Interviews

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International Thriller Writers (ITW) Interview

You have written in a variety of genres, including Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, YA and now Suspense. Do you find it difficult to switch between genres?

No, it’s not difficult for me to switch between genres. I only write one book at a time. I may outline or take notes as ideas come to me for books in another genre, but it doesn’t affect the story that I may be currently writing.

To read the entire interview: click here.

Kontrol Magazine Interview

Why did you choose to write this book (Montana’s Way)?

I wrote this book to show the importance of having strong bonds; whether it’s with a relative or close friend. The sisters in Montana’s Way have a strong sisterly bond. The men share strong brotherly bonds via their friendship. The characters will go to the ends of the earth to protect the ones they love. They are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their love ones.

To read the entire interview: click here.

 UBAWA – Women of Color, Power & Influence Feature Interview

How do you get through the tough times in life when life throws what it throws at you?

My faith in God has gotten me through every tough situation in my life.

To read the entire interview: click here.

 Writer’s Living Interview

What has been the “secret” to your success?

There’s no secret. It’s a combination of things: faith, hard work, and determination. This business is not for the faint at heart. The key is to never give up, even when faced with obstacles or rejections.

To read the entire interview: click here.

Shelia Goss Feature on USA Today for Second Day of Kwanzaa

Shades of Romance Magazine Interview

What did you learn while writing this book? I learned that if your plan for your life is in line with what God wants for you, then everything will fall into place. I say that because I almost didn’t complete writing Delilah because I was going through some things in my personal and professional life at the time. After praying about the situations, I got a renewed sense of desire to complete Delilah. This is my 10th book; my first Christian fiction book and from the responses, my best book to date. So if I would have NOT written Delilah, I would not be reaping the rewards.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book? After reading Delilah, I want people to reflect and think about the choices they make. I wrote Delilah because I kept hearing people trying to blame others for their transgressions instead of taking responsibilities for their own actions. We have choices in our life. It’s up to each individual to weigh their options before acting or reacting. Our decisions can lead to life or death.

To read the entire interview: click here.

Written Voices Interview

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why? Delilah was a fun character to write. She makes the mistake of falling in love with her pastor, Rev. Samson Judges. Delilah hasn’t had luck with men in the past but feels her luck has changed when she meets Samson. In her eyes, Samson’s perfect and can do no wrong. Delilah feels if given the chance, Samson could grow to love her. She doesn’t care he’s already engaged to marry someone else. Her relentless attitude is what keeps readers talking. Even with all of her imperfections, Delilah still recognizes the power of God.

Samson was called to preach at a young age but he ran from his calling until after college. During his college years, he was what most would call a player but once he decided to dedicate his life to the Lord, he became celibate. Samson feels that his relationship with God is so strong that he can withstand any form of temptation. Up until he met Delilah, he was able to deal with the temptations of the flesh.

Both characters are dealing with deception in one form or another.

To read the entire interview: click here.

Author’s Couch Interview

What makes a book Urban? Your book has all the elements of any whodoneit? type mystery. It’s romantic. It’s suspenseful. It’s filled with so many things that are consistent with other successful books. Why is it marketed as “Urban”?  There’s a misconception about the word “Urban.” Urban doesn’t mean ghetto. Urban, in the case of books, mean it’s a book by an African-American author. If anyone has read any of my books, they will tell you I don’t write street lit or gangster type books. Those books are out there, if that’s what you like. I write books that are usually set in a metropolitan city, with professional Black men and women as the main characters.

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Reviews and Views by LaToya Interview

Out of all your books, which was your favorite to write and why? They are all of my favorites when I’m working on them. (smile). I love writing DELILAH because right before working on Delilah I was at a crossroads in my career. I was trying to decide if I wanted to continue writing. Then this voice said, “God wouldn’t have brought you this far, to leave you. You need to continue on this path.”  I was obedient and the result was Delilah.

If you could collaborate with any author, who would it be and why? Pat G’Orge Walker because I love the realness and the humor she brings to all of her books. Tina Brooks McKinney because she brings the drama in her books and I can’t let my alter writing ego loose. LOL

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Lady Serenity Radio Show

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A Writer’s Dream Interview

How would you describe the genre in which you do most of your writing? 

I’ve been told that my stories are romance, chick-lit, romantic comedy and inspirational, so I usually categorize my books as women’s fiction.

I recently started writing young adult books. The first book in the Lip Gloss Chronicles series will be The Ultimate Test. I also have a couple of books in the suspense genre that I’ve written under a pen name.

