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I'm Kenyon, author of "Choice of The Mighty," book 1 in the series "Chronicles of Stephen." I'm presently in the editing process of book 2, "Trials of The Mighty," and working on book 3. Ask me anything.

Kenyon T Henry
Jan 11, 2018

I'm Kenyon, a mild-mannered business professional by day, and a superhero... eh, author the rest of the time. After years of study, practice, and anticipation, I published my first novel — a Christian fantasy young adult story — March of 2017. Since then, I've traveled a bit, meeting people, talking about the story, and getting to know my audience even better. I've met with a book club, had book signings and have been to a few comic conventions. I'm even scheduled to speak at a college this spring. I've found that no matter where I go, there's an interest in what I'm doing. 

I'm working on the next two books at the present time. Book 2 is in the editing phase. I even have a Kickstarter project where supporters will get a copy prior to its official release. Funds will be used to help me offset costs of completion. The book is "Trials of The Mighty." Feel free to click on the link to check it out. 

After serving 5 years as a youth ministry leader, I learned that there is a need for positive young adult fantasy. This drove me to complete my first novel. I write not only to entertain, but to inspire and offer hope. So, ask me anything! 


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Apart from Books 2 and 3 of your Chronicles of Stephen series, do you have any other books in mind for the future? Perhaps a new series, or a one-off novel or two? If so, what can you tell us about them?

Jan 14, 12:54PM EST0

Mr. Robinson—the man, the myth, the legend,

I do have some additional projects planned beyond these initial three. First, I'd like to continue the series after the first trilogy, as a perpetual series. I have some ideas of some additional stories I'd like to tell, but have not started working on these as of yet. 

Second, I'd like to do a prequel to show Waltz's story. He has an interesting backstory and we get to see very little. I'd also like to do a spin-off on Alistair. I'm presently debating a couple different ways to tell this story. A comic book series is one idea. 

Last, I have plans for a book that I'm presently calling Epitaph. This will likely be the first book I do after book 3. It will be a single novel. It tells the story of someone who wanders into a cemetery to discover that the epitaphs on it are what the people closest to the deceased actually thought of the departed. A grounds keeper explains that a headstone exist for everyone who has ever lived, is living, and ever will live. The man finds his own headstone. Not liking what he sees, he tries frantically to change it. The harder he works, the worse it seems to get. 

I actually started on this book after "Choice of The Mighty." However, my wife quickly explained that I had to finish the first three books so she could know how they ended. I saw the wisdom in her words (and the fire in her eyes) and agreed. 

Jan 14, 5:49PM EST0

Hello Everyone,

I thought I'd check in, and what a response! I'm excited to answer your questions and see if we can have some fun in the process. Feel free to hit me up with as many questions as you want. There's no limit. 

And, thanks for stopping in!

Jan 11, 4:16PM EST0

How do you come up with the names of your characters, this is always a huge block for me and stops the whole process?

Jan 11, 2:22PM EST0

Names... 

Sorry, I had to pause to laugh. At first, I worried about this alot. I researched names and their meaning. Of course, the Scotsman needed a Scottish name. That makes sense. After a while, especially in book two, it really became difficult. 

For me, I didn't want a character to be called by a name of someone I knew, like a close friend or family member. So, I struggled. Eventually, I started using names from Coca-Cola bottles. That has worked out pretty well. I need a new name, so I go buy a 20oz. So far, so good!

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Jan 11, 3:06PM EST1
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How long did you sit on the idea of your first book before you finally sat down to write it out?

Jan 11, 2:21PM EST0

Not long. As soon as I had the idea, I started writing a short story. Honestly, I'm not sure why. I never planned to do anything with it. Sometimes, I just enjoy writing. But, it kept growing. I kept rewriting it until I realized I needed to learn how to construct a novel that people would read. The story was interesting, but all over the place at that point. 

Jan 11, 3:10PM EST0
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Is there any character that you want to work in the book series but not sure how just yet?

Jan 11, 2:20PM EST0

Yes, Mr. Wizard, there are several. 

Once I wrap up Stephen's origin story, we'll delve deeper into the world or The Mighty and Fallen. There is so much more I want to go into. But, I don't want to force it. Right now, it would come across that way. I have plans to introduce just a small snippet at the end of Book 3.

