Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shelly Hickman Tour: Somewhere Between Black and White

Somwhere Between Black and White

Shelly Hickman

Romance, humor, family drama, with a touch of Buddhism. Sound interesting?

When approaching life's problems, Sophie sees in black and white. That is, when they're someone else's problems. So when it comes to her sister, Sophie is sure she has all the answers, and offers them without hesitation. If only her sister would listen.

Then, through a series of chance encounters, she meets Sam, who is witty, kind, and downright unflappable. Sophie has the overwhelming sense that she's known him before, and as a relationship builds between them, odd visions invade her mind. Though she tries to dismiss them, their persistence will not allow it.

As someone who is quick to judge others, she is intrigued by Sam's ability to accept people as they are. She begins to see him as a role model, but try as she may, his accepting nature is difficult to emulate.

Will Sophie ever be able to put her hasty judgments aside and realize not every problem has a simple solution?


Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer applications and multimedia at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.


 Your favorite place in the world - Disneyland

 Your favorite book turned movie – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 Your favorite musician – Annie Lennox

Autumn, though I’m not sure why. It lasts about one week in Las Vegas.

 Who was your favorite teacher and why? Carrol Statom, my high school theater teacher. Her classes drew me out of my shell, and she’s still my friend to this day.

 What is your favorite television show? – Big Bang Theory

 What time on the clock do you always notice most? 2:16 pm (end of the school day)

 Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent book? I just thought it would be interesting to explore the idea that we can easily make assumptions about people or situations when we don’t have all the information.

 Do you have rituals for when you are writing? Particular place you write, music you listen to, specific drink or snack? Anything you must do when you are writing… No rituals. I think maybe I should get some because my time and place for writing has no rhyme or reason to it.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Sam. He is so laid back and so not like me.

 Do you use a particular writing method? Like do you use index cards, outlines, free writing for ten minutes? How do you organize your thoughts before and while writing? I’m not a very organized writer. I don’t do outlines and I typically have a very vague idea of where I want to go. I try to let the characters lead the way.

What has been the best part since becoming a published author? And the worst? The best part has been getting to know all of these wonderful, supportive authors who are so willing to offer encouragement and share resources any way they can. The worst? Marketing!

 Has becoming an author changed you in any way? If so, how? I’ve had to learn how to become a self-promoter, which I’ve never been good at. I’m still trying to learn that whole side of being an author.

 How long did it take you to write your book? About a year.

 What are your goals for the future (as a writer)? I want to write stories that can make people laugh at our common flaws, or at least not take them so seriously. The fact is, we’re all doing the best we can and we all just want to be happy.

Connect with Shelly!

Continue following her as she tours:

July 17 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review
July 18 – Regina May Ross – Review & Guest Post
July 19 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & amp; Excerpt
July 22- Wise Words – Guest Post


  1. Great interview, Shelly and Samantha! Always love to learn more about you, Shelly. I'm with you - Big Bang Theory is so funny. I've only seen it a few times but I cracked up. Guess we have a similar sense of humor. Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't use an outline while writing too. I always feel like I should, but my characters usually lead the way, just like yours. :-)

    1. If you've only seen BBT a few times, you must definitely increase your viewing. And outlines? I hated them in high school, too. ;)

  2. Correction: sorry, meant to say it was a great interview to Michala and Shelly! Somehow I thought it was Samantha since I saw her post on Twitter about it. :-)