JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sherryle K. Jackson, author of Soon After
(Urban Christian Publishing)
Soon After picks up where my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon left off. In the first installment, two pastors marry and decide to combine their churches. In this second installment, the ministry birthed by one over at Harvest Baptist church is likely to be exploited by the minister left to run the church.
With more than one who had an interest in the deed in the property and even more with an emotional investment in the church itself, itâ€™s up to reporter, Alexis Montgomery and Chief Herbert Rich to solve the crime.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Soon After?
Sherryle K. Jackson: Being a sequel, this storyline was a natural progression from the first. In the first book, I wanted the readers to take a peek inside the home of a ministry couple. In this book, I wanted to take a peek inside the ministry. How are they different? How are they affecting the community?
JP: What sets Soon After apart from other books in its genre?
SJ: A strive to be a fresh voice in Christian fiction. I feel a strong desire to demystify the church or show what churches are about when they really seek to build up people and glorify God. I try to make sure my stores show real Christians and not carictures of what ‘church folk’ are suppposed to be.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Soon After getting out to the public?
SJ: Networking comes to mind first. I have meet some extrordinarily creative authors and internet and social marketing experts that love literature, books and just plain good stories. They help to get the word out and expand my markey from a small niche of Christian fiction to a broader readership.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Soon After?
SJ: As a wife, mother of two and teacher, I basically have to get the writing in when I can fit it in. I write either very early or very late at night, and sometimes both. I have summers to write over a more sustained period of time. I started writing Soon After in January 2009 at the insistence of my Executive Editor to not put anymore time or another book between Soon and Very Soon, my first novel and it’s sequel. I wrote it in nine-month’s time which is a whirlwind for me.
JP: What’s next for Sheryle K. Jackson?
SJ: I am off on a blog tour (full dates and tims on my blog www.thefateofthefire.blogspot.com and my facebook fan page). You can find me at The Capitol Bookfest in both Harrisburg, PA on September 18th, and Largo, Maryland on October 2nd, as well as, the Baltimore Bookfest on September 26th. It seems I am always in between promoting one and writing another. I am finishing my fourth novel, Taylor-Made, tenatively scheduled to be released September 2011.