Dr. Sheila R. Thomas has been in the field of education for over thirty years. She enjoys teaching children but now realizes that her passion is to assist parents to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help their children at home.
As a retiree, she plans to write books on various genres and develop a curriculum to assist parents.
This mother of three boys enjoys reading and encouraging others.
1) When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?
I realized writing was my calling when I was a student in an Early Childhood Literacy class. My teacher, Dr. Audrey Beard, assigned a task to write a children’s book. I had so much fun creating this book. I claimed then that I would become a published writer of children’s books.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
My book, J.R.’s Biggest Fan, is a cute story about a mother’s unconditional love for her son. As J.R.’s character makes mistakes throughout his everyday life, his mother is always there for him, encouraging him to be the best that he can be. She encourages him never to give up. She cheers him on because she only sees the best in him. She is his biggest fan. It can be purchased on Amazon at http://mybook.to/JRsBiggestFan or from my website at www.drsheilathomas.com.
W.A.I.T.: Women Anticipating Incredible Turnaround is a transparent testament to painful situations in the author’s life or the life of friends and family. It tells how she and others experienced a change by relying on God’s word to lead and guide them to an incredible turnaround. It can be purchased on Amazon at mybook.to/WAIT or from my website www.drsheilathomas.com.
3) What projects are you currently working on?
I am creating a coloring and activity book of affirmations. I am also writing more stories in the J.R. series as well as other inspirational journals and books.
4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
Thus far, my significant achievement as a writer has been the opportunities to speak to various women about my book and help them heal and learn to trust God. In the next five years, I see myself as a best selling author on several platforms and speaking worldwide to women and children.
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
There have been rejections with my writing career, but I have used those rejections as learning opportunities to grow and fix any mistakes I have made along the way. I have contacted others in this career for sound advice and continued to do my research to understand the writing process.
6) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
I tend to write anytime I can find some quiet and alone time. I use my Google notes to jot down thoughts throughout the day, so they can be easily accessed when I get to my computer.
7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
I do not believe that there is a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to be successful in this industry. I am an example of a writer who started later in life, and it certainly has been a great experience for me. My late start was due to not having the time to write because of my job and family. Since retirement, I’ve had more time to expound on my ideas for stories and have had much success during my writing journey.
8) What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?
The Color Purple was the first book that had a great impact on my feelings and emotions. It’s theme of love and perseverance through life’s tragedy makes it an excellent story for all women to read.
9) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work? Do you ever just sit down and curl up with your own book?
I have read my book at least five times from cover to cover and often refer to it for daily reminders or to use as talking points in conversations. I am excited each time I read it and congratulate myself for completing this task.
10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry is drastically changing?
There’s so much information about self-publishing, traditional publishing, and other facets of publishing that can become overwhelming at times. Social media has become the go-to network to gain a better understanding of how to publish. To keep abreast, I verify any information before investing in anything to avoid a scam.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
My writing shows my love for God and my desire to inspire people to trust Him. Both books refer to scriptures that have been beneficial to my life and ability to overcome. My purpose is to reach, teach, and inspire others never to give up and continue to preserve.