Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I (Shimika Sidney) am a daughter, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, friend, and more. I have two adult children-one daughter and one son and a grandson name Solomon. I was a single-mother, I got married in 2015, when my daughter was 20 and my son was 17. I published my first book-Volume 1: GOD Is My Light but have 18 titles to complete. I had 2 poems published prior to writing my book. I am working on developing a Christian Collection which includes calendars, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
GOD Is My Light and I was inspired to write poetry when a person I cared about dearly had passed. She informed me about God and His Word. She reminded me about Jesus Christ and the benefits of knowing, believing and following Him. She told me things that I didn’t want to hear but was right according to God’s Word that I wasn’t aware of.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes…my unusual writing habits are, my books have a biblical message, personal struggles which are life-lesson and poetry related to the specific title of the book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My books are influenced by several Christian authors and Christians. My Books are collection of personal life lessons, Christians phrases, quotes, and teachings have heard from everyday people to celebrities throughout the years that have made a great impact on my life.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Volume 2… I have a total of 18 book titles that God has given me; so, I have a lot of work to do.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
unsure… this is very new to me, so I am learning daily.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Please don’t wait until your book is published to start promoting it. Start promoting your book at least a month or two before it is published. Be patience and persistent.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Failure is only accomplished, when you never try.
Failures are part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you’ll never change.
What are you reading now?
nothing at the moment
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on my second book and looking for a company that print and distribute Christian Calendars and bumper stickers.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Something by Joyce Meyers, T. D. Jakes, and Joseph Prince…their books are inspiring and encouraging.