Today’s special guest is one of the cast of characters from Alexis A. Goring’s inspirational romance novella titled Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories. Brian’s story is told in The Best Gift.
Brian, your author has an interesting concept of short stories told around and about numerous characters, but I wanted to interview you because you are my favorite, and I think there is a story behind a story. So, first off, please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? And how did you first meet your heroine, Jordan?
My name is Brian Henderson. I was born in Riverside, California, before my parents moved to Maryland where I was raised and my younger sister was born. My parents returned to California to retire soon after my sister and I graduated from college. My graduate studies took me to Loma Linda University in California where I am studying to become a doctor.
The first time I met Jordan was in high school. We became friends after I saved her from falling down a flight of stairs. We took a Chemistry class together during our sophomore year and discovered the chemistry between us but we didn’t date until our senior year because before senior year, I was in a serious relationship and Jordan well you know, she wasn’t the type to commit to a steady relationship. But after the girl I was going steady with decided to dump me for a college athlete, Jordan and I started talking again (our senior year) but we broke up after graduation because she wanted to be free to date whomever she wanted in college.
Authors always bring conflict to their characters’ lives, and your conflict was hilarious to me. I don’t know how you managed under the weight of what was expected of you. However, most heroic to me was the fact that you were the man of reason in the situation. Without giving away the story, how did it feel to stand in the middle between a mother and daughter and speak wisdom into the daughter’s heart when, in reality, she didn’t want to hear it?
It wasn’t easy. I love Jordan but sometimes her strong will and propensity to get what she wants doesn’t work in her favor. I had to gently convince her that telling the truth about our relationship would help her mom understand the bottom line which is Jordan wants time to discover what she wants out of life and once she does, she’ll find the right guy (which I hope is me) and settle down. Looking back on the situation, I believe I did the best thing. As for my ability to maintain my composure under all of that pressure, I have to say it was only by God’s grace and the power of prayer!
In loving the heroine, you could have asked her to marry you right off, but you didn’t. Still haven’t, as far as I know, unless you want to give us the scoop on that. What helped you to separate your love for Jordan and do what was best for her—to help her and her mother bond and forgive over the issues that caused you great conflict?
You’re right, I could have asked Jordan to marry me from the start but that would not have been fair to her parents. I’m a traditional guy. I believe in asking the father of the woman I love for her hand in marriage and Jordan’s quick plan/charade to quench her mom’s desire for Jordan to marry and have kids didn’t settle well with me. So I decided to wait until the time is right out of respect for Jordan’s parents and out of my concern for Jordan’s happiness. I believed Jordan would be the happiest about our relationship if we were not lying to her parents and if she finally had a sincere, calm conversation with her mom about the matter. You’ll have to read our story to find out whether or not I was right.
Is there scripture or a biblical concept that you leaned upon to help you to navigate the tenuous steps between daughter and mother?
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
I prayed through this situation and I believe God answered my prayers in the best way by giving me the words to speak and helping me know what to do.
Inquiring minds have to know. If you do every plan on marrying Jordan, do you have any idea how you will propose?
I can’t give away all of my plans but I will say that the proposal process will start with me asking Mr. Mayfield for his daughter’s hand in marriage. If he says yes and gives me his blessing then I will arrange the most romantic and spontaneous engagement Jordan has ever seen. I hope she will say “yes!” Given our history and the love we have for each other, I believe we’d be very happy together as husband and wife.
Thank you for being with us, Brian. I look forward to speaking with your author, Alexis, on Wednesday.
More About Hope in My Heart:
Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.
In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.
Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.
Besides the Amazon link given with the title, this collection of stories may be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Christianbook.com, Crossbooks.com, and Lifeway.com.
About the Author:
Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.
You can connect with Alexis at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.