Shay Bills is an anointed woman of God, born and raised in Paris, Texas, by her late grandmother Bettie L. King. Bills and her husband, Terry, have three children. Recognized by many as a powerful speaker, teacher, and motivator, Evangelist Bills is truly a chosen vessel of the Lord. She shares her insightful and thought-provoking message to women’s ministries and speaks to the hearts of both young and old.
She is a natural educator, holding a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Education Administration with Principal Certification, both from Texas A & M University in Commerce. She is a Texas Licensed Realtor with Century 21 Harvey Properties and Lighthouse Learning Daycare Center owner with Directors’ Credentials from the State of Oklahoma. Evangelist Bills obediently makes full proof of her ministry and is currently promoting her newly released book, Is Your Ghost Holy? Eight Principles for Evaluating Your Walk in the Spirit.
Thank you for this interview, Shay. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
The short version is that I was born and raised in Paris, Texas, I’m married to a wonderful husband named Terry, have two-step sons Braxton and Terrance, a 16 year old daughter Ariole, and am a multiple-small business owner. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education Administration. I have been writing since I was a little girl.
I had many growing pains as a child. My grandmother raised me and encouraged me to write to Jesus any time I needed to talk to someone. I would write Him and bury the letters in our front yard, thinking upon deterioration the message would float to Him and He would answer. I am delighted to say, “He did answer and continues to do so today.”
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
The answer to that question surprises some people because I knew I was going to be a published author around age thirteen. I have had a list of goals since then that change from year to year but becoming a published author was always on the list.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Definitely. The book is entitled, Is Your Ghost Holy? Eight Principles for Evaluating Your Walk in the Spirit. It’s a reflective writing designed to assist the reader in an effective analysis of their walk in the Spirit. The book is written in simplistic style intentionally so that the message is not lost in delivery. Throughout the book, readers will journey through chapters of love, truth and life to discover the essence of the Holy One’s purpose in their life. About five years ago, the Lord delivered a Word through me entitled, Is Your Ghost Holy? That message stayed with me and was so alive that I began to journal because I was seeking answers of my own as to my purpose and God’s plan for my life. Over time, the writings grew and the Lord continued to use me. Within the past year, I received instruction from on High to publish what was once simple writings and journals and to use a Christian publishing company for this first book. In obedience, Is Your Ghost Holy, is now available to all.
What was the inspiration behind your book? Why did you feel a need to write it?
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. I can’t just pinpoint one place because anything can be a source of inspiration for me. For my latest book, inspiration came from the subject of a talk a few years ago that stayed with me for years. For the two books I am currently in the middle of, inspiration came from a passion of mine and from a desire to tell my story.
Do you write mainly by day or by night?
I am a morning person. I prefer to get up early in the morning for all things including writing, studying, working, cleaning and researching. I think better in the morning. I am more creative and I find that I take more risks in the morning (daytime) than at night.
Do you have an agent? What were your experiences finding her/him?
I do not have an agent. I do believe now looking back that an agent may have been helpful. I did research and speak with two agents but ultimately decided to not use an agent for this first publication. This has truly been a work of the Lord, giving me one of the desires of my heart to be a published author while continuing to spread the good news of the Gospel.
Do you have a website? Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?
Yes, I do have a website. Visit me at www.ShayBills.com anytime. I manage my own site and I have a great Christian website design team.
What’s next for you?
I am currently in the middle of two books at the moment. Is Your Ghost Holy? has sparked so many different flames in my life from public speaking, hosting and conducting church group and business seminars and workshops. It has also introduced me to wonderful men and women all over the world and for that I am so appreciative. With the publication of future work, I pray to continue down the same path.
Thank you for this interview, Shay! Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Do not be afraid to publish your own work, especially if God has given you the green light to do so. Research the field and take your time. Publishing your first book is just like making a first impression, you only get one chance, make it a good one.
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