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CATHY BRYANT INTERVIEWS WITH NORA & GIVE AWAY

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Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, how did you catch the writing bug? When did you start your writing career?

I think I've been writing since I could hold a crayon in my hand. I was an early (and an avid!) reader, so stories have always been a huge part of my life. In second grade I remember taking part in a contest called Story Telling (though I don't remember any of the details). In high school, my after school job was at the town newspaper, where I wrote articles, set type, built ads, and learned the ins & outs of the newspaper world. I also won several writing contests in high school, and even had some articles published. During college, my writing was confined to late-night (& even all-night!) term papers. When my children were small, I started writing stories, but shelved them when life got too busy. Once I faced the empty nest, I knew my time to write had finally come.

How did you get the idea for Texas Roads? I had so much fun reading it.
I'm glad you enjoyed the story, Nora! The spiritual theme of the book came from my own desire to find home. For years, my family seemed destined to become gypsies. Just about the time we'd start to feel comfortable in one place, God would yank us up and move us on somewhere else. At the time I didn't understand, and I often questioned Him. Through the process, He taught me that He is the only One who can fulfill that longing for home in our hearts.

The actual storyline started one day when I was out working in my garden. I live in a small town, and a car drove past really slow, the lady in the car staring the entire time. It left me feeling a bit irked. A question formed in my mind. If the car incident annoyed me after spending my entire life in a small town, how would a woman who has spent her entire life in the city react? The story took off from there.

Can you give us a sneak peek at what you have cooking up next? Can you tell us something about it?

So glad you asked! =) Next up is Book Two in the Miller's Creek, Texas series, A Path Less Traveled. I'm actually in the midst of edits and revisions even as we speak, and the book will be available in October 2010. Here's the back cover copy:

Trish Miller James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she's determined to make a life for herself and her son without outside help. But will that mean leaving Miller’s Creek, the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared for falling in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.

Will Andy and Trish be able to see beyond the obvious to take a path less traveled?

Since the book is taken place in Texas in a small town I had wondered if you lived in a small and spoke from first hand experience. Which to you prefer living in a small town or the city? If, you’d lived in both what did you like best about each life style?
I was born in a small town, grew up in a small town, went to college in a small town, and have lived in four small towns since--all in Texas!! They say to write what you know. If I know anything, it's small town Texas! =)

I've never lived in the city, but my youngest son lives in Dallas. I'm pretty sure I would hate city life--especially the noise and traffic! I'm a country gal through and through!

What do you like most about living in Texas and how did the town spur you to write this story? It’s almost like the small town was a character in it self. I enjoyed that.

I'm thrilled to hear that Miller's Creek became a character in the story for you, Nora, because that's exactly what I wanted to achieve with the story. I LOVE living in small town Texas (I'm not a bit biased)! ;)







I like walking into a local store or restaurant and chatting with people I know. I like feeling safe & secure. I like everyone waving to me when I'm out on my daily walk. I like the sense of community that comes from living in a small town. I like the way people band together during times of extreme grief and joy--like one big family.

I enjoyed the fact that you made Dani be a strong woman yet at the same time, one that was still teachable. How did you get the idea for this character and Mama Beth.?

I really wanted the heroine of Texas Roads to not be the typical damsel in distress--down on her luck (& finances) and longing for a man to rescue her. From all outward appearances, Dani has it all, but on the inside she's hurting. I think that describes a lot of women in the world today. Dani's real growth in the story was spiritual in nature. Her character was born from during the garden experience I mentioned above.
Mama Beth is my favorite character in the story (she and Dani and Steve are all in Book Two)! I've decided I want to be like Mama Beth when I grow up--wise, kind, loving and nurturing. Mama Beth is a combination of my great-grandmother, grandmother and mom--the survivor type who uses her past hurts and experiences to help others.

**Cathy, Mama Beth was one of my favorite characters too. She reminded me of Aunt Bea in the Andy Griffith Show. She was fun, everyone loved her and she just told it like it was!! She was fun and real!***
Can you give us a little bit about your testimony?

I'd love to. I truly feel that God has had His hand on me since birth. I committed my life to Christ at the age of twelve and surrendered to special service when I was sixteen. My husband and I started our married life as teachers, but felt God's call into the ministry in 1994. Hubby has served as a music minister since then, and I've served as a minister's wife. (It's a good thing nobody told me how hard it would be to be the wife of a minister, or this big chicken would've turned tail and run!) Probably the biggest influences on my spiritual growth were my grandmothers. I know they prayed for me regularly, and I shudder to think how my life would've turned out if not for their prayers and influence.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK! Grin!

