Name – Sheila M. Lockhart
Age – 54
Where are you from -Los Angeles, California USA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m engaged, a mother of four whose expecting my first grand (children ) My boys are both expecting. I also have two daughters and four step sons.
I have some college background in information technology and computer graphics, also biology.
Currently working towards not having to go back into corporate America.
I’m a believer in Christ but I’m not religious yet I’m spiritual and I have a relationship with God.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have three published books, Diva’z Jotz n Tittlez, Chronicles of Ms. Divine, and Diva’z Jotz n Tittlez vol2 feat. Embrace the Queen Within
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Since I can remember. I started writing because that was my way of sharing my feelings. Now, it is to inspire, encourage, and give hope.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? In my early 30s when I started writing
Again. I’d actually stopped and forgot that I’d even wrote as a child.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Life. I had journaled a lot of thoughts, inspirational quotes, and poetry through the past ten years, so that’s where the title of my first book came from.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to start with introduction to the story and build it ti capture my audience, then end it with a shocking twist. As for my poetry, I just allow it to flow.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Usually it’s inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
All of it
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A little bit of both
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The bible, Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, If You Think You Can by T.J. Hoisington, just to name a few
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
None currently because I’m in writing mode. I don’t read other books when I’m working on a project. I want to be sure that my writing is my own thoughts.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Too many to list. I have a couple of high school classmates that are published authors as well. Rossolyn Lewis and Venus Ashbury.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Oh my, I have about 6 in my head but I’m currently working on 2. “Divorce and the life That Follows ” is one of them.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God inspired, that’s the only way!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. I just remember as a child, sitting for hours to myself writing poetry til my legs were numb.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
” Some people will attempt to place you in bondage over bad choices, but we all make mistakes but the key thing to that is to learn and grow from them . Divorce is not the unpardonable sin so don’t allow people to drive you to self condemnation. Many others wish that they would have bailed instead of stayed. Marriage is great when two can work together, but when the tug of war begans there is no winner. I love the sanctity of marriage and should it present itself to me again, I plan to live it happily and wiser.
You can’t piece together a puzzle that has already been dismantled by choice.
New beginnings happen and people move on. Your desires are not the other people’s desires. Let them be happy with who and what they choose.
If you don’t stand together in prayer and agreement as a couple and family , you will fall with the rest.
Copyrighted 2015 by Sheila Mechele Lockhart excerpt from Divorce and The Life that Follows”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, writer’s block
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have a favorite.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It actually flowed well once I got going. It’s the times when writer’s block kicks in that I find as a challenge.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, to take my time and allow it to flow.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Embrace the liberty to write and don’t allow anyone to take that away from you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
It depends on what the theme or topic is. But, primarily hope and healing.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Ping, it was about a duck in China.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life, movies, family, love
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Too many to name. Maya Angelo comes to mind. Her poetry speaks to the soul
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“She made an impact while living her life to the fullest”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fitness, kung fu, dancing, fashion, jazz, and photography. I love to create!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have many so I will give the genre. Mystery, Comedy, Drama, documetaries; but not those reality shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Seafood /depends on my mood with colors/jazz, gospel, neo soul
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Neither just Facebook