There's an entire world of spiritual warfare that I want to get into that's taking place in a physical world. For now, you'll have to settle with book 2, "Trials of The Mighty," when it comes out this spring. 

Jan 11, 3:15PM EST0

What character do you relate to the most?

Jan 11, 2:19PM EST0

Mr. Wizard, the answer is Stephen, without a doubt. 

I've had moments in life where I questioned my faith. Really, I never doubted God, it was me I doubted. I have a past that at times made me feel like a monster. When your mistakes are on display for all to see, you see how people look at you and it changes your perspective, even if they truly aren't looking at you differently. You still feel they are. 

You lose friends. Family members distance themselves. People fall away until all you really have left is God and the few people that will always love you, and the new people he brings into your life to help you. Still, it takes time before you let go of the guilt and shame. The real problem is that we can learn to live with those feelings. But, we shouldn't. That's what happens with Stephen.  When God brings you through something, you need to learn to let the past stay in the past. Learn from it, become better than you are and move on.

Jan 11, 3:02PM EST0
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Where did you get your inspiration for your characters and their designs?

Jan 11, 2:18PM EST0

I've mentioned before that Stephen's abilities came as a thought after hearing a sermon on people have secret sins. Well, once I decided Stephen had special abilities, I needed to have others do the same. It's only logical. 

As to their physical design, Stephen is somewhat patterned after me when I was younger, blue eyes, average height, average build, wavy brown hair, rugged goodlooks (cough, cough).

Vincent is probably the character that morphed the most since I first wrote about him until the book actually published. Vincent is socially awkward. At first, that was not the case. But, I needed his personality to be of great contrast to Stephen, who is fairly outgoing. So, socially challenged it was. 

Patty shares some striking similarities to how my wife looked when we first met and how she acts now. 

I've been to Scotland and loved everthing about it—the land, the people, the history, all of it. So, I needed a Scottish gentleman and came up with Alistair. He's great, because the relationship he quickly develops with Vincent is hysterical (to me.)

Then, there's Waltz. Waltz really is the hero of the story. I can't begin to tell you just how much more there is to know about him and all that he is as a character. He's a father figure, mentor, protector and so much more. He is the culmination of the few men in my life I've truly looked up to. He's meek, yet strong, quiet, but bold. He's beginning his twilight years but full of vigor. He's wise, having learned from his own mistakes in the past. And, he knows so much more than we may ever realize. 

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Jan 11, 2:57PM EST1
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When will we get an Alistar spin off?

Jan 11, 2:17PM EST0

Mr. Wizard, that's an excellent question. Alistair is one the favorite characters from the series, thus far. And, I believe he should be. He's loyal, funny, powerful, a born leader, and isn't afraid to question authority when appropriate. Plus, there's a lot more to Alistair that I can assure you, readers do not yet know about. 

That said, I'm toying with the idea of a spin-off novel, comic, graphic novel, or multiple. Since Alistair, unlike Stephen, grew up inside The Mighty organization, he has a unique perspective on it all. Additionally, I think it would be nice to see what that looks like from the beginning for him (or another Mighty.) Additionally, when book three is complete there will also be an opportunity to look at Alistair and his story from that point on. 

I do believe you're right though. Alistair isn't a secondary character. He is a main character with a very likeable personality and intriguing story apart from Stephen.  As to exactly when, well, you'll just have to follow my Instagram, Facebook, or website for the latest and hope it's sooner than later.

;)

Jan 11, 2:44PM EST1

#TEAMALISTAR !!!

Jan 11, 8:26PM EST1

What was the process you went through to have your first novel published?

Jan 11, 1:44PM EST0

In the end, I decided on the indie-published route, for various reasons. Before that, there was still a lot of work to do. 

After I knew I wanted to write a novel, I sent what I had to an agent, Steve Laube. He graded it and recommended some things to work on. My grade wasn't bad (a "C"). Still, that wasn't good enough. So, I took his advice. I read books and worked with more than one editor throughout the process. I read blogs and did several re-writes. I even drew a timeline out on two dry-erase boards I have screwed onto my bedroom walls (with my wife's permission.) Outlines and plot points were written out. I even made charater reference sheets to help me keep track of who was who.

