Saturday, May 28, 2016

Writers4Higher features author Kathy A. Bradley

Welcome to Writers4Higher

This issue, Writers4Higher features

Kathy A. Bradley

Hi, Kathy. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!

When I turned in the manuscript for my first book, Breathing and Walking Around, I called it creative nonfiction because that was the label Mercer University Press had given to the literary prize for which I was submitting it.  Of course, I had to Google creative nonfiction first.  I have since seen the term “place-based creative writing” and I think that is probably a better description of what I write.

I live on a farm.  The outdoors is both classroom and church to me, the places where I take my deepest questions.  Those questions are answered when my senses become engaged in some way – noticing a newly-bloomed wildflower or the way sunlight strikes a tree – and from that image a metaphor materializes. The metaphor becomes something like a decoder ring or a map key.  My job as a writer, from that point, is to tell the story, to bear witness to the experience in such a way that it will enable the reader, the listener to bring that same focus to his or her thoughts. 

My writing is also deeply informed by what Southerners call “my people.”  The stories they have told and the language they use have trained me to the cadence and melody of Southern voices, alerted me to the layered meanings of colloquialisms, made me tender to the weightiness of words like “home” and “place”, and helped me create a voice that sounds, to me at least, true. 

I anguish over every word.  Every word.  But it is good anguish because I love words.  I really do.  I’m also really particular about cadence and flow.  I’ll read a sentence over five or six times to makes sure the rhythm is right.  That’s probably from my early training in and love for poetry.  I love using poetic devices like alliteration in my prose.  

WHERE I SEE MY WRITING TAKING ME IN THE FUTURE:  I want my writing to continue to take me into conversation with other people who are curious -- curious about how the natural world acts as a template for our emotional lives, curious about the paradox that it is only by diving deep within ourselves that we can explore the universe, curious about the connectedness of all things.

HOW DO I USE MY TALENTS/TIME TO HELP OTHERS:  I have felt a deep responsibility for service since my elementary school Girl Scout days.  As an adult I've filled a resume' coaching youth sports teams, serving on non-profit boards, and being an active member of my church.  As I have become more committed to my writing, I have tried to find way to serve through my talent.  I am currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics and a volunteer with The Write Place, an annual celebration of authors and books that takes place in my hometown.  I am a frequent speaker at civic clubs, schools, and leadership training events for women and girls.  

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Rhett DeVane
Fiction with a Southern Twist

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Writers4Higher revisits author Ann Marie Bryan

Writers4Higher revisits a member of 

the Writers4Higher family of talented authors

Ann Marie Bryan

Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a
passion for excellence. She is the CEO and Founder of Victorious By
Design, an organization dedicated to providing top quality professional
writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development
programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique
needs of individuals and organizations. Ann Marie’s greatest passion is
to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God given potential.
She enjoys dancing, teaching, writing, meeting people and traveling.


Mirrored Hearts: Sealed by Fire
Book 2 - Encounters of the Heart series

Two hearts. Mirrored secrets. The ultimate solution – A marriage sealed 
by fire.


From #1 Amazon Bestselling author Ann Marie Bryan comes this stirring 
and deeply satisfying new addition in the Encounters of the Heart 
series, about the struggles of two broken hearts, mended by enduring 
love and sealed by fire.

When life takes unexpected twists and secrets are laid bare - remember 
to breathe.

Larry Kanate and his wife, Rozene, would be considered a modern day 
power couple. Years in the making, they have managed to keep love alive 
while supporting each other’s dreams.

Their undeniable love connection is unshakeable… seemingly unbreakable, 
until Larry discovers his wife’s crushing secret. As their 
picture-perfect world falls apart, she does everything in her power to 
get away from her past sin, but he is bent on never letting her forget 
it, all the while keeping his “little secret” close to his heart.

When Larry’s day of reckoning comes, will fear hold him hostage or will 
he be completely honest with himself and God? Will their marriage be 
strong enough to survive mirrored secrets? Will their faith help them to 
handle the ultimate solution – a marriage sealed by fire?

Shades of the Heart
Book 1 - Encounters of the Heart series

A shocking turn of events. Past and present secrets revealed. Things 
will never be the same. Will they find the courage to forgive and create 
a love for all times?


Book 3 - Encounters of the Heart series

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Thank you, Ann Marie!
Continued success to you!

Rhett DeVane
author and blogmaster

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