Friday, May 14, 2010

Jennifer Hudson Taylor: One-Word/One-Line Interview

Jennifer Hudson Taylor writes historical and contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, released this month, and the music on her video trailer (below) really gets to me.

You can order a copy from Amazon and even a signed copy direct from the author here!

How can you not love someone who has an ink bottle, quill pen, cardinal, and a dogwood blossom on her website and blog?

Jennifer lives in North Carolina, and in addition to writing, she speaks on several topics related to faith, writing, and parenting special-needs children. She's also a genealogy buff. I can't wait to get to know her better.

I accidentally asked her a couple questions (okay, three) that couldn't be answered with just one word. My bad. But I still like the questions and the answers, so they stay.

And, wow! So many followup questions I want to ask!

Welcome, Jennifer!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor in One (almost) Word

1.  What was your favorite childhood toy?


2.  What was your least favorite subject in school?


3.  What was your first job?


4.  What did you eat for breakfast this morning?


5.  What was the last movie you saw?

     The Scarlett Pimpernel.

6.  What was the last movie that made you cry?

     The Blind Side.

7.  What is the tallest building you've ever been in?

     Toronto Tower.

8.  Would you prefer a picnic or a restaurant meal?


9.  What would Akira say is your greatest weakness?


10. You just won a week's vacation of your choice. Where will you go?


Jennifer Hudson Taylor in One Line

1.  Describe your most embarrassing moment.

     In college during the '92 elections, I fainted holding a Bush sign while Hillary Clinton demanded her guys pull me out of the crowd so I wouldn't get trampled, and she told them to give me a bottle of water.

2.  What is the best thing about being the parent of a special-needs child?

     You can't afford to take your child for granted, and you feel so very thankful and blessed for each milestone they accomplish.

3.  Share your favorite time management tip.

     Avoid email, Facebook, and Twitter.

4.  Who is one person you'd like to visit and why?

     Joyce Meyer, because she is so full of godly wisdom. 

5.  What is your very first memory?

     My uncle giving me a balloon before he drowned.

6.  What is your favorite thing about Bryce MacPhearson?

     He means well, but still manages to get into trouble regardless of what he does.

7.  What wisdom from your mother still sticks with you?

     Don't worry about what everyone else thinks; concentrate on what God thinks.

8.  What Bible character do you identify most with and why?

     I admire Queen Esther for her courage, but I've been compared to Deborah, the prophetess of Israel.

9.  Describe the favorite room in your house.

     My bedroom is roomy, comfortable, and private--like a sanctuary.

10. What was the most surprising thing you discovered while researching your family history?

     That my Morgan ancestor from Glamorgan, Wales hosted King Charles II and was bestowed the governorship of Jamaica.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor on One Thing

What one thing would you like to say to your readers or future readers?

Out of all the wonderful books out there and all the things to distract your attention and strangle your time, thank you for choosing my book and taking the time to read it. I hope you will enjoy it and hope you'll give my other books set in different time periods a try.

What one thing would you like to say to fellow writers or aspiring writers?

If you are unpublished, never give up on your dream of publication. God's timing will come. To all writers, don't get so caught up in the "writing rules" and judging and critiquing that you forget how to read for pleasure.

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.

Jennifer's Website
Jennifer's Writing Blog
Jennifer on Facebook
Jennifer on Twitter

Thanks so much, Jenn for taking the time to help us get to know you better!

Copyright © 2010 by Sandra Heska King


  1. Great interview, and still loving the one word thing! Have a great weekend, all:)

  2. Loved the interview! Found out a lot. But there's just one thing I HAVE to know...what the heck is Fitzerina!?

  3. Yeah, I'd love to meet Joyce Meyer too. It's funny how much you can learn about someone with just a one word answer!

  4. @Karen: Thanks. It's interesting to see how a writer can edit those thoughts. ;)

    @Lynn: Yes, I'm waiting to find that out, too.

    @Jan: I'm with you on that one!

  5. Thanks everyone for stopping by. Fitzerina was my doll. Even at the tender age of 2, I was already making up names.

  6. With the Hilary Clinton event, I fainted because I was suffocating in the crowd and it was so hot and I hadn't eaten. Even as I was falling, all I could think about wan not getting my new white jeans dirty. I dumped my Bush sign under me, but the secret service guys dragged me by my feet under the yellow rope. You have to remember, I was just a kid in college. My priorities were a little off-clean white jeans first, save me second. Hilary had me sit on the side of the stage where she and Bill Clinton were speaking. It was her birthday. She snapped at someone and told them to get me a bottle of water. A moment I will never forget!

  7. That was supposed to be "snapped her fingers"! LOL

  8. Thank you for the great interview! “Don't worry about what everyone else thinks; concentrate on what God thinks.” This is great advice :)

  9. I really do enjoy reading these interviews. I like the time management tip ;)

  10. Jennifer,

    Thanks for clearing up the Fitzerina mystery!I love the Hillary story.

    I wonder if she would remember if we jogged her mind. ;) Certainly defining moment in your history!

    The white jeans reminded me of a childhood friend rolling her little VW in our front yard. Her big concern was the holes in her nylons.

    Thanks again for doing this!

  11. @Lua: Thanks for stopping in. Yes, wise advice.

    @Lynda: Thanks. I'm trying to ignore that tip. ;)

  12. what a fabulous interview! thanks so much to both of you for sharing :D

  13. So glad you enjoyed it, Tahereh. Thanks for stopping by!