As a woman, what important lessons can improve your life? Our guest on Coffeehouse Conversations, Jae Henderson, provides us with some insight on choosing the right path in her most recent e-book, Things Every Good Woman Should Know.
Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1 by Jae Henderson
If you could stop a woman from making the same mistakes you did would you—whether it be in love, friendships, finances, or health. In “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1,” Jae Henderson has crafted six short inspirational stories designed to educate women on the importance of carefully considering your options when traveling through this journey we call life. Each character allows readers to peek into their lives and experience the joys and the pains of love, lust, naivety, success, selfishness, and more. These stories could be described as fables for adults. Just like the ones you read as children except with adult content and real drama. You are invited to learn the moral of each story that will surely nourish the spirit and strengthen the soul. The titles include:
You Are Beautiful
Take Care of Those You Love
Sex Is More Than Just Sex
Mentorship is Mandatory
Success Is the Best Revenge
You Reap What You Sow
Each story is firmly rooted in Biblical principle and is jam-packed with exciting life-altering situations and life-applicable teachings. Once again, proving that God is good. He may not always keep you from falling, but He can arrange for you to make a soft landing. Be inspired today!
CC: Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?
JH: I wanted to encourage women to truly think about the decisions they make. We make so many decisions without doing our research or thinking things through carefully. Unfortunately making the wrong one, depending on the situation, could have disastrous consequences. I felt the best way to do this is through a short stories that any woman can relate to and enjoy. We don’t always have to personally make mistakes to learn a lesson. We can learn them from fictional as well as nonfictional characters as well.
CC: What makes this book different from other books?
JH: It’s a book of short stories designed to tell women things I really believe they should know while encouraging them to apply Christian principles to their daily lives. For example, every woman should know that she is beautiful. Having confidence in your inward and outward appearance is vital to having a healthy self-esteem and this can lead to a go-getter attitude that can help propel you to success. It can also help you ignore negative people or put them in their place when needed.
CC: What’s the hardest part about being an author?
The hardest part about being an author is exposing your soul for the world to see. Some of the stories I write have a piece of myself or someone I know in it. Without even trying, we as writers purge ourselves of our emotions and they end up on paper. We never know how others will react to this cathartic process. Sometimes, you can’t help but take it personal when someone doesn’t care for what was presented because it is personal. We basically leave ourselves naked in front of the world.
CC: What do you love most about being an author?
JH: The readers. The positive words they send my way are what motivates me to keep writing.
CC: Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?
JH: I don’t have a favorite author, per se. I love so many. But I am quite fond of Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston and Beverly Jenkins. I love period or historical pieces and anything with keen insight into human emotion.
CC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
JH: Study your craft. I see so many new writers making mistakes that they don’t have to make because publishing a book has been done millions of times before. Do your research: read, comb the internet, and talk to successful published authors about what they did. I would also say don’t do it just for the money. Yes, you can become quite successful but being an author, especially an independent author, is a grind and it makes it easier if you enjoy what you are doing.
CC: What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?
JH: When I wrote my first three books, the Someday trilogy, the most common question was if my main character, Tee, was me. My answer has always been, “Tee is very loosely patterned after me. My life is not that exciting nor do I ever want it to be.” Now, people want to know if my short stories are about me as well. Yes, a couple of the stories are based on my personal experiences but I doubt I’ll ever tell which ones. I like to keep people guessing.
CC: Do you blog? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about?
JH: I have a blog on my author website, www.jaehendersonauthor.com. It is geared toward updating my readers about my literary endeavors and from time to time I embrace hot topics as well. I also have a blog geared toward singles at www.mysideofthesinglelife.com. I like to address many of the situations singles face and discuss some of the occurrences in pop culture. One of my recent blogs talked about the nude pictures many men now find it acceptable to send to women they barely know. It can be tough for a dating Christian.
CC: What events/book plans do you have coming up?
JH: I recently relaunched my e-book, “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume1”. I am running a promotion where people who read my book and leave a review will have their name entered into a drawing to win a free book by popular authors such as yourself, Beverly Jenkins, Rhonda McKnight, Pat Tucker, Candace Shaw, Sheila Lipsey, Mario King and the new book released by Oosa Book Club. The giveaways will continue until May 27th.
CC: How can readers contact you?