“I am pleased to inform you we have chosen Honor Song as a winner in our Spring/Summer competition! Your story is gripping and absorbing and scores high marks for originality and appeal. The dissention among David's family members is vivid, and we find ourselves rooting for them to come to peaceful terms with one another. Lloyd is a flawed father figure, but is noble in his way to respect what he believes to be the 'family way.' The underlying racism that exists between whites and native people adds another dimension to the story.”
—Frank Drouzas, Coordinator, Acclaim Awards
"In Wendy Henson’s remarkable novella, Honor Song, we witness how the external war against the Indians led to the collateral damage of war within Indian families. With a sharp eye for detail and a profound insight into the psychology of the family, Henson takes us into a world where brother stands against brother, and parent turns against child. Along the way, we meet ordinary people of great courage, and a villain who has mastered all the arts of contemporary scammers. Some of the scenes in this story are so painful, readers might be tempted to turn away. Yet the author makes us care so much about the characters, we stay with them, and are rewarded by witnessing a triumph that is dramatic and inspiring, yet entirely believable. In the end this entertaining yet profound work of fiction reminds us of the eternal truth that despite great cultural differences—ones that are worth preserving and celebrating— humans are more alike than different.”
—Murray Suid/Author, Amazon Books
“Make room on your bookshelf somewhere between To Kill a Mockingbird, and Finding Moon, this current generation's contribution to the life experience which defines what it means to be human belongs to Honor Song. Harper Lee painted life caught between bigotry and kindness in the deep south, Tony Hillerman painted the angst of losing your spouse to cancer in the arroyo of the South West, and Wendy Henson paints the recovery of a lost soul to his family in the Palouse. It would be too easy to portray this book as yet another in the long line of nothing-here-but-the-American-Indian experience. Such efforts miss the underlying social and human life exposé which touches every human regardless of our race. Society at its best is the interaction of family units, for only there will each of us find what we search for most in our hearts. Beware Wendy Henson's writing, for in finding her own voice she has touched on the early elements of Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and others; an easy indication her work will only improve with every book and story she releases. She has the ability to wrap the reader up and convey them to a place and time that is both now and yet ageless.”
—Whiskey Creek Reviews
“Honor Song is the tale of a Native American man returning to his home and his roots after his beloved grandmother's death. David Turnbull left the reservation to become a doctor, the healer his grandmother knew he would be, and faces derision from his family because he left. David doesn't intend to stay for long, but his family's dire financial straits make him change his mind.
Honor Song is solidly written and researched, and the medical, legal and cultural details hold the book together. The characters are sincere and have heart. David's character is sympathetic and believable, though his wife seems too good to be true at times. The plot is similar; while there are many exciting and very realistic moments, there are several more that come across as too convenient or heavy-handed. Overall, this is a sweet and thoughtful debut novel about the injustices faced by Native Americans and a tribute to their culture and heritage.”
—Night Owl Reviews
Wendy Jane Henson started inventing and acting out stories for her dolls when she was two. She dictated tales for her baby sitters when she was eight. Publication of her first article in a national magazine and her first leading role in a high school play came when she was fifteen.
She earned a bachelor's degree in theater arts with a minor in English, especially creative writing. While she worked for twenty-three years in educational and civic theater, her articles and essays appeared in national magazines. She also wrote plays, and some were produced. But she knew it was extremely hard to write for film and television. So she avoided that. Until a manuscript kept coming back from publishers with the note, “This doesn't work as a novel, but it would make a good screenplay.” Adapted as a screenplay, it won an award, and the die was cast.
She went back to school, earning a master's degree in screenwriting. She does love the medium, but, despite awards for a writer's work, screenwriting rarely pays. To earn a living, she became a college screenwriting instructor, even authoring a textbook, Screenwriting: Step By Step. Available in various languages, it is used for college screenwriting courses worldwide, including China.
Wendy’s novella, Honor Song, is adapted from one of her award winning screenplays.