It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Monday, December 14, 2009

The SPOTLIGHT is on Emily Bryan!



First of all, thanks for having me here!

Now for the hardest thing I do as a writer—write about myself. If you want the official version, please visit my website
http://www.emilybryan.com/Bio.htm

Just remember, I write fiction for a living so take what you read with a grain of salt. (There is a little section on that page where I tell 9 true things about my life and one bald-faced lie. See if you can pick out the gollywhopper!)

I grew up in the Midwest, but always dreamed of exotic places. When I was in high school, we all had to write down our goals and put it in an envelope to be read many years later. One of my first goals was travel. I couldn’t wait to see more of the world. And I have. We’ve lived in 9 different states, 4 time zones. When I said I wanted to travel, I didn’t think I’d have to lug all my stuff with me!

I’ve had a checkered past. My work history includes being a (hold on tight!) professional opera singer, elementary teacher, choir director, homeschooling mom, realtor, and banker. In 2001, I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up—a writer.

A CHRISTMAS BALL is my 7th title and next June STROKE OF GENIUS comes out.


If I was having any more fun, it’d be illegal.

I love to hear from readers. Please drop by my blog at
http://www.emilybryan.blogspot.com/. If you’re even mildly entertained by what you find on my blog, please sign up as a follower. I have 70 and would love to hit 100 by New Years!

Thanks for wasting some of your precious time with me!

Emily Bryan

16 comments:

Skhye said...

I love historicals. And novellas are the best! I can actually finish one with my 4-yr old screaming! ;( Add Christmas cheer, and this one is a winner! Now if it would only snow again here is Houston...

Huge prize: a cache of Time Guardian treasure. To enter, join me at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skhyemoncrief/.

EmilyBryan said...

I love historicals, too, Skhye! Nothing says "Take me away!" like a story with corsets!

Diane said...

I can't wait to read your new release. Your book, Pleasuring the Priate kept me up reading most of one night.

Keep up the good work!

Diane Amos

EmilyBryan said...

Hi Diane! That's really the nicest compliment you can give an author--a short night of sleep! Glad you enjoyed my Pirate. Have you read the free downloadable Christmas story featuring the characters from PLEASURING THE PIRATE? You can find it at www.emilybryan.com. It's my way of saying thanks and Merry Christmas!

Linda Henderson said...

I've been hearing great things about A Christmas Ball. I would love to read it. I enjoy historicals very much.

seriousreader at live dot com

Kate Champagne said...

So great to see you here. I love Regencies. I would love your book.

Julie Robinson said...

Hi Emily! I'd say a checkered past makes for an interesting person. Which shows a fresh voice in your writing.

When I was a kid and we had to write what we wanted to be in school, everyone laughed because I wanted to be a singer. The closest I've ever come to realizing that dream was in grad school when another grad student told me I had a musical voice when I talked. And I was horrified---I pictured this sing-song quality like those insipid women on James Bond movies have when they're saying, "Oh, James, whatever am I going to do?" Ack!

Anyways, good luck with your continuing sales. Your books never disappoint.

suehussein said...

Hi Emily, thanks for telling us where we could find you this week. I didn't even realize you had your own blog. I'll start reading it too.Too many blogs, too little time!! Thanks, Sue

librarypat said...

I am anxious to read A CHRISTMAS BALL. I love anthologies. I have a couple someone gave me waiting on the shelf. I planned to start my Christmas reading sooner, but except for children's books I haven't read any yet. Until I can find A Christmas Ball, I'll have to pull out one of my old anthologies.
Can't wait for STROKE OF GENIUS to come out.
I'm heading back to your site to look at your bio for your gollywhopper.

Andrea and Corrina - love your "sound track"!

EmilyBryan said...

Thanks, Linda. Reviewers have been kind to A CHRISTMAS BALL. I think the CofC gals have a day of reviews planned for me this week.

EmilyBryan said...

Kate, I enjoy Regencies too. But I confess I resisted writing them at first. They've been done so often and so well, I wanted to be sure I had something fresh to contribute.

EmilyBryan said...

Julie--Too funny! But 'sing-song' and 'musical' aren't the same thing. One is annoying. The other is oh-so pleasant.

Tamsyn said...

This one sounds like a winner! I am looking forward to checking it out.
Tamsyn

EmilyBryan said...

Sue--Oh, yes, I blog almost every day at www.emilybryan.blogspot.com and there's a lovely group of regular commenters who pop by. It's like our own little cyber-coffee clatch! I'd love for you to join us!

EmilyBryan said...

Pat--Hope you find your CHRISTMAS BALL soon. The list of 9 true things and one lie is along the left hand side of my Bio page under FUN FACTS. Let me know which one you think is the whopper.

EmilyBryan said...

Tamsyn--Thanks! I love this story and hope you will too.

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