Guest Author Interview – Shelia E. Bell

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 Title: The Real Housewives of Adverse City 2 (Volume 2)

Genre: Spiritual/Inspirational/African American

Synopsis: Fabulously rich housewives, Avery, Meesha, Peyton and Eva are dealing with the damages each one of their decisions has cost. Meesha Porter is pregnant with her fifth child by her husband, mega pastor, Carlton Porter while Carlton wants out of his marriage. Peyton Hudson struggles to find a way to get back in the good graces of her estranged husband, Derek and their teenage son, Liam, after secrets about Liam’s past rise to the surface. Eva Stenberg is devastated and heartbroken after her husband, Harper, throws her out of their mansion when she tells him she is pregnant with a child he told her he was not ready to have. And fragile Avery Mitchelson is in love with another man and wants out of her relationship with Ryker. What will happen to these four housewives as they come to terms with living lives of the rich and famous while dealing with the consequences of their decisions?

Shelia E. Bell, Author

 CH: Today’s Guest Author is Shelia E. Bell, an award winning and bestselling author. Welcome again to my blog, Shelia.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

SEB: The stories I write are entertaining, realistic, exceptionally great, and definitely page turners!

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

SEB: It is not hard creating believable situations because I use everyday life events, circumstances, situations and problems that many people face in the world today. My tagline is ‘Perfect stores about imperfect people…like you and me.’ I believe this tagline sums it up.

CH: Since these women are all fabulously rich housewives, did you have to do any special research?

SEB: I always do research when writing. This book is no different. I researched the fictional city based on the exclusive little known island in Florida called Fisher Island (a place only the elite rich and famous reside) as well as, the careers of the husbands and numerous other things that happened in the story. I want my stories to be as true to life as I can possibly make them.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style? 

SEB: I believe it is dialogue. I use narrative, of course, but my books are primarily dialogue driven. I get into the lives and personalities of my characters and allow them to speak in everyday language according to their backgrounds, education, and upbringing, etc.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

SEB: I have no standard formula, other than I write according to titles. I do not outline, I do not have notes written down beforehand, I simply say a prayer and ask God to direct and guide me and then I sit down at the computer (after I have a title) and I began to write. My son says I’m like the well-known rapper, Jay Z, who freestyles. He says I write freestyle because I literally do not know any of what is going to occur in my stories beforehand. It all comes to me, as I sit before the computer and my mind and fingers connect to weave a fantastic story. God is good!

CH: Why did you decide to write this book about rich housewives? Was your decision based on any of the housewives tv series?

SEB: Actually, I have only seen one, maybe two episodes of any of the housewives reality shows. Again, I write according to titles and I thought The Real Housewives of Adverse City was a great title and that I could deliver an even greater story around this title.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

SEB: I have no favorite character. Each of the ladies have their own struggles, shortcomings, family drama and life’s decisions to make and so they are all equally important.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

SEB: Perhaps, if I had to choose, I guess I would say Peyton because her struggles with addiction are so real and so many people struggle with some type of addiction, whether it’s addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, relationships, religion, and the list can go on and on. We all struggle with something and I felt extremely sorry for Peyton because of her addiction.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?

SEB: Yes, I did. When the title came to me, my spirit had already prompted me about making it into a series.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

SEB: I have only two books, so far in the series. I would say book 2 was more difficult. In Book 1, I am basically introducing the housewives and Book 2 goes more in depth about their situations and what they are dealing with. It delves deeper into their overall lives.

CH: Will there be other books in this series?

SEB: Yes, I’m not sure how many. We’ll just have to see what all these ladies have to say and want to share with the world about their lives. I do not have a preconceived number of books in the series in my mind. I just let the characters lead me.

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

SEB: We are not perfect. Money does not equate to happiness and cannot bring true love. I always close my books out with Words from the Author, which gives a deeper insight to the situations involved in my books. I think in this instance, many people believe that money can solve many of life’s problems, and it can solve many, but not those hidden secrets, desires, or battles, that we often face.

CH: Who are some of your Christian fiction writing influences?

SEB: That’s a tough one to answer. I don’t look at any particular Christian fiction person, author/writer as an influence. My long time mentor was author J. California Cooper, who passed many years ago. I fell in love with her innate ability to tell a story. I knew I wanted to write stories and books that could transform, inspire, and touch people’s lives all because of Cooper.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

SEB: I have to smile on this question because I never knew I had so much to write! I had no idea I would be a national bestselling author. That was not my plan. But God. This journey is not an easy one. I had to learn to get out of my feelings because this is not a get rich quick industry. Sometimes, we can equate success with how much money is in our bank accounts and that’s not evidence of true success, although it can be a byproduct of it. But continuing to do what I do, and write what I write is my passion. Yes, I want to makes thousands upon thousands of dollars doing it like some authors are fortunate to be able to do, but God has not yet bestowed that upon me, although I enjoy a measure of monetary success. As I write, I seem to understand more and more that like the housewives I write about, money cannot offer the essence of true happiness and abiding spirituality. There was a time recently, when I said I was not going to write another book. I was discouraged, disheartened and disappointed because of low book sales and a meager bank account. The hustle is real but when you hustle and hustle and you don’t actually see the monetary fruits of your labor, it can be tough to keep hustling, so I gave up on writing. That only lasted a good six months and because of faithful and loyal readers, who contacted me asking about the date of my next release, I realized once again that I had a gift that money can’t buy. I have the talent and the ability, the desire and the passion to touch people’s lives in a good way through the stories I write. I love it! Now, I’m back on my grind and churning out book after book after book. God is amazing!

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

SEB: Sure, I would love for your audience to join my mailing list. I promise not to bog them down with unnecessary emails or newsletters. I only use it to share the blogs I write from time to time and to keep my subscribers updated about new book releases or book events. My website is sheliawritesbooks Be sure to note the correct spelling of S-H-E-L-I-A

CH: How to Find Shelia E. Bell:

CH: For my audience, where is your book sold?

SEB: My books are sold primarily online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Books A Million and numerous other online eRetailers.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SEB: I want to say ‘thank you’ Cheryl Holloway for yet another opportunity to talk about what I love. Thank you for your literary support and for your kind heart. I want to thank every reader and every person, who will read my work. Kudos to all the authors, whether veteran or aspiring. Most of all thank you to God for choosing me, his Amazing girl, to write the stories I write.

CH: Thank you so much, Shelia E. Bell, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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