Author Sherron Elise is back with another book that is sure to entertain while focusing on some relevant truths. I recently spoke with her about Excess Baggage.
Tell me about your latest book.
Excess Baggage is a cautionary tale about what happens when you try to move outside of God’s timelines for your life, particularly when it comes to dating and marriage. The group of women in this novel discover that the dating pool is—well—rather pissy. But instead of allowing God to position them to be found by a mate, they take matters into their own hands. The results are disastrous.
Why did you decide to write it?
I wrote this book because I can relate to the plights of many of the characters. You can become frustrated and wonder if the Christian walk is all worth it at times. There were times when I felt forgotten by God and that He’s left me sitting on the bench when I’m itching to get in the game and succeed at this thing called life.
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
It’s a toss-up between London and Arica. I can definitely relate to London’s longing for motherhood, yet desiring to be married first. And Arica is very mature and responsible for her age. I also admire Arica’s resilience.
What was the hardest part about writing the story?
The hardest part was making sure I didn’t come across too preachy. That’s the line I often tread when writing Christian fiction. Readers don’t want to listen to a sermon, page after page.
If you were to write a book about your life, what would be the title and why?
It would be titled Full Circle. I say this because as a writer, I often find myself connecting with many authors I’ve grown up reading and admire.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
Sherron, you keep writing those poems and short stories because you’re laying the foundation for your future as a storyteller. While it hurts when your peers are laughing at you for being shy and socially awkward, not understanding why you’d rather spend time in libraries or stay at home during the weekends to read instead of following the in-crowd, none of this will be wasted. It’s preparation. TRUST the process.
What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a huge college football and NFL fan. Jalen Hurts is my favorite player. Even though I’m nearly 20 years his senior, I glean a lot from his work ethic and nuggets of wisdom he drops. Not to mention he’s a fellow native Houstonian like myself. Let’s go, Eagles!
Tell me about a book that changed your life and why.
Terry McMillan’s Disappearing Acts. I read this book as a middle school student, and it was my first introduction to African-American fiction. Terry’s career showed me that black authors could be successful writing stories for and about us.
What’s next for you?
I will be releasing book 3 of my Married to the Game series. It’s titled Interception. I am also outlining book 4, The End Zone, which will conclude the series.
Do you have anything you would like to add?
As always I thank you for this opportunity, Chandra, and this space you have carved out for black authors. It’s greatly appreciated.
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To learn more about Sherron Elise, visit her website (www.sherronelise.com) or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/sherronelise), Instagram (instagram.com/sherronelise/) and TikTok (@sherronelise). Her email address is email@example.com.