Guest - Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor


I'd love for you all to meet Jennifer Hudson Taylor. She's one of my critique partners (and I'm sure she's waiting on a critique back from me, I'm so bad and these ladies are so forgiving!) Please feel free to run for a refill on your java or tea, get a nibble of something and come enjoy a little time with this delightful lady.

Jennifer, so nice to have you join us today. I know you've got a lot going on with your writing, so we appreciate you being here. Could you tell us a little about the books you write?

I write medieval to contemporary inspirational fiction with elements of faith, history, suspense, drama and romance. I’ve written a Scottish medieval, an Irish historical, a Regency, three American historical and a contemporary.

What’s the title and release date of your upcoming book?

Highland Blessings is scheduled to be released May 2010 from Abingdon Press.

Tell us a little about the hero & heroine in the story.

Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie to keep a promise he made to his dying father. As a warrior he is used to making things happen by force and he doesn’t know God. Akira has a strong faith and once she makes the decision to forgive him, she becomes a strong influence upon him until a murderer begins to stir up a lot of controversy and deception.

You'v really studied your family genealogy in depth. What tips would you give on how to go about searching out your family’s history?

I would suggest you start talking to your grandparents. Get the names of their parents and grandparents, where they were born and where they might have died. Once you have this information, you can go to the county and state of where they died and request copies of their death certificates and marriage bonds. This will give you more information to go on. Then check out the census records.

That's a great start. Thanks for the tips. So, how much has your family history research played into Highland Blessings?

None of my family research was included in Highland Blessings, but it has played a role in some of the other stories I’ve written.

Tell us about the Carolina Scots-Irish information you carry on your blog. What can a reader look forward to finding when they come to visit you for more info on these?

Between my husband and I, we have up to eight Scots-Irish family lines. During the years 1730 – 1780, over 70,000 Scots-Irish settled in North Carolina. Our governor was a Scot and he wrote letters home to Scottish families encouraging them to settle here. I decided to create the Carolina Scots-Irish blog ( as a blog resource about Scots-Irish and Welsh events, books, music, movies, clothing, clans, genealogy, history, and anything Celtic related to the Carolinas, but not limited to the Carolinas.

You have one of the most beautiful and well done book trailers I’ve ever seen. Did you do this yourself? Do you do these for other writers and if so, do you have a price quote page?

Yes, I created my own video book trailer. And thank you, I’m glad you like it. My background is marketing and communications and it’s what I do for a living as my day job. I do everything from graphic art design, website development, publication layout design, and photo enhancement. In college I took broadcast journalism and created music videos, had internships at local TV stations where I helped create commercials, and voice-overs. I wish I had time to create video book trailers for others, but with my full-time job, I really don’t have the time.

What would you like readers to know about your writing and the books you write? What can they expect when they pick up a Jennifer Hudson Taylor book?

I want people to be moved when they read one of my novels, spiritually and emotionally. I pray that God will use my work to inspire others in their journey through life.

Thanks for joining us, Jennifer. We enjoyed our time with you! It went by too fast. We'll look forward to another visit with you when your book Highland Blessings releases in May 2010.

For the giveaway, leave a comment with the answer for the question below. The prize: A Heritage Scrapbook Page Kit (minus the actual scrapbook).

In the short book trailer video, you will see these words, "How will their faith..."

To finish this sentence correctly, watch the video. Leave your answer here in the comments section.

Jennifer has a fun blog, so have fun clicking around there

(after you leave your answer here).

Thanks for stopping by folks!


sherri said...

"Become their Highland blessing"... in answer to the question.

Beautifully done trailer- can't wait for the book to be released!

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Nice interview and I just love the photo. Very beautiful. Please enter me in the book giveway.

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

Become their everlasting highland blessing. The book looks great. I really would like the win the heritage scrapbook kit.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

I would love to win the heritage kit. I'm anxious to read Jennifer's book, too. I'll be featuring her on my blog.

Pepper Basham said...

What a great post. I LOVE researching family history and talking with my grandparents. They are wellsprings of inspiration and knowledge. What a rich heritage you seem to have too! Congratulations on your book. It sounds wonderful. I have some of that Scots-Irish in my background too and lots of my family are from NC.
Thanks again.

Tina Dee Books said...

Lena or Jennifer, when will Jennifer be on Lena's blog?

For anyone who has yet to visit Lena's blog, do go! Visit her, she has wonderful interviews with MANY authors and fun contests!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Isn't Jennifer fun?! That book trailer is lovely, she did a great job on it, don't you think?

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Iforgot to leave the answer to the question..."becoming their Highland Blessing. Saw this on Facebook and remembered.

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

"...become their everlasting Highland Blessings?"

Absolutely gorgeous pictures in that clip...Tina, do you know if Jennifer took some of those herself?

I love historical fiction. I'll have to keep an eye out for these novels. :)

Pamela J said...

become their everlasting Highland Blessings?
I just thought I would put in the punctuation also in case that makes a difference.
I also thought the trailer was very nice and seeing it made me think "Yup, I'd like to read that book for sure." So, I'll be sure to watch for it next May.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

Thanks, everyone for stopping by. I hope you'll get a chance to read Promised Blessings when it's released.

Also, Tina, thank you so much for taking the time to pull this interview together. You asked some great questions.

Eunice said...

...become their everlasting Highland Blessing? That was a great interview. Can't wait to read the book!