Author, Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Shirley Harris-Slaughter


My name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter and I’ve been a published author since 2007, although my life plans never included becoming a writer. I was urged to write when I realized there were things going on around me, threatening my community’s survival and yet it seemed no one was paying attention to the urgency of it all. I never dreamed that I would be the “chosen one” to take on the task, but I was, and so, after much research, sleepless nights and being shunned by those who didn’t want me to tell this story, “OUR LADY OF VICTORY: THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY”  was born.  Something that started out as just a timeline of events to honor the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community, turned into a full-blown narrative history.

Like most Indie authors, I was struggling to get even a little recognition in an already over-crowded field.  Then, I happened upon the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where I served for a short while on the Governing Board. This club is all about supporting and helping authors.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is the brainchild of Founder & President, Author, Nonnie Jules. She took the time to read my book and gave it an honest review. Since becoming a part of this awesome organization, I have been blessed with many opportunities which further profiled and brought recognition to my book. I have had such honors as being: the President’s Pick in the online Newsletter, a “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” Interview by Nonnie Jules, a #PUSHTUESDAY Winner, a week-long “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR BLOG TOUR,” Blogs and Trailer Block Parties, and I’ve held countless other seats, which are too great in number for me to list here.

Aside from being an active reader and writer, I am also a community-activist, and from time to time, I lend my name to petitions to stop something or another, or, I may even pick up the phone to call my elected Representatives, if that’s what it takes to get something accomplished.


During my graduate studies I prepared an Applied Research Project to address the deplorable condition of our train station, in downtown Detroit, MI. It was certified and accepted by the faculty of Cleary University in August 1993. I was able to galvanize the entire community around this issue which was videotaped and featured on broadcast news. I utilized college interns and the city of Detroit to find some answers in order to provide a template for saving this historic station. Here is the Title…


(This report is on file with the university and is not confidential.)






  1. Hi Shirley, I thought I followed you but apparently I didn’t. I did just now. I bought your Newspaper Chronicles but haven’t read it yet. May I gift you a copy of my poetry book and we trade reviews? My book is listed in the RRBC catalogue. I have you email address.


  2. Nice looking site, Shirley. I never realized how much you’ve achieved for the Detroit community.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Patricia, I was driven to try and contribute something to my community. Listening to my mother talk about all the things she wanted to do sort of planted a seed in my brain and I started acting out some of her dreams. Thank you for stopping over to see the site. I’m glad you like it. Thanks go to NJ and 4WillsPublishing.


  3. The site looks great, Shirley! Congratulations. 🙂


  4. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Shirley,
    Bravo, what a crisp site and it’s also easy to navigate.
    Best Wishes,

    Liked by 2 people

  5. LATINA says:

    Hello Mrs. Shirley!!! Words can not express how grateful I am to have come across your AWESOME literture and books. I am now over the old Dukette in Flint, Mi. and I would LOVE to talk to you about the wonderful things that are in the works.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Hi Latina. It took me a day to realize who you are and what you are talking about. You must have read OLV where I talked about Fr. Dukette being cast out of Detroit and sent to Flint. I would love to talk to you too. Here is my email address where you can send your contact number: sharrislaughter@gmail.com.

      I can’t wait to talk to you.


  6. Vashti Q says:

    Hi Shirley! It’s great to read about you and your work!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Sorry I only speak English so can’t respond to your post.


  8. Micki Peluso says:

    You are a hard lady to track d I we lol. I’ve tried to tell you your review of Crazy!Hot! Living on the edge is on Amazon, goodreads, shelfari, fb and twitter. Whew. I was ready to hire a private eye to find you! Loved the book, Btw.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Micki I have been away for five days 9/16-20 attending a family wedding and it kept me away from my RRBC family. I can’t stay away too long because I’ve already missed some stops on the Blog Block Party. I read your review and am smiling. I appreciate your support and glad that you are using some of the advice I gave freely. lol


  9. I’ve nominated you for an inspiring blog award! Pop over to my blog to find out more😃 http://wp.me/p3mJps-395 congratulations and merry Christmas


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Thank you Helen but what was it about my blog that made you nominate me?


      • For me, it’s about the support you provide to other indie authors, both by promoting Rave Reviews Book Club and by actively reblogging great content ( which I might otherwise miss)! The blogosphere would be a lonely place without people sharing what they find, as well as their own work and experiences.


  10. Thank you Shirley for your visit to my blog and your kind words. Have a blessed evening.


  11. m.harris says:

    please contact me at 313 414 4144 I am interested in learning about the history of the building and ministry. the church was recently sold to another ministry


  12. jsherwin2013 says:

    Shirley: I nominated you for a Liebster Award for blogging. To claim your award, please go to http://jsherwinblog.wordpress.com. Congratulations! Jennie


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