INTERVIEW | Brittney L. Holmes

Brittney, describe yourself for our visitors.

I consider myself to be a typical 18-year-old young woman. I like to sing, dance, read; write poetry, short stories, and novels; hang out with my friends, shop until I can literally shop no more, and talk on the phone. I love music, mostly R&B, Jazz, and Gospel because they can be therapeutic and they usually contain sensible messages.

I like sitting around my house in sweats and a T-shirt doing practically nothing just as much as I like dressing up in a skirt and heels to go out with my friends. I enjoy reaching out to others through my writing, which I consider to be my ministry. I feel as though my readers are able to grow spiritually because of the faith-based messages within the pages of my books.

How do you find time to connect with God?

Until recently, it had been hard because I’d been so busy with school, scholarships, and college-related activities. During that time, I would have to settle for saying a morning pray on the way to catch the bus for school or wait until the evening when I would say my bedtime prayers. However, with school out of the way for now, I can focus on getting back in the groove of spending time with God through prayer, meditation, scripture reading, and journaling.

Who are your favorite authors?

Favorite books? Of course I would have to say that my favorite author is my mother, Kendra Norman-Bellamy because her books are awesome. But I also enjoy reading Victoria Christopher Murray, Tia McCollors, Sherri Lewis, Jacquelin Thomas, Stacy Hawkins Adams, and Stephanie Perry Moore. My all-time favorite books are "First Love" by Yolanda Callegari Brooks, "Joy" by Victoria Christopher Murray, and "A Love So Strong" by Kendra Norman-Bellamy.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

Well, I never intended to become a published author, but my cousin read my first novel, "Living Consequences" in its manuscript form and loved it. He passed it on to my mother, making her drop everything she was doing just to read it. She loved it as well and without telling me, she began to shop it around to various publishing houses. She never told anyone that I was her daughter to insure that an acceptance or a rejection couldn’t be based on that fact. Urban Books’ newest imprint, Urban Christian showed interest in my work and decided to give me a two-book deal. From there my career began and I’ve been enjoying the journey thus far.

Tell us about your current book?

My current release is entitled "Testing Relationships" and it is the sequel to "Living Consequences." It surrounds the lives of young adults who are facing life’s challenges of abstinence, parenthood, sickness, and relationships while going to school and trying to keep their spirituality in tact. The story mostly surrounds the four-year-relationship between Marques Anderson and Shimone Johnson who are parents of a three-year-old toddler. While Shimone is focusing her attention on school and her daughter, Marques has found an interest in Alexia Harrison which has placed distance between him and Shimone. Once he realizes that he is messing up the best thing that has ever happened to him (his family) he tries to fix his mistake. However, it might be too late and he simply has to deal with the repercussions of his actions.

How did you come up with ideas for this book? 

Unlike my first book, I mapped out what I wanted to happen throughout "Testing Relationships." While it seemed that everyone was happy and spiritually focused at the end of the story in "Living Consequences," I knew that was not how it usually worked in the real world. With new faith comes new challenges and I wanted the characters to experience the hardships of trying to stay focused on God with worldly distractions thrawting their attention. Taking notes from the real-life experiences of my family, friends, and myself, I allowed the characters to be faced with the same problems that Christians face on a daily basis.

List your most recent books.

As of right now, I only have two titles on the market and they are "Living Consequences" and "Testing Relationships." However, I have a third book, "Grace and Mercy," in the works and it should be released in the coming year.

What’s next for you? 

I have recently graduated from high school with the honor of being my class Salutatorian (second highest GPA in my graduating class). Throughout the summer, I will be traveling and promoting my books. Then, in the fall, I will be heading to the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where I will study Mass Communications and Journalism.

Where can visitors find you online?

Readers can find me on my personal site at www.brittneyholmes.com or they can connect with me on MySpace www.myspace.com/authorbrittneyholmes.