About Author

Faye Bryant

Faye Bryant
BIOGRAPHY

"I was born at a very early age and started telling stories soon after." Faye Bryant

Faye grew up hearing the stories of her family and has used those stories of life and death, betrayal and reconciliation, faith and family to create the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga.

She is also the author of "Ramblings from the Shower | Integrity, Faith, and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues" and has recently published a devotional ebook, "Coffee, Bible, Journal: Musings from the Comfy Chair with a View."

Faye struggled under the weight of many layers of a past that kept her hidden and helpless. All that has changed. She is the founder of Build a Better Legacy, dedicated to helping those held captive by past family trauma or choices to grow past surviving to thriving.

Faye and her husband Jack live in a beautiful valley in the Smoky Mountains.

Faye Bryant Books

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Louise (Grandma, Mom, and Me Book 1)
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Louise (Grandma, Mom, and Me Book 1)by Faye BryantPublish: Sep 30, 2018Series: Grandma, Mom, and MeHistorical Romance Historical Fiction Christian Fiction
Ramblings from the Shower: Integrity, Faith, and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues
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Ramblings from the Shower: Integrity, Faith, and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issuesby Faye BryantPublish: Dec 26, 2013Christian Nonfiction
Coffee, Bible, Journal: Musings from the Comfy Chair with a View
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Coffee, Bible, Journal: Musings from the Comfy Chair with a Viewby Faye BryantPublish: May 28, 2019Religion & Spirituality
Elaina (The Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga Book 2)
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Elaina (The Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga Book 2)by Faye BryantPublish: Dec 10, 2019Series: Grandma, Mom, and MeHistorical Romance Historical Fiction Christian Fiction

Faye Bryant interview On 17, Oct 2019

"Faye Bryant's first book was “Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.” The only college she has gone to is the University of Hard Knocks. Faye and her husband Jack live in a beautiful valley in the Smoky Mountains. She loves going places and capturing the sights she sees. Faye struggled under the weight of many layers of a past that kept her hidden and helpless. Her favorite part of the publishing journey of Ramblings From the Shower was the encouragement of her publisher."
What stories of your family did you hear while growing up?

Stories of my Dad’s years in the Navy, stories of Mom’s life on the farm and in the big city. I heard the stories of their getting together and all the different construction jobs Dad worked on.

Which was your first book? How did you begin to write it?

My first book was “Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.” I had been having these conversations with God after having spent time in Bible reading and prayer. I would hear something in the news before I got in the shower and as I did the mundane, rote task of shampooing my hair and bathing, I talked to God. Several times as I toweled off, I would say, “Lord, someone should write a book about that!” Later, my husband delivered the news that he believed God was saying I was supposed to write a book. When he said he didn’t know what it was to be about, I told him to go back and find out! It didn’t take long before I figured out all those discussions in the shower were the topics of my book.

Where did you go to college and what was your major? How has that influence your stories?

Not applicable. The only college I’ve gone to is the University of Hard Knocks.

What do you enjoy doing apart from writing in your free time?

Photography. I love going places and capturing the sights I see – and I look for the unusual.

How much do you research to write a historical fiction book?

In the case of the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga, I wrote with family records stacked beside me. Though I changed names and the names of places, the dates are correct because I wanted to keep cultural events intact. Before I renamed a place, I read the history of it and tried to determine if it had a prior name. If it did, I usually used it. I also made a trip to where Louise lived. My aunt showed me where the Raffertys had lived, the old church in the woods, where the school stood. I remember the little house in town and can view it on Google satellite when I need to remember walking in and around it.

Who was your favourite character to write in Louise and why?

I think it was Louise. She is based on my own grandmother. I didn’t know her for long, but I knew her as a strong woman who ruled her family with gentle love. As I grew older and learned more of her story, I was fascinated at all she had endured to then turn out so beautiful and loving. She wasn’t bitter, she was kind and so well-loved.

How did you come up with the idea of including a beautiful photo each day in "Coffee, Bible, Journal"?

Coffee, Bible, Journal started out as Facebook posts. Yes! Facebook posts with pictures are more likely to be read, so I included one each day. When I turned some of those into a book, I realized a devotional held in the hand with a lovely photo could help impress the scripture onto the heart of the reader. (By the way, thanks for the compliment!)

What inspired you to mention your dear friend, Rich Willis in "Ramblings from the Shower"?

Rich was an amazing guy. One of the most popular guys at school. We were in band together. I think he sensed I thought little of myself. A fabulous artist, his way of signing a yearbook was to draw a caricature of the person who owned it. I expected something with my clarinet or tripping while marching, you know, something funny. Instead, he drew a hand mirror – even used foil to make a reflective surface – and he wrote beautiful words telling me if I ever needed to see someone beautiful to cheer me to look in that mirror. For a lot of years, that page in my sophomore yearbook held my chin up against things designed to tear me down.

