Rolling Out: You have a degree in business management from Columbia College Chicago, how did you go from business management to writing?

Bowman: Well, actually when you write full-time you have to manage your writing. So, I was able to still use every aspect that I learned in business to manage my business–Shoya’s Writings–that I now have. I manage how I write, my time management, how I promote my business, and how I promote myself. I also produce “Love’s Got a Hold On Me” the stage play, so all of my management skills that I developed at Columbia have led me to be successful in what I’m doing now.

Rolling Out: When did you decide to transition into writing?

Bowman: I didn’t transition into writing until I decided to start my business in 2005. That’s when Shoya’s Writing came about. I still use my degree, but I don’t use it in the typical,  9-to-5 corporate job, but I do use it in my everyday life.

Rolling Out: How did you go from unemployed to a popular playwright?

Bowman: When people read my first book called “Goodbye…Don’t Always Mean Gone,” they said, “This should be a stage play or miniseries.” They enjoyed it that much. Something sparked in me one day; I didn’t know how I was going to do it. So, I was blessed with having the assistance of finding out from a friend who led me down the path of meeting Christine Houston who wrote “227.”

She came on and took me in under her wings as a mentor and playwright instructor. She taught me everything that I needed to know from transitioning the characters in my book to completing a manuscript of the play “Love’s Got a Hold on Me.”

Basically it was a team of people, I didn’t do it alone, and the word started traveling fast and when people actually saw the play, they enjoyed it!

You can check out Shoya’s website at:




  • Mel Roberson

    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!