Award-winning author, licensed minister, national speaker and songwriter, Kim Brooks, of Detroit, MI is the Black Expressions Bestselling Author of, He’s Fine…But is He Saved?, its highly acclaimed sequel, He’s Saved…But is He For Real?, non-fiction books, The Little Black Survival Book for Single Saints, How To Date and Stay Saved and her newest, Atria/Simon & Schuster novel release, She That Findeth.
Kim is a former guest columnist for Gospel Today Magazine and featured on The Word Network and she publishes a monthly eNewsletter, The Single Heart, and an online daily devotional for single women which encourages thousands worldwide and is subscribable for free online daily devotional exclusively for single women.
Kim, tell us about your book?
She That Findeth is about what happens when a 35-year-old single saved woman, Shenita Love, gets tired of waiting on God to send her a husband and decides to take matters into her own hands by attempting to find one on her own. She does everything from shopping at home improvement stores in stilettos, positioning herself outside men’s bible studies, joining online dating websites and attending sporting events sole.
While she’s on a man hunt, her closest friends deal with their own issues including financial strain and the temptation to return to a former life, bitterness after divorce, insecurities and sexual identity and acceptance. By the end of the novel the reader discover what Shenita really finds, and whether or not what she was looking for really been there all along.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Along with being an author, I’m a licensed minister who speaks mainly to singles. I’ve been speaking to single audiences for 10 years. I’ve noticed that many of the concerns of the single women are the same and some even mirror my own seeing as though I’m over 35 and single as well. When I would have “moments” of wanting a man, I would jot those feelings down, because one thing I’ve learned through ministering is that if I’m feeling a certain way, then many other single women are probably feeling this same way as well.
Not only that but I wanted to show the different issues single women go through while being single in their thirties – the outside pressures from family members wondering when are you getting married, friends getting married all around you left and right while you’re left worrying, “I’m saved, I’m a decent person, where is my Boaz?”
So this book speaks to many who have felt this way while single, while being presented in an entertaining way it ultimately encourages the reader to be strengthened in their walk with the Lord while waiting.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
The most difficult aspect of writing this book was knowing that not everyone will agree with certain things discussed, including some members of the church. This book not only touches on the subject of singleness but it also discusses homosexuals and the church and how I feel the church, as a whole, has done a horrible job representing the love of Christ to the gay community. Shenita Love is a light for her gay friend since high school, RayShawn, who has issues of his own throughout the book and feels rejected by God because his treatment by the church.
Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?
I write because it is my purpose. It’s what I was put on this earth to do. I’ve been writing since I was a member of my elementary school’s Young Writer’s Club in the first grade, and interestingly enough I’ve also written about “boys” 🙂 A year after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age 20 I asked God, “Why am I here?” and He revealed to me that part of my purpose is to write. My main purpose is ministry, and I consider everything I do – whether writing fiction, non-fiction or songs – is ministry. Its purpose is to edify, encourage and inspire while lifting up the Name of Jesus at the same time.
Any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Pray then write. Always write with the reader in mind and ask yourself, “What do I want the reader to get out of reading this book.” Seek mentors and guidance. I used Dan Poynter’s The Self Publishing Manual to self-publish my first novel almost ten years ago. Whatever you’re working on, finish it. Don’t let your book idea remain an image inside your head, write it.
Set time aside to work on your book. Just like we schedule work time or exercise time or dinner time, set aside time to write and work toward it until you’re done. Set a tentative deadline for your release date, and before your book even comes out.
Start talking about the subject you write about on social media while positioning yourself as an expert – this way it won’t be a surprise when your book comes out, and if others follow you because they like what you’ve been sharing, then more than likely they will buy your book.
Remember, writing the book is the easy part, the real work comes during efforts to get your book out to the masses.
About the Book
Ten years of believing, yet still no husband in sight for Shenita Love. The Bible does say “Wait on the Lord,” which, for Shenita, means waiting for God to deliver her a soul mate. Then again, God helps those who help themselves.
On her thirty-fifth birthday, Shenita’s fear of never starting a family has reached a fever pitch. Her trusty “rule book”—filled with guidelines for dating—simply isn’t cutting it. Soon Shenita is signing up for online dating sites, hitting on men at sporting events, and putting herself out there in ways she never imagined.
When Shenita stops playing by the book and takes matters into her own hands, she finds anything can happen.
Meanwhile, her closest friends are struggling with their own issues of sexuality, acceptance, divorce, insecurity, and financial strain. Always the faithful shoulder to lean on, Shenita wants to be there for them, but her desire to find a man leads her to an unforeseeable circumstance. A place where she must examine her relationship with God and reconsider her priorities.
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