To read the entire interview: click here.Listen to a recorded interview on The Dedan Tolbert Show.

EDC Creations Interview

Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I am from Louisiana – home of good food and good people :) I’m also an alumni of Southern University.I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old. When I was in elementary school, my teachers submitted my poems to Seedlings. In school, I’ve been on the yearbook staff, newspaper, etc. I decided to pursue writing as a career back in 1997. My first book outside of school was actually a collection of poems. It was called Embraced by Love – The Relationship. My very first customer was Luther Small. He was a co-worker of mine at the time.

To read the entire interview: Conversation with Author Shelia M. Goss

Living on the Tip of My Pen Interview

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

I’ll try to tell you something that you can’t find in my bio :) Besides books, music is one of my favorite passions. Prince is one of my all time favorite artists. Paradise Island, Bahamas is my favorite vacation spot. Any Southern Jags out there(smile)—Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA is my alma mater. Sprite is my drink of choice. Why Did I Get Married is my favorite Tyler Perry movie. I enjoy blogging, playing online spades and dominoes.

To read the entire interview: Essence Ad NetworkLiving on the tip of my pen!: A Minute with Author Shelia M. Goss 

Chewing the Fat with Bettye Interview

What would you say is your best culinary creation?

I actually have several. My lasagne, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and peach cobbler are delightfully delicious. I credit my mom with the recipes for the lasagne, banana pudding and peach cobbler, and my friend Lisa Mitchell with the macaroni and cheese recipe.

To read the entire interview: Chewing the Fat with Bettye: 5 Questions For . . . Shelia Goss

About a Book Mondays at Gwyneth’s Interview

If you could pick a current hot R&B singer and producer or perhaps some Hollywood superstars star as the leads in a movie about Double Platinum who would you choose and why?

Parris Mitchell – Vivica Fox (she can play any role…she can be meek or strong) or Singer Lina (she has the look and the sound of Parris)

Casper “CJ – The Hitmaker” Johnson – Lamman Rucker (been admiring him since I first saw him on Living Single) or Brian J White (not only is he a cutie, he’s a good actor)

Archie - Idris Elba (talented—he can play the good guy or bad guy) or Terrence Howard (see previous explanation)

To read the entire interview: The Celebration Continues over at Gwyneth’s 

Weirding Word (SM) on Writers Interview

How did you come to write Double Platinum?

Double Platinum is kind of like me just giving back. I love R&B music, I love Pop, I love culture. I just love music period. I didn’t have to do any research on it because over the past couple of years I’ve had a chance to interview some of the entertainers in the music business: singers, rappers, people behind the scenes. And, I used that as my background for my research in order to write the book.

To read the entire interview: Weirding Word (SM) on Writers: Shelia Goss (Part 1)

Faithwebbin’ Off the Shelf Interview 

How do you find time to connect with God?

It is a daily walk and I find that I just have to make time. I make time for everything else and He’s been so good to me, that I communicate with Him throughout the day…whether I’m at my desk, in the car or at home.

To read the entire interview: Faithwebbin’ 

Urban-Reviews.com Inside Out Interview with Shelia Goss

Urban Reviews: Tell us what My Invisible Husband is all about.
Shelia M. Goss:
My Invisible Husband is the tale of one woman’s desperate attempt to stop the age-old question posed to all women at some point in their lives: So when are you getting married? To appease her family and friends, 34 year old Nicolette (Nikki) Montana fakes a Las Vegas wedding. How she handles her web of deceit makes for a dramatic and sometimes comical story.

Urban Reviews: Have you faced any challenges as a fairly new author?
Shelia M. Goss: Yes. The hardest part for me is getting the word out to readers that the book exists.

To read the entire interview: Urban-Reviews.com 

ROMANCE AT HEART Interview with Shelia Goss

 - What are some of your favorite things to do?

Reading and traveling are my two favorite pastimes.

- Do you have a favorite author?

Maya Angelou, Jackie Collins, Gwynne Forster, Donna Hill, Terry McMillan, Francis Ray, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele and the list goes on & on.

- Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Write the first draft. So many times people say they want to write, but never finish the first draft. The first draft is what it is-a first draft; meaning you now have something to work with. You can polish it so that it’ll be fit to submit. But if you don’t get the first draft done, you have nothing to work with.

