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Shelia, tell us about Beautiful Ugly.
Beautiful Ugly discusses the issues that many women, young and old deal with at some point in life. Those issues being bouts of low self-esteem, feeling of low-self worth and self consciousness. In the story Beautiful Ugly, Envy Wilson, Layla Hobbs and Kacie Mayweather are three 30 year old friends who rely heavily on one another for support in troubled times.
Layla fights the battle of obesity, coupled with low self esteem, but her melodious voice can soothe the savage beast. Who can fulfill her desire for love? Envy is Layla’s backbone, and one of the few people in her life who doesn’t beat up on her about being overweight. But Envy has her own dark and sordid secrets that she refuses to share, not even with Layla and Kacie. Kacie, born with cerebral palsy, has always felt the need to prove that she can get a man just like any ‘normal’ woman. She has six children and five baby daddies; bug has never had a husband. When she meets an older man at church, she hopes her prayers for a perfect love will be fulfilled.
Through their trials, the three of them cling to each other. The circumstances they face will hopefully teach them how to cling to God.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I write my books according to titles. From the titles, a story line develops and it takes off from there.
Who are your main character(s)?
The main characters in Beautiful Ugly are three thirty-year old friends: Layla Hobbs, Kacie Mayweather, and Envy Wilson
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why? In Beautiful Ugly I would have to say that my favorite character is Kacie Mayweather.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
I had to do some research but most of the story line developed from everyday life.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Beautiful Ugly?
I would like the readers to walk away knowing that each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. We may not look like the next person, act like the next person, or we may believe that we don’t measure up to others as much as we’d like to, but the truth is that we are formed in God’s image, and He does not make mistakes. Therefore, if you haven’t learned this already, I hope that by reading Beautiful Ugly that the most beautiful person on the outside can be ugly on the inside, and vice versa.
What’s next for you?
More writing of course. The sequel to My Son’s Wife will be released nationwide August 31, 2010, so I’m excited about that. I also plan to enlarge my vision for Living Your Dreams Now non-profit corporation. I am excited to help others achieve their dreams.
About the Author
Author Shelia E. Lipsey is a multi-award winning author. Her novels are available at most bookstores nationwide as well as online. Lipsey’s books have been called gripping, life-altering, memorable and realistic. Lipsey was recently awarded the 2009 Top Shelf Award for Beautiful Ugly by Black Pearls Magazine. She also won 2009 Shades of Romance Readers’ Choice Awards for My Son’s Wife in the following categories: Author of the Year, Christian fiction Book of the Year, Christian Romance of the Year, Best Book Cover of the Year, Best Fiction Book of the Year, among several other awards for her novels, Into Each Life and Sinsatiable.
Lipsey is the proud mother of two sons and the grandmother of three blessed young men. She is president of UCHisGloryBookClub.net, founder of Living Your Dreams Now a non-profit organization and MAAW (Memphis African American Writers).
But she’s never had one man to call her own. They’ll need plenty of faith and support from each other to see the real beauty that lies within each one of them and fulfill their deepest desires at last. For more information, visit www.shelialipsey.com.
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Shelia Lipsey is the author of three other Christian Fiction novels. The trivia questions below are from one of those novels. Leave your response to the trivia question below in the comment section.
What was Fantasia Runsome’s profession? Tell us the title of the book.