Girl, Have You Met… Sheena Binkley?
As the lone Houston native in the line-up, we are so happy to have her joining us for Girl, Have You Met!
While we will continue accepting registrations up until the event, March 8th is the last day registration will include the official Girl, Have You Read swag.
So register HERE to not only be able to meet Sheena, but to also secure your swag!
And read more about Sheena below!
Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment.
In November of 2014, she signed her first publishing deal with Write House Publishing under “Tiece Presents”. Her first series, Something Just Ain’t Right, was released in January.
In April 2016, Sheena launched her own publishing company which focus strictly on romance books. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.
Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?
Honestly, no. I enjoyed writing as a hobby, but I never imagined releasing my stories to an audience. It was mainly for myself; but I’m glad I was able to take that leap of faith and started a career.
Where does the inspiration for your stories come from?
I have a vivid imagination, so I think that’s the inspiration I need to come up with storylines, characters, etc. But I also think it’s my love for writing and being a reader that makes me want to create stories that are interesting and engaging. But I also should point out that I do include some personal elements in my stories. Not a lot, but some.
What would readers be surprised to know about you?
Readers will probably be surprised that I have a degree in journalism. My dream was to be a newsreporter. During my sophomore year in college, I was an anchor for a community news program. I really learned a lot and it was pretty fun.
What are your hobbies outside of writing?
Besides writing, I love to read (when I have the time), relax and listen to music.
Why is Black Romance important to you?
Black Romance is important to me because being an African-American woman, it’s wonderful to be able to see a positive representation of us, especially with how things are currently going in our world right now. Besides, who doesn’t want to read a story and picturing themselves as the main characters falling in love? I love to read about stories portraying black love, so it’s a wonderful thing.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
For me, I would say to never give up on your dreams. There will be doubters and haters who don’t want you to succeed, but do not listen to them. Being able to write and release a book is a blessing, so you should go out and pursue it. Don’t hide it because you will never know your potential if you do. Also, make sure you make the right decisions with publishing your books. If you want to be independent, then be independent; if you want to go to a publisher, make sure it’s one that fits you and your writing style. Don’t go somewhere because they’re popular or have a lot of readers supporting them. Go to one that you are comfortable with and know that you will shine with.
- Favorite black romance book of all time?
This is a tough one, but I have to say A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Christina Jones is my absolute favorite. Even now, I still love that book.
- Favorite author of all time?
- Favorite book turned movie?
A Walk To Remember. It’s definitely a tear-jeaker for me, but I love it.
- Favorite genre to read?
- Favorite genre to write?
- What is your go-to writing playlist?
I have a bunch of playlists that I love to listen to. The current playlist that I listen to is for my upcoming book, Say That You Love Me, which is available on Spotify.
- What snack/drink must you have while you’re writing?
If any? I usually don’t snack or drink, but when I do, it’s the Resse’s Snack Mix with Resse’s Pieces, minis, and pretzels. It’s addictive.
- How do you celebrate a release day?
I usually celebrate a release day by doing something nice for myself. Whether it’s buying a new purse or just getting my nails done, I just do something to make me happy.
- What’s your favorite part about being an author?
My favorite part about being an author is being able to interact with readers. I think it’s amazing when I’m able to talk to others about my books and my characters and whether the story or characters relate to their lives. That’s one of the best feelings to have.
- Where can people find you and your books?
There are several places where people can find me and my books:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sheenabinkleyauthor (Like Page)
Google +: https://plus.google.com/+sheenabinkley
Pinterest: Sheena Binkley
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/577100099053119/?fref=ts
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/bY22E9
Also, be on the lookout for Sheena’s next release!