If you had an opportunity to visit any place in the world where would you go and why?









LOVE this question! I'd go to Athens, Greece to see the Parthenon. I can't explain my fascination other than to say it's something I've always wanted to do. I'd also love to see the pyramids in Egypt and visit Rome and the Holy Lands.

**It does look beautiful--I think I'll have to add this to the list of places I'd like to visit too!!Grin**

What’s your favorite food? What do you dislike?

I know this sounds weird, but my favorite food is mashed potatoes. (I guess it's 'cause I have lots of Irish blood in my veins!)

I don't like duck or any other dark meat from poultry.



On a recent mission trip to southeast Asia, one of the food choices was chicken feet. One lady told me that it was good for your face. I thought to myself, "My face can just stay ugly, 'cause I am NOT putting that in my mouth!"

**Cathy, I'm with you!! OHMYGOSH!! I can hardly stand to look at them on the plate!!**

A friend of yours has a time machine that their letting you use, but you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What to events would you experience? Why?








One event would have to be the crucifixion/resurrection of Christ. While it would be excrutiatingly painful to witness, I think it would also be life-changing. My reason for choosing this time is because Jesus went to that cross for me and the rest of the world, an event so crucial that our recording of time hinges on it.
I'd also like to witness His birth, so that will be my second choice. An army of singing angels, a silent night, the first cries of a baby who gave up Heaven's glory to demonstrate how much He loves us. What a miracle of grace!

Have you seen a movie more than twice? If so, what was it and why watch it again?

When the movie version of the musical, Grease, came out I saw it six times in the theatre. I was in high school and fascinated by the 1950s. Plus, I LOVED the music!











Other movies that I watch over and over and over again: It's A Wonderful Life, Sabrina (the remake with Harrison Ford), Matilda, Miracle on 34th Street (the remake with Mara Wilson), and White Christmas. I watch them again because I love them.
**Cathy, I LOVED all of these movies too. I could watch them over and over for sure!!**
If you had a million dollars given to you what would you do with it?

I'd first of all make sure my family would be taken care of for life, then I'd give the rest to various charities. My trip to southeast Asia helped me see how the rest of the world lives. Americans are so blessed, and we take it for granted. We don't realize the blessing of being able to do something as simple as drink clean water from the tap. Speaking of which, I'd love to quickly share a campaign I'm hosting through Charity: Water. 100% of the funds given to this charity help provide clean water for those who need it. I'm trying to raise $5000 by 10-10-10. If you'd like to help or learn more, please visit: http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign

I know that I learn new things every day, have you learned anything lately that just made life easier? Or just surprised you?

Life is a continual learning experience for me, too, Nora. In fact, I have a series of posts on my blog WordVessel, called "What I Learned..." (fill in the blank), covering things I've learned from things like my ugly yellow sunglasses, my phobia-ridden cat, and the Staples' commercial.

Something that struck me just this morning during my quiet time (I call them AHA! moments) involved the Bible verse that says "all things are possible to him who believes" I've always interpreted that passage as "if I have enough faith I can do anything." But this morning I realized for the first time that it really has a lot more to do with God than it does with us. God's ability to act in our lives depends on how much we're willing to trust Him. God's Word really is living and active!

ANY FINAL COMMENTS--THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

I appreciate the opportunity to share a little of myself with your readers, and I can't wait to see who wins Texas Roads!
Cathy

Thanks so much Cathy for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. It's been fun! Thanks for providing the give away so that others can enjoy your book too!

Blessings
Nora :D

The pleasure is all mine, Nora.
Cathy

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29 comments:

  1. I like the fact that you didn't make Dani into the regular damsel in distress. I also like how Dani's growth is more spiritual than anything else. I haven't read the book, but I definitely would like to now! :)

    P.S. I would not eat chicken legs either!! lol

    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

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  2. Please don't enter me, I have already read this wonderful book! But I wanted to let you and your followers know about Cathy's Summer Splash contest going on over at her blog right now. But just through the month of July, so check it out!!

