This is one of those days when God reminds me of one of the reasons He called me into writing. It’s more than to have my stories published. It’s more than learning the craft and writing the best stories I can. Stories to honor Him and bring His message of restoration and reconciliation to those who read my stories.

One of the reasons He called me to write is to help other writers. Today, I met with one of Rachelle Harpthose writers to rejoice with her on winning the Novel Rocket award.

I met Rachelle through our local writing organization, North Texas Christian Writers.

Through a divine appointment, He led me to mentor and coach her on her speculative novel, The Breakout.

Here is a short blurb:

In a future where society is classified by DNA, seventeen-year-old Trina Hauk isn’t good at following the rules, despite her upbringing by the government as an elite member of the chosen genetic class. Trina has no choice in occupation, social standing or even love.

Until Kalen, her best friend and secret crush is arrested.

Now, the only way to save him is to seek help from an unlikely ally—a mysterious teenager named Jarek who is scheduled for termination. Jarek knows the prison location, but won’t tell unless Trina breaks him out of his cell.

Pulled between the pre-determined life she’s always had and her love for a boy she’s not genetically matched to, Trina must choose…before it’s too late.

Rachelle is an excellent writer with a gift for developing characters and creating a believable story world. Rachelle also possesses other traits that make for a successful writer, including an eagerness to learn and a humble, teachable spirit.

So today, I got to bask in her glory, in her diligence to her craft, in her faith in God and her obedience to His call to write, in the honor she richly deserved.

Visit Rachelle at her website,

8 Responses to Congratulations

  1. Tina Boone January 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    How wonderful. I’m so glad you are sharing your teaching and mentoring gifts with others.

  2. Janet K. Brown January 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    WTG, Rachelle, Sounds like a good book, and Henry, how wonderful you had to opportunity to mentor her. Christian writers are the best.

  3. Rachelle January 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks Henry – you have been an inspiration to me and I’m so blessed to get to work with you. You’re an amazing writer and teacher! 🙂

  4. Carol McClain January 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Henry, with your mentoring, she had to do well. You’re gifted in it.

  5. Henry January 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you, Tina

  6. Henry January 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you, Janet.

  7. Henry January 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    A lot of it is because you are so dedicated to being the best possible writer you can be.

  8. Henry January 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Thanks, Carol. I appreciate the kind words.

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