A divorce in the middle of it all caused the process to drag on far longer than I would have liked. But, it was for the best. In the end, I got where I needed to, when I needed to. And, after much prayer, "Choice of The Mighty" was published. 

Jan 11, 2:10PM EST0

If the first book was made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters? 

Jan 11, 1:42PM EST0

Rocky, my wife and I joke about this frequently. She is much more optimistic than I am and believes that it will one day be a reality. But, I digress. 

Speaking as of this very moment, I think Logan Lerman looks the part of Stephen (though he might need to beef up.) Zac Efron wouldn't be a bad choice. Stephen is kind of a rugged looking character. I think Jake T. Austin wouldn't be a bad choice either. Really, there are many out there with the "chops" to pull it off. 

I do think the roll would different than any they'd ever portrayed before. So, I'd want to see a screen test first. :)

Vincent is a bit different of a character too. I think Milo Ventimiglia might be a good fit. I like him as an actor. 

Waltz would be a very important role. He's in his sixties. But, I don't think Waltz would look his age. He's full of engergy. I like Kevin Costner. Regardless, it would have to be someone that does fatherly well. 

Finally, we have Patty. I think Rachel Brosnahan would be a good choice. But, I'd have to get my wife to weigh in. Patty's her favorite character. 

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Jan 11, 1:54PM EST0

In your travels promoting the first book, Who was the most famous or interesting person who has received your book?

Jan 11, 1:40PM EST0

Rocky, that's an interesting and exciting question. There are two that immediately come to mind. 

First, is Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules and starred in Andromeda. That's really cool for me, because he was kind of an inspiration to me when I was younger. It's also cool because he now produces Christian films. 

Second, is Gary Busey, and what a character! This was awesome, similarly because I remember that he almost died from a motorcycle accident and again from drug use. Afterward, he went clean stating that only God could have saved him and rededicated his life. That was another inspiration for me when I was younger. 

Both of these gentleman have signed copies of my books. It was awesome meeting them and talking with them on a personal level. 

Jan 11, 1:47PM EST0

Who is Stephon whom book 2 is talking about?

Jan 11, 10:51AM EST0

Milan123, thanks for tuning in. 

Stephen is the protagonist from book one. Book two continues his story. 

Stephen was raised as an orphan by a Waltz, a man who devoted his life to helping others—in particular, the homeless in the city. Stephen had a fairly normal childhood otherwise. Waltz is a man of faith, so they attended church, and Stephen helped out with the homeless, too. However, at the age of eighteen, certain abilities or powers presented themselves in a way that made Stephen feel too different. So, he left home without notice and dissappeared. 

Five years later, Stephen returns home which begins book one. 

Jan 11, 12:01PM EST0

How much of your personality and life experiences do you incorporate into your stories and characters?

Jan 10, 12:32PM EST0

Well, Diana Prince, I have to admit that I do incorporate a good bit of my own life experiences into the stories. Also, I think it's fair to say that many of the characters have a bit of me or close family members in their make up. 

For example, Patty is a character whose tendencies and personality reflect bits and pieces of my wife. While working out the relationship between Stephen and Patty, I drew heavily from my own experiences. That's not to say that in my mind I am Stephen. But, Stephen, Vincent, Alistair, and even Waltz all have traits that I believe close friends would see in me. In a way, the characters are my children, the sons and daughters of my experiences and my imagination. 

Another way I incorporate experiences is by using places I've been as backdrops for the story. It allows me to feel more comfortable when writing about a particular place and its culture.

Jan 10, 2:12PM EST1

I read book one and am looking forward to the second book. Tell me more about Stephen. What makes him tic? 

Jan 10, 11:15AM EST0

Bruce, thank you for your continued support. 

First, let me say that Stephen, by far, was my favorite character to develop. Each character I create has so much backstory, most of which never makes it into the story. It does, however, help me to make certain that the character's actions stay true to who that person is. Stephen, however, is different in that we do get most of his back story (at least the important parts for this story.)

Stephen starts book one at the age of 23. In many ways, however, he's still a child, having never fully come to accept his mother dying at a young age. This mental block of sorts has prevented him from being who he was born to be. 

