Townsend Author Releases "Louise" a Novel Based on Fact
Author Academy Award Nominee, Faye Bryant, releases the first in a three-part family saga.
By: Faye Bryant
Bryant says that the idea for the novel came to her almost fifteen years ago, but circumstances prevented her from writing it then. Last year, she started over as she took on the NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. She reached that goal and continued to write, thinking there was only one book to be shared.
Working with her publisher, Author Academy Elite, and her mentor, Kary Oberbrunner, Bryant realized there was more story than one book could hold and thus created the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga.
Louise releases worldwide on September 30th and will be available wherever books are sold.
What Others Have Said
While many novels have no foreword, Louise is prefaced by the words of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern. Tomlinson is an author and speaker based in Louisiana. Her works include Suck Your Stomach In and Put on Some Color!, Heart Wide Open, Devotions for the Hungry Heart, and a storytelling cookbook titled, Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce.
Jackie K. Cooper is a book critic based in Georgia, whose first words about the book upon reading the draft was, "It's Little House on the Prairie plus!" He added that Louise is "A story about love, death, hope and forgiveness;
Louise's story begins just before the 20th century in Southern Illinois, then quickly moves to Northeast Arkansas, capturing the adversity of life as sharecroppers. Louise experiences traumatic loss before her second birthday and again before reaching school age. She comes to believe that life is nothing more than domestic hardship and pain.
Once married, things change and Louise experiences a different sort of life, not as a wealthy woman, but a woman with a full and rich life.
After several years of peace and quiet, death and deception visit and nearly destroy Louise and her family, and she has to learn to not only live again but to love and trust again.
About the Author
Faye Bryant was born and raised as an only child in Florida. She often dreamed of publishing the stories she scribbled from elementary age. She moved to Blount County, Tennessee in 1985 and stayed, working at various jobs from Sterling Engineering to Bookkeeping Plus to the United States Postal Service, and finally to wife and mother to her son and two stepsons.
She is now an author and speaker, passionate about helping people grow past their pasts, whether choices they've made or things they've endured. She is a survivor of abuse, betrayal, and cancer. She lives with her husband, Jack, in the beautiful Dry Valley community of Townsend.
Bryant's previously published work, Ramblings From the Shower was recently nominated for the prestigious Author Academy Awards, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry. It is still available in soft cover and Kindle versions on Amazon.
Taking the lessons learned from family research and her own recovery from life's trauma, Bryant is launching a new venture in January of 2019 called Build a Better Legacy, an online course designed to help those who feel like they have been derailed and their hearts betrayed move past their own trauma into a life well-lived and a history well-preserved.
Bryant's website, BuildaBetterLegacy.com says, "Legacy is defined as "something such as a tradition or problem that exists as a result of something that happened in the past" and "something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.""
She says, "Sometimes the legacies handed down to us are good: faith, relationships, and recipes. Sometimes, though, they are not: anger, fear, anxiety, and self-loathing."
You can connect with Faye Bryant on Facebook, Twitter and her website, FayeBryant.com.