Intimate Conversation Inteview with author and community leader Cheryl Lacey Donovan
Cheryl Lacey Donovan is an author, inspirational speaker, talk show host, and compelling advocate for personal empowerment. Cheryl believes to whom much is given much is required. As such her aspiration is to pour everything she knows about God's love into people so that they can walk in the destiny that He has planned for their lives.
Ella: Cheryl, tell us about your passion for writing.
Mother is a verb. It's something you do, not just who you are. In the Ministry of Motherhood I try to convey that message to the reader. I want them to understand that our children need to take top priority in this society or else we will be doomed to fail.
Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because... God said it and that settles it. Herein lies what I try to convey in all my books. Everyone needs to come to a place where they no longer believe what society says about them, but rather what God says about them.
Ella: Cheryl, Why is it important to celebrate Black History 365 days a year?
Without Black History, as far as I am concerned, there would be no history at all. We are inectricably intertwined with the very being of mankind as is evidenced by archaelogical findings. To remove us from history would be to remove mankind altogether. Celebrating it 365 days a year is only fitting because each of us in our own way makes history daily. Maybe by lending a listening ear, maybe by teaching children to read, or perhaps by making sure that garbage doesn't collect on the corner and cause a medical epidemic of some kind. But we each make history and should celebrate it every chance we get.
Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book, The Ministry of Motherhood?
In every book I write, I want readers to better understand their true worth. I want them to be inspired and empowered to make the changes in their lives that will lead them to a more happy, fulfilling existence.
Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer? How did you do it?
I would have to say my most significant achievement to date has been my ability to develop a profound web presence for myself. That has been due in no small part to some of the expert advice I have received from people like Ella Curry who has been wonderful about sharing her expertise with up and coming authors as well as seasoned authors.
Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
New writers need to be aware that writing the book is only the first step. Things like building and author platform, marketing and promotions, and generating and obtaining publicity are all aspects of publishing a new writer needs to be familiar with even if they choose to be traditionally published. No one will sell their book as well as they can.
Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
A successful writer is one who can relate to people; all people. I don't necessarily believe you need to be a bestseller in order to be a successful writer. For me, being able to connect with my audience, provide them with information that will help them live a better life, and buliding and maintaining relationships is all the success I need. But it doesn't hurt if you get a bestseller in the process.
Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
My husband and I are writing a book together entitled "Do You Still Do: What Happens Happily Ever After" This book will reflect on our 21 year relationship and how we have managed to keep it all together. We will be very candid and forthcoming about our personal trials as well as those we have experienced together. It should be a great read.
Ella: Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.
Right now I am concentrating on the release event for The Ministry of Motherhood. There will be a Mother's Day Breakfast, May 2, 2009. For those interested in participating as attendees, vendors, or advertisers visit http://www.theministryofmotherhood.eventbrite.com/
Readers, o learn more about Cheryl Lacey Donovan visit her website at http://www.cheryllaceydonovan.com/.
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