INTERVIEW | Brittney Holmes

Brittney, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am currently a senior at Redan High School, where I am actively involved in various activities. I love to read, write, sing, dance, and I enjoy spending time with my friends. I like music that has meaning or a message within its lyrics. I usually find myself enjoying Gospel, Jazz, and R&B music the most. My ministry is in my writing and I am thankful that God blessed me with the gift, through which I share His word with the world.

How do you find time to connect with God?

It’s hard, but I make the time. During the week, especially when school is in session, I wake up at least thirty minutes before I actually have to, so that I can read Scriptures and pray before beginning my day. Though I may not receive as much sleep as I would like, the time spent with God is well worth it.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

My favorite authors including Kendra Norman-Bellamy (my mother), Victoria Christopher Murray, Jacquelin Thomas, and Tia McCollors. My favorite books are “First Love” by Yolanda Brooks, and just about anything written by the above mentioned authors.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I honestly didn’t intend to become a writer, but it has always been a truthful saying that God’s ways are not always our ways. I had my heart set on becoming a doctor, but somewhere along the line, I was lead into the direction of literature. When I first began to pen “Living Consequences,” I never intended for it to be as big as it became and certainly had no immediate plans to have it published. But my mother got a hold of it and shopped it around. Soon I was surprisingly blessed to have obtained a two-book deal with Urban Book’s newest imprint, Urban Christian.

Tell us about your current book?

My current book, entitled “Living Consequences” deals with the lives of teens, who go through various situations and they must rely on their faith to deliver themselves out of their situations. Nevaeh Madison and Ronald McAfee have been dating for three years and had made a promise to each other that they wouldn’t bring sexual intimacy into their relationship until marriage. Now their relationship will be put to the ultimate test when Ronald begins to change his views concerning the issue. Nevaeh’s best friend, Shimone Johnson wholeheartedly believes in sex before marriage…as long as she’s in a monogamous relationship with her partner. But when she finds out that she’s pregnant, her views change and her biggest fear is revealing her secret to her mother, who has struggled through a very similar situation, and her boyfriend, who doesn’t have a reputation for being the most faithful guy. Meanwhile, Sierra Monroe, who lost her mother at a very young age and is continuously neglected by her father, finds pleasure and comfort in all the wrong places and must deal with the consequences of her actions just as

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

When I first began to write “Living Consequences” it was meant to be a personal journal for a situation I was going through at that particular time in my life, but when I sat in front of the computer a completely different story began to unfold. I didn’t map out the happenings of the book, play by play nor did I outline each chapter of the book before typing it out on the computer. I simply began typing and the words just came forth. So I can’t say that I came up with ideas for this book because I personally believe that God ordained every word that was printed between the pages.

What’s next for you?

Right now I am focused on trying to complete my last year of high school so that I can start college in the fall of 2008, but I plan to continue in my career as a writer. My next project will be released in June 2008 and, hopefully, I will continue to travel and attend various literary events so that others will be blessed by what God has given me.

I have another book scheduled for June 2008, which is entitled “Testing Relationships” and is a sequel to my debut novel.

Where can visitors find you online?

I can be found at my personal website, www.brittneyholmes.com, or I can be reached on Myspace at www.myspace.com/authorbrittneyholmes.