When the story starts, his gifts are causing somewhat of an identity crisis. On top of barely remembering his mother and not know his dad at all, he struggles with reconciling the memories and thoughts of those whose minds he has invaded with the thoughts and memories of his own experiences. I guess you could say he was somewhat schizophrenic at that point. So, after being on his on for about five years, he returns home to the man who raised him. 

Waltz acceptance of him makes Stephen realize how important family and friends are. Because Stephen never really had family of his own, he treats his friends as his family. For the same reason, he defends his friends/family with ferocious vigor. His greatest fear is to lose the ones he loves. His only other fear, would be to lose himself (his mind.)

Because of Stephen's actions while he was away from home, he also feels like a monster. Although he eventually comes to terms with his past, it never truly leaves him, driving him to make the most of his redemption and his chance to help all mankind. 

Additionally, Stephen now wrestles with his new responisibilities as Mighty. Where does he draw the line in protecting others? How is it that he is the key to winning a battle to stop an apocolyptic war?

I hope that answers your questions. There really is a lot to Stephen. He's loving, compassionate, kind, and sometimes too trusting. But, he's not someone you would want to cross swords with either. 

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Jan 10, 11:47AM EST0

What authors do you follow?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

The authors I like are quite varied. For example, one of my all-time favorites is William Shakespeare. His wit, the language, the stories, you really can't do much better. I also enjoy how the only person in his stories who seems to know what's really going on, is the part of the fool. It makes me smile. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 1:27.

I also have enjoyed C.S. Lewis, James C. Hunter, Ted Dekker, Roger Elwood, and many others. I'm presently reading Frank Peretti's, "This Present Darkness." I've also been known to read a John Donne poem or two.

Jan 10, 9:59AM EST0

What do you do to overcome writters block?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

The only answer for me is write!

There are moments when the brain gets tired and you need to step away. One of my favorite activities to do in a moment like that is to take a walk with my wife. We'll talk about anything and everything. 

When I get back in the house, it's back to writing. I may start writing on something different, my blog (for example.) Regardless, it's important to keep the creative juices flowing. Getting stuck is going to happen, but just keep writing. I'll even write short stories with no intention of publishing them. The point is to keep the creativity alive. 

Jan 10, 9:51AM EST0

What parts of writting become the hardest to complete?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

Zach, the easy answer is the first part and the last part. :)

Seriously though, understanding where you want the story to go helps tremendously with the beginning and the end of the story. The journey—how do I get from point "A" to point "B"—can be tricky at times. 

Action is easiest for me. The moving parts propelling the story forward, fights, arguements, things that make your pulse race are fun. Twists and turns with a bit of mystery make me smile as I write them, because I know some readers will enjoy the surprise. 

The hard part for me are the scenes that have to be there to connect dots along the way, but aren't where the "main" action takes place. Even in those scenes, there still has to be some action and conflict, along with new bits of information that drive the story forward.

This can be tricky. I feel that if there is intense action in every scene, readers can burn out on it. Instead, it needs to be a roller coaster, an emotional journey. The down scene are hard, the part where the roller coaster hits bottom before starting back up. 

Jan 10, 9:46AM EST0

How many more books will be included in the series?

Jan 10, 12:45AM EST0

Kristy Leann, I have no idea. 

Originally, when I decided to turn Stephen's story into a novel, I planned it to be a single book. Eventually, I realized that it wasn't possible to tell the story I wanted in a single volume. So, Stephen's origin story will be 3 books. After that, who knows?

I do plan to continue writing the series after book 3. At present, I'm not certain what that looks like. I also would like to write a couple spin-off novels of different characters, and maybe a prequel. 

How many would you like to see me write?

Jan 10, 9:34AM EST0

Who are the people supporting you in any way to materialize the book?

Jan 9, 11:01PM EST0

Janine, I've had some great support. First, I've had support from family and friends, which is always a good thing. Aside from that, I've had some additional support from my readers.

Each book purchased, goes to help support the second book, third book, and so on. At the present time, I don't pay myself a dime. I'm writing because I enjoy it and have stories that I want to share, and people want to read them. 

The kickstarter I'm doing is something I wanted to try to raise additional funds through a kind of presale of book 2 and to increase my reader base. I'm interested to see how it goes. 

