Welcome, Cathy! Tell us a little about yourself.
In addition to all of the above, I’m also a teacher and writer.
How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Since I’m approaching the half-a-century mark, let’s just say “a long, long time” and leave it at that. ;)
Texas Roads is my first published novel, but I have two devotions that have been published in devotional books: Spirit & HEART: A Devotional Journey and Faith & Finances: In God We Trust.
If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in you books?
There are so many that I want to write like, especially Francine Rivers and Susan May Warren. But I’m not there yet. I think my books have some of the witty/sassy humor of Susan May Warren’s and Mary Connealy’s books, though once again I don’t feel like I’ve quite arrived. I’d like my stories to have the community feeling of Kaye Dacus’ Brides of Bonneterre series and Jan Karon’s Mitford series (only Texas-style!)
In your own words tell us a little about Texas Roads.
Texas Roads is a contemporary love story about a disillusioned widow’s search for home. It was also a finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis contest.
This is book one in the Miller’s Creek, Texas series. Book Two is tentatively titled A Path Too Narrow, and Book Three will be called The Way of Grace.
Cowboy mayor Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals threaten the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and help Dani realize the true meaning of home?
What made you want to write this story?
I’m a homebody and a nester. Home is very important to me. For years it seemed my family and I were destined to be wanderers. Just about the time we’d start to feel settled, God would move us to another small Texas town. Through the process, He taught me that home isn’t a place at all. Instead, our home is Him. Nothing else will fill that home-sized hole in our hearts.
So my journey became Dani’s spiritual journey in the story.
What research did you have to do for this book?
Most of my research took place in every town I’ve ever lived in. They say to write what you know, and I know small-town Texas (the good, the bad AND the ugly)!
My youngest son lives in Dallas, and part of the story is set there, so I did some location research. I also wanted to make sure that the legal/business aspects of the story rang true. For that my oldest son, who is an attorney, helped out.
Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
I also have the main characters slated for Book Three, have a couple of ideas for women’s fiction novels, and ideas for a romantic suspense, another western-style romance, a Biblical fiction novel, and an allegorical fantasy. (At this rate, I’ll be busy until I’m an octogenarian!)
How can readers get in contact with you?
I have a guestbook on my website at www.CatBryant.com where they can reach me. They can also get hold of me at my blog WordVessel (http://WordVessel.blogspot.com), or by e-mail at catbry1 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Look me up on Facebook and Twitter, too. I’m there at least once a day! =)
What are you currently reading?
I recently finished A Case For Love, book three in the Brides of Bonneterre series by Kaye Dacus, and just started Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis.
Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
I’m not sure how surprising it is, but I’m a published composer of several children’s songs.
What is your favorite birthday memory?
Hmmm, okay, sitting. . . thinking. . .sorry, I can’t think of one. Is it good enough to be glad that I have one every year? =)
Most treasured birthday gift?
What is/was this book’s release date?
Texas Roads released in e-book format in January 2010, and in print format in March 2010.
Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book? http://texasroadsbycathybryant.blogspot.com/2010/01/texas-roads-by-cathy-bryant-chapter-one.html
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