Author Meiah Shaun Answers Linda Fegins’ Interview Questions.
Describe yourself for our visitors.
I am an inspirational author and a freelance writer. I graduated from LeTourneau University with an MBA. I love empowering African American women to embrace and wear their natural hair. I have been wearing my natural hair since 2007. I‘ve worn an afro, braided hair styles, twist and traditional locs . I currently wear sisterlocks. My natural hair journey is the inspiration behind my book Marvelous Are Thy Works.
How do you find time to connect with God?
When I am home, I don’t watch a lot of television. I spend time in prayer and meditation daily. I make the time and effort to commune with God.
What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration behind Marvelous Are Thy Works is that I am passionate about the natural hair movement. I love empowering African American women to embrace and wear their natural hair. People of all races often asked me questions about my sisterlocks. I enjoy educating people about my natural hair.
Who are your favorite authors and why?? Favorite books?
I love to read non-fiction books by inspirational authors. I loved Bishop T.D. Jakes’s book called Reposition Yourself as it taught me how to heal from my past and to break generational curses while moving into my destiny.
One of my favorite fiction books is Kinky Gazpacho by Lori Tharps. Lori shared her experience living abroad in Spain and how the Spanish perceived her brown skin and kinky natural hair texture.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I am a self published author. I worked hard on my project with the support of my editor. It took me two years to complete my novella.
When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?
I realize that I wanted to write when I was in high school. I excelled in my English classes since I was in the third grade. I contemplated majoring in journalism in college but instead I chose business. I took writing courses for my electives.
Tell us about your current book?
Fatima, her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are natural hair stylist at All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, DC. Fatima wants to build a brand and invest into other business ventures for their salon. She wants to empower African American women by hosting speaking engagements about the natural hair movement. She desires to travel nationally spreading her message. Her business partners Lauryn and Sheba have their own plans for their careers. They are going through different life events and struggling to maintain their friendships while doing business together. Ephraim is Fatima’s long time boyfriend. He hasn’t asked for her hand in marriage after dating her for over five years. Fatima has to stand on her faith and follow her instincts as makes decisions for her future.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The concept for my book is based on meeting a lot of African American women who shared in my experience going natural. I’ve had discussions with stylist at natural hair salons.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want women to be enlightened about the natural hair movement as wearing natural hair is a personal choice. I hope my readers are inspired, empowered and are entertained as they read about the lives of Fatima, Lauryn and Sheba.
What’s next for you?
I am excited about the next assignment that God has given me. I am writing a story about healing, forgiveness and restoration. I’m almost finished with my final draft to send to my editor.
Where can visitors find you online?
My website is http://www.meiahshaun.com
I have a Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Gy6aVV2UXuGe7q973gujw
Visit my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/meiahshaun
Follow me on Twitter @MeiahShaun or https://twitter.com/MeiahShaun
About The Author
Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas.
Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a novella. Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair. She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks. Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her.
Meiah Shaun is featured on Ezinearticles.com as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews.
Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.
About The Book
Fatima, her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are natural hair stylist at All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, DC. Fatima wants to build a brand and invest into other business ventures for their salon. She desires to empower African American women by motivational speaking about the natural hair movement. She wants to travel nationally to spread her message. Lauryn and Sheba have rejected Fatima’s business proposal. They are going through different life events and are struggling to maintain their friendships while doing business together. Fatima’s boyfriend has not proposed after dating her for over five years. Fatima has to stand on her faith and follow her instincts as she moves into her destiny.
Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self love and relationships.
All Natural Hair Salon’s busiest time was the first weekend of the month. Fatima made it to the salon at ten o’clock that morning. After parking her car in front of the salon, she noticed Lauryn and Sheba were already inside. The front window shades were pulled back and the lights were on.
“Good morning, ladies,” Fatima said as she walked through the door.
“Good morning, Fatima,” Lauryn answered, while sashaying to her workstation in her high heels and locs pulled back into a lobster tail style. Always the diva, Lauryn appeared to be in a good mood and eager to work.
“Hey, girl, you finally made it in,” Sheba said as she sorted through her laundry bag of towels. Her hair was loose in a kinky and curly twist-out hairstyle. She was dressed comfortably in white skinny jeans.
“Are there any messages for me?” Fatima asked.
“A young lady called to make an appointment. She requested a low maintenance hairstyle.”
“What time did she call?” Fatima inquired.
“She called a few minutes before you walked in,” Lauryn replied. “She said her name was Danielle Evans.”
“Did she leave her phone number?”
“I put it on your desk,” she said.
Fatima continued to her station so she could check her itinerary for the day. It was unusually free. “I’ll just work a half day and meet up with my honey later,” she told her co-workers.
Fatima then sat in her chair and started daydreaming about the day she would become Mrs. Ephraim Okoye. She could not wait to see him.
“Ladies, what are your plans today?” Fatima questioned.
“I have a couple of appointments for locs retightening, and I got a new client scheduled this morning. He’s a chef and new in town.” Lauryn smirked while doing a shimmy with her shoulders to show her excitement.
“A new male client? Girl, you be pullin’ the men,” teased Sheba.
“I need to pull a husband.”
“Baby, I met my husband when I wasn’t even lookin’. I was minding my own business down at the Farmer’s Market and––”
Lauryn rolled her eyes. “Sheba, you’ve told that story so many times,” she said, cutting Sheba off and looking down at her iPad to show her disinterest in hearing it again.
Sheba walked over to Lauryn and tapped her on the knee with her forefinger. “When you least expect it, that’s when you’re gonna meet him. It happened to me, girl!”
“I wish God would hurry up and send him!” Lauryn snipped. “Most married people forget what it’s like to be single, so it’s easy for them to tell someone else to be patient.”
“That’s not true,” Sheba replied.
Fatima butted in. “Some women who are married have never had to experience being single for long.”
“Don’t you just hate that, girl?” Lauryn said. “Then they try to tell you to wait and have faith. Chile, please!”
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