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Q&A with Sheila Dansby Harvey

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The sexy, mis-matched duo of Omar and Raven is back, and working together on a criminal case. Problem is, Omar’s still dead-set on revenge against Raven—and getting a little sookie, sookie on the side. This time, who comes out on top?

 

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Q&A with Sheila Dansby Harvey, Author of "Illegal Affairs, Bad Girls Finish First, and Aww Sookie Sookie, Omar's Revenge"

 

 

Q:  When did you decide you wanted to write?  

A: I never made a conscious decision to write, but I’ve always written.  My mom says she knew I’d be a writer when, in 5th grade, I wrote an updated version of William Tell for the school play.  

Q:  How many novels in all have you written?

A:I’ve written two:  Illegal Affairs and Bad Girls Finish First.

Q: How long did it take you to write your first novel?

A:  It took me a lifetime and a half to write my first novel, simply because I didn’t realize I was writing a novel.  I started with a short story, which kept growing.  Once I was done, I threw the manuscript in the closet for two years! 

Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

A: I get my stories for everyday people.  Sometimes a person will say something to me, and I’ll hold onto it for years because it’s so on point.  Those sayings and circumstances end up in my books.

 Q:  Are the characters based on real people? 

A: Some are.  Raven Holloway, for example is a combo of a real life relative who had problems dealing with her emotions and a former friend who was a real bitch.  Thus, Ms. Raven is a bitch who has problems dealing with her emotions.

 Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? 

A:  I did self publish my first novel.   

Q: If so, how was that experience? 

A:Humbling.

Q:  What feedback have you received from fans? 

A:  Readers are my greatest source of support and my most constructive critics.  The most astounding thing about them is that they know more about my characters than I do.  Sitting with a book club that absolutely loves my work makes me feel like I’m Mary J. Blige, or somebody.  I also appreciate the critical thinkers who challenge me to become a better writer.

Q:  What authors do you admire?

 A:  BeBe Moore Campbell was one of my favorites.

Q:  Did one of them inspire you?

A:  Right now I’m loving Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Even though she’s a young woman with just two books under her belt, her writing is so true that it sometimes scares me. It inspires me also. 

Q:  Is writing your only passion?

A:  Not even.  Dancing brings me bliss—I go out two, three nights a week to swing-out, as we call it here in Houston. It’s our version of stepping.  Chocolate is another passion.

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  Mmm. I don’t know if I have a 5 year plan. All I know is I want to be at peace with my life, as I am right now.

Q:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?

A:  Write and invest in a good editor.

Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories? 

A:  I hope there’s something to learn in my stories, but really, I write for readers who want to escape.  My characters are a little over the top and, I hope, fun to spend time with. 

Q:  Are you working on another novel?

A:Yes. 

Q:  If so, What is it about?

A:  Something about a married woman thinks she’s gotten away with having an “outside” child.  She’s sadly mistaken, of course.

Q:  Where can people purchase your books?

A:  My books are available at bookstores nationwide and on the Internet.

 

Q:  Do you have a website? 

A:  Yes, www.sheliadansbyharvey.com


 

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