This week's author spotlight is on my sister & fellow author Shelia M. Goss. I was privileged to ask her some questions, and I believe her responses will inspire you to go forward (especially if you're an aspiring author).
Shelia M. Goss writes in multiple genres. She is the author of the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Bestseller My Invisible Husband and Roses are thorns, Violets are true, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, Hollywood Deception, Delilah (January 2011), and Savannah’s Curse (February 2011). She’s also the author of the young adult book series The Lip Gloss Chronicles: The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, and Paper Thin.
Her books are available in stores or from any of the online retailers or order direct from www.kensingtonbooks.com.
Her 10th novel, Delilah, was released in January 2011 and it’s her first Christian fiction novel. Her suspense novel, Savannah’s Curse will be in stores at the end of February 2011.
Shelia also writes young adult fiction. Be sure to share the news of her books with a teen in your life. The website is www.thelipglosschronicles.com. The Ultimate Test, Splitsville, and Paper Thin are the three books in the Lip Gloss Chronicles series.
Although Shelia has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, her passion for writing has always been there. Shelia decided to pursue her life-long dream after being down-sized from a fortune 500 company.
She’s received many accolades since embarking on a writing career:
- 2011 EDC Creations Top Books Award - Delilah
- 2010 Dallas Morning News Best Seller - Paper Thin: The Lip Gloss Chronicles Vol. 3
- 2009 EDC Creations Top Books Award – His Invisible Wife
- 2009 EDC Creations Author of the Year – Lip Gloss Chronicles series
- 2009 Amazon Best seller - His Invisible Wife, The Ultimate Test, & Splitsville
- 2008 BlackWebAwards.com – Best Female Author Site
- Disilgoldsoul 2007 YOUnity Guild Award – Most Outstanding Book Debut Promotions- “Paige’s Web”
- Infini’s Outstanding Author 2006
- Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature
- ESSENCE MAGAZINE Bestsellers List
- #1 Black Expressions.com Bestseller
- Honorable mention in a New York Times article & Writer’s Digest article
- 2004 OneSwan Productions Female Author of the Year
- Three Shades of Romance Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards
- Dallas Morning News Bestseller
Was there a time as you were writing, you thought about quitting (and what made you keep going)?
No. I've always enjoyed writing. I write because there's something within me that won't allow me to NOT write.
What are your sources of inspiration when you write your novels?
Life is my inspiration. I sit, observe and listen. Ideas are planted and usually come to the forefront of my mind via dreams.
How did you overcome the adversity when people reject your book?
Since I feel like my writing is a God given talent, I wouldn't or couldn't allow rejections to stop me from pursuing the path that I went on. I used the rejections to give me the fuel I needed to push forward.
What would you want to say to those who know they’re to be writing, but don’t make the time to follow-through?
If you want to be a writer, then write. Don't talk about it, do it. If you're waiting to find enough time to write, you'll never write a paragraph. You have to make time to write. If you need to get up early or stay up late to do so, then do it. Remove the excuses from your way of life and just write.
Which project was your longest project to complete?
The longest project was a book that I collaborated on with another writer. We had two different schedules so when you're partnering with someone else, you have to make time adjustments.
Was writing your ultimate dream in life?
Yes. I've been wanting to be a writer since I was a freshman in high school; maybe even before then since I've always been on the newspaper staff or yearbook staff.
What are your thoughts on authors needing to support each other and needing to not compete against each other?
For the most part, authors are very supportive of one another. We each pass on information about our peers books as well as purchase our peers books. Once a reader finishes reading one of our books, they are eager to read other books. As an avid reader, I love discussing books with my network of people.
When you started your first project, was it mandatory that you believed in yourself?
Absolutely. You have to believe in yourself first, before anyone else will.
When is your best time in the day to write?
I write better in the morning.
What do you want readers to know about you?
I'm down to earth. I love my family and cherish my friendships. I'm shy but I'm also a people's person. I love stylish purses.
What do you want readers to understand when they read your works?
I want readers to not only be entertained but encouraged or inspired after reading some of my books.
Apart from writing, what else do you like to do or what else are you gifted in?
I love doing graphics work. I do banners, websites, etc. It started off as a hobby but has blossomed into extra income to me.
More information about her can be found on her website: www.sheliagoss.com