Monday, November 19, 2012

Author Spolight (Shani Greene-Dowdell)

I was privileged to meet this author at the BWABC Literacy Festival this past September. In fact, her novel Secrets of a Kept Woman is now a stage play. Having said that, show your love for my sister & fellow author Shani Greene-Dowdell).

She brings to the forefront issues of every woman’s heart and soul. She keeps it real and says what every one else would only dare to think. Author Shani Greene-Dowdell’s powerful and provoking writing style and insight into the sexuality, joy, pain, and frustration in relationships distinguishes her as an urban fiction and erotica author. Shani Greene-Dowdell is a living example that consistency, perseverance, and prayer are the keys to success. As a living example of living victorious over every obstacle, Shani shares her lessons learned and inspires others with the truth in her written works. As a prolific author and playwright, Shani Greene-Dowdell unveils the common hopes, dreams, and obstacles that every woman encounters.

Her sophomore novel “Secrets of a Kept Woman” is a powerful journey addressing the complex needs of African American women to embrace one another instead of tearing each other down. Uninhibitedly, Shani shares with her readers’ passion, humor, and the intricate bonds of friendship. Shayla, Rhonda and Gladys learn the importance of cherishing the love that binds them by seeking the love of God before it’s too late. “There is nothing like being in synch with someone that knows your heart, knows your spirit, and knows exactly when to stroke them both,” narrates a passage from the book. Bringing to the forefront probing, honest, and life-changing issues, Shani’s “Secrets of a Kept Woman” uses everyday language and metaphors to empower readers to have healthier relationships with those closest to their heart.

Shani is committed to writing about issues that empower women, especially by empowering them to achieve their dreams at all costs. Her novels show uncommon faces in urban fiction that include college graduates, doctors, lawyers, and business owners. She demonstrates that in order to find diamonds in life you have to have clear vision and be prepared to work, which means you have to be prepared to work on yourself during the process. As a native of Alabama, she paints pictures of her community through poetry, short stories and novels, and continues to broaden her horizons through her stage play, Secrets of a Kept Woman and hopes one day to see her work in film.