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Friday, September 12, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Marvelous Are Thy Works by Meiah Shaun
Fatima Williams is the owner of All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, D.C. Her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are her business partners. Fatima had an epiphany. She desires to empower black women by motivational speaking and traveling across the country.
As Fatima moves further into her destiny, her inner circle has dwindled. Frustrated that she is an eternal girlfriend, her boyfriend Ephraim of five years is too busy climbing the corporate ladder. To make matters worse, Lauryn and Sheba will not commit to the cause. The best season of her life is turning into a lonely one.
Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self love and relationships.
“Ladies, I want to hold a quick meeting,” Fatima said, calling for their attention. “We need to discuss the future plans for the salon.”
Lauryn and Sheba sat across from her in the waiting area.
“I want to build our brand and take things to the next level.”
Sheba and Lauryn gawked at each other, then looked back at Fatima.
“Go on. Tell us more,” Lauryn responded.
“I’ve been planning a speaking tour to educate black women across the country about natural hair care. I want to educate on the transitional stage to wearing natural hair.” Fatima opened her binder, reached over Sheba, and handed the presentation to Lauryn.
“Sounds interesting,” said Lauryn. She elbowed Sheba, who bit down on her lip without uttering a word.
Fatima beamed. “Lauryn, open the business plan!” she urged. Then Fatima stood to her feet and started pacing before them with conviction in her eyes. “Black women need to be enlightened about the benefits of natural hair. Right, y’all? We were just talking about this a little while ago.”
Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas. She started writing poetry at age eight.
Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a Novella (VC Publishing, 2014). Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair. She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks. Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her.
Meiah Shaun is featured on Ezinearticles.com as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews.
Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.
Get to know the author:
What was your inspiration for writing Marvelous Are Thy Works?
I am passionate about the natural hair movement. I love empowering black women to accept and wear their natural hair.
Have you had any experiences or life events that are related to your book?
Yes, I decided in 2007 to stop chemically relaxing my hair. I discovered during my journey that my natural hair is very beautiful. I embraced my 4b/4c hair texture with all of it kinks and coils. I received compliments from people of all races on my natural hair when I wore an afro, braids and two strand twists. I currently wear Sisterlocks. Black men constantly shower me with compliments on my Sisterlocks.
Wearing my natural hair renewed my self esteem and gave me more confidence as a black woman. There is nothing to fear about going natural.
Can you identify with the protagonist in your book?
I identify with my protagonist, Fatima Williams, in that black natural hair is unique and beautiful. It is God’s perfect craftsmanship and black women should be enlightened about the benefits of wearing their natural hair.
What author(s) have inspired you as a writer?
For Marvelous Are Thy Works, authors Lori Tharps and Ayana Byrd were inspirations to me. They wrote the book titled: Hair Story, Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. Their book inspired me to go natural when I was seeking answers for my hair loss, breakage and low self esteem.
Also, author and innovator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell is an inspiration to me as I proudly wear Sisterlocks. Dr. Cornwell’s book titled: That Hair Thing is a must read for black women to educate themselves about natural hair and sisterlocks.
How has your faith influence you as an inspirational author?
Writing is spiritual to me as I pray before I sit down to write. I ask God for direction and for him to use me as a vessel to bless and inspire others.
How have you developed as an author?
I write and journal regularly. I work on multiple projects such as articles, devotionals and on my second manuscript. I believe that working on several projects can prevent writer’s block.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title is taken from Psalms 139:14 (KJV). It’s one of my favorite bible verses for self love and self esteem. God makes us for a purpose and we are perfect in his image.
What type of environment do you prefer to write?
I like to write at home. Sometimes I prefer quietness and other times I put on my headphones and listen to jazz music and write.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I want to go to London. It is one of the top cities in the world for vegetarians. I am no longer a vegetarian but I still desire to sample London’s vegetarian cuisine along with some fish and chips.