“One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom. “
~ African proverb
"Shy Speaks addresses the overwhelming inequality with the intention of educating students and igniting change from a grassroots level through providing potential troubled youth with the confidence and knowledge to propagate positive change in themselves and their communities."
Allow us to introduce you to;Author & Speaker,Shy L. Williams, MLG
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:Continue to have faith in God and that no weapon formed against you will prosper. Believe in your ability and trust the process.
Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:Publishing my first book opened my eyes and expanded my writing style. I'm use to writing police reports but I had to learn how to capture my audience (children) attention with being extremely descriptive while being thought provoking and fun.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A:The best money spent was when I paid for a writer's workshop given by a woman who is now my business mentor, Halimah DeOliveira (Be You In HD). That workshop changed my life.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A:As an urban author, I write books to build literacy for urban youth. It's essential that reading comprehension is obtained amongst our culture. Students shut down when they are reading passages or books that they cannot relate to or understand; it's on us [African American authors] to bridge that gap to help our youth to accomplish literacy success.
Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A: My first two books I have dedicated to my future children because I want my voice and words to out live me. Therefore, I selected my characters based on the names I'd like to name my future children.
Q: What is your favorite childhood book?
A: Besides my own, I love the concept of Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison because it's teaching our youth about various important and phenomenal black ancestors. To me this is essential because the lack of teaching in schools, the shift begins with us.
Q:What does "Representation" mean to you?
A: Representation is speaking up for someone or a group of individuals who have lost their voice. To be of service to those who have been suffocated.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)?
A: Shop Here: www.speakshy.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, We Buy Black
Shop Here: www.speakshy.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, We Buy Black