Jan 10, 9:30AM EST0
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What has been the most interesting place to release a book? Why?

Jan 9, 12:36PM EST0

Xulian, I believe you are asking about places I have been visited for book signings and other promotions. 

Over the past year, there have been many different memorable moments and places. One such event was a comic convention in Knoxville, TN, which is about a two hour drive from my home. I was apprehensive about going. I had never been to a comic convention prior to writing the book. And, I wasn't certain how a Christian fantasy novel would be received—whether people would accept it or not. 

When I got there, I immediately noticed a diverse group of people. And, out of all the authors there, I was the new one. I wasn't sure what to do. You want to smile and be upbeat. Honestly, I was nervous. I smiled and said hello as people walked by. After talking with the first person, my tenseness eased a little, but I remained somewhat unsure of myself. 

To my suprise, there were quite a few people throughout the day who accepted genre and spent time with me discussing it. Since then, some of the people who purchased signed copies have contacted me to ask about book 2, comment on a blog post I've written, or ask me to meet with their book club. 

Now matter where I go, it's always a little uncomfortable putting my work out for others to criticise. You want people to like it. The truth is, not everyone will. 

Jan 9, 1:30PM EST0

Did you dedicate all of your time to creating the books? Were you able to find time to continue with other activities?

Jan 9, 9:03AM EST0

All my time? Not at all. There are moments when I feel like it. But, there is so much more to life than work and writing. These things are only a small part of who I am. 

I'm a husband and father. I'm active in my community and in the church. I try to stay physically active and healthy too. (I'm struggling with this one after the holidays.)

All these are a very important part of who I am and why I write. Without them, what would I write about. My experiences in life affect my writings and even find more direct ways into my stories. 

For example, each of the cities Stephen visits in his stories, I've been to. This trend continues into the second book, and hopefully the third. To me, this makes the stories more real. I've had a couple people comment that they could tell I had been to those places because of how I describe them. It's important to me that the ready feel they are there with Stephen (at least on some level.)

Jan 9, 10:47AM EST1

How many series are you intending to create?

Jan 9, 6:03AM EST0

I haven't really given any thought to additional series. At present, my plan is complete the first three books, Stephen's origin story in a way. After that, I have some individual projects I'd like to work on. 

So, the idea would be to release book 3 late this year. After that, I'd like to release two novels a year—one in this series and one apart from it. Although, I am toying with the idea of making even the individual stories take place in the same world that I'm presently building. The reader wouldn't be wise to it, except for the occasion event or person that might appear in both the series and the individual novel. 

This happens alot in comics. I'm not sold on the idea yet. Perhaps a different series would be a good idea down the road. Feel free to offer your thoughts. What do you like to read, series or stand alone novels?

Jan 9, 10:41AM EST0
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What should any aspiring remember before starting with the actual writing?

Jan 9, 4:03AM EST0

Yana, I had a feeling someone would ask this question. 

When I started writing, I asked the same question. And, I found many different answers. But, I don't want to give you any of those. Instead, I'll share with you what I've come to see about my own personal journey. 

1. Remember to share what you know. Write what you're comfortable with, at least at first. There will be times when you want to write about something you aren't as familiar with. You have two options. Either don't, or get familiar with it. Learn it until you can write about it. 

2. Be honest about who you are. Don't write to popular opinion. Anyone can get that from Facebook or any other media or social media outlet. Write so that the only way someone gets the information you are sharing is by reading your work. You are unique and your work should be too—a mirror reflective of you in many ways. 

3. Write. Even when you don't know what to write about, write. Exercise those brain muscles, practice your writing skills, and hone your craft. Often, many people never complete a work, or even start one, because they aren't sure where to begin or what to do. I can assure you, if you don't write, it won't happen.

4. Be ready, always. Thoughts and ideas can come at the worst of times, and seldom when you're read to write. So, keep a scratch pad, or some other means of jotting down notes. Text yourself, or whatever. But, capture those ideas when they come.

Jan 9, 10:31AM EST0

Be honest about who you are. Don't write to popular opinion. Anyone can get that from Facebook or any other media or social media outlet. Write so that the only way someone gets the information you are sharing is by reading your work. You are unique and your work should be too—a mirror reflective of you in many ways.

