Saturday, February 23, 2013

Author profile: Cathy Bryant, romance writer

In today's author profile, we're pleased to feature Cathy Bryant, author of sweet romance novels!

When she first decided to try her hand at writing a novel, Cathy Bryant followed age-old writing advice: write what you know. Since she’d lived in small-town Texas her entire life, she was more than aware of all the ins and outs, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. The fictional town of Miller’s Creek, Texas became an amalgamation of all the places she’d lived, as well as the literary version of utopia she longed for.

Readers have latched on to Miller’s Creek, often mentioning they’d like to live in the backroads Texas town in spite of nosy neighbors, a group of gossiping men known as the “old geezers,” and the resident town grouch, Otis Thacker. Apparently the deep roots of the town’s citizens, the nostalgia of yesteryear, and the town’s wise and witty mother figure, Mama Beth, make up for all the negatives.

All the novels in the Miller’s Creek series feature a journey theme. Texas Roads, book one in the series, was a 2009 American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest finalist, and tells the story of one woman’s quest for home. A Path Less Traveled reveals the often-surprising steps required for faith. The third novel in the series, The Way of Grace, takes us down the road of sacrifice. The next book in the collection, Pilgrimage of Promise, will be released in 2013, and deals with Mama Beth’s life experience with broken promises.

As for Cathy, though she loves her small-town Texas heritage, she recently moved to the Ozark countryside for more playtime with the world’s cutest grandson, revisiting Texas every day in her stories.

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