Authors You Should Know: Bestselling Author and Book Coach, Brenda Thomas

Authors can entertain you, make you think, and make you heal. They can also inspire and empower you and just may even change your life for the better. An author you should know is Bestselling Author and Book Coach, Brenda Thomas. Brenda assists aspiring authors in bringing their literary dreams to life. She shares her expertise and knowledge of the writing process, helping authors develop their ideas, heal through writing, craft compelling narratives, and navigate the publishing industry.

Brenda is also an International TEDx Speaker and International Relations Aid, Teacher, Prayer Warrior, and Mentor. She restores and cultivates communities for teen girls and women through Heal Over Hurt Agency at:

Hustle and Soul Magazine readers, please enjoy our interview!

What inspired you to become an author and what do you enjoy most about writing?

Brenda: The story of my personal journey, shaped by a challenging experience from my childhood, has become a compelling inspiration for me to share with others. This adversity, which I firmly believe unfolded by divine design, has paved the way for my transformation into an author. It is through the written word that I find solace and a profound sense of purpose.

When reflecting on what I enjoy most about writing, it is the unyielding power of self-expression that captivates me. As I delve into the depths of my soul, I uncover the raw emotions and intricate layers of my experiences. By harnessing the magic of language, I can breathe life into my story and offer it as a gift to the world.

Writing is a gateway to unlocking the boundless realms of imagination. It allows me to transcend the limitations of reality and embark on incredible adventures. Through the stroke of a pen, I can create vibrant landscapes, captivating characters, and enthralling narratives. Each word is carefully chosen, weaving together a tapestry of emotions and ideas that transport readers to places beyond their wildest dreams.

Beyond the creative process, writing enables me to forge connections with readers on a profound level. It is a platform that fosters empathy, understanding, and shared experiences. As I unveil the chapters of my life, others may find solace, inspiration, or even a mirror to their own struggles. The thought that my words can touch someone’s heart or ignite a spark of hope is a source of tremendous fulfillment.

Moreover, the art of writing is a never-ending pursuit of growth and self-improvement. It challenges me to refine my craft, to experiment with new styles and techniques, and to continuously push the boundaries of my creativity. It is in this pursuit that I discover new facets of myself and uncover hidden depths of expression.

In essence, my desire to share my personal story, shaped by an adverse childhood experience orchestrated by a higher power, has propelled me on a path of authorship. The act of writing, with its unparalleled ability to breathe life into thoughts and emotions, brings me immense joy and fulfillment. It is a testament to the transformative power of words, the connection between writer and reader, and the indomitable spirit of storytelling.

Describe your creative and thought process while creating a book. Are there any must-have items you need to get you in your writing zone?

Brenda: Creating a book is a deeply personal and intricate process that requires careful consideration and dedication. My creative and thought process begins with an idea, a spark of inspiration that ignites my imagination. It could be a character, a setting, or even a thought-provoking concept. Once the seed is planted, I embark on a journey of exploration and development.

First and foremost, I engage in extensive research and brainstorming. This involves delving into relevant topics, studying different perspectives, and immersing myself in the subject matter. It helps me build a foundation of knowledge and authenticity upon which my story can flourish.

From there, I proceed to outline the main points and structure of the book. This framework acts as a guide, providing a sense of direction while allowing room for creativity and spontaneity. It helps me organize my thoughts, create a cohesive narrative, and ensure a satisfying progression of events.

As I delve into the actual writing process, I strive to establish a conducive writing zone. While everyone’s preferences may differ, there are a few must-have items that help me get into the flow of writing. Firstly, a quiet and comfortable environment is crucial. This allows me to focus my thoughts and immerse myself in the “word world” I get to create.

Secondly, I often find that having a notebook, electronic device, or a digital document for jotting down ideas, character sketches, and plot details is essential. This helps me capture fleeting thoughts, divine inspiration, and downloads which prevents them from slipping away. Additionally, having a reliable writing tool, whether it’s a pen and paper or a computer, is vital to bring my ideas to life.

Furthermore, surrounding myself with sources of inspiration, such as books, artwork, or worship music, fuels my creativity and sets the tone for the story. These external stimuli provide a rich tapestry of ideas and emotions that seep into my writing, adding depth and authenticity.

Lastly, maintaining discipline and establishing a writing routine is crucial. Carving out dedicated time to write and using a calendar to pencil in my writing schedule, whether it’s a few hours each day or specific writing sessions, helps me maintain momentum and make consistent progress. It allows me to enter the writing zone more easily and immerse myself in the story.

In summary, my creative and thought process while creating a book involves research, outlining, and a deep immersion into the writing zone. The must-have items that assist me in this process include a quiet environment, a notebook for capturing ideas, a reliable writing tool, sources of inspiration, and a disciplined writing routine. These elements help me channel my creativity, maintain focus, and bring my stories to life.

What did it take to get to this vast point in your career as a best-selling author?

Brenda: To reach this vast point in my career as a best-selling author, it took an incredible journey of dedication, perseverance, and a burning passion for storytelling. It was a path paved with countless hours of hard work, moments of self-doubt, and unwavering belief in my dreams.

