Sheila Roberts, a popular women’s fiction writer, is famous for her On Strike for Christmas, movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. Her most recent books are Merry Ex-Mas, a story about three women’s love lives with their exes during Christmas time in Icicle Falls and Better than Chocolate, a story about saving Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company, a company that has been in the family for years after Samantha Sterling’s stepfather passes. Blake Preston, the bank manager in town, seems to be Samantha’s enemy (from Samantha’s point of view) since he cannot help her financially save her company. Can Blake prove to Samantha that there are some things in life that are better than chocolate?
Sheila Roberts commented on her career, “I love it because it’s great fun. I love doing what I do; I love spinning stories, and have fun meeting great people. I have wonderful readers; they are fabulous.” She feels the best thing about her career is, “Getting to hang out with other readers and people who love books.”
When asked what led her to her current career, Sheila replied, “I have been writing all my life; since I was a little kid. Originally, I wanted to be a song writer, but my path didn’t go that way, I ended up with books. I always loved to write stories. When you love to write stories as a child and you do as an adult, you think someone else besides me can read my story. The next step is seeing if you can get published, which is exactly what I did.” Sheila published her first book in 1989, called, Light-Fingered Lady, about a lady, like a regency Robin Hood that stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
Sheila’s favorite books that she’s published include her latest book, Merry Ex-Mas. “Usually my favorite is the one I just did,” Sheila commented. Sheila is also most proud of her book titled, Small Change, which had a lot of helpful information to help women manage their money. Sheila calls it a “self help fiction”.
When asked where she gets her story ideas, Sheila responded, “They can come from anywhere… something I read in newspaper or something in real life. On Strike for Christmas came from my experience with my family. My husband was being naughty and I put him in a book and it sold real well for us. I got a movie deal out of it and he thinks it’s a hilarious. You never know where you get your ideas, I always say be careful what you tell a writer because you can end up in a book.”
Sheila was born and raised in Seattle, “There’s no other place I’d rather live than the Pacific Northwest, it’s the best place in the world to live,” Sheila commented. When asked three words to describe herself, Sheila replied, “Fun, fun, and fun.”
Many people do not know this about Sheila: “I want to go on ‘Dancing With The Stars’; I want to be a celebrity. I want to have Louie teach me how to dance. I think it would be great fun,” Sheila stated. When asked what many people may not know about her career, Sheila replied, “That it’s been going on for a long time. There have been many ups and downs, many adventures. It takes time to become an overnight success.”
Sheila feels raising her three children is her biggest accomplishment, “I think the most important thing we do in our lives is impact other people’s lives and hopefully we do that in a good way,” Sheila expressed. Sheila’s short-term career goal includes making her book deadlines and her long-term career goal is to continue to improve as a writer. Sheila’s life goal is to live a life that is gracious and honors God.
When asked what motivates her, Sheila replied, “I would probably write even without money. I have the need to put my thoughts down. I think that’s what motivates a lot of writers.”
Sheila has many hobbies and interests, “I have a lot of interests, I love to bake and I have the hips to prove it, dance, tennis, love to entertain, love to play games (board, cards, parlor like charades), last year I went trick or treating in the neighborhood for chocolate and everyone gave me chocolate, too.” Before Sheila became a famous author, she used to have a singing telegram company and played keyboard in a band. Sheila has published more than 30 books.
When asked if she reads romance novels, Sheila laughed and replied, “Of course. Some of my favorite authors are Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs.” Sheila was a music major in college and believed she should have been an English major.
When asked what advice she would give someone that wanted to publish a book, Sheila replied, “Go for it! These days it’s coming easier to do the best job you can before you put your book out there. Because once something is out, it’s out forever, so you always want to put your best foot forward.”
Sheila shared her favorite quote by Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” It’s a good way to live your life and makes a good life motto. If you’ve got the dreams, go out there and make them happen,” Sheila stated.
Those that are interested in meeting Sheila and having their book signed by her can meet her at the following upcoming free event at Barnes and Noble in Federal Way on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11 am. Sheila described the event as having, “Chocolate madness, door prizes, and interesting fun giveaways and activities.”
For more information, please visit: SheilasPlace.com.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com