Friday, May 7, 2010

Interview with author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor! and win her new book!

Tell everyone about your journey to publication. Was it difficult, long, miraculous?

Long and difficult. I started writing novels for publication in my mid-twenties. Thirteen years later, I had accumulated over 122+ agent rejections. Actually, I stopped counting at that point. I even quit writing for three years and starting. I started writing again in 2006, but I switched from secular to Christian fiction. Then in 2007, two of my manuscripts won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest, and I signed a contract with Terry Burns at Hartline Literary Agency. One year later, I finally received my first contract offer for Highland Blessings. By then, I had written seven novels.

Is there a message in Highland Blessings and if so, what do you hope readers will take away from reading the book (other than a very enjoyable time!)

Regardless of past wrongs and long-held grudges, God can mend any relationship, even clans of people—whole nations.

Do you believe God called you to write? If so, how do you know?

Yes. I tried to write secular romances for years and I got nowhere. Now that I look back, I see where God was trying to show me a different road, a better journey that He had planned for me. I remember sitting at an RWA National Conference at a luncheon table with Tyndale editors and being disappointed that I wasn’t with Berkley or Penguin and Putnam. An editor asked me what I wrote and all I could say was, “I don’t write Christian fiction.” A difficult period happened in our lives that changed me forever. I stopped writing for 3 years and during that time my relationship with God grew. I studied the Word a lot. A friend prayed for me—that God would give me the desire to write again. He did.

Six months later I discovered Kathleen Morgan’s Scottish Medieval, Embrace the Dawn. I couldn’t believe there was such as thing as a Christian Scottish Medieval. I rushed home and tried to retrieve my old Scottish Medieval, but I had deleted all my files and threw all my hard copies away. I finally found a Windows 95 disk with the old version of that manuscript and had to reformat it line by line. In 2006, I converted 2 secular manuscripts to Christian fiction. In 2007, I wrote 2 new manuscripts, completing a total of 7 manuscripts. Two of them won awards in the ACFW Genesis Contest that year and I signed with Terry Burns at Hartline Literary Agency. I wrote secular novels for more years than I wrote Christian fiction and it wasn’t until I switched to writing for God that things started happening for me.

What would you tell someone who asks you how to find God's will for their life?

Ask Him and then read his Word every day and keep asking Him until things start happening that give you peace and inspire you.

And now a bit about the book
Highland warrior Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. When he forces Akira to wed him, hoping to end a half-century feud between their clans, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment. . .Yet her strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce. But there is a traitor in their midst . . . and murder is the ultimate weapon

My Endorsemenet:
Jenni fer Taylor has a winner with her debut novel, Highland Blessings. What’s not to love about battling Scottish clans, a lady kidnapped, romance, intrigue, and a mystery that will keep you turning pages to the very end? This is the kind of book you can curl up with on a rainy day and forget all your troubles as you plunge into the adventure and romance of 15th century Scotland . Highly recommended.

Leave a comment with your email address and I'll draw a winner next Friday, the 14th!

Where people can buy Highland Blessings

Borders Books, Barnes & Noble, LifeWay, Christian Book Distributors, etc.

For more about Jennifer and her writing and books, check out her website:


  1. Thanks for the interview! The book seriously sounds awesome. I really like the name of the heroine... "Akira" is such a unique name!! :)
    God bless!

  2. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the interview and chance to win. :)


  3. Great interview...can't wait to check out the book!

    artsyrockerchick at aol dot com

  4. Great interview! I already have the book (please do not put my name in the drawing) and cannot wait to start on it! My mom is reading it now. Again, awesome interview! [=

  5. a wonderful posting/interview...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. I love Medieval era stories...have several in my personal library. Please include me...

    ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

  7. Love the interview, and the book sounds awesome - please enter me! Thanks, MaryLu!

  8. Forgot to leave my email address:

  9. I don't want to be entered because as her agent I got a copy. Great interview. Sometimes when we write for the Lord we just can't figure out why He doesn't cause it to happen faster. But God prepares everyone for the task before He uses them and sometimes it may not have as much to do with the writing as what it has to do with Him finishing preparing the writer. Jennifer's post is a great testimony to that. Get this book and enjoy it - and watch for more, because they are coming!

    Terry Burns
    Hartline Literart

  10. Isn't it wonderful that Jennifer chose to listen to God? What a testimony to His ability in our lives and to those who choose to follow. Congrats, Jennifer.

  11. This book souds great.Please put my name

  12. Kim, As I was researching names, when I saw the name Akira, I knew that was the one for this heroine. The Scottish meaning is "anchor".

  13. Casey and Amy, Thank you for stopping by!

  14. Annabelle, I used to share books with my mom and sister. Now that I live further away, it isn't as easy. I hope you and your mom enjoy Highland Blessings!

    Linda, I don't always listen to God as well as I should. In fact, I wish I had listened to Him much earlier in life. My road to publication may not have been so long and hard.

  15. Terry, Thanks for stopping by! You have a lot of wisdom in your words. God isn't as interested in our wants as much as He is the condition of our hearts. Once that part is taken care of, He'll work the supernatural power of His word to make everything else fall into place. I'm so much of a person person for what He has done in my life and I'm so thankful to have Him continuously molding me and shaping me.

    Thanks, MaryLu, for having me!

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  17. I would love a chance to win this book! :) This author's perseverance is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing the interview and for hosting the giveaway!


  18. I dont usually like to read a book when there is a murder involved, however, this book looks really good! I would love to win it. Thank you for this oportunity.
    God Bless!!

  19. What a great interview! I "met" Jennifer through Facebook, but I didn't know all this about her journey. Her book sounds great!

    Please enter me in the giveaway
    scribeoftheking [at]

  20. Sounds like a GREAT book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'd like to be signed up for the drawing please!


    my email is:

    thank you!

  21. I love books about this time period! Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. The cover of Highland Blessings draws me in to Scotland, castles and a bride's story. It sounds terrific, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  23. I wish Jennifer continued success with her writing and definitely want to read this book. The cover art is also great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  24. Thanks everyone for stopping by and reading about my journey. MaryLu, thank you for hosting me and for your endorsement. You have been such a blessing!

  25. I REALLY love this period and it sounds very good, so I think it is about time I won something, MaryLu!

  26. Woohoo! Another great book to read. Please add my name to the contest. Thank you for sharing about it and for offering us the chance to win the book.

  27. great interview, please enter me for the book:

  28. Beautiful cover on this book and would love to read it. Loved Jennifer's comment about God is not as interested in our wants as much as he is condition of our hearts! Please enter me. Thanks!!!

  29. Ohh please entre me!! It sounds like an amazing book !!!!!!