Interview and book Giveaway with Cathy Bryant


I'm so pleased to be able to feature Cathy Bryant on my blog today. Cathy and I go back a few years. She gave me one of my first (and best) reviews of my first book, The Victor. To say that I was walking on clouds after her review would have been an understatement. Cathy is a dear friend, I only wish we weren't separated by several states so I could hug her neck! If ever I'm in Texas she will be one of the first people I want to meet!  In addition to having a wonderful blog, Cathy has also written several Contemporary Romance Fiction Novels that gently weave in her faith.

Tell us first how you came to faith in Jesus. I love starting out with this question because although I write many “stories,” this is my REAL story. Without this story, my life would be without purpose. I was saved at the age of twelve. Though I had been to church all my life and even “walked the aisle,” that year at church camp was when I truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Though salvation is instantaneous, it is also something we work out with “fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). That part of the journey for me meant coming to grips with my perfectionism and personal goodness, which is part of the basis for my latest book, The Way of GraceI've always tried to be a “good girl,” to do the right thing, as though I could somehow earn my way into God’s grace and His Kingdom. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and patience! Though I still struggle with perfectionism from time to time, I’m so grateful my salvation doesn't depend on me or my “good” works!


Where did you get the idea for your latest book? The idea for The Way of Grace first came to me one day when I was out for a walk. Even though I was working on book two in the Miller’s Creek Novels at the time, I heard this prim and proper voice in my head saying, “Tyler, Dent, and Snodgrass. Hold please.” Believe it or not, that weird line of dialogue was the first snippet of an idea for the third book. Fiction writers are trained to ask “What if?” So the next step in the story planning was to ask: “What if a prim and proper perfectionist who has a ‘perfect’ plan for her ‘perfect’ life is confronted by a disheveled free spirit who challenges the concept of personal goodness and human perfection?” From there the story took off, and as is usually the case, God prompted me to use my personal struggle with perfection as the spiritual theme of the book.

What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular? I want them to realize that grace isn’t something we earn. In fact, if we could earn it, it wouldn’t be grace at all. I also hope they come to understand the vastness of God’s grace. It’s not just a drip here and a drop there. It’s an ocean—wave upon wave of divine favor—a gift He bestows because of His great love for us. In addition, I want readers to recognize the costliness of grace. God’s grace cost God and Jesus a great deal; and as ambassadors of His grace, it will sometimes be costly for us as well.

What is your favorite Bible verse? I have lots of favorites, but the ones that became especially real to me during the writing of The Way of Grace are Romans 5:1-2: "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand…” and 2 Corinthians 5:21: "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

How does your faith play into your writing? Without Christ, my writing is pointless. My desire continues to be to write heart-stirring stories about God’s unchanging grace. God calls us to be light to a dark world, so when I get a bad review because my writing shows my faith, I don’t take it as an insult. I take it as the highest compliment anyone could give me.



Cathy is the author of the Miller’s Creek Novels—Texas Roads, A Path Less Traveled, and The Way of Grace. Her desire is to write heart-stirring stories about God’s life-changing grace. Though Texas-born, she currently resides in the beautiful Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas with her husband of thirty years and near the world’s cutest grandson. 

You can learn more about her and her books at http://www.CatBryant.com and http://WordVessel.blogspot.com



Cathy has graciously offered to gift one blog follower who leaves a comment a free e-copy of her latest book.

The books are available in print and digital format. Here are the eBook links at Amazon:

To purchase Texas Roads (Book 1 in the Miller's Creek novels) on Amazon: CLICK HERE
To purchase A Path Less Traveled (Book 2) on Amazon: CLICK HERE

To purchase The Way of Grace (Book 3): CLICK HERE

17 comments:

  1. I want to read this new book so bad!

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  2. Since I've read your first two, I look forward to this one. I even downloaded them on my mom's Kindle for her to read.

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  3. This book sounds awesome. Would love to win it.

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  4. Sounds like something that I want to read. Great interview! I would love to win it!

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  5. Thanks for having me at your blog, Marlayne. It's a big honor for me. "The Victor" will always be one of my favorites, and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to review your wonderful story. =)

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  6. Just finished reading Texas Roads. I read them out of order but loved it! Can't wait to read The Way of Grace. I'm really looking forward to reading it. God bless you for your wonderful books.

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  7. Hello Cathy. I think your series sound good, but I don't do ebooks. Maybe someday I can read them tho. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  8. I have been learning more and more about the Grace of God and having Faith and Hope. And I have been born again for a very long long long time and there is nothing greater than grace . I would love to win a copy of your book to read .Thank you for the contest .Blessings,Dana

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  9. thanks for the chance to win Kathy's book

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  10. I want this book! Thank you for the chance!
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  11. I really want to read your books. This series sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. I have read the first two and would love to win this one!!! angadair@nwcable.net

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  13. Hi! I have read the first two of the Miller Creek series and loved them both! I didn't read fiction for about 8 yrs before tentatively trying again last December and it's good authors who can write truly faith-filled books like Cathy Bryant that give me hope that it's not a waste of my time to invest in some fiction for leisure! I would love to have this e-copy :)

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  14. would love to win & read sounds really inspirational. thanks

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  15. Excellent interview. Thank you so much for giving us an insight into your life Cathy. Should I be fortunate enough to win my email address is w.jones64@btinternet.com

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  16. Somehow, I was led to your blog and ran into an old acquaintance, Cathy - and I think one of the first giveaway wins was her first book...Texas Road, then I read Road Less Traveled. I wasn't aware she had written another book again, and how I'd enjoy winning this particular new book. I am blessed by God's grace time and time again. I know I'd be blessed again by winning Cathy's book. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  17. This books sounds good. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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