Monday, May 19, 2014

Cathy Bryant's "A Bridge Unbroken"



Cover blurb: A frightened runaway wants her painful past to disappear. A plan to start afresh is derailed when she co-inherits her late grandfather’s farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. But he isn’t the only ghost from the past. Someone else is out to get her and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Will Chance and Dakota lay aside their grudges to restore the old farmhouse and bridge, or will evil forces sabotage their attempt at forgiveness? (Readers can read a sample chapter and view the book trailer at: http://www.catbryant.com/millers-creek-novels/a-bridge-unbroken/
1) How did this story come to you? 
 My husband and I endured a very difficult and emotional trial that was both personal and devastating. Once the dust settled, I struggled with forgiving the offenders. I searched the scripture as I studied the concept of forgiveness, secretly hoping I'd find an exception to Christ's command for us to forgive. While I didn't find the exception I searched for, I did come to realize that the world's definition and way of handling forgiveness has subtly slipped into Christian circles. Out of this, Chance and Dakota's story was born, a story about the power of true forgiveness.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. Some stories seem to tell themselves. That happened for me with the fourth book in the Miller's Creek Novels, Pilgrimage of Promise. But A Bridge Unbroken was one of those stories I struggled to tell, mainly because I didn't feel qualified to write a story about forgiveness, when I found it so difficult to forgive. But each time I prayed about it, I came away feeling like it was exactly the story God wanted me to tell. It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord uses my writing to speak truth to my heart.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.  
First of all, I'm pretty handy when it comes to home improvement. I've laid floors, refinished floors, done sheet rock work, installed tile and grout, and more. My favorite power tool is a chop saw. Secondly, I'm a big believer in growing our own food. We have an indoor garden and raise chickens and rabbits. I'd like to add goats at some point. Lastly, I'm a reality-TV junkie. My favorites are Survivor, Dancing With the Stars, Design Star, The Amazing Race, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette (some seasons). The human interaction is invaluable writer research!
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you? 
 Right now I'm organizing the blog tour for A Bridge Unbroken. The tour is scheduled for May 1-22 and concludes with a Facebook party where I'll announce the winner of our $100 Visa Card Giveaway. There will also be other prizes given away at the party. You can join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/315502748601792/ Once I get the tour scheduled, I have a host of unfinished house projects that need to be completed. I'd also like to write a companion Bible study on forgiveness to go along with A Bridge Unbroken. In addition, I'm harvesting ideas for the next Miller's Creek Novel, Crossroads.
5) Parting comments?
 Since the spiritual theme of A Bridge Unbroken is forgiveness, I'd like to share a couple of short quotes I came across in my research. The first is from Mark Twain: "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." The second is a quote from C. S. Lewis: "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."
7) Where can fans find you on the internet?

Reader friends on Facebook may want to visit the following groups, the first for book bargains and the second to discuss all things Miller’s Creek.