Cheketa Tinsley is an authorvist, entrepreneur, healer, metaphysicist, and homemaker. Prior to business ownership, she had a corporate career in accounting and purchasing. With child and family advocacy at her core, Cheketa was honored at the Fourth Annual Saturday Academy Sistah Summit hosted by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences for her work to inspire black women.
One could say, Cheketa graduated cum laude from the School of Hard Knocks. At a very young age, she was burdened with the responsibilities of raising her seven brothers and sisters after they were abandoned by their alcoholic mother. Cheketa became a mother, herself, at just fifteen years old. A short time later, she received a ten-year sentence for drug trafficking. She earned an early release through the prison’s FIST bootcamp (First Incarceration Shock Treatment) program at the Roederer Correctional Complex for Men after serving less than a year of incarceration. “Prison bootcamp was the hardest thing that I’d tried and actually completed. It was definitely a life changing experience for me. I earned a medal for graduating at the top of my platoon. After that, I knew without a doubt that there was nothing that I couldn’t do. I was an anomaly. I was unbreakable,” Cheketa often shares during guest speaking appearances.
When she’s not writing, Cheketa is a Life Purpose Coach and uses unconventional sciences, such as, astrology and numerology as guides. She has two shape-shifting daughters, four magical grandsons and resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her energy wielding husband, and three wild beasts.
“Strange Clouds has revealed another talent expressed by one who has flown with her gifts under the radar. I already knew Cheketa as a brilliant businesswoman and survivor of a life filled with serious hard knocks along the way. Her personal story would have made a less persistent and confident person succumb to paralyzing depression. In ‘Strange Clouds’ she rises again! Through her characters, Cheketa, channels important lessons for an intergenerational wake-up call.” Bani Hines-Hudson (University of Louisville Saturday Academy Sistah Summit)
“Shoutout to @strangeclouds502 for this book. If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, pick this up. Even I, a mystery fanatic found myself gravitated towards this book lol.” Messiah Harris (son of T.I.)