I'm Kenyon, author of "Choice of The Mighty," book 1 in the series "Chronicles of Stephen." I'm presently in the editing process of book 2, "Trials of The Mighty," and working on book 3. Ask me anything.

Kenyon T Henry
Jan 11, 2018

I'm Kenyon, a mild-mannered business professional by day, and a superhero... eh, author the rest of the time. After years of study, practice, and anticipation, I published my first novel — a Christian fantasy young adult story — March of 2017. Since then, I've traveled a bit, meeting people, talking about the story, and getting to know my audience even better. I've met with a book club, had book signings and have been to a few comic conventions. I'm even scheduled to speak at a college this spring. I've found that no matter where I go, there's an interest in what I'm doing. 

I'm working on the next two books at the present time. Book 2 is in the editing phase. I even have a Kickstarter project where supporters will get a copy prior to its official release. Funds will be used to help me offset costs of completion. The book is "Trials of The Mighty." Feel free to click on the link to check it out. 

After serving 5 years as a youth ministry leader, I learned that there is a need for positive young adult fantasy. This drove me to complete my first novel. I write not only to entertain, but to inspire and offer hope. So, ask me anything! 

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Apart from Books 2 and 3 of your Chronicles of Stephen series, do you have any other books in mind for the future? Perhaps a new series, or a one-off novel or two? If so, what can you tell us about them?

Jan 14, 12:54PM EST0

Mr. Robinson—the man, the myth, the legend,

I do have some additional projects planned beyond these initial three. First, I'd like to continue the series after the first trilogy, as a perpetual series. I have some ideas of some additional stories I'd like to tell, but have not started working on these as of yet. 

Second, I'd like to do a prequel to show Waltz's story. He has an interesting backstory and we get to see very little. I'd also like to do a spin-off on Alistair. I'm presently debating a couple different ways to tell this story. A comic book series is one idea. 

Last, I have plans for a book that I'm presently calling Epitaph. This will likely be the first book I do after book 3. It will be a single novel. It tells the story of someone who wanders into a cemetery to discover that the epitaphs on it are what the people closest to the deceased actually thought of the departed. A grounds keeper explains that a headstone exist for everyone who has ever lived, is living, and ever will live. The man finds his own headstone. Not liking what he sees, he tries frantically to change it. The harder he works, the worse it seems to get. 

I actually started on this book after "Choice of The Mighty." However, my wife quickly explained that I had to finish the first three books so she could know how they ended. I saw the wisdom in her words (and the fire in her eyes) and agreed. 

Jan 14, 5:49PM EST0

Hello Everyone,

I thought I'd check in, and what a response! I'm excited to answer your questions and see if we can have some fun in the process. Feel free to hit me up with as many questions as you want. There's no limit. 

And, thanks for stopping in!

Jan 11, 4:16PM EST0

How do you come up with the names of your characters, this is always a huge block for me and stops the whole process?

Jan 11, 2:22PM EST0


Sorry, I had to pause to laugh. At first, I worried about this alot. I researched names and their meaning. Of course, the Scotsman needed a Scottish name. That makes sense. After a while, especially in book two, it really became difficult. 

For me, I didn't want a character to be called by a name of someone I knew, like a close friend or family member. So, I struggled. Eventually, I started using names from Coca-Cola bottles. That has worked out pretty well. I need a new name, so I go buy a 20oz. So far, so good!

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Jan 11, 3:06PM EST1
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How long did you sit on the idea of your first book before you finally sat down to write it out?

Jan 11, 2:21PM EST0

Not long. As soon as I had the idea, I started writing a short story. Honestly, I'm not sure why. I never planned to do anything with it. Sometimes, I just enjoy writing. But, it kept growing. I kept rewriting it until I realized I needed to learn how to construct a novel that people would read. The story was interesting, but all over the place at that point. 

Jan 11, 3:10PM EST0
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Is there any character that you want to work in the book series but not sure how just yet?

Jan 11, 2:20PM EST0

Yes, Mr. Wizard, there are several. 

Once I wrap up Stephen's origin story, we'll delve deeper into the world or The Mighty and Fallen. There is so much more I want to go into. But, I don't want to force it. Right now, it would come across that way. I have plans to introduce just a small snippet at the end of Book 3.

There's an entire world of spiritual warfare that I want to get into that's taking place in a physical world. For now, you'll have to settle with book 2, "Trials of The Mighty," when it comes out this spring. 

Jan 11, 3:15PM EST0

What character do you relate to the most?

