I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Christian author Bridgett Henson online. She sent me a free copy of her book, Whatever He Wants, and graciously agreed to submit an author interview for my blog. I’ve enjoyed her book, and I’m thrilled to host her. Now I’m going to give you the opportunity to get to know Bridgett and her book a little better.
While running from his Pentecostal heritage, a construction worker must choose between protecting his young son from an abusive mother and a life full of music with the girl of his dreams.
2. Is there a message in Whatever He Wants that you want your readers to grasp?
Yes. Church doesn’t have to a boring place where you go to take a nap, but it can be an enjoyable place where you never know what to expect. Who will be healed? Saved? Delivered?
3. If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Pentecost in fiction. How our religion shapes our lives. How do we worship? Loud and carefree? Or somber and quiet? Our Christian denomination should be more than a religion. It should be an extension of ourselves.
4. How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
The book is based on real life struggles. Isaac’s story is similar to a little neglected and abandoned girl for whom I had the privilege of finding a wonderful Christian home. The Street Preacher is based on an evangelist that preaches more on the street corner than behind a pulpit. The pastor is a combination of several great men of God.
5. How did you get the idea for Whatever He Wants?
Every March, our church attends SEYC (Southeastern Youth Conference) in Enterprise, Alabama. In 2011, God gave me James’s story.
6. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The idea and the title were given together. The title, Whatever He Wants, has a threefold meaning:
1. Whatever James wants. He has several life-changing decisions to make.
2. Whatever Isaac wants. His happiness and safety depend on the actions of the adults around him.
3. Whatever God wants. It’s hard for us humans to abandon our own aspirations to embrace God’s dreams and promises. Both main characters have to address these issues.
7. What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always made up stories. As soon as I learned to write, one of those stories found its way on paper. “Are We There Yet?” was written in the first grade.
8. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Wow. There’s so much I have learned: Point of View; characterization; plot structures; and many different writing elements. The most important is very simple. Never stop writing, and never stop learning how to write.
9. Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
I love waking up in the middle of the night with a fresh scene in my mind, rushing to the computer, and watching the characters come to life on a blank screen. And I thank God for my awesome developmental editor, Tyler Chastain.
My least favorite part is copy editing. I have a love/hate relationship with commas and certain compound words. For example, “good night” or “goodnight”.
10. What’s up next for you?
Currently, I’m polishing book #2 in the Redemption Series, A Swim in the Clouds. Book #4, All in the Plans is in rough draft form. Book # 3 is in the idea stage.
11. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t let anything stop you from writing the words God places in your heart.
12. Is there anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for choosing to read my stories. I hope they impact you in some way. I love hearing feedback from readers, good and bad. Contact me on my website: www.bridgetthenson.com.