JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Shelia Lipsey, author of My Son’s Wife
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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 (www.victoriousmagazine.com) is a magazine focused on bridging the gap between non Christian and Christian women.
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