Jan 11, 2:19PM EST0

Mr. Wizard, the answer is Stephen, without a doubt. 

I've had moments in life where I questioned my faith. Really, I never doubted God, it was me I doubted. I have a past that at times made me feel like a monster. When your mistakes are on display for all to see, you see how people look at you and it changes your perspective, even if they truly aren't looking at you differently. You still feel they are. 

You lose friends. Family members distance themselves. People fall away until all you really have left is God and the few people that will always love you, and the new people he brings into your life to help you. Still, it takes time before you let go of the guilt and shame. The real problem is that we can learn to live with those feelings. But, we shouldn't. That's what happens with Stephen.  When God brings you through something, you need to learn to let the past stay in the past. Learn from it, become better than you are and move on.

Jan 11, 3:02PM EST0
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Where did you get your inspiration for your characters and their designs?

Jan 11, 2:18PM EST0

I've mentioned before that Stephen's abilities came as a thought after hearing a sermon on people have secret sins. Well, once I decided Stephen had special abilities, I needed to have others do the same. It's only logical. 

As to their physical design, Stephen is somewhat patterned after me when I was younger, blue eyes, average height, average build, wavy brown hair, rugged goodlooks (cough, cough).

Vincent is probably the character that morphed the most since I first wrote about him until the book actually published. Vincent is socially awkward. At first, that was not the case. But, I needed his personality to be of great contrast to Stephen, who is fairly outgoing. So, socially challenged it was. 

Patty shares some striking similarities to how my wife looked when we first met and how she acts now. 

I've been to Scotland and loved everthing about it—the land, the people, the history, all of it. So, I needed a Scottish gentleman and came up with Alistair. He's great, because the relationship he quickly develops with Vincent is hysterical (to me.)

Then, there's Waltz. Waltz really is the hero of the story. I can't begin to tell you just how much more there is to know about him and all that he is as a character. He's a father figure, mentor, protector and so much more. He is the culmination of the few men in my life I've truly looked up to. He's meek, yet strong, quiet, but bold. He's beginning his twilight years but full of vigor. He's wise, having learned from his own mistakes in the past. And, he knows so much more than we may ever realize. 

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Jan 11, 2:57PM EST1
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When will we get an Alistar spin off?

Jan 11, 2:17PM EST0

Mr. Wizard, that's an excellent question. Alistair is one the favorite characters from the series, thus far. And, I believe he should be. He's loyal, funny, powerful, a born leader, and isn't afraid to question authority when appropriate. Plus, there's a lot more to Alistair that I can assure you, readers do not yet know about. 

That said, I'm toying with the idea of a spin-off novel, comic, graphic novel, or multiple. Since Alistair, unlike Stephen, grew up inside The Mighty organization, he has a unique perspective on it all. Additionally, I think it would be nice to see what that looks like from the beginning for him (or another Mighty.) Additionally, when book three is complete there will also be an opportunity to look at Alistair and his story from that point on. 

I do believe you're right though. Alistair isn't a secondary character. He is a main character with a very likeable personality and intriguing story apart from Stephen.  As to exactly when, well, you'll just have to follow my Instagram, Facebook, or website for the latest and hope it's sooner than later.


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Jan 11, 8:26PM EST1

What was the process you went through to have your first novel published?

Jan 11, 1:44PM EST0

In the end, I decided on the indie-published route, for various reasons. Before that, there was still a lot of work to do. 

After I knew I wanted to write a novel, I sent what I had to an agent, Steve Laube. He graded it and recommended some things to work on. My grade wasn't bad (a "C"). Still, that wasn't good enough. So, I took his advice. I read books and worked with more than one editor throughout the process. I read blogs and did several re-writes. I even drew a timeline out on two dry-erase boards I have screwed onto my bedroom walls (with my wife's permission.) Outlines and plot points were written out. I even made charater reference sheets to help me keep track of who was who.

A divorce in the middle of it all caused the process to drag on far longer than I would have liked. But, it was for the best. In the end, I got where I needed to, when I needed to. And, after much prayer, "Choice of The Mighty" was published. 

Jan 11, 2:10PM EST0

If the first book was made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters? 

Jan 11, 1:42PM EST0

Rocky, my wife and I joke about this frequently. She is much more optimistic than I am and believes that it will one day be a reality. But, I digress. 

Speaking as of this very moment, I think Logan Lerman looks the part of Stephen (though he might need to beef up.) Zac Efron wouldn't be a bad choice. Stephen is kind of a rugged looking character. I think Jake T. Austin wouldn't be a bad choice either. Really, there are many out there with the "chops" to pull it off. 

