INTERVIEWS | Sherri Lewis

Sherri, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am a creative soul, and love to create anything that expresses the heart of God. In addition to novels and short stories, I write praise and worship music, and have choreographed some dance pieces for church ministries. I love contemporary and neo-Soul music, and LOVE jazz. Especially when I’m writing. I love to sing and my favorite outing is listening to live music with good friends. I work as a physician in a women’s prison in Georgia and it has truly been a life changing experience. I look forward to sharing some of the stories from this experience in future novels.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I MAKE time to connect with God. I’m no good without Him – insane actually. Me and God are an all day thing – I talk to Him from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep at night. I’m just an addict for His presence.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

Seems like it took forever. My first novel was actually finished in 2001 and the second in 2003. I submitted everywhere I knew to submit and got rejection after rejection. Each time I got rejected, I read craft books and re-edited and re-edited. I think I’ve read both books at least 100 times. I had gotten discouraged and had pretty much decided to move on to something else when I found out about Urban Christian. In retrospect, I know it was the perfect timing of God. My life was in a turmoil at the time both books were completed and I wouldn’t have been able to promote and market them. Now life is great and I can really focus on my career as a writer.

Tell us about your current book?

My Soul Cries Out is the story of a woman who comes home to find her husband, the minister of music at their church, in bed with another man. It is a compassionate look at Christians struggling with the spirit of homosexuality.

How did you come up with ideas for your current release?

I actually write for therapy, so it started out as me dealing with the pain of a failing marriage and divorce. I need a compelling reason to cause the characters to get divorced, so I dreamed up the idea of him being with a man. In the process though, I thought of many dear Christian friends of mine who had struggled with the spirit of homosexuality and decided to highlight their pain as well. I pray that the outcome of the book is in line with the heart of God and I pray that it truly ministers to people who have dealt with the homosexual lifestyle.

List your most recent books.

I published a short story in a Christmas anthology released by Kendra Norman Bellamy’s publishing company called “Christmas Fruit”. I’m still getting great feedback on it. My Soul Cries Out is my first novel.

What’s next for you?

My second novel, Dance Into Destiny is due for release in 2008. I’ve got another novel in the works, but after re-editing Dance, the characters are sorta asking for a sequel. I also want to do a series about a Christian doctor working in a prison. I’d love for people to understand the lives and stories of the women I work with everyday.

Where can visitors find you online?

www.sherrilewis.com and www.myspace.com/sherrilewis