Interviewing Author Shirell Bates

Interviewing Author Shirell Bates

1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?

A. I am a mother of 4 who became known after going multi-viral while pregnant with my twins. My undesirable experience made national headlines in 2018 setting the tone of pain during a time of my life that was supposed to bring joy. During these viral experiences, I started getting cyberbullied by over 400,000 people through social media. I was inspired to write my children’s book ‘Woolly Bully’ out of the pain of being bullied and instead turned it into strength to take a stance against bullying.
My favorite books to read are actually children’s books! I especially love the classic Illustrated picture books like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ It’s such a special time for my children and me to enjoy these books together during our daily bedtime stories. The colors are captivating and these books ignited a love for children’s book for me as reader and Author/Illustrator

2.when did you decide you were going to write a book?

A. I decided I was going to write this book early in my postpartum period with my twins. They were only 2 months old and God downloaded the desire to write this book and the book quickly came together! In between raising my 6-year-old and tandem breastfeeding twins, I was able to write the book in 21 days and complete every illustration in 2 months.

3. How did you come up with the name of your books?

A. The name just came to me. Woolly’s character is a woolly caterpillar who is also a bully. It was perfect!

4. What are you working on for 2020?

A. In July, ‘Woolly Bully’ will be available on ImagineTime TV’s youtube channel as a free storybook reading for everyone to enjoy! I am excited to be reading my book and bringing the fun, excitement, and important message of this book. This COVID-19 pandemic will not stop the important outreach that ‘Woolly Bully’ needs to make with audiences of all ages. When social gatherings become acceptable again, I look forward to getting back into schools and bookstores to do my storytimes.

5. How long have you been writing?

A. I have always been a naturally gifted poet and have loved writing, however; this is my first book.

6. What advice would you give other authors? 

A. Do it, afraid and all. I think authors often overthink and may even talk themselves out of the books the world needs from them. For me, I could have convinced myself that my circumstances going on made it bad timing to create this book but honestly it would have been a disservice to what I had been through. My pain would have been in vain if I chose not to help somebody else and use what God gave me to make a difference. 

7.where can people find you online?

A. My children’s book ‘Woolly Bully’ is available at major book retailers GLOBALLY!  In North America check out Barnes and Noble’s, Books-A-Million, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon, or your local independent bookstore. 
To find out more about my viral experiences inspiring the book, check out my blog “The Twin Bates”

8. Do you plan on making more books in the future?

A. Right now, ‘Woolly Bully’ is such a primary focus to continue to spread its important message. It continues to deserve my undivided attention-getting it into schools across the country and in the homes of our youth. In the future, I would love to expand ‘Woolly Bully’ into a book series and more!

9. How many books have you written?

A. This is the only book I have written.

10 did you go to college to be a writer?

A. No, I did not pursue higher education to be a writer. I have my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts simply for my quest for knowledge in general in the field of the Arts.