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.