Interview with Sheena Howard, Author of Nina’s Whisper
21 Apr 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Nina’s Whisper?
Nina’s Whisper is a domestic suspense and psychological thriller set in the fictional urban oasis of Sumneytown, Texas. It’s about Nina, a young successful woman who falls in love with Page, an edgy, seductive, free-spirit. The relationship takes Nina on an emotional journey of self-discovery and awareness, in which she learns that she is not as self-assured, confident and assertive as she once was or thought she was. Ultimately, Nina is changed forever.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve been a writer as long as I could write. Writing has been the preferred way for me to express my feelings. I think writing is powerful and that there is room for everyone’s story and experience to be told. I try to write stories and experiences that make people uncomfortable and challenge people to think outside themselves.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
The Alchemist, Mumbo Jumbo, Zami, The Autobiography of Malcolm X and B-Boy Blues
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Carmen Machado. I’d want to ask her what her writing process was for her newest book In The Dream House. I’d also want to know how difficult it was to write about topics such as domestic abuse and how she got thru the fear of writing about such topics.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The finished product. The first time I hold the book in my hands and I am able to see and feel the result of all of my energy and time – it’s a beautiful thing. Accomplishing something you are passionate about feels good every time.
What is a typical day like for you?
During COVID-19, I spend 24-7 with my toddler son. I find fun homeschooling activities for him, we go for walks and I teach him new things. It’s beautiful. If we weren’t in such unprecedented times, I’d be going to my full-time job as a professor most days – teaching, writing and researching and going to my co-working office on other days.
What scene in Nina’s Whisper was your favorite to write?
The scene that is my favorite would involve me giving away too much of the book!
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
My quote is “don’t let your reality limit your imagination” – Sheena C. Howard
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