I do think the roll would different than any they'd ever portrayed before. So, I'd want to see a screen test first. :)

Vincent is a bit different of a character too. I think Milo Ventimiglia might be a good fit. I like him as an actor. 

Waltz would be a very important role. He's in his sixties. But, I don't think Waltz would look his age. He's full of engergy. I like Kevin Costner. Regardless, it would have to be someone that does fatherly well. 

Finally, we have Patty. I think Rachel Brosnahan would be a good choice. But, I'd have to get my wife to weigh in. Patty's her favorite character. 

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Jan 11, 1:54PM EST0

In your travels promoting the first book, Who was the most famous or interesting person who has received your book?

Jan 11, 1:40PM EST0

Rocky, that's an interesting and exciting question. There are two that immediately come to mind. 

First, is Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules and starred in Andromeda. That's really cool for me, because he was kind of an inspiration to me when I was younger. It's also cool because he now produces Christian films. 

Second, is Gary Busey, and what a character! This was awesome, similarly because I remember that he almost died from a motorcycle accident and again from drug use. Afterward, he went clean stating that only God could have saved him and rededicated his life. That was another inspiration for me when I was younger. 

Both of these gentleman have signed copies of my books. It was awesome meeting them and talking with them on a personal level. 

Jan 11, 1:47PM EST0

Who is Stephon whom book 2 is talking about?

Jan 11, 10:51AM EST0

Milan123, thanks for tuning in. 

Stephen is the protagonist from book one. Book two continues his story. 

Stephen was raised as an orphan by a Waltz, a man who devoted his life to helping others—in particular, the homeless in the city. Stephen had a fairly normal childhood otherwise. Waltz is a man of faith, so they attended church, and Stephen helped out with the homeless, too. However, at the age of eighteen, certain abilities or powers presented themselves in a way that made Stephen feel too different. So, he left home without notice and dissappeared. 

Five years later, Stephen returns home which begins book one. 

Jan 11, 12:01PM EST0

How much of your personality and life experiences do you incorporate into your stories and characters?

Jan 10, 12:32PM EST0

Well, Diana Prince, I have to admit that I do incorporate a good bit of my own life experiences into the stories. Also, I think it's fair to say that many of the characters have a bit of me or close family members in their make up. 

For example, Patty is a character whose tendencies and personality reflect bits and pieces of my wife. While working out the relationship between Stephen and Patty, I drew heavily from my own experiences. That's not to say that in my mind I am Stephen. But, Stephen, Vincent, Alistair, and even Waltz all have traits that I believe close friends would see in me. In a way, the characters are my children, the sons and daughters of my experiences and my imagination. 

Another way I incorporate experiences is by using places I've been as backdrops for the story. It allows me to feel more comfortable when writing about a particular place and its culture.

Jan 10, 2:12PM EST1

I read book one and am looking forward to the second book. Tell me more about Stephen. What makes him tic? 

Jan 10, 11:15AM EST0

Bruce, thank you for your continued support. 

First, let me say that Stephen, by far, was my favorite character to develop. Each character I create has so much backstory, most of which never makes it into the story. It does, however, help me to make certain that the character's actions stay true to who that person is. Stephen, however, is different in that we do get most of his back story (at least the important parts for this story.)

Stephen starts book one at the age of 23. In many ways, however, he's still a child, having never fully come to accept his mother dying at a young age. This mental block of sorts has prevented him from being who he was born to be. 

When the story starts, his gifts are causing somewhat of an identity crisis. On top of barely remembering his mother and not know his dad at all, he struggles with reconciling the memories and thoughts of those whose minds he has invaded with the thoughts and memories of his own experiences. I guess you could say he was somewhat schizophrenic at that point. So, after being on his on for about five years, he returns home to the man who raised him. 

Waltz acceptance of him makes Stephen realize how important family and friends are. Because Stephen never really had family of his own, he treats his friends as his family. For the same reason, he defends his friends/family with ferocious vigor. His greatest fear is to lose the ones he loves. His only other fear, would be to lose himself (his mind.)

Because of Stephen's actions while he was away from home, he also feels like a monster. Although he eventually comes to terms with his past, it never truly leaves him, driving him to make the most of his redemption and his chance to help all mankind. 

Additionally, Stephen now wrestles with his new responisibilities as Mighty. Where does he draw the line in protecting others? How is it that he is the key to winning a battle to stop an apocolyptic war?

