Exclusive Interview with

Dr. Shellie Hipsky

Let’s start with your Career as a writer!

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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!

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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!

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How long have you been writing?

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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.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

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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!

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

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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!

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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!

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

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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.

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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.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Its a true blessing that I do not take lightly!

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

I love Maya Angelou wrote with the wisest voice filled with truth and empathy.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.

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What would you say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my books and I hope that they open you up to inspiration, empowerment, balance, and endless abundance!

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Thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about your Personal Life!

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Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?

I live in the states with my two beautiful children and my husband.

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What is your day job if you have one?

I am the CEO of Inspiring Lives International, the Exec Director of the Global Sisterhood, and the editor in chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine.

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What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

I love to workout: Pilates, kickboxing, lifting, and 10 mile walks are fun for me!

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Did you have a happy childhood?

I had an extremely blessed childhood due to my incredible role model parents!

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Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?

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Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?

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What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?

As a former tenured education professor who is now homeschooling due to Covid her own children, I feel that we need to be differentiating our children’s education more to meet their needs.

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If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?

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What is your favorite music?

When I perform on stage to raise funds for charities such as the Global Sisterhood or the Homeless Children’s Ed Fund, I belt out Broadway songs from musicals such as Chicago or jazz standards.

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Share a secret with us 🙂

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Thank you! We wish you the best of luck for you and your art!