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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Shelia Lipsey, author of My Son’s Wife Exclusive Interview
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Shelia Lipsey, author of My Son’s Wife
(Urban Books)

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First Lady Audrey Graham believes she’s found the perfect woman to become her son Minister Stiles Graham’s wife. Sweet, sensitive, kind, and of course a fine Christian girl, First Lady Audrey couldn’t ask more of lovely Rena Jackson.

But skeletons start to unravel and fall from the closet when Audrey and Stiles discover that Rena is really in love and committed to the troubled, rebellious, ex-con, Frankie. The old adage of what’s done in the dark will come to the light is definitely proven in this latest Lipsey novel.

My Son’s Wife is a time bomb of sinful revelations set to explode with twists, turns, entanglements and sinful revelations that only a loving God can make right.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write My Son’s Wife?

Shelia Lipsey: Joey, I write my titles. My Son’s Wife was a title God placed in my spirit long before a story was crafted around it. When I felt that it was time to write it, I did my usual thing: prayed over what it was supposed to be about, dreamed about what it was going to be about and sat down at my computer to write My Son’s Wife. The thoughts, storyline and characters were given birth.

JP: What sets My Son’s Wife apart from other novels in its genre?

SL: My Son’s Wife, like my other two novels Into Each Life and Sinsatiable are based on real people. My motto is “I write perfect stories about imperfect people”. My Son’s Wife though Christian fiction delves deep into the world of judgment toward other people, what other people think about our chosen lifestyles and how we are condemned by one another. It is a story of redemption, faith, and one of God’s noncondemnation and people’s holier than thou attitudes. It’s different because it’s about real, everyday issues people face.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to My Son’s Wife getting out to the public?

SL: I am fortunate to have a wonderful publisher who makes sure my books are distributed nationwide including venues like Walmart and any place books are sold. Of course that is just the beginning because I work hard to bring notoriety to my books because I know they are life changing stories. I market my book anyway I can: through the internet, radio shows, eblasts, book signing, speaking events, postcards, bookmarks, any and every way I can keep my name and the name of my titles out there. That is what I am dedicated to doing.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish My Son’s Wife?

SL: My writing process as I stated earlier is book titles. I have accumulated a bank of book titles that come through me in different ways. I can hear something that catches me and I’m inspired with a book title. From the book title, I write my story which surrounds that title. It usually takes me about three months to complete one novel.

JP: What’s next for Shelia Lipsey?

SL: I am being blessed abundantly in this industry by God’s favor over my life and my literary career. My fourth novel with Urban Books will be released to the public September 2009. I have also been blessed to ask to contribute a short story to a new anthology titled Bended Knees. The name of my story in Bended Knees is called Against the Grain. This Christian fiction anthology is being published by Hollygrove Publishing and it will be released October 2009.

I have founded Living Your Dreams Now foundation. We will host our first annual Living Your Dreams Literary Arts Seminar March 21 2009, in Memphis, Tennessee. I was recently named Public Relations Director for Victorious Magazine which is going to be a great, top of the line magazine publication with the first issue coming out January 5, 2009. Victorious Magazine ( is a magazine focused on bridging the gap between non Christian and Christian women.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Kia Stokes, author of Unbound Exclusive Interview
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Kia Stokes, author of Unbound

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For years, many of God’s people have been held captive by Satan because of sin (Self Indulging Needs) harboring in their hearts and minds. Unbound is a short novella that utilizes realistic situations with hopes of encouraging sinners to gain freedom from bondage by turning to God. It demonstrates how God searches the heart and reveals the things that have a person bound.

Unbound gives examples of how one has to take the authority given to them by God, shows how to activate their faith and how to surrender and allow God’s power to transform them into a new creature. Unbound tells a story of a ghetto, unsaved church secretary that falls deeply in love with her successful Pastor, Joseph L. Jenkins.

After years of the two being in a relationship and hopes of one day getting married, Shanta and Pastor Jenkins’ puppy love comes to a tragic end. The tragedy is Mrs. Jenkins finding out about her husband’s infidelity. Despite the fact of the affair being known to the public, Shanta refused to give up on her first true love. Besides, what would you do if the man you believe is your husband, already had a wife?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Unbound?

Kia Stokes: I first started writing as a teenager to escape the pain of childhood molestation. As I grew older, my love for entertaining others through writing became stronger. Then one day, God placed the idea of writing for him in my heart. I learned the art of spreading laughter and delivering a positive message about the Lord through writing.

JP: What sets Unbound apart from other novels in its genre?