I hope that answers your questions. There really is a lot to Stephen. He's loving, compassionate, kind, and sometimes too trusting. But, he's not someone you would want to cross swords with either. 

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Jan 10, 11:47AM EST0

What authors do you follow?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

The authors I like are quite varied. For example, one of my all-time favorites is William Shakespeare. His wit, the language, the stories, you really can't do much better. I also enjoy how the only person in his stories who seems to know what's really going on, is the part of the fool. It makes me smile. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 1:27.

I also have enjoyed C.S. Lewis, James C. Hunter, Ted Dekker, Roger Elwood, and many others. I'm presently reading Frank Peretti's, "This Present Darkness." I've also been known to read a John Donne poem or two.

Jan 10, 9:59AM EST0

What do you do to overcome writters block?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

The only answer for me is write!

There are moments when the brain gets tired and you need to step away. One of my favorite activities to do in a moment like that is to take a walk with my wife. We'll talk about anything and everything. 

When I get back in the house, it's back to writing. I may start writing on something different, my blog (for example.) Regardless, it's important to keep the creative juices flowing. Getting stuck is going to happen, but just keep writing. I'll even write short stories with no intention of publishing them. The point is to keep the creativity alive. 

Jan 10, 9:51AM EST0

What parts of writting become the hardest to complete?

Jan 10, 9:38AM EST0

Zach, the easy answer is the first part and the last part. :)

Seriously though, understanding where you want the story to go helps tremendously with the beginning and the end of the story. The journey—how do I get from point "A" to point "B"—can be tricky at times. 

Action is easiest for me. The moving parts propelling the story forward, fights, arguements, things that make your pulse race are fun. Twists and turns with a bit of mystery make me smile as I write them, because I know some readers will enjoy the surprise. 

The hard part for me are the scenes that have to be there to connect dots along the way, but aren't where the "main" action takes place. Even in those scenes, there still has to be some action and conflict, along with new bits of information that drive the story forward.

This can be tricky. I feel that if there is intense action in every scene, readers can burn out on it. Instead, it needs to be a roller coaster, an emotional journey. The down scene are hard, the part where the roller coaster hits bottom before starting back up. 

Jan 10, 9:46AM EST0

How many more books will be included in the series?

Jan 10, 12:45AM EST0

Kristy Leann, I have no idea. 

Originally, when I decided to turn Stephen's story into a novel, I planned it to be a single book. Eventually, I realized that it wasn't possible to tell the story I wanted in a single volume. So, Stephen's origin story will be 3 books. After that, who knows?

I do plan to continue writing the series after book 3. At present, I'm not certain what that looks like. I also would like to write a couple spin-off novels of different characters, and maybe a prequel. 

How many would you like to see me write?

Jan 10, 9:34AM EST0

Who are the people supporting you in any way to materialize the book?

Jan 9, 11:01PM EST0

Janine, I've had some great support. First, I've had support from family and friends, which is always a good thing. Aside from that, I've had some additional support from my readers.

Each book purchased, goes to help support the second book, third book, and so on. At the present time, I don't pay myself a dime. I'm writing because I enjoy it and have stories that I want to share, and people want to read them. 

The kickstarter I'm doing is something I wanted to try to raise additional funds through a kind of presale of book 2 and to increase my reader base. I'm interested to see how it goes. 

Jan 10, 9:30AM EST0
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What has been the most interesting place to release a book? Why?

Jan 9, 12:36PM EST0

Xulian, I believe you are asking about places I have been visited for book signings and other promotions. 

Over the past year, there have been many different memorable moments and places. One such event was a comic convention in Knoxville, TN, which is about a two hour drive from my home. I was apprehensive about going. I had never been to a comic convention prior to writing the book. And, I wasn't certain how a Christian fantasy novel would be received—whether people would accept it or not. 

When I got there, I immediately noticed a diverse group of people. And, out of all the authors there, I was the new one. I wasn't sure what to do. You want to smile and be upbeat. Honestly, I was nervous. I smiled and said hello as people walked by. After talking with the first person, my tenseness eased a little, but I remained somewhat unsure of myself. 

To my suprise, there were quite a few people throughout the day who accepted genre and spent time with me discussing it. Since then, some of the people who purchased signed copies have contacted me to ask about book 2, comment on a blog post I've written, or ask me to meet with their book club. 

Now matter where I go, it's always a little uncomfortable putting my work out for others to criticise. You want people to like it. The truth is, not everyone will. 

Jan 9, 1:30PM EST0
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