To read the entire interview: Romance at Heart Magazine 

Diva Soul Sista of the Month 

DivaSoulSista of the Month 
Shelia Goss is a romance novelist with a unique take on relationships. Her latest novel, My Invisible Husband is about a woman who fakes her own wedding just to get people to stop asking her when she plans on getting married! A novelist, blogger and up-and-coming screenwriter, Shelia is the DivaSoulSista of the Month. Read more…

NOIRE MAGAZINE KEEPS IT REAL WITH SHELIA GOSS

NM: How did you come up with the concept for your novel, MY INVISIBLE HUSBAND? Do you think a lot of single women get tired of well-meaning family members asking them when are they getting married and secretly wish they had an Invisible Husband?

SG: Subconsciously the idea for the book My Invisible Husband developed from hearing the question “So when are you getting married?” one too many times. In the book, to stop all the nagging, Nikki Montana fakes a wedding. I chose to have the character fake a Las Vegas wedding to give the issue a comical spin. Many times we put burdens on people unknowingly. In the case of Nikki she was tired of folks in her business.

NM: Would you categorize your work as romance or women’s fiction? People often get caught up in trying to find a genre to place their work in. How do you feel about having to choose one or the other, or do you simply write what you want and let people call it what they want?

SG: My Invisible Husband could fit in both romance and women’s fiction. My next novel, Roses are Thorns, Violets are True, is a story about twin sisters and sibling rivalry so it fits more in the women’s fiction genre. For the most part though, I write with my mission statement in mind – “stories with a twist.” I try to take real life situations and incorporate them into a story. I have stories that I’ve written that would fall into some of the other genres but my upcoming releases happen to fit in the women’s fiction or romance category more so than the others.

To read the entire interview: NOIRE MAGAZINE KEEPS IT REAL WITH SHELIA GOSS” on Page 12

Readers Room Interview 

What is your goal as a writer?

I hope to continue to put out “stories with a twist.” I want at least one novel published per year if not two. I would like to contribute to more anthologies. I also want my novels adapted to film as well as have a few produced screenplays under my belt.

What is your favorite sort of character?

One that is flawed. No one’s perfect in real life, so the characters in my books aren’t either. They have issues just like a friend, a co-worker or a stranger on the street would have. Your best villains? My best villain is in my next novel- Roses are thorns, Violets are true. Rose Purdue is the ultimate Diva/Villainess.

Any words of wisdom or a favorite quote?

Life has two rules: number 1, Never quit!; number 2, Always remember rule number 1 ~Duke Ellington
To read the entire interview: Reader’s Room Interview

A Visible Authoress

Interview from Jus’ Writin’ Life Blog

The first time I met Shelia Goss, we were at a writer’s group meeting at Half-Price Books in Dallas, Tex. It didn’t take long to figure out that when it came to writing this chick meant business. So serious about the business of writing, she’d already penned and was in the midst of self-publishing Roses are Thorns, Violets are True.

From that point on, I kept a close eye on Goss. With her fortitude, it’d only be a matter of time before others took notice. And recently, someone did-a major publisher.

This December 2006, Goss’ second book, My Invisible Husband, will be re-released by Urban/Kensington. With all the happenings in her life, I knew that if ever JWL was going to have a sit down with the authoress who writes “romance with a twist,” it’d better be now.

When a writer receives the acknowledgement of a major publisher, people sometimes have a tendency to think they found their success overnight. Care to share a little of your journey with us?

It definitely wasn’t an overnight thing for me. I’ve written since I was nine but didn’t decide to pursue it professionally until 1997. I published a few collections of poetry and, in 2003, self-published my first novel. My journey has been rough, at times, but no complaints because God saw me through them and actually opened up doors on my behalf. The experiences I’ve gained prior to being signed with a major publisher have been invaluable.

To read the entire interview: Jus’ Writin’ Life Blog

Guest Interview at Literary Diva Stacy-Deanne’s Site

You are already a best selling author. What other long-term goals do you hope to accomplish with your writing career in the future?

I want to increase my readership with each book release. I want to do “books to film.” I also write screenplays, so I plan on getting a few produced. My primary goal is to live comfortably from doing what I love to do most–writing.

What do you like and dislike most about the literary industry?

I like the fact that I’ve met authors who have embraced and been a mentor to me. I worked in corporate America for over 10 years and the literary industry is no different than any other business. I’ve learned how to separate business from personal. If you don’t do that, then you will be disappointed.

To read the entire interview: Interview at Literary Diva Stacy Deanne’s site


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