterday, which she initially self-published in 2002. It was later picked up by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Books, and rereleased in 2004 under the title If It Ain’t One Thing.
For NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me.
One day in 2009, after working for Chrysler Financial for eleven years, Cheryl walked into the office and found she could no longer log onto her computer. It didn’t take long for her to realize she wasn’t alone. Many employees were summoned to the center of a large work area and told this day was their last. The business was one of many that collapsed during the Great Recession and was closing in phases—Cheryl’s department was part of the first. Each employee was provided a severance package, and oddly, Cheryl felt encouraged. She made up her mind that day to start writing full-time.
Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.
Cheryl currently resides in the Sunshine State with plans to return to her hometown Detroit shortly. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. Though she long operated under a self-imposed TV ban, that ended abruptly when she became hooked on Atlanta, Queen Sugar, and Insecure—the crisp, realistic dialogue and memorable characters drew her right back in. While writing is her first love, making delicious green smoothies is easily her second. She also enjoys spoiling her miniature Schnauzer and whipping up healthy meals from recipes she finds online.