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Literary Divas Presents Heather Covington

Monday, May 29, 2006

This week marks the last week of the author series on e-Spire. What a better way to end the series than with Heather Covington, the author of Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature. Literary Divas is a compilation of biographies about powerful African-American women who made their mark in the book publishing industry.

When I originally interviewed Heather Covington, I had no idea that I too held an honor to be among the women listed in this book. I won't attempt to list them all, but here are a few others that are listed: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrie Williams, Carol Mackey, etc.

Shelia Goss: Heather, you've been very supportive of the literary community. What motivated you to do a book honoring African American Women Writers?

Heather Covington: Shelia, thank you so much for having me.

My inspiration for writing Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature came as a result of my need to responsibly document the history of African American women in literature who should be celebrated 365 days of the year. I feel that children can also be motivated, encouraged and inspired to tell their stories as well as writers who decide to become authors. I have read so many works from great authors as yourself Shelia and many other Literary Divas as featured in the book who have also inspired me. I know people will enjoy reading Literary Divas as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Shelia: What criteria did the writers have to meet in order to be included in the book?

Heather: When my publisher, Tony Rose, CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc. approached me with a 4 book deal at the QBR Wheatley Awards in New York 2005, I had no other choice but YES! This company has sold over a million books. This was my chance to get to change the images of Black females to a mainstream audience like only ACGI can deliver. This company rules with Self Help Books, Career Guides and Celebrity Bios that are image building and reflect the best African American experience ever. I thought I would have to select authors who were bestsellers only, but Tony entrusted my vision. So with all that, no criteria was needed, just the vision.

Shelia: With such an extensive list, how long did it take you all to put the book together?

Heather: Shelia I am not going to lie to you. It took every breathing, living and waking moment. As everyone of those African American Literary Divas breathed, I, Heather Covington, Literary Diva, breathed with them. I walked in their shoes, sorrows, triumphs and I overcame obstacles with them.

Shelia: When will the book be available and where can we purchase it?

Heather: It just went to the printer today. Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature is available on online stores, and in a bookstore or local library near you. You can order direct at www.AmberBooks.com for the lowest discounts or visit my website over at www.LiteraryDiva.com to connect to all order links.

Shelia: What's next on your agenda?

Heather: I am planning a huge literary convention along with the YOUnity Guild Annual "Literary & Media" Infusionary Awards in NY. I like to bring people together. People can visit my site at www.Disilgold.com to RSVP for some exciting panels we're planning and to load up on their favorite books. I want to continue giving back to youth by donating scholarships from literary contests. I love giving back in special ways. I want young people to learn how to receive their blessings as givers because until you start giving, you've got nothing to receive. My life is a testament to this. I too, am a Literary Diva and get ready for the next installment, Literary Dons: The Top 100 + Most Admired African American Men in Literature.

Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature by Heather Covington is available for $16.95.

posted by Shelia, 6:25 AM


Dear Sheila,

You are every bit as professional an interviewer as you are a stellar writer.I have read all of your interviews, several of your books, been to your website and read your emails.

You have never failed to serve the literary community by entrusting your heart to share people's lives whom you hold an inner conviction are doing wonderful things for the community as well, and not just writing a bestseller.

You immediately contacted me upon hearing about my publication, were very cooperative about submitting valuable information to me upon request for the book, so courteous and yes, I sooooooo proud that you are one of our Literary Divas.

I feel truly honored to receive this interview by our Sheila Goss, a bestselling author whose reign has only begun.

Keeping this in mind, our last interview together is a historical and symbolic treasure in itself.

Sheila, I will treasure this interview for a lifetime. How about that, one of our Literary Divas interviewed me.

Well, here is to you Sheila Goss. Keep shinging and bringing us those entertaining and well written books.

The interview will be archived at www.literarydiva.com.

On behalf of the Disilgold Soul family, many blessings and THANK YOU.
commented by Anonymous Heather, 8:17 AM  
Great interview, Shelia. Heather is indeed a mover shaker and one of the most dedicated promoters of African American literature we have today. Congratulations to you both!
commented by Blogger Peggy, 9:44 AM  
Thanks, Shelia . . .
for the invitation to read your wonderful interview and for the opportunity to meet Heather Covington, an interesting, dynamic personality.

Bernadene Coleman
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 1:32 PM  

Very7 nice interview. Heather is very personable with whomever she meets, full of energy and a great passion for literature and it's writers and how they influence readers. I'm truly happy that she is producing a wonderful book that is so important to our community/.

Wishing you the best of the best in all your future endeavors.
commented by Anonymous purrfitfit, 10:26 PM  
Heather That's the least I could do...you do a lot for all of us and I for one appreciate it.

Thanks Peggy for stopping by. I love your poetry by the way.

Bernadene I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

Purrfitfit, I too am glad she documented this so the kids of today and tomorrow can see these women in a positive light.
commented by Blogger Shelia, 8:55 AM  

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