My daughter, Valerie Doshier, created this character. It is based on her travels and life as a child. Cheeky looks like Valerie when she was a child-the big pink glasses, the funny outfits, and the pigtails.
My daughter died tragically from an aggressive brain tumor when she was 30 years old. She passed from this life on April 11, 2016. Her request of me and her art partner, Joshua Finley, was to bring her dream into reality. She left me many pages in a notebook of ideas for the Cheeky book series. We talked about Cheeky almost daily on the phone. Valerie lived in Denver and was an artist, singer, model, and creative writer. She left explicit instructions on the framework for the book series. Each book has to have these three themes woven into the story: a self-esteem lesson, a family values lesson, and a conservation lesson.
The coloring book was released in December 2016 as an introduction to the book series. You’re currently in possession of the first book in the series, Cheeky MaNeeky Goes To Texas! Valerie wanted the series to appeal to all children, boy or girl. No princess story here!
The stories are written by me, her mother. I write them inspired by her unique spirit and all her childhood antics. The illustrations are done by her art partner and treasured friend, the talented Joshua Finley.
The vision and dream are to entertain and inspire children in hopes they will make this planet a better place. As Cheeky would say, “Live your life with your own style.”
Thank you for helping us make this amazing vision of Valerie’s a reality.
D’Ann Swain and Team Cheeky