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Kimberly Sherrelle


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Kimberly is a Author,Poetress, Radio Personality, Wife and Mother. Her Family is her number one priority. She believes that "It is my responsibility as a writer to constantly walk in and out of the fire of
silence. It is my responsibility to give a voice to the emotionally mute.”
She made her publishing debut with Silent Tears: The Trials and Tribulations of Kimberly Sherrelle, a passionate and introspective book of poetry.Readers of Silent Tears include none other than the honorable Dr. Cornel  West (BlackActivist) and Sharif Adkins (Actor). 

 In addition to publishing her second book, Wet Whispers, Kimberly is developing a series of children's books and continues to write poetry and short stories. Kimberly juggles numerous activities outsideof being a stay-at-home wife and mother She the host of Artistic Potential on WASU 92.7,travels frequently to various speaking engagements, and holds book signings at local venues. Here is her exclusive:



KSY:Tell us a little bit about yourself?

KS:I am a child of God, a wife, and a mommy with an ambition to be remembered by the world for my good deeds.  In the eighth grade my language arts teacher introduced me to Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe; since then I've been in love with poetry.

KSY:What five things can't you live without?

KS:a. My faith in God b. My son, Seven c. My iPhone ∧ iPad (my lifelines) d. My purse e. Pen &Paper

KSY: Can you tell us about your about your upcoming jewelry line "Sherrelle gurl"? What type of jewelry will it consist of?

KS:Sherrelle Gurl Jewelry & Accessories will consist of everything a Diva needs to complete an outfit. Mainly the items will be big flashy pieces designed specifically for black women.  The first set of earrings hopefully will debut in December.


KSY:You have your own production company, how did you get started?

KS:I do not have a production company.  However, I do have a publishing company, Sherrelle Ink.  I started it in 2009 with the first publication being Silent Tears.  Currently I am working on publishing a spiritual memoir and an education manual.


KSY:If you could give advice to someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps what would you tell them?

KS: My advice to anyone wanting to follow in my footsteps would be to "Be Bold!"  No one ever succeed in life by being timid.  If this is your dream, go for it full throttle!


KSY:How did you make the decision that you were going to follow your dreams no matter what?

KS:I decided to follow my dreams the day I got tired of living for everyone else.  Around November 2007 I realized why I was unhappy, because I wasn't living for me and following my dreams.


KSY:Tell us about who your mentors and influences?


KS:My mentors are my great aunt Lottie Bell who unfortunately passed December 5, 2010 and my high school social studies teacher, Mrs. Giddens (formerly Ms. Mayo).  Lottie Bell was my best friend.  Every happy memory I have of my childhood is connected to her in some way.  No matter what I did she never treated me differently.  And most importantly she loved me unconditionally.  Her love inspired me to be a better person.  I wanted to make her proud of me.  After I published my first book she told everyone she knew about it.  Both books are dedicated to her.  Mrs. Giddens was and still is my favorite teacher.  She recognized something in me that no one else had before.  She pushed me to do more than just make 'A's on my test.  Mrs. Giddens challenged me to think and dream....dream of changing the world.  She was the first person to congratulate me on graduating from high school and college.  Mrs. Giddens is the reason I did not drop out of college. I am forever grateful for the encouragement.


KSY:How has your husband played a key role enabling you to find your voice and being the ultimate support system?

KS:My husband, Jordan is my rock. Since the day I first met him, he has encouraged me to follow my dreams.  Jordan allows me to be me. When I need someone to run my ideas by he's always willing to listen. And most importantly when I feel like giving up, he will not allow me to. 


KSY:How has following your passion lead to your self discovery? 

KS:Following my passion has made me realize how strong I am.  I am not a weakling and one person can change the world one step at a time.  I now believe I can be the change I seek. 


KSY:What is the hardest part of juggling your various roles?

KS:The hardest part about juggling everything (writer, poet, radio personality, publisher, wife & mom) is keeping up with everything.  The most important thing to me is my family.  My husband and son come first point blank.  So there are times when other task fall behind.  In the beginning this would really stress me out, but not anymore.  As long as my family is taken care of I am okay.  When I have time I catch up on my other duties and task.


KSY:Do you consider Sherrelle ink a brand?If so how do you plan to expand your growing brand?

KS:Sherrelle Ink is a brand.  In the future I want to launch a jewelry line, start a greeting card line, and cupcake company.  However, I am always looking for new opportunities for Sherrelle Ink. 

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KSY:Describe to us the creative process for Silent tears and Wet whisper?

KS:There really wasn't a genuine creative process for Silent Tears or Wet Whispers.  I simply write about my life and the lives of my friends.  Every poem was inspired by either myself or someone I know personally. It is my personal belief that poetry has more passion when it is real.




KSY:Tell us about your new book that you are working on?

KS:My new book is a novel titled, Diary of a Cougar.  It is about an executive who falls unexpectedly for a much younger man.  It is a love story.  My expected release date is Spring 2013.


KSY:You are currently on tour what has been the feedback from your fan?

KS:My spring/summer tour was awesome!  I received a lot of positive feedback.  I think the highest praise I received was from a reader who doesn't like poetry but loved my book.  The reader said he could feel my passion in every poem. 


KSY:Do yo have any upcoming event or projects?


KS:Performing at Albany Fashion Week (Albany, GA) Sept 2012, Speaking at Healin Hurtin Women Conference (Atlanta, GA) Nov 2013




Special thanks Kimberly Sherelle





 



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