She Nell lives Florida with her husband and three daughters. She Nell is the author of The A Good Thing Series (A Good Thing, A Good Thing If I be Lifted, A Good Thing 3 Vengeance is Mine), Joyful Noise: The Hot Mess Choir, The Devil Thought He Had Me, and a contributor to the anthology #Black Love Magic.
Chapter 1 of The Devil Thought He Had Me
My life sucks butt. Serious stank old butt. Ugh! Wait. Let me stop and be grateful, Lord I am sorry, I thank you for all that you have given. Things are tough, but it could be worse I am sure. I mean, I am blessed to have a job, even though I just worked a 12 hour shift for the 9th day in a row. I am blessed to be in school, although, I am not sure how my last paper turned out. Lord, I am blessed to have two healthy children, although something tells me that when I walk in this house I will walk into a mess, despite the chore chart idea Samantha suggested. Jesus be a fence cause today is not the day.
Just as I suspected a mess, to greet me, great. I think as I walked into some sort of hurricane. “London, Leon how many times do I have to say we have to work as a team around here,” I said, picking up a few clothes as I walked towards the living room. “I should not have to pick up after old people all day at the nursing home and then come home and pick up after you.”
“Mama it’s not my fault, Leon don’t listen”. My 16-year-old honor student said.
“Leon does not listen, not don’t,” I corrected her rolling my eyes.
Leon is on the couch with headphones in his ear playing video games, he did not hear me come in the house. He just sits there looking like his father, tall, dark and handsome. Let me not forget lazy and good for nothing.
“Leon!” I yelled as I turn off the television “I could have been a murder and you would not have known anything. Boy, why are your things all over the living room. I understand you all are on spring break but my God. I could use some help.” I complained but Leon just shrugs, stands and walks into his room.
Lord knows this is not how I wanted to end my day. I was in class yesterday before working my 7pm to 7am shift. All I wanted was to come home and get some rest just until noon at least. Walking over Leon’s things, I head to my bedroom. Lucky for me it is the one room untouched by teenagers in my three-bedroom apartment. Just as my head touches the cool pillow for a much-needed rest the phone rings. Lord, I cannot seem to catch a break.
“Hey, girl hey!” Sam said, she is also on spring break and probably needs someone to talk to that is an adult. Honestly, I am not in the mood.
“Hey, honey. What’s up?” I said trying to be as good of a friend as she.
“Girl nothing, planning our quarterly brunch. You are coming right?” She asked as if I’d miss it.
“Yea,” I answered.
“Well I have to check, you have been missing from bible study and bible fellowship class lately.” She said in a motherly tone.
“Yes, I will be there Mother. Now let me call you back okay” I said rushing her off the phone before I fell asleep on her conversation.
I have no desire to justify why I have missed church last month. Truth is, although I love the ladies in my Bible Fellowship class and my girls that take the class with me, I have been so busy with work and school I do not know if I am coming or going. The only thing I know for sure is right now I need at least four hours of sleep.
- What inspired you to write this book?
This book came from my revelation that God desires a relationship with us. Because God desires a relationship the Enemy will often send relationships our way. These relationships distract us from the purpose that God has for our lives.
- What do you want readers to take from it?
I would like for readers to understand that God loves them more than anything they could place before Him.
- What is next for you?
I am currently working on my sixth novel.