Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cathy Bryant's "Texas Roads"

We're happy to have Cathy Bryant with us today talking about her book, "Texas Roads: A Miller's Creek Novel."
To purchase Cathy's book, navigate to the bottom of her interview. To learn more about Cathy, please read on.

Your title: TEXAS ROADS

1) How did this story come to you?
The spiritual message of the book came from my own desire to find home. After moving from one small Texas town to another, God taught me that our only “real” home is in Him. My heroine takes the same spiritual journey. The basic plot of the story came when I was working in the garden and a car drove by slowly, the driver staring at me like I was a zoo exhibit. The incident irked me, and I thought, “If it bothers me so much after living in small towns my entire life, how would a city socialite handle the lack of privacy you sometimes feel in a small town?” Afterwards, the scenes began playing out in my head like a movie.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
TEXAS ROADS, a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist, was being considered by two publishers when I felt God telling me to go a different direction. Against the advice of many, I pulled the manuscript from further consideration, and put it into e-book and print format myself.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
~ I’m a published composer of several children’s songs.
~ I’m a teacher/musician by profession.
~ I’m self-taught on piano.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently trying to get the word out about TEXAS ROADS, but I’m also over halfway finished with book two in the Miller’s Creek, Texas series, tentatively titled A PATH TOO NARROW.
5) Parting comments? TEXAS ROADS is available in e-book format at The book is available at a 25% discount during the week of March 7-13, 2010 in honor of “Read An E-Book Week.” The book is also available in print format at If you prefer an autographed copy, you can mail a check for $17.06 (to cover book cost, tax and S&H) to Cathy Bryant, P. O. Box 971, New Boston, TX 75570. Be sure to send a return address and let me know who to sign the book for. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Buckner International, a global Christian ministry that provides care and resources for orphans and at-risk children in the United States and more than 50 countries around the world.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I spend at least a few minutes each day at Facebook, Twitter and ShoutLife. But the best places to reach me are my website guestbook at or my blog, WordVessel (


  1. I am an email subscriber. Thanks,


  2. Wow, thank you so much for sharing Cathy's story. Cathy, I too lived in several small Texas towns before settling in a large sprawling city. And I know of Buckner, but didn't know they were international. I would love to read Cathy's book. I am a fellow ACFW member and look forward to one day being published. Congratulations Cathy! BTW beautiful cover art!!

  3. Please include me in this book giveaway. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. This sounds like a very interesting book.

  5. Sounds like a great read. I have traveled much the same spiritual journey to find I was only at home and at peace in the Lord's presence and at His side.

  6. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! =)

  7. I would absolutely love to win Cathy's book. Please enter me. I also added my email subscription. thank you.

  8. great interview, would love to win. thanks

  9. Can relate to the move...I don't get attached to a house....just my family.
    Thank you!!

  10. Congratulations, Cathy! So happy for you!
    Looks like an inspiring story!

    ~ Alice J. Wisler
    Author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is & Hatteras Girl

  11. Cathy, self-taught on the keys of The White & Black... You're my kinda girl :)

  12. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  13. Please enter me, I would love to read Cathy's book!


  14. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your kind words of congratulations and encouragement.

    Mary, the cover photography was done by Brian Lary. I fell in love with the photo the first time I saw it. I can't count the number of Texas back roads I've been on, but this picture reminded me somewhat of a road I used to travel to get to my grandmother's house.

    Agreed, Anonymous!

    Maureen, I have to admit that I'm attached to my drafty old farmhouse. But I know that it's only a temporary dwelling, and doesn't even compare to the home we have in Christ.

    LOL, Rudi! Are you self-taught on the ivories, too?

    Blessings to you all!

  15. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "Texas Roads". So many of us have traveled those roads even if we don't live in Texas. In our ever moving world, home is harder to come by.
    Blessings on you and your writing,

    A J Hawke

  16. Self taught on the piano? Now that takes God given skills!

  17. Please enter me I would love to read this book. Thank you for such a neat interview.


  18. Please enter me as I would love to try this new author! Thanks!

    looking forward to this book!

