B.D. Hendrix was raised in a small town in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a devoted wife and mother and is an all-around creative person who found her love for writing as a young child. After getting her associate’s degree in graphic design, bachelor’s degree in education, and master’s degree in psychology, she decided to take a step out on faith to start writing stories just like the books she’s always loved to read. Incorporating everything she learned through others’ lives, school, and her own personal experiences, she became a self-published author! With her writing, she strives to encourage, enlighten, and intrigue readers with her provoking stories and lovable (but sometimes crazy) characters. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing, eating, cooking, painting, and pretty much anything that involves being creative! Oh, and sleeping, because who doesn’t love sleep?
Author B.D. Hendrix writes stories that entertain and educate. She’s hoping her readers the messages of mental health and counseling/therapy will resonate with her readers. Let’s get right to it.
1.) Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is B.D. Hendrix, but I guess that’s obvious. I am a wife to a handsome man and a mother to a beautiful little girl! I am an artist at heart, but I also have my associate’s degree in graphic design. Before I knew that writing was not only my passion but my calling, I wanted to be a marriage and family therapist. For five years I worked hard to attain a bachelor’s in education, and a master’s in psychology. But amid my getting my master’s, I felt this tugging on my heart to write and that is exactly what I did. And that is where my first novel, Heaven Can Wait, came about.
2.) Tell us what Heaven Can Wait is about.
Heaven Can Wait is a contemporary romance/chick-lit kind of story about two friends who struggle to overcome their childhood fears, so they can finally experience true love.
3.) What inspired you to write this book?
To be honest, my daughter inspired me to write it. I was sitting around thinking about how my daughter will be when she grows up. That’s how Lola was born. Now, I didn’t write Lola based on the events that I wish for my daughter to go through (of course), but I wrote her based on the personality and resilient attitude that my daughter has had since she was born. The book was supposed to have a different storyline and only be from Lola’s perspective, but in my prayer time, the book flourished into much more than what I could have imagined.
I also have had a love for reading and I wanted to finally take a shot at writing. I was tired of the stories that I would read not ending the way I wanted them to.
4.) What was the most challenging obstacle you faced writing your novel?
Finding the time to write. Being a mother and a wife, there is a lot that must be done around the house and with a toddler running around. So, to remedy my need to finish my novel, I decided to stay up all night. I’d stay up writing for about three to five hours at night. I not only found that I had more peace and quiet, but I was more creative during the late hours of the night.
5.) Why do you feel it’s important to address mental health issues in your work?
Being a psychology major and always having an interest in mental health, I thought that it would be important to incorporate some of that in my writing. Entertaining books are fun to read, but to also learn a little something dealing with mental health or counseling/therapy tips is something that I feel will resonate with some people, especially if they have gone through some of the things that my characters have gone through.
6.) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I always loved to read since I was little, and writing has been a hobby of mine whether it was poetry or short stories. But it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter, that I decided it was time for me to start writing. I started off on Wattpad writing stuff that I wasn’t proud of because I was writing stupid stuff, but for some reason, people liked it! After realizing the stories that I was writing weren’t purposeful and were strictly mindless entertainment, I decided to surrender my writing talent to God and wanted Him to use me and the talent He gave me to become a published author. I never thought that I would actually want to continue writing until I prayed about it. I was planning on just writing one book and publishing it just to say, “I published a book”. But God had other plans and He continues to give me ideas and amazing storylines to write about.
7.) You recently published your second book, a novella called Closure. Tell our readers what it’s about.
Closure is my little baby! So, Closure really was a story that came straight from my heart. It was a therapeutic piece for me. It’s about exes coming together to see if they can obtain closure from their recent divorce. It’s a pretty melancholy story but doesn’t lack a bit of entertainment and that shock factor—which I did not plan for when I outlined the book.
8.) Now that you’ve published two novels, what’s next for you?
Movies! Netflix deals! Getting on Oprah’s Book Club List, and becoming a New York Times and USA Today’s Best Seller! LOL! I’m serious! I am actually in the middle of writing my third book to be released, which is Heaven Can Wait – Book Two (official title pending), and I am taking a screenwriting course this summer to learn how to turn my books into screenplays. I am striving to hit every single one of the plans that I set for myself, but overall, I have put my writing career and everything else in God’s hands. I know he will guide me in the right direction, but as long as I’m able to hone my skills and talents and continue to put them out for the world to have while bringing God the glory at the end of the day, I’m cool.
9.) Where can readers buy your books?
Readers can buy my books from Amazon right now. I am still trying to get things set so people can buy them directly from me through my own website, but eventually, that option will be up and running.
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Audra Russell is a blogger, freelance writer, and published author. She holds two undergraduate degrees in journalism as well as a Master of Science degree in Education. She also completed the Wesleyan University online Creative Writing Specialization course series.
She is an avid reader and writer’s advocate. Her passion for promoting the works of up-and-coming authors inspired her to create her podcast, Between the Reads, as well as her website, Read It Black to Me. Her debut novel, BLOOD LAND, was published on August 29, 2020, as her fiftieth birthday gift to herself. She lives in Maryland with her husband of more than 20 years, her 3 amazing children, a 12-year-old perpetual puppy, two dueling cats, and her lone surviving chicken of 8 years who she affectionately renamed Gloria (she will survive!)