Sheena Binkley is a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment.
For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself, your writing and books
Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment.
To date, her best-selling novels include In Love With My Best Friend, Love Unbroken, Something Just Ain’t Right, and The Love Chronicles.
In April of 2016, Sheena launched her own publishing company which focus strictly on romance books. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Honestly, no. Although writing was my hobby, I never thought about publishing a book, mainly because I was nervous to put my writing on public display. My thoughts changed four years ago when I debuted In Love With My Best Friend. Although I was nervous about the release, I had a sense of relief that I was able to fulfil a huge accomplishment in my life.
Tells us about your book, and the story behind writing it
Real Love is my latest novel, and it is the spin-off to one of my series, Love, Life, & Happiness. The story focuses on the original couple of the series, Riana & Shawn, as they embark on a new journey in their lives; individually and as a couple.
With this story, I wanted to show that despite how happy a couple can be, they will go through several trials in their relationship. The story focuses on what it takes for a couple to weather any storm and to see how strong their love is for each other.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
The biggest challenge about being a writer is sometimes going through writer’s block. For me, this happens every now and then, especially if I have a lot going in my life. When I do experience writer’s block, I would do several things to get through them, including taking a break from writing, listening to music, or even watching TV. By doing that, it usually helps me relax and it gives me ideas on what I want to write about.
Do you have a specific writing space?
Unfortunately, no. I usually write where I can; that includes at work, on my phone, or while sitting on my bed.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
The best advice I could give is to be true to yourself with your writing. Don’t write a story or genre because it’s “cool” or “popular;” write what’s in your heart and don’t let anyone discourage you from writing what you feel.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
Currently, I have my journal and my Kindle on my bedside table. I have over 100 books on my Kindle that I haven’t even read yet, but I will try to soon.
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
My biggest writing influences mainly come from personal experiences and just plain imagination. There has been a lot of situations that I have experienced in my life that I considered to be great writing material, so I incorporated some of those experiences into majority of my stories.
How do you market your writing?
I market my writing through various sources, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), websites, book tours, interviews, and word of mouth.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
Readers might not know that I have a degree in broadcast journalism and did a local TV show while I was in college. It was for six weeks and I was the anchor for the show. It was pretty fun.
by Sheena Binkley
Shawn and I have been in love with each other since our first encounter in college six years ago. Despite our share of ups and downs, the two of us have a bond that no one could ever break. No other what, we have supported each other; so when Shawn accepted a position in Atlanta, I wasn’t too happy about moving, but I would do anything for him. With living in a new state, things can become very complicated. I know our love is strong, but is it strong enough to get through the issues we’re currently facing?
I knew the first moment I saw Ri that she was going to be my wife someday. Although we had a few bumps in our relationship, we were able to get through them and is more in love than ever before. When I accepted a huge opportunity in Atlanta, I knew Ri wasn’t on board with leaving Baker, but she did it for me, which I was grateful for. But with new challenges facing us, including issues with my co-worker, I have to wonder was moving worth risking my marriage for?