  20. I want to win a copy of her book very badly, please enter me!!!

  21. The book sounds exciting. Please enter me in the drawing.

  22. would love to read this wonderful book...thanks for the opportunity


  23. I don't want to enter the contest, because I have a ecopy of Texas Roads. It was a great book and I look forward to more by Cathy. Come on over to my blog to read my review at:
    Deborah M.

  24. Hi, everyone!

    Thanks so much for all your comments. Sorry I'm late chiming in, but our internet went out at home, so I had to come up to hubby's office to check my e-mail.

    A.J., you are so right--home is harder to come by, especially if we're looking for it on planet Earth!

    I definitely look on my ability to play piano as a God-given gift, Jason. (Not that I'm all that proficient at it.)=)

    Blessings, everyone!

  25. I am an email subscriber and I love this book is about finding your home in God!
    Thanks so much for the offer and all the best to you!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  26. I would love the chance to win Cathy's book.


  27. Deborah, thanks so much for your sweet word of recommendation. I really appreciate your review of TEXAS ROADS.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, Darby! The spiritual theme of the book is special to me.

    Blessings to all! =)

  28. I read this book as an e-book--it is great! The story about finding home really resonated with me. I'd love to have a hard copy!

  29. Sounds great! I would love to get entered in the giveaway.


  30. I'm a subscriber and also a homebody. I would love to read this book.


  31. I would love to read Cathy's book....sounds great. Please enter me; just found your blog and have sbuscribed. Thanks!!!

  32. Thanks, sweet friends! I appreciate your kind words! =)

  33. Cathy,
    So cool you went with what God told you and self-published your book. Looks like a wonderful book and I love the cover.

    Great interview!

  34. It was a tough decision, Diane, but I have no regrets. The extra work has been hard (& overwhelming at times!), but I still feel like I made the right decision. Thanks so much for your sweet words and for stopping by! =)

  35. I have been wanting this book for some time now. I will buy it even if I don't win. But thank you so much for the chance to win.
    Cathy is so inspiring and the recent lyrics from the song her husband wrote were amazing and touched my heart.

  36. Looks like a great book! Never ready any of your books before, but I'm definitely adding you to my list of must read authors! :)

  37. Cathy,
    Congratulations. I love ebooks. I'm legally blind. My computer reads to me. it's the wave of the future.
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer

  38. Thanks so much, Deborah, and I'm glad you liked the song lyrics.

  39. Thanks, cas!

    J. Aday, I think e-books are a big boon to the visually impaired, since text size can be changed, and since like you mention there is software available to read the text. I have an eye-disease that will probably at least limit my vision in the future if not take it completely, so I'm delighted with the technology available.

    Blessings to you both! =)

  40. Loved the interview! I'm a fellow Texan but have lived in the same area for 56 years!
    I would LOVE to win the book!!
    Janet Thompson

  41. Texas has always facinated me, an ebook format will be interesting. I wish you success in this new adventure.


    wyndyc at gmail dot com

  42. I would like to enter in the contest

  43. I will enter! Sounds interesting!
    ~ CTF Devourer

  44. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. I am an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  45. Sounds interesting! I moved from Dallas to a small rural East Texas community. It is quite a culture shock. Best of luck! I look forward to reading the series.

  46. This book sounds great, I would love to win. Thanks!

  47. Janet, it's ALWAYS great to meet a fellow Texan, & I think it's great that you've lived in the same place for 56 years. (Some of the characters in TEXAS ROADS are the same way!)

    Wyn, I think Texas is a place that a lot of people find fascinating. I've lived here my entire life, and it still fascinates me!

    Jason & Jaimi, it's great to see you here, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Bluebonnet, you sound sooooo much like the heroine in my story. Culture shock is the perfect term!

    Blessings to all of you! Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Kathy ChristensenMarch 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I have heard about this book, so am excited for a chance to win it. Thank you ladies.

  49. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Please enter me. Thank you!


  50. Hi Kathy and Cherie! Thanks so much for your kind words. Blessings!

  51. This book looks great.

  52. Looks great.

  53. Sounds great! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  54. Hi everyone! Just checking in to announce the winner. Drum roll, please!..............

    ...................And the winner is............. (can't you just sense the building tension?)

    No? oh, okay. The winner is Christy! (Christy, I'll send you an e-mail soon.)

    Blessings all! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway!