Updated: Apr 18, 2018
Robert “Bo” Chaney was raised in the Englewood area of Chicago, Illinois. His experience includes teaching in urban schools for 5 years and serving in the Rockford, Illinois fire service, currently in his 14th year. Bo has found that there is a misconception that no one cares about our youth. As a result of his personal experiences as well as the interactions that he has had with today’s young people, he has a passion to reach as many young adults as he can. Throughout his adult life, Bo has successfully mentored many young, underserved, minority males, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to navigate school and the workplace. Bo has spent numerous hours developing curriculum that is customized to meet the needs of underserved youth. Through his dedication, he's found ways to prepare young people for the workforce, through strategic lessons and connections which “uncover the unknown.”
The Adventures of Rob and Rocky begin with two brothers who walk to school and discuss what they want to be when they grow up. Throughout their adventure they will explore a host of career options. Meet the Author behind the story, Robert " Bo" Chaney
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:If there was a lesson that I could teach my younger self it would be to journal more. As time passes, I tend to forget how I handled most of the challenges growing up. Having a journal would've helped me create ways to expose children to possible solutions to similar problems that I faced.
Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:The first book, which is the first of a series, helps me appreciate the need of introductions to career options for underserved youth. Looking forward, my writing process will grow with more interaction with children to address their concerns.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A:The best money I spent as a writer was on my Illustrator Tyrus GoShay. He did a wonderful job of putting my words to life. I look forward to working with Tyrus and I would highly recommend him!
Q:What does literary success look like to you?
A:Literary success is when the complete vision is accomplished. When I can walk into a classroom and see children reading the Adventures of Rob and Rocky and creating dialogue about career options, success will be in reach. When young adults have attained careers and return to read the stories that help expose them to career options it younger kids, success is accomplished.
Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A:The character names and features are named after my sons, Rob and Rakim (Rocky)
Q:What is your favorite childhood book?
A:My favorite childhood book was the Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks. I still recite the poem "We Real Cool" from time to time.
Q:What does "Representation" mean to you?
A:To me, representation means equity. The task is to get others to examine their definition and logically defend it.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)?
A:My book can be found on the website: www.robandrocky.com