Friday, March 5, 2010

Cathy Bryant ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Today author Cathy Bryant is telling us about her new Ebook, Texas Roads. She has offered to send a copy of her book to one lucky commenter. She will also be stopping by throughout the week to answer your questions! So if you have anything you want to ask her, you can include it in your comment for entering the contest. If you are only leaving a question in the comment and not entering the giveaway please say so.

Welcome, Cathy! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Texas gal by birth and choice, wife of my “super” man, Mom to two amazing sons and a beautiful daughter-in-love, and Nana to the most beautiful grandson ever. Most importantly, I’m a daughter of The King!

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.

Dani Davis longs for a place to call home. With quaint country charm, quirky characters, and loads of business potential, Miller’s Creek, Texas seems like the perfect place to start over. . .except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown, until malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed. Then a devastating discovery propels her down a road she never expected to travel.

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 LOVE this question, because I’m very visual and had to have an idea in my head of what the characters looked like.

For Dani, Reese Witherspoon is the actress of choice, and for Steve, a younger version of Scott Bakula (think Quantum Leap years). For Mama Beth I picture a plumper version of Dame Judi Dench, even though I see some of Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith show in her as well.

For Andy, Dani’s attorney, it’s Matthew McConaughey. I fell in love with Andy’s character; he’ll be showing up as the hero in Book Two of the Miller’s Creek, Texas series.

What are you working on now or going to write next?
I’m over halfway through with the first draft of Book Two, A Path Too Narrow. I’ve had to put it aside for the past few weeks to get Texas Roads launched, but I’m itching to get back at it (after a few days to catch up on sleep, that is)!

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 where they can reach me. They can also get hold of me at my blog WordVessel (, 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? =)

Cake flavor/kind?

Most treasured birthday gift?

Disney Princess?

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?

**Anyone can enter this giveaway!**

Okay readers, here is your chance to win an ebook copy of Texas Roads!

To enter:

*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

*Please specify that you want to be included in the contest!

*If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.

*The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest.

*The contest will run from today (March 5) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (March 11). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 12th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


Abi said...

oh, I'd love to be added to this giveaway.

I'm a follower too. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Loree Lough said...

Wonderful interview! So nice getting to know Cathy a little better. And it would be an honor to have my name in the 'win her book' lineup!

Blessings and big hugs,

Casey said...

Please enter me, this book looks good!

I am a follower. :)


Cathy Bryant said...

Hi ladies! So sorry I'm late chiming in. Our internet service has been down all day, and we just got it up and running. (Can you say "frustration?" Hmmm, maybe "arghhh!!!" is more appopriate!)

Abi & Casey, thanks so much for entering the giveaway. And Loree, you are a sweetheart! Thanks for the encouragement, friend!

Blessings to you all! =)

Virginia said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! Please enter me in the give away! I would love to read it.


Dee said...

Hi Cathy! I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Thank you :)

Joan said...

Great interview with Cathy Bryant and the book sounds like a great read! I'm so glad that Cathy enjoys speaking about her faith. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book....please enter me. Thanks!!
Am follower.

Sandra said...

Please enter me! I am looking forward to reading Texas Roads!!

langford7 at cableone dot net

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoy reading your comments, and I can't wait to see who wins!

HandyFamily said...

This book sounds like a great read as well. Keep up the fantastic work! Please include me in the giveaway.


I am a follower!

Edna said...

Please add me into the contest

I am a follower on google

I have both of your buttons on my blog


elliesue said...

I have read the blurb for you book quite a few times and now and so ready to read the book. I am a follower on feed blitz, and would really like to win this book.
elainehow at gmail dot com

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi everyone! So good to see some folks from WordVessel here! Thanks so much for stopping in! =)

Margie said...

Please include me in the contest.
Blog follower. Thank you.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Carolynn W. said...

This book sounds interesting, I would love to read it, thanks!
carolynnwald at hotmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

Love Cathy Bryant and would love to read her books. Please enter me in the give away.
I'm a follower.
Trinity Rose

wandaelaine AT gmail DOT com

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi everyone! Glad to see more names on the list. Wanda, thanks for your sweet comment! Blessings!

justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36 said...

I am a follower.

Tammy Griffin said...

I would love to read Cathy's book. Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

Tammy Griffin said...

I ama follower =)

Halle said...

Hey, I hope I win!! ;)
hellokitty6010 at yahoo dot com.
I follow by email..still not sure if that counts or not? :)

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi all! So glad you could drop by to enter the contest.

Carman, thanks so much for the fun week. I enjoyed it!

Nancye said...

Please enter me.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I am a follower

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Cathy Bryant said...

Congratulations, Ellie Sue! =) Woohoo!

And a BIG Texas thank you to everyone who dropped by to enter the drawing. I appreciate you soooo much!