Sherabim Joy Allen, known by most as Sheri, is a Christian author and local minister based out of New Jersey She currently serves in ministry at Bethlehem-Judah Christian Fellowship Church of God In Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Anthony W. Gilyard. Our headquarters are located in Elizabeth, NJ.
She is a motivational speaker, and has been a guest presenter at the Anthem Institute, located in Jersey City NJ, the Y.L.A.C.D Division of the University of Texas at Arlington, The University Charter Academy, Jersey City, NJ, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Lamba Theta Alpha Sorority, YCS FT Lee Educational Facility, Fort Lee, NJ, and many women and youth empowerment events. She is also the author of, “Heart of a Woman: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money”, “Life Won’t Wait”, and co-author of “A Mother’s Love.” Her first two novels “After the Benediction” and “Mema’s Pretty Little Black Girls” are scheduled for release by the end of 2018 along with her first children’s book entitled “Manny and the Magic Keys.”
What inspires you to write?
Writing is therapeutic for me. My greatest joys and my deepest sorrow can be released through the art of penmanship thereby ushering healing and peace into my life
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a “seat of the pants” writer. I find outlines much too restrictive. For example, my latest release “After the Benediction”, I completed chapters as they creativity flooded my spirit….they were not necessarily in the proper order flow. I corrected the chapter placements afterwards.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t “talk” to my characters, per say. However, I can absolutely “hear” their voice tones and accents in my mind. It helps in character development, down to describing the physique and personality of the character.
Who are your favorite authors?
Honestly, I don't have a favorite author. I read what I like. I am not committed to one author.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to publish with a small traditional press. After experiencing grave disappointment in the past with contracting with larger self publishing companies, and spending exuberant amounts of money, this option suited me best.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more people will gravitate to self-publishing because of convenience and expenses.
What genres do you write?
Christian fiction and non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
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