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Interview with Author Sharnel Williams

Today, I’m pleased to introduce Sharnel Williams. She has been featured on this blog in the past, but since her original interview, she has greatly expanded her list of accomplishments. Sharnel’s story has inspired many people and she is a role model to many women. I hope you will enjoy this interview.


Hi, Sharnel. Welcome back to Authors to Watch. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Born & raised in Newark, NJ, I’m a wife, mother, writer, radio host and entrepreneur.

I understand you are hosting a Women Empowerment Luncheon. How did you get the idea to host this event?

I knew it was time to tell my story. One day I posted on Facebook to be a part of someone’s Women Empowerment Conference. I receive a couple of inboxes and they were telling me to have my own. Then the rest was history.

What types of events do you have planned as part of this event?

It would be 10 motivational speakers including myself. This is my first, so I’m going to keep it simple. I’m still learning. Food-Entertainment-Raffle-Gift bags.


How do you think this event will help and empower women?

It will help in many ways. If one speaker can inspire one person, we have done our job.

Where can my readers go to learn more about the luncheon or to buy tickets?


What inspired you to begin your writing and publishing career?

It was different for me. My son passed away from leukemia 2 days after his 12th birthday. That’s when my writing started. Yes, I was a late bloomer.

Can you tell us about your published books?

I have several books published. I would love for everyone to support my work. You can go to my website and learn more about me and my books:

Can you tell us a little about your publishing company, Shar-Shey Publishing?

Yes. Let’s start with the name. Shar, come from Shakil my son and Sharnel. Shey, come from I had a stillborn fullterm in 1992 and I named her Varshey. I started my company because I wanted people who couldn’t afford them high price companies, to be able to get their stories out with an affordable company.

As an author, publisher, and speaker, how do you use your story to inspire others to achieve their dreams?

I look back at my life, never thought about writing a book. Never knew my son was going to pass away at an early age, from cancer. I inspire others by my accomplishments. Meaning, you are going to get Tested in life. You must follow your goals and keep walking straight. Things happen for a reason.

What’s next for you, Sharnel? Do you have any upcoming books, events, or projects to tell us about?

Yes. My son has a memorial park in Newark, NJ @ Branch Brook Park. Every year we have an event around August, it’s free to the public.  We give back to the kids.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me and continue supporting me. God is Good!

To learn more about Sharnel Williams, you can visit the following links:


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Interview with Author Sharnel Williams

Today’s guest is Sharnel Williams, author of several books including “What Do A Mother Do: The Shakil Williams Story.” She’s here to speak with us about her latest release, “I’m Black, He’s White.”

Welcome, Sharnel. Thanks for visiting with us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Sharnel Williams, born and raised in Newark, NJ. I’m a wife, mother, writer and author. I have written 3 books.

When did you begin writing?

Back in 2005, after the passing of my son.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

My latest book, “I’m Black, He’s White”. It’s a fiction book, about an interracial couple.

How did you get the idea for the book?

I wanted to try something different. I have out 2 non-fiction books already. Plus, where I live it’s a lot of interracial couples. No, I never have been in an interracial relationship.

If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?

I would recommend my first book. “What Do A Mother Do? The Shakil Williams Story” This book came from my heart. This is based on my son battling leukemia.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

My book, “I’m Black, He’s White” my favorite is Jackie. She reminds me of me.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

WOW! The love scene.

What is your primary goal as an author?

My goal is to tell my son story to the world and turn my book into a movie. (My first book) I would love for at least one of my books to get on The NY Times Bestseller.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on anthology with another author. Which I hope will be out by Christmas. I’m working on part 2 to “I’m Black, He’s White”.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Follow your Dream; don’t let anyone say you can’t do it.

For anyone interested in learning more about Sharnel Williams and her books, please visit the following links:

Books can be purchased here:

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A Mother’s Worst Nightmare: Meet the Authors

Today’s guests are Sharnel Williams and Nicole Martin, the co-authors of A Mother’s Worst Nightmare

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare was written by two strong and courageous women, Nicole and Sharnel. We decided to share with the world our journey of caring for a child with an illness that ultimately led to their death.

We introduce:
Shakil Williams, whom was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 11
Nyasia Martin, whom was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 6

This collection is presented by two authors living in different States whom was bought together by God to inspire and share their love, loss and coping skills with other parents/caregivers whom experienced similar heartache and loss. If you are reading this, it’s not by accident. Please support us and our hopes to help someone that may be dealing with similar issues…

Read Our Stories, Share Our Angels…

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

Sharnel: My name is Sharnel Williams, born in Newark, NJ. I’m a Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Author.

Nicole: I am a published author living in Baltimore Maryland. I have dreamed of becoming a author since the age of 12. I love to write urban fiction. I gave birth to two daughters and loss one of them at the age of 12 to epilepsy.

Q: Can you tell me about A Mother’s Worst Nightmare?

Sharnel: It’s about two moms, losing their child to a illness. For myself I wanted to let, all the grieving mothers/parents, that they are not alone. And there is life after a death in the family.

Nicole: A Mother’s Worst Nightmare is my first non fiction project with Sharnel Williams. It’s broken into two separate stories. Mines tell about me losing my daughter back in June 2010 to epilepsy. I give very personal details of my journey, feelings/emotions and overall how it was raising my daughter and losing her.

Q: How did you decide to collaborate on this book?

Sharnel: I wanted to get a couple of authors together. I was looking for the ones that had lost a child. So, we can write a inspirational book. I had a story to tell and hope that it will help others.

Nicole: Sharnel approached me about doing this collaboration and I gladly accepted.

Q: Have you done any writing in the past?

Sharnel: I have another book out called, “What Do A Mother Do? The Shakil Williams Story”

Nicole: Yes, I have two full novels out and I am apart of another anthology with three other authors that was published under Star City Publications.

Q: Have you received any feedback from other parents who have lost children or who have children who are ill?

Sharnel: Yes! I really feel proud of me and Nicole.

Nicole: Yes, I have been getting feedback left and right from other parents after reading MWN and they have all been great expressions and thank you’s for sharing our stories.

Q: What has been the most positive aspect of writing this book?

Sharnel: First of all getting a grieving mother, who was willing to do this? Hearing, all the positive feedback.

Nicole: It was truly therapy for me. Writing it, I went through so many emotions because basically, I relived those moments. Sharnel was wonderful helping me stay strong through it and encouraging not to give up.

Q: Are you working on any more writing projects, either individually or together?

Sharnel: Yes! I’m in the middle of putting my first book back out. Plus, working on a new book myself.

Nicole: Yes I am currently working on several projects; two writing projects and also launching my own blog talk along with opening an online web store.

Q: What have you done so far to promote the book?

Sharnel: Social Media, and online blogtalkradio shows

Nicole: The book has been out for about a month now and we have gotten it into several bookstores, we promote daily via social networks, we are also working on a mailing campaign and email campaign.

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare can be purchased on Amazon.

To learn more about these inspirational authors, please visit the following links:

Sharnel Williams: Amazon Page, Twitter, Website, Facebook, and Blog Talk Radio

Nicole Martin: Amazon Page, Twitter, Facebook, Smashwords, and Goodreads

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