Exclusive Interview with
Dr. Shellie Hipsky
When did you start writing?
I published my first (of 13 books), while I finished my doctorate as I was writing my dissertation and leading a school as an assistant principal. I then went on to write academic books while I had my decade of being a tenured professor. I met a woman who transformed my life when I did my first inspirational book and the rest is history! Now, Ball Gowns to Yoga Pants is my fur book geared for inspiring entrepreneurs!
What makes writing your passion?
I adore writing. I literally must write when I have an idea! I love to educate and empower my readers through my words!
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Elation. I was excited to teach and inspire the world when my first book was published in 2006.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Fortunately, I don’t really suffer from this. If anything, with me it’s the exact opposite. A book can become all consuming for me and I can laser focus on the writing day and night when I am in the throws of a big book project!
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Yes, right now during Covid I don’t get the feed back at book signings and red carpet events, so I look to the book reviews for feedback. Fortunately, much of it is positive. Yet, I try to learn from the negative feedback and I also realize that my books are not for everyone. Those heart and minds that I touch though are worth it for me!
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Thrilled! I love to get a good review about touching a reader’s life and helping transform their business!
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Oh my yes. I went through several iterations until we arrived at this clean and powerfully intriguing cover.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I adore chatting with my readers. Some have gone in to take my EmpowerU Master Class or my VIP 1:1 clients. I’d love to be reached out to through my website or GoodReads.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Its a true blessing that I do not take lightly!
Who is your favorite author? Why?
I love Maya Angelou wrote with the wisest voice filled with truth and empathy.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?