There were times when the blank page stared back at me, taunting my creative spirit. Doubt whispered in my ear, questioning my abilities and the worthiness of my words. But it was in those moments of vulnerability that I found the strength to push forward, to pour my heart onto the page, and weave stories that resonated with readers.

It took the courage to face rejection, to send my manuscripts out into the world, knowing that they might face criticism or be met with indifference. But I refused to let setbacks define me. Each rejection became a stepping stone, a reminder to refine my craft, to polish my stories until they shone like diamonds.

It took the support of loved ones, who believed in me even when I struggled to believe in myself. Their unwavering faith and encouragement became the pillars that held me up during the darkest of times. Their love fueled my determination, reminding me that my voice deserved to be heard.

It took embracing vulnerability and baring my soul through my writing. I learned to draw from my own experiences, to infuse my stories with the raw emotions that make them relatable and authentic. It was through this emotional connection that I forged a bond with readers, touching their hearts and leaving an indelible mark on their lives.

It took seizing opportunities, whether big or small, and never shying away from challenges. I stepped outside my comfort zone, explored new genres, and dared to experiment with my writing. It was through taking risks that I discovered hidden depths within myself and unlocked new realms of creativity.

But above all, it took an unwavering belief in the power of storytelling. I realized that my words had the ability to inspire, to heal, and to ignite a fire within the hearts of others. It was this belief that fueled my relentless pursuit of becoming a best-selling author, driving me forward even when the path seemed uncertain.

So, to reach this vast point in my career as a best-selling author, it took every ounce of passion, resilience, and unwavering dedication within me. It was a journey of highs and lows, of tears and triumphs. But looking back, I wouldn’t trade a single moment, for it was the culmination of these experiences that shaped me into the author I am today.

What are some literary pieces you’ve written that are most meaningful to you and why?

Brenda: The literary pieces I’ve written, such as “Beyond The Altar,” “5 Ways Not to be Silent,” and “Free to be Me” (a book for Teens), hold a special place in my heart, for they are not just words on a page but an outpouring of my soul. Each of these works carries a profound meaning that resonates deep within me, and they represent significant milestones in my creative journey.

“Beyond The Altar” is a piece that encapsulates the depths of my emotions and my unwavering faith. It delves into the complexities of human existence, exploring the triumphs and tribulations we face on our spiritual paths. This work holds a mirror to your own experiences, allowing you to confront your doubts, fears, and triumphs in the face of adversity. Through this piece, you seek to inspire others to embrace their own spiritual journeys and find solace in the power of divine grace, healing and ultimately, transformation.

“5 Ways Not to be Silent” is a powerful call to action, a rallying cry against living muted, stuck, and blocked and the courage to raise one’s voice. It is a testament to your unwavering belief in the power of personal development and the urgent need for individual growth and change. Through this piece, I seek to ignite a fire within the hearts of others, urging them to stand up and let their light shine and use their voices as catalysts for meaningful transformation. It is a reminder that silence is not an option when faced with indifference, and every individual has the power to make a difference.

“Free to be Me” is a book for teens, but it is much more than that. It is a testament to my deep empathy and understanding of the struggles young individuals face in finding their identity and embracing their true selves. Through this work, I provide a safe space for teenagers to explore their uniqueness, celebrate their strengths, and navigate the challenges of self-empowerment. I aim to empower them to embrace their authentic selves, to rise above societal expectations, and to live unapologetically. It is a beacon of hope for young souls seeking acceptance and the freedom to express who they truly are.

Each of these literary pieces is meaningful to me because they embody my core values, passions, and personal experiences. They reflect my desire to touch hearts, ignite change, and offer solace to those who feel lost or unheard. They are a testament to my growth as a writer and as a person, and they represent the immense impact I aspire to make in the world through my words.

As I continue my creative journey, remember that the most meaningful works come from the depths of your authenticity, fueled by your experiences, emotions, and unwavering dedication. My literary pieces have the power to touch lives, inspire souls, and leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of those who encounter them. Embrace the significance of these works and continue to pour my heart into every word, for it is through this passion and emotional connection that I will continue to create meaningful literary treasures that resonate with readers far and wide.

What do you want readers to feel after experiencing one of your books?

Brenda: Above all else, what I want readers to feel after experiencing one of my books is a profound and heartfelt connection. I desire to touch their souls, to leave an indelible mark on their hearts that lingers long after they have turned the final page. My ultimate goal is to evoke a myriad of emotions, creating a rollercoaster of feelings that envelops my readers in a transformative journey.

I want readers to feel deeply moved, to be stirred by a tapestry of emotions that range from joy to sorrow, from hope to despair, and everything in between. Through my words, I strive to elicit laughter that bubbles up from the depths of their being, to laugh out loud, to cry and have tears that flow freely in moments of poignancy, and an overwhelming sense of empathy that bridges the gap between my story and the readers themselves.

