JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sherri Lewis, author of Selling My Soul
When Trina Michaels returns from her two-year mission trip in Mozambique, other than longing to see her mother and her best friend, her heart aches to fly back to the place that now feels more like home than anywhere sheâ€™s ever lived and to the man whoâ€™s stolen her heart. Her dreams are short-lived when learns that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer, and the cost of treatment is expensive.
Sheâ€™s forced to return to her career in public relations and is assigned a damage control client â€“ the bishop of a mega-church where an associate pastor and deacon were accused of sexually abusing young boys. One of the young boys has grown up to become her best friendâ€™s husband and a popular gospel recording artist.
Representing Bishop Walker could cost Trina her most valued friendship, her reputation and a future with her new love. As she plows deeper into the scandal and the bishop blackmails her to cover the churchâ€™s secrets and lies, Trina realizes it could cost her soul.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Selling My Soul?
Sherri Lewis: Selling My Soul is actually a sequel to my debut novel, My Soul Cries Out. In the prequel, Trinaâ€™s best friend Monica comes home to find her husband, the minister of music in the church, in bed with another man. She discovers that heâ€™s been struggling with his sexual identity ever since he was molested by two deacons in his church as a young boy.
The Bishop of the church attempted to cover it up because he built his church on the anointed praise and worship of Kevin, Monicaâ€™s husband. The Bishop canâ€™t afford to lose his mega-church status over such a scandal. Readers enjoyed My Soul Cries Out immensely and in every email I got about the book, they asked for a sequel.
Selling My Soul was written at their request and dealt with all the issues they felt needed to be dealt with after the first book. In Selling My Soul, all the pressing questions are answered â€“ what happened to Monica and Kevin? What happened to their best friends and Trina? And what happened to the Bishop and those dirty deacons?
JP: What sets Selling My Soul apart from other novels in its genre? Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Sherri Lewis, author of Selling My Soul