Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas.
Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a novella. Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair. She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks. Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her.
Meiah Shaun is featured on Ezinearticles.com as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews.
Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.
Meiah, tell us about your book?
Fatima, her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are natural hair stylist at All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, DC. Fatima wants to build a brand and invest into other business ventures for their salon. She desires to empower African American women by motivational speaking about the natural hair movement. She desires to travel the country to spread her message. Lauryn and Sheba are not interested in Fatima’s business idea. They have their own plans for their futures. They are going through different life events and are struggling to maintain their friendships while doing business together. Fatima’s boyfriend, Ephraim hasn’t asked for her hand in marriage after five years of dating. Fatima has to follow her instincts as she moves into her destiny.
How did you come up with idea for this book?
My inspiration behind Marvelous Are Thy Works is that I identify with my protagonist Fatima Williams as I love encouraging African American women to accept and wear their natural hair. Like Fatima, I have worked in real estate, was formerly a vegetarian and I have dated an African man. She and I have a few things in common.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
I had no idea in the beginning how long it would take me to complete my book. I worked on my novella for over two years.
Why do you write?
For me, writing is spiritual. I pray before I sit down to write. I ask God for direction and for him to use me as a vessel to bless and inspire others.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I want enlightened African American women about going natural as it is a personal choice. I hope my readers resonate with my protagonist, Fatima Williams who is a visionary and pursues her passion. I believe that Fatima is relatable to most women who want a prosperous life filled with success, love and happiness.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading inspirational authors such as Bishop TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore and Joel Osteen. However, some of my favorite fictional authors are Lori Tharps, Norma L. Jarrett and Rhonda McKnight.
What book(s) are you reading now?
I’ve been studying my pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes’s book called Instinct.
What books have most influenced your life?
I read the Bible to study the word of God which gives me strength and revelation.
Also, another book that has influenced me is by R.G. LeTourneau called Mover of Men and Mountains. I read the book while I was a student at LeTourneau University. The book taught me how to use biblical principles in my business engagements and in building relationships.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I am a fan of author, Lori Tharps. I read her books: Kinky Gazpacho and Hair Story, Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America while I was going natural several years ago. I was inspired by her books. During that time, I was researching answers for my hair loss and breakage due to chemical relaxers.
Any advice to give to aspiring writers?
My advice is to go for it! We all have a story to tell.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fatima, her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are natural hair stylist at All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, DC. Fatima wants to build a brand and invest into other business ventures for their salon. She desires to empower African American women by motivational speaking about the natural hair movement. She wants to travel nationally to spread her message. Lauryn and Sheba have rejected Fatima’s business proposal. They are going through different life events and are struggling to maintain their friendships while doing business together. Fatima’s boyfriend has not proposed after dating her for over five years. Fatima has to stand on her faith and follow her instincts as she moves into her destiny.
Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self love and relationships.
Marvelous Are Thy Works, a Novella by Meiah Shaun
All Natural Hair Salon’s busiest time was the first weekend of the month. Fatima made it to the salon at ten o’clock that morning. After parking her car in front of the salon, she noticed Lauryn and Sheba were already inside. The front window shades were pulled back and the lights were on.
“Good morning, ladies,” Fatima said as she walked through the door.
“Good morning, Fatima,” Lauryn answered, while sashaying to her workstation in her high heels and locs pulled back into a lobster tail style. Always the diva, Lauryn appeared to be in a good mood and eager to work.
“Hey, girl, you finally made it in,” Sheba said as she sorted through her laundry bag of towels. Her hair was loose in a kinky and curly twist-out hairstyle. She was dressed comfortably in white skinny jeans.
“Are there any messages for me?” Fatima asked.
“A young lady called to make an appointment. She requested a low maintenance hairstyle.”
“What time did she call?” Fatima inquired.
“She called a few minutes before you walked in,” Lauryn replied. “She said her name was Danielle Evans.”
“Did she leave her phone number?”
“I put it on your desk,” she said.
Fatima continued to her station so she could check her itinerary for the day. It was unusually free. “I’ll just work a half day and meet up with my honey later,” she told her co-workers.
Fatima then sat in her chair and started daydreaming about the day she would become Mrs. Ephraim Okoye. She could not wait to see him.
“Ladies, what are your plans today?” Fatima questioned.
“I have a couple of appointments for locs retightening, and I got a new client scheduled this morning. He’s a chef and new in town.” Lauryn smirked while doing a shimmy with her shoulders to show her excitement.
“A new male client? Girl, you be pullin’ the men,” teased Sheba.
“I need to pull a husband.”
“Baby, I met my husband when I wasn’t even lookin’. I was minding my own business down at the Farmer’s Market and––”
Lauryn rolled her eyes. “Sheba, you’ve told that story so many times,” she said, cutting Sheba off and looking down at her iPad to show her disinterest in hearing it again.
Sheba walked over to Lauryn and tapped her on the knee with her forefinger. “When you least expect it, that’s when you’re gonna meet him. It happened to me, girl!”
“I wish God would hurry up and send him!” Lauryn snipped. “Most married people forget what it’s like to be single, so it’s easy for them to tell someone else to be patient.”
“That’s not true,” Sheba replied.
Fatima butted in. “Some women who are married have never had to experience being single for long.”
“Don’t you just hate that, girl?” Lauryn said. “Then they try to tell you to wait and have faith. Chile, please!”