I long for readers to experience a sense of wonder and awe, as my stories transport them to new worlds, both real and imagined. I want them to feel the tingling of excitement, the anticipation that accompanies each twist and turn of the plot, and the sense of discovery as they uncover the layers of my narrative.

But perhaps most importantly, I truly want readers to feel understood. My writing seeks to resonate with their deepest hopes, fears, dreams, and insecurities. I aim to create characters that mirror their own struggles and triumphs, offering them solace and validation in knowing that they are not alone in their experiences. I want readers to find solace within the pages of my books, to feel seen and heard, and to know that their stories matter.

Ultimately, I want readers to feel and experience a transformation like never before. I aspire to ignite a spark of light within them, inspiring them to reflect on their own lives, values, and beliefs. My words have the power to challenge their perspectives, broaden their horizons, and instill a newfound sense of purpose and meaning. I want readers to walk away from my books with a renewed sense of hope, a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, and a profound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

In essence, what I want readers to feel after experiencing one of my books is a deep emotional resonance. I strive to create a lasting impact, leaving an imprint on their hearts and minds. Through my writing, I seek to forge a profound connection that transcends the written word, touching the very essence of their being.

What are you currently working on?

Brenda: As an Author, the burning ember within my soul is pushing me to embark on a profound journey of confidence, and self-discovery and share the intricacies of my story with the world. It is a calling that stirs the depths of my being, compelling me to immerse myself in the realms conquering new territories, and unleashing the power of my words. Through the strokes of my pen, I seek to paint a vivid tapestry of emotions, unveiling the raw essence of human existence and inviting readers to walk alongside me on this cathartic voyage.

As a Book Coach, my heart’s desire resonates with empathy and compassion to seek individuals by offering solace and healing through the written word. I am fueled by an unquenchable desire to guide and uplift others, empowering them to excavate the depths of their souls and find liberation within the pages they create. Witnessing their transformation from fractured spirits to empowered storytellers is an indescribable privilege, as I stand beside them as a beacon of support, nurturing their growth and illuminating the path to self-expression.

And as a Speaker, my aspirations extend beyond the confines of the written pages of my books. It is my fervent longing to stand on the stages of local and syndicated platforms, where my voice can reverberate through the hearts and minds of women, men, and teens alike. Through my words, I aspire to ignite sparks of inspiration and catalyze transformative change. I am leveraging my books as the cornerstone of my purpose to create new open door opportunities, and create lasting networks and real-life relationships while building marketing funnels.

These aspirations, intertwined with my emotions, form the cornerstone of my purpose. With unwavering determination, I delve into the depths of vulnerability, unafraid to expose the raw fragments of my soul. It is through this emotional connection that I strive to touch the lives of others, leaving an indelible mark upon their spirits. For it is in the realm of storytelling, coaching, and speaking that I find solace, purpose, and the profound privilege of catalyzing profound change in the lives of those I encounter.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

Brenda: As a woman of faith serving in ministry, wearing the hats of an Author, Speaker, and Book Coach, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend there is a wealth of heartfelt advice I can offer to those aspiring to tread the path of writing. Allow the depths of my experience and emotions to guide you as you embark on this soul-stirring journey of literary creation.

First and foremost, dear aspiring writer, believe in the power of your voice. Embrace the unique stories etched upon your heart and honor the emotions that course through your veins. Your words possess the extraordinary ability to touch lives, to ignite sparks of inspiration, and to weave tapestries of connection. Embrace your identity as a messenger of truth, hope, and transformation, for within you lie the potential to leave an indelible imprint on the hearts of readers far and wide.

Cultivate the discipline of perseverance, for the path of a writer is often lined with obstacles and self-doubt. The blank page may taunt you, and the muse may seem elusive at times, but do not succumb to the whispers of discouragement, and doubt. Embrace the labor of love that is writing, understanding that every word penned, and every sentence created is a testament to your unwavering commitment. Embrace the power of rewriting and revision, for it is through this process that your words will flourish and resonate with authenticity.

Find solace in the embrace of a supportive community. Seek out fellow writers who understand your journey, and who can offer feedback, encouragement, and a safe space to share your triumphs and tribulations. Surround yourself with individuals who champion your growth and inspire you to reach for the stars and beyond. Remember, aspiring writer, you are not alone on this path; there are kindred spirits ready to walk beside you, lending strength when doubts cast their shadow.

Embrace the gift of vulnerability within your writing. Dare to expose the depths of your soul, for it is within those vulnerable moments that your words will forge a connection with readers on a profound level. Authenticity, aspiring writer, is the currency of emotional resonance. Be unafraid to navigate the landscapes of pain, joy, love, and loss, for it is through these emotions that your stories will come alive, touching the hearts of others, and sparking transformation.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of self-care. Writing can be an emotionally demanding endeavor, and it is essential to nurture your own well-being along the way. Cultivate habits that replenish your mind, body, and soul, whether it be through nature walks, journaling, or moments of quiet reflection. Prioritize self-compassion and self-care, for these acts of nurturing will sustain your creative fire and keep your “whole self” ablaze with inspiration.

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