JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Shewanda Riley, author of Love Hangover
“God told me to break up with you,” he told her. After 18 months of dating, he had the nerve to throw God’s name in it – whenever woman was still at the root of it all. So she confesses in her book — Love Hangover: Moving From Pain to Purpose After a Relationship Ends – that yes, she did want to heave that brick through his windshield.
In this best selling inspirational book, Riley shares her journey to wholeness through journal entries and offers practical advice for those seeking healing from emotional traumas.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Love Hangover?
Shewanda Riley: Love Hangover came from a painful breakup I had with a boyfriend. We dated for about 18 months, and he told me one day that God told him to break up with me.
One of the ways I dealt with the breakup was to write daily journals detailing my feelings. Those journals eventually became the heart of the book. They show my emotional roller coaster with the hopes that it can help others in the same position.
JP: How did you go about collaborating with Germaine Hawkins on Love Hangover?
SR: I met Dr. Hawkins when we both participated in a job fair in Dallas about 6 months after I started writing the book. Since he liked writing, he agreed to provide the more clinical perspective to the relationship breakup.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Love Hangover getting out to the public?
SR: For me, it was being persistent and thinking outside the box. I worked full time as a radio broadcaster when the book was released. I was able to use those relationships to create “buzz” in the media.
I began a column in a local community newspaper and founded an annual relationship conference for singles. I believe that it was these combined efforts that helped the book become successful.
JP: What is the most interesting response to Love Hangover that you can remember?
SR: The most interesting response was from a young man who stated that he was too embarrassed to admit that he’d also gone through a love hangover. He appreciated what the book was about and the fact that when he bought it, I didn’t call him out.
JP: What’s next for Shewanda Riley?
SR: I’m completing a book of prayers for writers called Writing to the Beat of God’s Heart and a fiction book.
The book was named an Essence best seller, endorsed by TD Jakes and Les Brown. It’s also been featured in JET Magazine, The Potter’s Touch TV show, USA Radio Networks and ABC Radio Networks. My contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-533-3543. I’m also on Facebook.
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