Get To Know: Author Shelia Moses

Shelia Moses is an award-winning author of several books for young readers including: Joseph’s Grace, The Return of Buddy Bush, I, Dred Scott, The Baptism, The Legend of Buddy Bush, Sallie Gal and the The Sittin’ Up. 

Van Buren: What made you want to become a writer?

Moses: Nothing really made me want to be a writer, I was born for this. My mother was and still is a daily reader; her love for reading made me fall in love with words. I wanted to write my own.

Van Buren: How do you select the names of your characters?

Moses: My character’s names come from the same place my stories are born. I’m from Rich Square, North Carolina, the place I love most in the world. The names of my ancestors are rich and colorless, I need look no further.

Van Buren: Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Moses: My characters are based on my ancestors. There’s no such thing as fiction. Stories are based on something from your soul.

Van Buren: Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Moses: I was an agent before I started writing. I met everyone from Nelson Mandela to Gordon Parks. I appreciate these people now more than ever, because many have gone on to glory.

Van Buren: If you could write about anyone fiction/nonfiction who would you write about? 

Moses: I would write about A. Phillip Randolph.

Van Buren: Are you working on anything new at the moment?

Moses: I just finished a novel titled, “South of Baltimore”.

Van Buren: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Moses: I would tell the young Shelia P. Moses that she is more than enough.








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