This is so true, I can relate.

Jan 11, 10:31PM EST1

Why choose the title, "Choice of The Mighty" for Book 1 series?

Jan 9, 3:51AM EST0

Matteo, thank you for your question. The book initially had a different title, which stuck around until close to completion. 

Stephen's journey leads him to a choice that he must make, despite his reluctance. Stephen is in many ways representative of other Mighty and the same choice they all face. So, while this story is specifically about Stephen, it's also about the journey that all Mighty take in their own journeys. So, the title seemed to fit.

Jan 9, 10:22AM EST0

Who are your target readers and how are you planning to reach them aside from traveling to their places?

Jan 8, 2:34PM EST0

Mackeba950, that's a great question!

When I started, I would have said my target audience was young adult, maybe even middle grades (preteen). In meeting the readers, I've found that just as many mature adults are enjoying "Choice of The Mighty" as younger people. They seem more apt to pull and search out some of the deeper meanings in the story. They also enjoy the twists that I threw in. 

So, aside from traveling, I have used social media ads (instagram, facebook, and goodreads) which have met with some success. Bookbub is another means that I've been looking into, that I believe will help me tap into this crowd. 

Some people like e-books. Most, however, still seem to prefer print. I've managed to get book one in some book stores (most are Barnes & Noble stores) and would like to continue working that avenue as well. 

At the present time, I'm my own publisher, agent, and publicist. It's a lot of work, but well worth it.  

Jan 8, 2:48PM EST0
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Are all books centered on the principles of God?

Jan 8, 1:58PM EST0

Tim, at the present time, all the books I've written and have planned are Christian in nature. I can't say that eveything I'll write will be, though. 

My wish, would be to write positive, inspirational, and hope filled stories, the excite the imagination. I also want people to be able to associate with the characters — feel like they've been there too. 

That said, I'm a Christian, and I believe that it (if I write honestly) those traits will come out as a part of my writings in someway, whether the stories are considered Christian literature or not. For a story to be believable, the writer has to write from what he/she knows and be truthful in doing so. That is why Stephen has a darker side, too. 

Jan 8, 2:39PM EST0

How long did it take you to finish one book? How long do you think you need to finish the next one?

Jan 8, 8:34AM EST0

Maricar, this will be a long story. I hope you like to read. :)

I started book 1 about ten years before it was actually released. At first, it was only a short story. But, it morphed and grew with each rewrite. I sought guidance from editors and other writers. I read books, all in effort to learn how to construct a novel.

During the process, I went through a very tough divorce that lasted nearly two years. Afterward, I tried to write again. The story became very dark. My head nor heart were where they needed to be for the story. 

Several years after getting remarried, I couldn't get it out of my mind. I realized the only way was to write again. Once I started that, it was about a year from that point. 

There are some things I'd like to get fixed in book one still. The final edit of the book didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. So, I have it edited again soon.

Book 2 is on track to be out in March or April of this year, barring any major issues. My editor has it now and is working on it. I've started on book 3. It is planned for a September release. After that, I'm not sure.

Jan 8, 8:49AM EST0

What inspired you to initiate this project?

Jan 8, 7:26AM EST0

By project, I'll assume you mean the book series.

Some time ago, I heard a sermon on favorite sins — the things you don't want to give up. It discussed how we often have a secret thing that we know isn't good for us that we hold onto for various reasons. Hearing this, I became curious. Since there had also been scandals in the news concerning persons viewed as religious leaders, I began wondering what someone might do if they could read minds to understand the true heart of a person and even see their secret sides. 

What started as a short story (and an exercise in curiousity) soon turned into more than that. With each rewrite, it grew and changed. Over time, it became book one.

I hope this answers your question. If not, let me know. 

Thanks!

Jan 8, 8:41AM EST0

Which part of Africa have you traveled to? Which countries did you visit?

Jan 8, 5:54AM EST0

I have not traveled to Africa. However, it is on my list. My wife and I would like to visit Rawanda. We support a couple kids there through Compassion International and would like to visit them. But, I don't imagine that will be any time soon.

So far, I have been to The Bahamas, Costa Rica, London, and Scotland. I've also been inside the Amsterdam airport, if that counts. 

