Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Where Was God Blog Tour: Interview With Sheila Jackson

I'd like to welcome Sheila Jackson to Shelf Full of Books for an interview today. She is the author of Where Was God? Their Hearts Burned to be Together.  Let's start with the interview Sheila, and then we'll tell everyone about your book.

The Interview

What was the inspiration for this book?
I wanted to address the long-term effects of abuse and the damages it causes.  We work, worship, and hang-out with people that have learned to mask their pain. Verbal and physical abuse is real. There is no magic pill for getting over it. We’ve always heard 

people say, “That happened years ago” Or “Snap out of it and move on with your life and stop playing the victim.” But what if the shoe was on the other foot?

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your book?  
A Lot. Some are lovable, witty, corny, dramatic, and aggressive. I have all these characteristics rolled up in one body, each show up in my life when they are needed.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
Yes. It’s okay to seek help when dealing with tough issues in your life. Asking for it doesn’t mean that you’re weak, but that you’re human.

How does your faith fit into your books? 
I couldn’t write Christian Fiction if my faith didn’t play a part in it. I have come through many obstacles in my life and had to lean on my faith, it helps me to write and let others know that they can get through their trials as well.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
Sarah Hamer, although she is not as popular as most romance writers, she took me under her wing and taught me valuable lessons about writing. Her teachings and critiques helped me to become the writer I am today.

Now for some fun questions.

What do you do to relax? 
I love shopping with my two teenage daughters, cook-outs, going to the movies, and having fun with good friends.

What is your favorite food? 
Fried catfish, shrimps, anything that has to do with seafood.

What is your pet peeve? 
I don’t like when people don’t clean behind themselves.

What is your favorite positive saying or motivational phrase? 
I coined this one myself years ago to keep me inspired, “I want more out of life than just to exist.”

Do you have a nickname? 
Yes. My mother-in-law calls me, She-She.

The Book

Title: Where Was God? (Their Hearts Burned to be Together)
Genre: Christian Fiction Romance Suspense
Author: Sheila Jackson
Publisher: Concerning Life Publishing
Pages: 226 
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Where Was God? Fayth Angelica Hope, questioned after the death of her father. Reared by a mother who could give, Cruella Deville, a run for her money as, “The Queen of Mean,” Fayth turns her back on the church, her faith, and love. She believed, no, just and merciful God would have abandoned her to the harsh brutality of her mother’s iron fist. Her emotional and spiritual scars run deep, lasting into adulthood.
As a promising investigative reporter, she decides to change her name. Her given name of Fayth has more curses attached to it than blessings. She hopes the switch to Angelica will give her the clean slate she desires.
Assigned to investigate financial advisor Jasion McCoy, Angelica goes in determined to expose him for embezzlement. She hopes the story will advance her career as one of the top reporters across the country. Instantly, there is an attraction. But she hides her feelings from him. After a series of missteps, broken heartedness, and rejections in her past, she buries the notion of any man, especially a man of his caliber, ever loving her. With the evidence stacked against him, she believes his only interest in her, is to keep from going to prison.
Top-notch financial advisor Jasion McCoy is in the middle of an embezzlement scheme. When Angelica Hope shows up in his office, he knows he’s in trouble. She is one of the hottest investigative reporters in Port City and now she’s gunning for him. How can Jasion convince her that he is innocent? And how can he hold back his feeling for the woman who’s out to do him in?

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The Author

Sheila L. Jackson lives with her family in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is an anointed speaker, teacher, and writer that utilize her gifts to carry the Word of God to those in need of spiritual soul food. Sheila has penned two, inspirational non-fiction books, The Enemy Within and Through the Eyes of God. She has also written several inspirational and social articles for a local newspaper and magazine.
Her latest book is the Christian fiction romance suspense, Where Was God? (Their Hearts Burned to be Together).
For more information about this author and books, visit her website at www.sheilaljackson2.com.

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