KS: Unbound is not your normal inspirational fiction novel because it carries you through a mixture of emotions. It will make you laugh while you are enjoying your sin, cry when you realize you are disappointing God and then repent of your sins. The characters are so real, you would swear I was talking about the people around you.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Unbound getting out to the public?

KS: The key to Unbound‘s success depends on me remaining focused and keeping a positive outlook on my mission and purpose. Also knowing that when a door closes, I have to thank God and let go of the knob.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Unbound?

KS: It took approximately two years to write Unbound from start to finish. My writing process included meditation and just using the vivid imagination that God has blessed me with.

JP: What’s next for Kia Stokes?

KS: I am about to start my book tour to promote Unbound. I hope to develop Unbound into a stage play and eventually a motion picture. I am also currently working on my second novel titled Hidden Hurt and a sequel to Unbound.

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Kisha Green’s interview of Joey Pinkney for

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Kisha Green: Who is Joey Pinkney?

Joey Pinkney: Joey Pinkney is a man on a mission. The mission changes and gets refined with the times. I’m currently looking to expose authors to people in a way that is not being done in a consistent manner. I’m also looking to write and publish the books that are begging to get out of my head.

My love for reading and writing will not allow me to live a regular life of working and sleeping. I have to apply a significant part of my “down time” to reading, writing, reviewing, interviewing, editing, myspacing (is that a word?), thinking and plenty of other i-n-gs to keep me sane.

KG: Three words to best describe yourself

JP: Introspective, obsessed and determined.

KG: When did you first start reviewing books?

JP: My first attempt at reviewing books was around July/August 2006. At the time, I was writing for a now defunct African-American weekly newspaper called The Urban Journal in Nashville, TN.

The publisher wanted me to be a type of journalist that hit the streets and cover things like school board meetings, crime scenes and various boring things that was happening around Nashville.

I couldn’t do just that. I pitched an idea to the publisher where I would review books by black authors. I think he allowed me to do it just to humor me. I contacted a bunch of publishers and authors. I read and reviewed the books I received. I had to beg and plead to get the reviews in the paper. He let a couple run in the paper, but he simply wasn’t interested in anything that didn’t happen in Nashville.

I stopped trying to get the publisher to work with me. I kept getting great books to read.

KG: Have you ever had to post a bad review? If so, how did you break the news to the author?

JP: Writing reviews for Urban Book Source allows you to tell the whole truth, straight up with no chaser. You can browse through my reviews to see the one I had to “keep it real” with. I tried to contact the author for a subsequent, but he (or she) never got back to me.

Luckily, I really haven’t had books to read that are poor in quality. It amazes me how many talented writers there are out there that don’t seem to get the light of day because that are self-published or published by one of the smaller houses.

KG: Who are some of your favorite authors?

JP: Moses Miller. The Trifling Times series he is taking the genre of Urban Fiction to new heights and levels. Keisha Ervin. I really like her book entitled Torn. It’s Urban Romance at its finest. I was recently impressed by Jessica Holter’s Verbal Penetration. That book will broaden your horizons as to what can be done in the Erotica genre.

KG: Tell us about your book How to Get Rid of Bacne Super Fast ?

JP: This is really an ebook. It’s only in PDF format. It’s very simple in format: 10 chapters, 10 questions, 10 answers. I tried to pull together the information that’s hiding and spread out all over the place and bring together in a short, easy to read book.

KG: What made you write a book about Bacne?

JP: That’s a weird subject, right? The idea for this book came from my website, Before focusing on the book industry, I was publishing a bunch of articles on almost everything. Acne prevention was one of the subject I covered. I noticed that the information concerning bacne drew a lot of attention.

I took the ten most popular keyword phrases that people googled to get to my site and did the research. I used to charge for the book. Now it’s a free download because it’s a great resource, not a get-rich-quick tool.

KG: Do you plan to write any more books?

JP: Yes, I plan to write many books. Plan in the active sense of the word. Like I said earlier, I have to get these books out of my head or they will keep pestering me. I’m writing the outlines, so my research will go smoother.

KG: Did you self publish or go the tradtional route of submitting your mansucript to various publishers?

JP: That ebook was self-published. I do plan on submitting the manuscripts of my upcoming to the correct publishers.

KG: Which title do you enjoy more author or reviewer? Why?

JP: I like being an author more because I control the creativity. It’s solitary. Writing a book is really a situation of self-discipline. You do it; it gets done.

But being a reviewer is much more fast paced. It’s more fluid. It’s like going to another city or even another country. You get the see your experience through the experiences of others. I hate having to chase authors down to give them free publicity.

KG: What do you say to people who say that reviewers are people looking for free books?