Jan 8, 8:52AM EST0
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What moral lessons can readers gain from the book?

Jan 8, 1:11AM EST0

Josienette, thank you for your question.

The moral lesson that is at the forefront, is choice. Often life gives us tough choices that we may want to run from or ignore. Much like Stephen finds out, we can't. While we may try, our action is still a choice, a decision that impacts us and possibly others. He comes to understand in the end, that it is better to face these choice head on and be accountable for your decisions. 

Another one is that we can't hide what we do. It's a scary thought, but in today's world of social media and the internet, someone always knows. If no one else, God knows. This is something we conveniently forget sometimes. 

There's also a lesson for the church in the end. Without giving the story away, churches can be shy away from others that are different. I know people want to go where they feel comfortable, where others are of like minds and maybe even experiences. That's completely understandable. That shouldn't keep us from reaching out to those that are different from us. 

Jan 8, 9:30AM EST0

How long have you been a writer? What important lessons in the past you carried with throughout life?

Jan 7, 10:16PM EST0

Gorgette, "Choice of The Mighty" was my first novel. However, I've always loved writing (much more than reading.) Creating is fun for me. When I was younger, I enjoyed writing poems. Poetry was a way to express myself. Now that I'm older, writing stories is what I enjoy most. 

When I was in high school, I had written a history paper that seemed beautiful to read. It was my first paper for this particular teacher. And, just like the many before her, I was certain she would love my writing. She gave me a "C," listing the term "glittering generalities" all over the paper. 

When I asked her about it, she explained that glitter generalities are we you say nothing important and make it sound beautiful. She went to apologize, reckognizing that I've probably gotten away with it all throughout school (which I had, until then.) She also told me the next time would be a "D," followed by an "F." 

From then on, I've tried to make certain that I write because I have something to say, and not because I have to say something. 

Jan 8, 9:39AM EST0

What must youngsters nowadays remember when it comes to serving God. Would it be difficult to instill good morals in the minds of the youths?

Jan 7, 10:07PM EST0

Adrian, I do believe that it is getting increasingly harder to instill an attitude of service into the minds of tomorrow's leaders for a couple reasons. 

The first reason is the home. Parents struggle to teach their kids the important values. Often, parents can go overboard or not do enough. In a world where political agendas and social norms are changing and constantly being pushed upon today's youth, parents struggle to find the balance. 

As far as what we should remember, it's simple (not necessarily easy.) Love God, and love others. If we remember to put Him first in all that we do, we can't fail. That's not to say we won't make mistakes. But, we can one day look back on lives and be happy with the path we made along the way. Sometimes. people want to do a good thing for others, but get caught up in how others will react. For example, I want to give a homeless man money for food. But, will he spend it on food? Is that really our responsibility to control what he does with it? I'll tell you this, I have passed by people before that I did not help only to have it weigh on my conscience later. I have never given to someone in need and worried about what they did with it afterward. That is their decision. Whether to help or not is mine.

People are different. And, we should be. God created just the way we are. Celebrate the different colors of our skin, our hair, and eyes. Enjoy and embrace other cultures, as Paul did. Do it and be an example to others, giving glory to our Father in everything we do. 

Jan 8, 9:51AM EST0
How influential is your book to the readers? Are you also allowing your own family to read the books?
Jan 7, 9:49PM EST0

Kimberly, I can't speak for everyone concerning my book. But, I can say that I've had some good responses to it. I read each review I get. And, I respond to each Facebook message I receive from people who have read my work. The feedback is good. Everyone is different. So, they each walk away with something different. 

I recently was invited to attend a bookclub meeting. When I got there, I was surprised to see how much the people in the club took away from the book. There were bits and pieces that people picked up on that I never even thought others would get. Some ideas, I hadn't even really intended to be a big part of the story. But, I had fealt they were import to character development so I sprinkled things in here and there. They soaked it in. 

So, I guess it depends on the reader a bit. I believe each will be influenced differently by the story, depending on his/her background and where they are in life. 

As far as my family, I wrote the story so that it would be something that my own kids could read. We are a blended family with six kids between us. I have one daughter that has read it. And, my ten year son is reading it in stages. The others have copies, just in case.  :)

Jan 8, 9:59AM EST0
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