When I was writing “Ramblings” I was able to get in touch with Rich after 30 years. I learned that he was on his fourth or fifth bout of colorectal cancer. Early in the year, I had told him I wanted to visit him and his family to present a book to him, but that it would be late in the year. He told me if I wanted to see him alive, I’d better come right away. My husband and I and another friend of Rich’s flew to Florida the next weekend. I carried that yearbook and shared it with him. We talked, we laughed. We discussed his impending death and he helped me understand the peace that comes from knowing God and trusting His promises. His story still brings tears to my eyes.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

I can’t say I’ve really done adventurous things – I’m not an adrenaline junkie. This journey as an author has been pretty adventurous. It’s gotten me way out of my comfort zone!

What is the most ideal ambience for you to write in?

A quiet place. My office is suited to me, but I also like going into the mountains and sitting down and typing away. Nothing like the rustle of leaves and the sound of a running creek to bring thoughts to clarity.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

There was a year or so of research on Ramblings, but I didn’t realize that’s what it was. If you read the introduction to the book, you’ll understand that.

For the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga, the research has taken a lifetime with the gathering of photographs and stories to learn about Grandma, the learning of stories and secrets of Mom, and the living of me.

For Coffee, Bible, Journal, the research was simple Bible study, then meshing the scripture around in my mind and hearing sermons and teachings on it then writing something that might reach everyday folks with the beauty of God’s everyday message.

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey of your first book?

Oh my, now I’m having to remember back ten years! My favorite part of the publishing journey of Ramblings From the Shower was the encouragement of my publisher. I could call with a question and feel like the silliest soul on the planet and he would tell me how courageous I was and how my words were going to touch countless people and help them.

The least favorite? The waiting! It’s not easy, once you’ve typed that last word, to then have to wait before you see it in print and hold it in your hands.

Grandma, Mom, and Me saga begins with Louise, a story of unbearable loss, unconditional love, and immeasurable endurance. When can we expect the next book in the series?

Just a few weeks away! Elaina is due out second week of December.

How many promotional websites are you signed onto? How were you introduced to AllAuthor and how do you think it compares to the rest?

I’ve used a couple other promotional sites, but none like AllAuthor. A friend and fellow author, Brenda Haire introduced me to AllAuthor and I absolutely love it! I’m horrible at self-promotion, and having AllAuthor making social media covers and sending tweets are awesome! When I get something new, it sparks something else in me, so your promotion perpetuates itself!

Ask Faye Bryant a question

    • AllAuthor AllAuthor 7 months ago
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    • Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
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      • Faye Bryant Faye Bryant 7 months ago
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      • Definitely! The Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga is a fictionalized version of the lives of three women, Louise (Grandma), Elaina (Mom), and Beth (Me). The stories I've heard throughout my life mixed with some literary license have made these books reality.
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    • Have you ever experienced "Writer's Block"? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
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      • Faye Bryant Faye Bryant 7 months ago
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      • Goodness, yes!
        A fellow author, Anne Marie Miller, helped me tremendously. She told me to just vomit words. No, not literally, but to just write -- even if it was a grocery list or a note to a friend. The act of writing was important, and sometimes those things had to be gotten out of my brain in order for the story words to come.
        She was right. It helped.
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      • UGH! Shutting out distractions. When I sit down at my desk, I need to have time to get into the process - whether it's a character's head, a description of who, what, when, where, and why, or tackling research. Too often I realize I need to balance the checkbook or pay a bill or do some laundry or call a friend and my writing time is whisked away.
        Recently, I've learned to set off one day of the week for just writing. No banking, no bills, no trips, nothing else. It's hard, but it's necessary.
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      • Don't put it off! Let the words flow, even if all you do is store them away for a time. Don't quench this talent you've been given, and don't let anyone else stop you.
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      • I loved writing stories in school! That sort of went away when adulthood arrived with marriage and child and life in general. Then, one day in 2008, my husband told me he felt like God was saying I was supposed to write a book. (This was totally out of character for him and he felt completely awkward doing it!)
        When I asked him what it was supposed to be about, he said he didn't know.
        I promptly told him to go back and find out!
        What he didn't know was that for months after spending quiet time with the Lord, I had discussed what I had learned compared to cultural issues with God as I showered. What better time to pray, right?
        Those conversations birthed "Ramblings From the Shower."
        Even while I was writing that book, I felt this nudge to write the story of my grandmother, mother, and myself. Our lives are so intertwined with same lessons, same choices, same hurts, it was uncanny!
        Now I'm writing a daily devotion and to be honest, I just can't not write!
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