THE WRITER’S EDGE
Several published authors are scheduled to visit The Place to SOAR to share their thoughts on the Writer’s Edge, one of the 10 SOAR Commandments. The Writer’s Edge commandment rests on our belief in the power of the written word. It reflects the extra edge exhibited in the desire to share your life experiences and lessons learned through the written word. For many the process of redesigning life leads to the passion of writing for the enjoyment and benefit of others. The written word becomes a part of the legacy we leave behind.
Born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Sharel E. Gordon-Love started writing at the age of six, winning immediate recognition for her essays and short stories. Her first nonfiction work, “Is There Hope for the Black Male?” was published by Black Child Magazine in 1994.
Certified in Microcomputer Technology and Business Administration, Sharel graduated from Berkeley College of Business in 1993 and continued her administrative studies at Kaplan University until 2014.Sharel’s short story, I’ll Always Be Just a Thought Away,can be found in an anthology compiled by Sachel titled The HEART of OUR COMMUNITY, in 2006.
Sharel’s first novel, When He Calls, was released in 2002, followed by The Putting Away in 2011, for which Sharel was nominated for Breakout Author of the Year 2011 by the African American Literary Awards Show for her title, The Putting Away and nominated in the category of Christian Fiction in 2014 for her title, Change Me For My Season, the third novel in the Seasons of Life series.
Currently Sharel is writing three releases for 2015: An ebook series, Saved to Serve the first book in the series is titled, Messy. Additionally, she is writing a full-length novel titled, “The Dry Place,” and a non-fiction work titled Limitless Through My Limitedness, a personal testimony of the challenges she has faced over the last 7 years with her health.
A supporter of fellow authors, Sharel has been an interviewer of literary works for APOOO (A Place of Our Own) Book Club since 2005 until early 2014, and continues to review for authors upon request. She has also contributed in writing works for other authors and is currently assisting a first-time author write a series to be released in 2015. Sharel has been a volunteer, freelance content editor for new authors as well.
Sharel has also worn the hat of “radio host” with her own broadcast, “Inspired Moments with Sharel,” at World Harvest Radio located in Plainfield, New Jersey, using the platform to introduce new authors, singers, poets and others who work to bring about change, as well as raising awareness for social and critical health issues on each broadcast
Domestic Violence and two-time cancer survivor, and inspirational speaker, Sharel is a licensed evangelist in the Church of God in Christ, and along with her family, attend New Reid Temple C.O.G.I.C. in East Orange, New Jersey. There she serves on the Administrative Staff, Youth Department, and Women’s ministries. Sharel, resides in North Plainfield, New Jersey with her family.