JP: Some people might be. I am. I am not going to pay for a book that you want me to read and write a review on. Just because you sent me a book really is not equal compensation for me to read and write something significant about it. Your book costs $15 and shipping is $5. I put roughly 5 to 8 man hours reading and reviewing. That’s comes out to be $2.50 an hour. Two dollars and fifty cents an hour? My time is worth much more than that, and my relationship with the authors who send me books is much deeper than that.

Getting the book in my hands is as far free goes. I don’t just want your book for free to add to my book shelf. I buy books for that… Once I get you book, I want to read it and know it. I want to gain an experience from it that will make me richer than the $20 I didn’t spend on getting the book. I want to write about it, and I want others to know about it.

Right now, I have about forty to fifty books I haven’t had the chance to read yet. And “yet” is the operative word. I will read each and every book, no matter how long it takes. That’s where the word obsessed came from earlier. I didn’t accept all of those books just to have them. Although I got in over my head, I’m going to read and review each book.

Free is not free.

KG: What makes a review by Joey Pinkney different?

JP: One thing that makes my review different is that I read books from the first page with the copyright information to the order form in the back.

I write about it from the sense of knowing it. I take the time and consideration of using the right words. Sometimes my humor spills out, sometimes my frustrations come through.

Reading and reviewing a book is like the dating stage. My relationship with the book is intense and short. I take it to work. I take it to bed. I take it out of town. (TMI alert!) I take it to the bathroom. Me and the book is “going with eachother”.

I scribble notes. I re-read. I cuss at the books gramatical error. I think of ways I would change it. Once I’m finished, I start writing. I usually can’t stop until I’m finished. That means that the night I start writing the review is the night I finish the review. I’m likely to pull an overnighter until it “feels right” when I read it. If I got to go to work the next day, too bad for me…

If the book came from Urban Book Source (, shout out to Senior Editor Abeena Paige), they will publish my reviews. If the book came from C & B Books Distribution (, shout out to Carol Rogers). Plus, the review gets published on three different websites:,’s Reviews Section (shout out to Angella) and’s Book Reviews section (shout out to Me!ah). Three different websites, the different crowds.

I also post the reviews on for good measure. My thing is, I want as many people to know about the book as possible. I don’t just read the book, write the review and tell the review be fruitful and multiply. I actively seek outlets for the review.

KG: You recently started ” 5 Minutes, 5 Questions” series, what prompted you to start a clever concept such as this?

JP: The “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” series really spawned from me being overwhelmed by the number of books sent to me by different authors across the nation. I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t accept anymore.

One day, I looked in my closet and saw all the books that my wife was fussing at me about. I have to take a picture for you to truly understand. I was like, “How am I going to read all of these books?”

I was on MySpace, and Essence Bestseller T. Benson Glover messaged me about sending a book that same day. While I was typing to turn him down, the proverbial light bulb lit up above my head. I asked if he would be down for a mini-interview. It was on from there.

As people asked to send books, I was like, “Sorry, but let’s do this…” I started publishing the interviews in the order that they came to me.

My first interview was published on 08-25-08. During the following September I got the great idea to post them every other day. Man! Talk about overworking myself. That was way too hectic. Along the way, Me!ah and Angella gave me the opportunity to contribute to there websites.

I had to slow down, so in October I tried to publish on every day that was divisible by three (3rd, 6th….30th). It’s still a hectic grind, but it’s so enjoyable. As of the day I’m answering this interview, I have 27 interviews published, and I’m almost booked through December 2008.

Although the questions many times are the same, the answers given by the authors are as different as snowflakes. The “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” series gives authors a chance to let the potential reader know who they are and what their books represent.

Reading about the personal story behind the books’ idea or the amount of time it took to complete the books gives it a life beyond the paper and the glue it takes to put it together. The diversity I have in this series is also powerful. Poetry, urban lit, non-fiction, science fiction…

Most of my interviews are of African-American authors. That’s very important to me. If “we” don’t shine light on “us”, who will? That’s why I like to include a picture of the author and the book cover. The author looks like us, our mother’s, our uncles, our neighbors.

KG: What is next for Joey Pinkney?

JP: I’m looking for more outlets for the “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” series. I would like to have a column on more websites. I really would like to get a column in a newspaper. If you’re reading this and got some info, go to my website and contact me.

I’m also going to read those books I mentioned one at a time until I finish. That’s very important that I finish what I started.

Hopefully, I’ll find some time to squeeze a book out and get that published, too. Speaking of that, I am going to be published in a book entitled The Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology (shout out to Elissa Gabrielle/Peace in the Storm Publishing) right before father’s day in 2009. Google it.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to interview me Kisha. Although I gave lengthy answers, they were straight from the heart. Continue reading Kisha Green’s interview of Joey Pinkney for