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Shoya Bowman: From Unemployed to Popular Playwright

Chicagoan Shoya Bowman recreated her life with words. The former property manager, followed her dreams and turned her self-published book, Goodbye Don’t Always Mean Gone, into a twice sold-out play, Love’s Got a Hold on Me.

Bowman visited rolling out recently to share the secret of her success.

We know you are a full-time writer; was writing something you were always interested in?

Bowman: Actually, no, it wasn’t. I really didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I captured writing later on in life. In 2003, I decided I was going to write based off of my failed relationships, as a form of release from anxiety and stress from the failed relationships. So, I just started writing poetry and poetry led to short stories and short stories led to a novel, and writing just took a course of its own and that’s my life now.

Do you have any favorite writers?

Bowman: I do have some favorites. I like Iyanla Vanzant, Nikki Giovanni, Terry McMillan, and Vickie Stringer.

Did being around artistic parents have any influence on you?

Bowman: Yes. I knew, because I am creative and my parents were creative- my mother was a musician, my father an artist. I knew my creativity had to lie somewhere. It laid dormant in me until I became an adult, and one day, decided that I was going to write. I think just watching them aspire to live out their dreams influenced me to live out mine.

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1 Comment

  1. Mel Roberson on August 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    That’s interesting. Self-employed people are considered unemployed now? I applaud people who have the courage to go out on their own and make their dreams come true. I guess Tyler Perry is unemployed too? Well, if that’s the case, I raise my glass and toast the unemployed visionaries! They are the people with faith and boldness to live for themselves. If you are walking into a building everyday that does not have your name on it, you are building somebody else’s dream. Go Shoya go!  I’ve worked for myself for years. It was hard at first, but worth it. Everybody should use the gifts that God gave them and follow their dreams!