|Authors Shelba Nivens (on left) and G.H. Sherrer|
As an author of two published works, I understand the excitement of a new book on its way. Today I am so pleased to announce my friend Shelba Nivens as my guest. A book Author (Early Setters of the K-Springs/Chelsea Area), a Shelby County Reporter Columnist and playwright (Abingdon Easter Drama Collection, and others), she is a diversely gifted writer experienced in publishing. First, Mrs. Nivens, tell us which books or authors have most influenced your writer’s life.
Books by Catherine Marshall, Grace Livingston Hill, Louisa Mae Alcott, the book Pollyanna, many Christian romances, and a wide variety of inspirational novels have influenced me greatly. My family is always very supportive and helpful, and some provide me with character inspiration.
You have been writing for quite some time, and have won many awards. Tell us about those.
I’ve taken Florida Christian Writing Conference (FCWC) awards for Best Novel and Best Non-fiction, two Second Place awards from Alabama Writers Conclave, several First and Second Place awards from Birmingham Quill Club, plus some minor awards from each.
You have a new and exciting book coming out soon, one you’ve worked on for a long time. Why will most enjoy reading it?
The Mistaken Heiress, being published by Heartsong, the inspirational division of Harlequin, will be launched in a few months. The book has humor, as well as subtle Christian inspiration. The main attraction? Strong, interesting characters, intriguing plot, a setting in Alabama’s beautiful central woodlands and other familiar local sites and much more, will surely pique interest of readers. The primary character or protagonist, Kate, has a question common to many: “How can I trust the promise that God wants me to have a bright future and hope [Jeremiah 29:11], when my life is falling apart?” How much God loves us, the hope He can bring into our lives… this message is what I wish to convey with this captivating story.
The Mistaken Heiress is sure to be a wonderful thought-provoking book, and I look forward to owning a copy! Thank you, Author Shelba Nivens, for your time and a delightful peek into your writer’s life. Stay inspired! - G.H. Sherrer