Interview with Sheena Binkley

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was nine for a class project. After the project was over, I realized how much I loved to write, so I continued writing various stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Redemption is the sixth and final book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. This is Nathan's story as he tell his POV on various events throughout the series. I wrote this book because several readers have asked about Nathan and his take on some of the incidents that happened (Riana's pregnancy and the fight between him and Jayden). I think it gave Nathan a chance to explain his side and that there was more to the surface with his life was and the pressure he was under.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by allowing me to display my work through various outlets that I might not been able to connect to. Smashwords has provided a platform for me to branch out to other readers as well as showcasing my writings to others who may not have access to bigger outlets.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is that I can talk about various experiences that I or someone else may have experienced through the eyes of someone else. I have a lot of ideas in my mind that gives me ways to create new stories, so I think that’s what motivates me to doing more and to being a great writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are extremely important to me, because they are the most important factor to why I write. Being an indie author, I know how hard it can be to gain a solid fan base, so it was wonderful to see that readers took a chance on me and enjoyed the writings I'd published. Through reviews, emails, and blog posts, I am very fortunate and grateful that I have a fan base and I will never take that for granted.
What are you working on next?
I finished part 3 of the series that I have with my publisher, Something Just Ain't Right and is working on the spin-off series from Love, Life, & Happiness. This will be Kevin's story, who is Cheryl's brother in the series. From the outside looking in, he has the perfect life, with a great job, a great wife, and wonderful son, but there are problems that no one knows about and it escalates when he come in contact with his college's best friend, Carla. If you may recall, I gave a preview of their story in Love Always, so this will be a great series to read.

I'm also in the process in writing The Love Chronicles, which is the spin-off from the In Love With My Best Friend series. A lot of readers has been asking about this book, so it will be released this year. More likely, it will be an indie book, whereas with Kevin's story, it will be through my publisher.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are: Carl Weber, Victoria Christopher Murray, Jessica Sorensen, and Colleen Hoover.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just seeing another day inspires me to get out of bed. My wonderful family, being able to write new stories, and just living life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I usually read, watch TV, listen to music (I also do that while I'm writing), and spending time with my family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually, I would go on various sites on a daily basis to check out new books. If I like the blurb, I'll buy it. Of course when it's an author I love, I will automatically buy it, but I mainly purchase books from authors I'm unfamiliar with.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was for a class project when I was nine. It was about my friends and I being trapped inside Disney World.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read various books, from New Adult fiction, to romance, to urban; I practically will read any type of genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my iPad mini.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Houston, TX. All of my stories are based in Houston.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually will choose a design that will grab a reader's attention. For me, the cover design (along with the blurb) are important in purchasing a book. It's the first thing readers look for and would want to know more about a particular book.
Published 2015-04-30.
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Books by This Author

Reclaiming What Is Mine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,200. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Standalone novel which displays a woman's search for being independent and finding love when she least expects it.
Redemption
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,280. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Redemption is the sixth and final book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. This is Nathan's story as he tells his POV about majority of the events that occurred throughout the series.
Love Always
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,910. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Riana and Shawn has been through a lot during their relationship. When a new test threatens their relationship, will they be able to get through it together, or will it tear them apart? This is the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series.
The Way We Were
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,890. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The fourth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series. Monica and Donnell has always been the type of couple who break up to make up; but a recent incident tore them apart. Now that they are in relationships with other people, will they be able to move forward with their new significant others, or will they give their relationship another chance?
Unconditional Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,510. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Jayden Robertson and Britney Lewis has been friends since they were first introduced by Jayden's sister, Riana. While the two wanted a relationship, Jayden was always scared to fall in love with Britney. Is he finally able to let go of the guilt and pain he has experienced throughout the years to fall in love, or continue to lose everything he ever longed for?
The Wedding, Part II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,830. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
When a couple goes through several events leading to their wedding day, they have to trust themselves and each other to get to their pursuit of happiness.
The Wedding, Part I
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,240. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
When best friends takes the next step in their relationship, they are faced with a lot more than they can handle. Will their love and friendship conquer all, or will it destroy everything they have together?
Trust Me (Love, Life, & Happiness)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,900. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
The second book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series (Cheryl & Marcus).
A Chance at Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,980. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Through a string of events, two people realize that love can come when they least expect it.
Love Unbroken (Love, Life, & Happiness Series)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,140. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Two people unexpectedly find love while attending Shaw University. The two help each other find a way to love as they go through their journey to happiness.
Our Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 121,430. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
When a young couple's love is put to the test, will they be able to stay together, or will their secrets tear them apart for good?
In Love With My Best Friend
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,390. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Camille Anderson always told her best friend everything, expect her feelings for him. When Trevor Williams returns to Houston with a new fiancee, he starts to look at Camille in a different light, making him wonder if he is marrying the right woman. With a string of events involving the pair, the two realize that being more than friends may not be a bad idea. It's what they needed all along.