Sunday, January 29, 2006

FEATURED AUTHOR - Cheryl Talley Moss

SORMAG: Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer.

Cheryl Talley Moss:
I'm a native of Gary, Indiana, but I've lived in Texas for the past twenty years. I have been writing and expressing myself all of my life. I made it a career choice after surviving cancer. I honed my skills as an Ethnic Hair & Skin Care Specialist during my twenty-five years experience as an Award-Winning Cosmetology Stylist/Educator. Over 20 years ago, I was employed as the assistant to the chemist of the Research and Development Department at the oldest African American owned manufacturer of cosmetics and hair care products made especially for African Americans. I became the first African American woman to own a full-service hair salon in shopping mall in Mesquite, Texas in 1992. It was also the same year I became a cancer survivor. I believe God spared my life for a reason, and I'm determined to share all the gifts and talents He has blessed me with. In 1999 I wrote, self-published, and sold over 6 thousand copies of my self-help book, Healthy Hair Care Tips for Today's Black Woman, the black woman's guide to healthy hair. My current book, Sooner or Later, is a romance suspense. I recently released Cheryl Talley Moss Healthy Hair and Skin Care Products. I named part of the line: Georgia's Girl, in honor of my late mother. I'm currently happily single. I was married for 29 years and I have three adult children. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, traveling, sewing, listening to music, and designing jewelry.

SORMAG: Tell us about your current book?

Sooner or Later is an entertaining romance suspense that deals with real issues such as sexual assault, obesity, discrimination in the workplace, infidelity, and baby momma drama.

SORMAG: What would you like your readers to take away from your book?

I want my readers to realize that we all have issues. The sooner we deal with whatever causes us hurt and pain, the better off we will be.

SORMAG: What makes your writing style unique?

My experience in the cosmetology industry has taught me to write in a simple and descriptive manner.

SORMAG: What do you do to make time for yourself?

I'm a very organized person. I make time for myself by scheduling time for myself.

SORMAG: Why did you choose the self publishing route?

I've been self-employed since 1992. Self publishing was another way to fuel my entrepreneurial spirit.

SORMAG: What's something you wish you'd known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?

Publishing Healthy Hair Care Tips for Today's Black Woman was very expensive because I subcontracted all of the prepress work. Before I published my second book, Sooner or Later, I learned how to do everything myself ¦from developing the concept of the book cover to actually doing the book layout.

SORMAG: How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

I love hearing from my readers. They can contact me by visiting my web site: I appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to conduct this interview.


Barbarajoe said...

Wow! That was some excerpt. It pulled me right into the story, and it was a little scary. I can't wait to read more. Where are your books available.

Barbara Joe-Williams

KimW said...

Enjoyed reading more about you. Congratulations on being a cancer survivor and all your other successes.

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