I just ran across an interview I did in 2008 with Norm Goldman  (bookpleasures.com). He covered a lot of valuable territory so I have decided to reprint parts of the interview here on the blog every Wednesday for the next month. Hi everyone – Here’s Part Three!

Norm:

I noticed from reading your bio that you have worn many hats. Which vocation has been the most rewarding and why?

Shelley:

What a great question! I’ve actually enjoyed them all. Being a professional singer, way back when, brought me such joy. I loved entertaining people. There’s nothing like performing in front of a live audience – instant feedback! Being a teacher was so rewarding. Almost impossible to put into words. And all the years with Louise Hay have been amazing. She is such a driving force in the world of healing, and has contributed to my own growth as a person. And now writing has been such fun. It’s a different way of communicating for me. I’m not sharing myself by singing in front of an audience, but I’ve found that I actually love conversing with people through my writing.

Norm:

What motivated you to write Dealing With Divas: A Survivor’s Kit for the Celebrity Personal Assistants (or Anyone with a Pushy Boss) and could you briefly tell us about your book? How does it differ from other books that deal with the same topic?

Shelley:

As my title suggests, people have issues with their bosses! Initially, I really wanted to write a book for people in the entertainment industry that would show examples of myths we in the industry perpetuate about how hard it is to work in that environment, and to shatter those myths and to offer a positive approach to the world of celebrity-dom. I don’t think there’s another book out there on this subject that comes from the positive angle. There are plenty of “The Devil Wears Prada” type of books out there, which I don’t deny are great fun to read. Definitely entertaining! But are they being of value beyond the entertainment factor?

Norm:

As a follow up, is there a message in Dealing With Divas: A Survivor’s Kit for the Celebrity Personal Assistants (or Anyone with a Pushy Boss) that you want your readers to grasp?

Shelley:

Yes. If they are in a work environment that appears to be toxic, there is a way out! I devote an entire chapter to giving the reader the tools to take back their power and to see that there are steps that can be taken to create the work environment that is a win-win for everyone.

Norm:

Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We would love to hear all about them!)

Shelley:

To be honest I’ve been focusing mostly on my blog these days but I would like to take my current musings and compile them into a second book. I have so many stories to tell about my world, and as you may know, I now have mystery bloggers on my site. These are people who are also celebrity personal assistants but they prefer to remain anonymous. I would love to have their writings be read by a wider audience perhaps in a book form. We will see.