Author Ann Marie Bryan is the featured author for today on my blog. Welcome Ann Marie.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Christian Fiction author who writes to inspire and empower
others. I desire to tell great stories with fascinating characters to
show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. I have
written 6 full-length novels and a short story. Worthy of mention is my
celebrated bestselling Encounters of the Heart series, which blend faith
and romance that test the resiliency of love.
My greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into
their God-given potential. I enjoy writing, reading, dancing, teaching,
meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences
that God has so graciously blessed me with, I am determined to make my
life a ministry for the Lord.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I am usually teaching praise dancing or spending
time with my family. Of course, I carve out time for reading.
Do you have a day job as well?
Yes. I am a human resource information technology professional.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first
In 2010, I started writing my first book, “Unforgettable, My Love Has
Come Along”, and it was published on July 31, 2012.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I have always been a fan of faith-based romance, so I believe that genre
beckoned to me. It was a natural fit.
Where do you get your ideas?
The ideas for my books come from many sources – a moment in time, being
in particular places, interaction with people, such as family members,
friends, and the list goes on. But I believe that my best writing ideas
come from God.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I can’t say I have. Regarding my writing process, I carry the storyline
in my mind until I have a good grasp on where I’m heading with it.
During that time, I get to know the characters – their backgrounds,
personalities, likes and dislikes, pain points, etc. In light of the
foregoing, when I begin to write, I pretty much have the story mapped
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I use a basic outline but I like to see where the story takes me. I find
that to be very liberating. Of course, by the time I wrap up the story,
it looks nothing like the outline.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either
growing up or as an adult?
Reading has always been the one thing that I loved to do from a tender
age. I don’t recall a particular book or author having a direct
influence. Off the top of my head, three books stand out, “Gone with the
Wind”, “Flowers in the Attic” and “Animal Farm.”
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book
The biggest challenge to overcome was doubt. I am an author. This is
still surreal. Rightly so, because while I have always been an avid
reader, writing a book never crossed my mind.
So, how did I start writing?
After I got married, several of my friends and relatives (some living
miles away) wanted to know how I met my husband. So, I had to share my
love story, over and over again. Of course, no one wanted to hear the
short version of the story.
Six months later, I was stretched out on the sofa at home on a Sunday
afternoon, still recounting my love story. After hanging up from my
call, it hit me …Write a book!
A long deafening pause ensued.
A book! A book!
Every reason not to write this book came to mind. Yes, every reason.
But, I knew that I had a story to tell. I also knew that if God called
me to write this book, He would equip me and surround me with wonderful
So, like any well-thinking Christian woman, I took the matter to the
Lord and felt the peace to proceed with this mission. After I let go of
fear and doubt, I became a part of a writing group and got the help that
I needed to publish my book.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your
novel or getting it published that you would change?
As I move forward, I have been learning many things, so the writing and
publishing processes are becoming easier. Plus, I’m more organized.
Launching my first book took a lot out of me, mentally and physically
because I tried to be in too many places. Now, I have learned to pace
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best
for your genre?
I wish I had more time to market my books. I mainly use social media and
free and paid advertisements. I also created a Facebook readers group –
Ann Marie Bryan’s Readers’ Café. It’s one of my favorite places. I love
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get
No. I have a lot balancing so when I write I try to get the book
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I released “Hearts over the Line” on Thursday, May 30, 2019. That was
very exciting. “Hearts over the Line” is a riveting story about rising
from the ashes, unlocking love, and learning to create and maintain an
atmosphere of faith. This novel is the captivating conclusion to the
“Encounters of the Heart” series, but it is also a standalone novel. As
unresolved issues made unwelcome visits, the characters must learn to
reset the atmosphere in which they live, and in so doing live in a place
where God finds it easy to bless them. In a season that brought many
challenges, the characters must learn to trust God.
Chandler Peynard has it all—family, fame, fortune, and salvation. This
A-list celebrity has come a long way from his philandering days. That’s
no longer his style. He’s head-over-heels in love with Sabrina, his
wife, and in full pursuit of God’s calling on his life. But when shadows
of the past beckon, he panics. Eventually, he has no choice but to face
his previous indiscretions, but will Chandler’s past activities be more
than his wife can handle?
Larry and Rozene Kanate have moved beyond the consequences of their
mirrored sin. The birth of twin daughters helped to seal their
happily-ever-after. Life is wonderful, until it’s not. After the beaded
curtain falls, Rozene scrambles to put the pieces together and avoid
public humiliation. As the past crosses paths with the present, will
their marriage survive?
Madison Bradshaw has moved past her inability to trust and love. But
when Tyler, her husband, makes a special request, she hides the truth
from him. What could go wrong?
In this captivating conclusion to the bestselling Encounters of the
Heart series, unresolved issues make unwelcome visits to test the
resiliency of love. Will the characters learn to reset the atmosphere in
which they live? Will they live in a place where God finds it easy to
bless them? In a season that brings many challenges, they must summon
the courage to forgive, heal and fall in love again.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all
Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Alone was loosely based on real-life
experiences as I embarked on my amazing journey from singleness to my
wedding day. I drew on some of my experiences, encounters, feelings,
insights and interactions to give this fictional story life. Otherwise,
my books are all about my imagination flying free.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In “Hearts over the Line”, I enjoyed creating my favorite book daughter,
Loren Peynard. You’ve got to meet her. She is adorable, smart, and
witty. Oh, she has her own sense of style, too.
How did you come up with the title?
Usually, before I start writing I need a theme for the book. The
overarching theme for the “Encounters of the Heart” series is the
consequences of sin. The theme for “Hearts over the Line” is learning to
create and maintain an atmosphere of faith.
Of course, I had to follow the protocol for the titles in the
series—“Heart” or “Hearts” must be in the title.
I received my full title while I was listening to my pastor preach. My
pastor stated, “This is what happen when you step over the line that God
has drawn.” From that sermon, I came away with my title, “Hearts over
the Line” because some of the characters stepped over the line that God
What project are you working on now?
I just wrapped up the “Encounters of the Heart” series. Usually, I take
a few weeks off to rest. On another note, I keep thinking that I would
love to write books with one-word titles. I’ll see where the Lord leads
regarding that thought.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
With the help of the Lord, I will most likely have a new book out by
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