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  3. Thanks, Kim. Just looking at Nora's picture of chicken feet gave me a queasy feeling--the same feeling I had seeing them the first time! =)

    Also, just so everyone knows--the book cover pic above for "A Path Less Traveled" is just one of many currently under consideration. I'm actually having a contest at my blog right now to choose the cover for Book Two in the Miller's Creek series. I'd love everyone's input!

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  4. Great interview! I love going to Cathy's blog, she's an amazing woman. Please include me in the drawing, I would love to have a copy of Texas Roads.

    I'm a member of The Book Club Network.
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. Enjoyed the interview Cathy and Nora. Book s sound great!

    Gail Mundy

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  6. No need to enter me, as I've read and loved Texas Roads. I can't wait to see what cover you pick and I can't wait to read Trish's journey! I just wanted to share that I really value Cathy's writings because she has an honest heart for God that just shines through in her blog.

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  7. I have to admit that I have not read any of Cathy's books, but I will start now. Thanks for the chance to win. kimwhite62/at/gmail/dot/com

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  8. Wow - Great interview. Now I can't wait to read this. Definitely enter me in this drawing.

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  9. I really enjoyed this interview, seeing all the little pics added to it very much, especially the chicken feet! LOL I love the combination of the book review and your personal testimony...Overall it was a pleasant, heartwarming experience to spend time with both of you!

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  10. Hmm...I'm not sure I can pinpoint one specific area I'd like to visit. I'd like to go back to Prince Edward Island, I'd like to see Ireland, Scotland, and Japan, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia. But, I would be content spending a couple weeks in a cabin in the Smokies. ;-)

    lr.mullin at live.com

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  11. Love the interview. Have been anxious to read this book; have entered many drawings. Hope this one is my lucky one....thanks for entering me.
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  12. I've read interviews that Cathy has done of other authors. It is so nice to have her in the spotlight this time, allowing me to get to know her a little bit too.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

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  13. I've already read this book also, but wanted to say HI to Cathy and tell her once again how glad I am that she decided to self-publish and in ebook form. Have you chosen the cover for your next book yet?
    Deborah M.
    deborahsbutterflyjourney.blogspot.com

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  14. Born in Texas, live in Texas, just the title Texas Roads sounds intriguing.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawkeauthor[at]aol[dot]com

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  15. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for dropping by! Deborah, I haven't chosen yet, but from the survey that's going on right now, there is a clear favorite that I'm expecting to win. I'll announce the results on Friday! (I'm about to burst to spill the beans!) =)

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  16. No need to enter me, as I already own a copy of this book and can't wait to read it.

    I just wanted to offer my support to Cathy and to say that this was an excellent interview. You truly made it seem like you were in the same room chatting with each other.

    Blessings to all,

    Cheryl

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  17. an excellent interview...thanks for the chance to read cathy's fabulous novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  18. I always loving getting an inside glimpse into the author's heart! Excellent interview!

    empowered_life (@) yahoo (dot) ca

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  19. I would love to read this book.

    And I want to go to Greece, Egypt and Italy, too. I was just talking about this yesterday.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  20. Cheryl, thanks so much for your kind words. Nora asked some excellent questions, and I felt like I was sipping coffee with her as we chatted! Glad you enjoyed the interview!

    Karen and Karla, thanks so much for dropping by!

    Linda, we might need to be travel buddies! =)

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  21. Love this interview. I am a fan of Cathy's. Would love to read the book, Texas Roads. If I could go back in time I would like to find out about Lincoln's Assassination and if John Wilkes Booth actually killed him. I have read that he got away and lived in South America. One reason I would like to know is my last name is Booth.

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  22. Great interview. I am really interested in Texas Roads. We have just moved to Texas and really like the people here.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Always love reading the interviews. It is close to getting to know the author of the books you read. That makes is more personal and draws me to more of that author's books. God richly bless you all, so many great authors. Juanita Wickey
    whisper97304@yahoo.com

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  24. Looks like a great read.

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com
    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  25. I follow your blog on GFC and via email.

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com
    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  26. Requested to follow on twitter quite awhile ago..???(soklad)

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com
    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  27. I am in the BCN

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com
    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  28. CONGRATS GOES TO JACKIE SMITH!!

    You've won! Thanks to everyone for leaving comments and encouraging this author!!

    Blessings to all of you.

    Nora :D

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  29. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your book contest.
    Looking forward to reading more of your books.

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