INTERVIEW | Cheryl Lacey-Donovan

Cheryl, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am the daughter of a southern Baptist pastor. I am a mother and a wife. I have loved to serve people all of my life. Professionally, I am an educator, a mentor, an author, and an internet radio talk show host. I also write a syndicated magazine column entitled Worth More Than Rubies.

God has given me a heart for women who are struggling with life’s trials and tribulations because even when we can’t diagnose our problems, God’s word can bring us healing and wholeness. This is the message that I want to bring to all women. I want them to understand that until they fall in love with Jesus, the chains of sin and bondage will never be broken.

I too had to learn this lesson and I hope to inspire, empower, and encourage others to live in the favor of God daily.

How do you find time to connect with God?

By studying the Word. You must pick up a bible and fully engross yourself in its power. I ask God each day to light a fire for His Word in my heart. Jesus reveals Himself more and more as we seek Him.

A solid prayer life is the key to emotional and spiritual growth. Only when you have learned how to pray to God do you find true peace.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Some of my favorite authors include seasoned authors like Maya Angelou, Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison, Terry McMillan, Alice Walker, and Nikki Giovani. I also like some of the new lesser known authors like Linda Beed, Kendra Norman Bellamy, Talayah Stovall, and others

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My journey to publication was an unexpected one. I just told my husband one day that I was going to write a book. It had been placed on my heart and I went for it. I had no knowledge of the publishing industry, but God in His divine providence had everything worked out for me when I got there.

Tell us about your current book?

My current book is Women What the Hell are You Thinking: An Inspirational Guide to becoming a Virtuous Woman of God.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I have had the opportunity to advise many women so I get my ideas from experiences that I’ve had, as well as the experiences of other people that have crossed my path. I questioned whether or not the stories that I had inside of me were worthy of becoming a book, so after I began writing, I would approach perfect strangers in coffee shops, and other places, and ask them to read a few pages of a book that I was thinking about writing. I got almost the same response from women, and men of all ages and races. They said my material flowed, and that it was intriguing, and they couldn’t wait to buy a finished product.

List your other books.

I have another book coming out in May entitled Mother’s What the Hell are You Thinking: The Ministry of Motherhood.

What is next for you?

Currently, I spend a lot of time working on my internet radio show Worth More Than Rubies which airs on www.redchurchradio.com each Friday at 11:00am CST.

We plan to convert the talk show into a cable television program in the near future.

The remainder of my time is spent traveling the country speaking on issues that affect the African American Community in general and African American Women in particular

Where can visitors find you online?

Visitors can log on to my website

www.avirtuouswoman-31.org

or they can visit my blogspot at

www.virtuouswoman-31.blogspot.com