Interview

An Interview With Author Brenda Branson

By loriamoore


How did you first become interested in writing?

My interest in writing began in the 8th grade and continued throughout highschool. During that time, I wrote poetry that was published in our school magazines and newsletters.

 

How long have you been actively writing?

After high school, I didn’t write anything for the next 20 years except for some journaling to record events in my abusive marriage. As I learned more about domestic violence and some of the underlying reasons for violence and disrespect, I began writing a newsletter which shared some of the things I was learning in order to help others in the same situation. Since 1995, I have written thousands of articles on domestic violence and spiritual growth, and several training manuals on domestic violence. The training manuals were published by FOCUS Ministries, Inc. and the Pastor’s Guide was published in Poland. Many of my articles are posted on http://troubledwith.com which is a division of Focus on the Family, on my website at https://brokenpeople.org and on various other websites dealing with marriage and relationships.

 

Do you currently write as a profession?

Yes. In 2006, I was contacted by Judson Press and asked to write a book on the topic of domestic violence. In 2007, my first book, “Violence Among Us–Ministry to Families in Crisis,” was published. It is available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com . This book was written to help pastors, counselors, and churches understand the dynamics of domestic violence and give them tools to help families who are in crisis.

 

Who Is Your Inspiration?

I find inspiration in two sources–from the stories and experiences of other people who have struggled and found God faithful in their darkest time of need, and from the scriptures which reveal the heart of God and the story of redemption through Jesus.

 

Are you an avid reader? Who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I read several books at one time. Now that I have a Kindle, I have books with me everywhere I go. Some of my favorite authors are Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, G. K. Chesterton, Thomas a’ Kempis, Larry Crabb, John Townsend, C.S. Lewis, Henry Cloud, Donald Miller, and Frederick Buechner. Although I rarely have time to read novels, my favorite novelist is Ted Dekker.
How Long Did It Take You To Write Your First Book?

Violence Among Us was written in about 6 months.

 

What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting?

The longest time I have spent writing in one sitting is 10-12 hours. When I held a full-time job and was raising a teenage son as a single parent, the only time I had to write a monthly newsletter was one Saturday a month. I spent the entire day writing, sometimes not even stopping for meals until the newsletter was completed. I don’t recommend this kind of routine, but at the time it seemed necessary.

 

If you couldn’t ever write again, what would you be doing?

For the last two years I’ve been on a writing hiatus except for posting occasional blogs and posting daily quotes on Facebook (Facebook.com/brokenpeople) and Twitter (bren1756). This has been a great time of sitting quietly at Jesus’ feet and learning rather than leading. When the timing is right, I look forward to working on several writing projects that I have put on the back burner. Besides writing, I really enjoy speaking and teaching. In addition to the topic of domestic violence, I enjoy teaching Bible studies and speaking at women’s retreats and conferences about a woman’s incredible journey with God.

 

What is your goal in writing?

My goal in writing or speaking is to offer hope to people who are hurting, and to lead them to an encounter with Jesus who can redeem and restore their lives.

 

The Writing Process

Do you write from home?

Yes, I’m disabled now and do most of my writing from home.

 

Do you prefer to write in a quiet environment?

Yes. As much as I love music, I can’t think or write unless everything is quiet. Being quiet opens my heart and mind to hear what God is saying. Many times I feel more like a stenographer than a writer when I know the words flowed from the heart of God, rather than from my mind or ability to manipulate words into clever phrases. Sometimes I read something I’ve written several years ago and don’t recognize it as mine until I get to the end and read the credits and copyright information.

 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why?

No, I get so distracted when I listen to music that I cannot concentrate on writing. But I also receive great inspiration from music. My favorite musician is Todd Agnew because he has an incredible passion for God which is reflected in his music. Todd writes songs that talk about the struggles we all encounter, and the questions we are sometimes afraid to ask out loud. But the lyrics to his songs always point to Jesus as redeemer and healer. Todd is one of the greatest worship leaders and teachers of the Word I’ve ever known. His music inspires me to write and pursue God on a deeper level.

Posted by Lori Moore, Louisville