Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 27, 2012 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways here.

Whatever He Wants by Bridgett Henson

I’m pleased to have Bridgett Henson as our guest today. Bridgett is happily married with three wonderful children. She loves attending church, camps, conferences and the occasional mission trip. Her fiction acknowledges God the Father, demonstrates salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ and utilizes the empowerment of the Holy Ghost in realistic conflicts.

JO: Please tell us a little about yourself.  

BRIDGETT: I live in rural Alabama. I’m married with three children and have a wonderful church family.

JO: What four fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

BRIDGETT: I have a mixed denominational heritage. My father was a Mormon. My mother is a southern Baptist. I’m married to a Methodist pastor and I am a member of a Pentecostal Church.

JO: Please describe yourself with three words.

BRIDGETT: Persistent, Procrastinator, Peculiar

JO: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

BRIDGETT: I love to read. I like to travel. I love going to church and listening to fiery preaching.

JO: How did you become involved in writing?

BRIDGETT: I’ve been writing since I learned my ABC’s. I guess it’s inherited since my paternal grandmother was a closet poet and my sister writes on occasion.

JO: Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

BRIDGETT: I have an office of sorts at home, but I take a notebook with me everywhere. My favorite place to write is at church. The words flow unhindered in the presence of God.

JO: Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

BRIDGETT: No. However God gave me the title to Whatever He Wants the same time he gave me James’s story.  

The title has a three-fold meaning.
     1.   Whatever God wants.
     2.     Whatever James wants.
     3.     Whatever his son, Isaac wants.

JO: Please tell us about Whatever He Wants.

BRIDGETT: While running from his Pentecostal Heritage, a construction worker must choose between protecting his young son from an abusive mother or a life full of music with the girl of his dreams.

JO: What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

BRIDGETT: I’d like readers to know that God has a specific plan for their life. If you seek after his will, he’ll show you the way he wants you to go.

Also, Church can be fun. It doesn’t have to be a boring place where you go to take a nap.

And finally the Holy Ghost is real and He is available for all Christians not just a specific denomination.

JO: Where did you get the idea for your book?

BRIDGETT: In March of 2011, at the Southeastern Youth Conference (SEYC) in Enterprise, Alabama, God gave me James’s story.

JO: Did you have to do any research for this book?

BRIDGETT: Yes, but God always directed me to the right people. My pastor’s wife helped with the piano. My husband help me apartment shop for James. A lady in a waiting room just happened to be a social worker for a local orphanage. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law loved the beach road trip. The dry boring facts came from internet searches.

JO: How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

BRIDGETT: 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. Whatever He Wants is my first published novel.

JO: What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

BRIDGETT: Evaluate yourself.  Master the craft of writing first, and then seek publication. Follow God’s leading. I write a unique genre, Pentecostal Fiction. After years of learning how to write by writing half a dozen novels, I incorporated an Indie Publishing Company specifically to publish this series. The six novels written before this book were learning curves. They will never live anywhere other than my hard drive, because quite frankly they’re not good enough to survive the harsh world of publishing. Keep writing. Don’t edit the same manuscript for twenty years. If you write in the Pentecostal genre, my editor, Tyler Chastain is open to submissions

JO: What are you working on now?

BRIDGETT: Book two in the series, A Swim in the Clouds, is in the revision stage. Book four is in rough draft.

JO: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

BRIDGETT: Learn all you can. Attend conferences, join writers groups and follow blogs.  Write every day.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

BRIDGETT: Whatever He Wants is available in print and eBook. My publisher has a page set up with the links to purchase, including Amazon, Kindle and Nook, to name a few:

JO: Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

BRIDGETT: I love hearing from my readers. Friend or follow me at these links.
Thank you, Bridgett, for visiting with my readers. Bridgett has graciously given me a signed copy of Whatever He Wants. One commenter will win this copy in a drawing.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 27, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Whatever He Wants by Bridgett Henson. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I'll announce the winner on Monday's blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling


  1. Good morning, Jo. Thank you for hosting me on your blog.

    1. Bridgett, glad to have you. I'll be checking in and responding to comments.

    2. Sis. Bridgett, Never knew you were an author!! That is awesome!!! For those of you who do not know Bridgett, she is a prayer warrior that truly loves the Lord! I can not wait to read her book because I believe that passion for the Lord will shine through!!!

      Tera Sellers

  2. I would like to read your book.

    1. Crystal, thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

  3. Thanks for the chance to win, I would love to read this story.
    Katie J.

    1. Katie, you're welcome. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Bridgett, was good and interesting to read this interview. About your Heritage being mixed in Denominations. Thats for sure. But, being a preacher's wife and going to another church? That is a new one to me. How did his congregation ever agree to that? For usually the wife plays a big part in the church family. Just wondering. Thanks to you Jo for the interview with Bridgett. I love your blog. I am a follower. I would like to win this book. I've never read one in this genre. Didn't even know it existed. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Maxie, That is a great question. You are so right. The wife does play a big part in the church family. Our Methodist congregation is a wonderful but small group. Our entire family attends church with them at 9:00 on Sunday morning. My husband preaches. I sometimes sing and my daughter plays piano. Our family then goes to an Assemblies of God church a few miles down the road for an 11:00 service. We also teach a children's group there at 5:00 and attend a Sunday night and Wednesday night services as well. No one seems to mind this arrangement. We live in a small community where everyone knows everyone else.

    2. Hi Maxie, I'm glad you came by and left a comment. I appreciate your being follower and being loyal to read my blog.

  5. I am a follower. Whow what a mixed up religious mix. My Mom a Church of God daughter of a Minister married a Professional Gamblers Son. We attended Foursquare as kids and when I married had to go to Assembly of God. I have also attended Southern Baptist for 2 years.
    I would love to win this book as I have not read any of yours. I also write reviews.

    1. I appreciate your being a follower of my blog. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

  6. Very interesting interview. I'm just amaze that you make this work. You are married to a Methodist pastor and you are a member of a Pentecostal Church. It is hard to wrap my head around this. I am so happy it works for you and your family! I would love to win a copy of your book, Whatever He Wants. Thank you for this chance.

    I am a follower of this blog.


    1. Judy, thanks for being a follower of my blog. Glad you stopped by and left a comment.

  7. Fascinating interview. Whatever He Wants sounds like a book I'd like. Glad you answered the question about how you and your husband worked out the different denominations. I bet things are always lively around your house!
    I'm a follower of this blog.
    pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I really appreciate you being a follower of my blog.

  8. I would love to win a copy of this book! I also follow you by the name of bluegrassbirdie.

    1. Brittany, love the photo of the beautiful horse. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower!

  9. I think it is wonderful that you and your family are able to be comfortable in both denominations. I believe that, as Christians, we should all be so accepting of each other. Thank you for the interesting interview.
    I am a follower.

    1. Kay, I'm glad you found the interview interesting. Thanks for being a follower!

  10. i enjoyed this posting/interview...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Karen, I'm glad you liked this posting/interview. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

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  12. Thanks for the great interview. I am really glad that you explained about the different denominations as I was really confused about that as well. Couldn't figure out how you could be married to a Methodist Pastor and you going to a Pentacostal church. That is, until you explained it and than it sounds like it works out great.

    Jo, I am a follower of your blog by email.


    1. Jo, you're welcome. Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

  13. Thank you for this opportunity. Sounds like a great book.

    in Him,

    Cheri :)

  14. Cheri, you're welcome. Glad you came by to read and leave a comment.

  15. This looks interesting! I'd love to win. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Veronica, thanks so much for being a follower. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.