I hope you're week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by to check out the Interview with Ann Marie Bryan. She's talking about her upcoming release, A Place for my Heart. It releases March 30th, so be sure to follow Ms. Bryan on social media to get the link. Let's get started!
About the Book
"Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.
When Chandler Peynard staggered into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he was desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he erects barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.
Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hadn’t
given up on finding love. Still, she was caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more– a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.
Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing
choice. However, complication is inevitable when the past he’d long thought was buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given
anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and
embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.
In a season that brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?"
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Yes, they are total opposites. It is more exciting to write about two people who are total opposites, because I have to take them out of their comfort zones and also find the common thread that will create harmony between them. In all of this, the characters have to remain true to their personalities yet be open enough to try and understand each other. The lessons learned are priceless.
Ah, lessons learned! I can't wait to see what they go through. What was the hardest scene to write in A Place for My Heart?
The hardest scene to write was the proposal, mainly because I did not want it to be the usual. I wanted the protagonist to propose in a way that was thoughtful and innovative. He had wined and dined her, and she was captivated by his love. Nevertheless, I wanted her to be blown away by his proposal.
I absolutely adore proposal scenes in books. You've definitely piqued my interest. Do you base any of your characters on real people?
No. However, Sabrina Benjamin has some of my personality traits. She loves the Lord and she is about living her life to the fullest in Jesus Christ. She is not afraid to love, but she knows that boundaries need to be established in a relationship. In addition, she is not afraid to speak her mind in a tactful way. She has learned to place her confidence in God because He will keep His promises.
And won't He! So thankful for that. Let's talk about the beginning of your writing days. If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
Writing a book was not on my list of things to do. In light of that, my advice to my younger writing self would be - You are a writer. God gave you the ability to write. Your writing will bless more people than you can imagine, so keep writing. God takes you out of your comfort zone to stretch you and show you that you can accomplish far more than you think. He blesses you so that you can empower others.
Amen! Sometimes stretching can be uncomfortable, but I've always learned something from the process. What are three elements that are always present in your writing?
The three elements that are always present in my writing are a central theme, a major event that has changed the protagonist’s life (the character’s story), and conflict.
The central theme in A Place For My Heart is God’s grace. Grace is God’s gift to us. No matter who we are, we can be beneficiaries of God’s unlimited grace through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ transforms lives and brings hope in the midst of despair.
The protagonist’s story is vital. The occurrence of a major event in the life of a protagonist will show his/her true nature. A Place For My Heart focuses on the transformation of the protagonist as he deals with an event.
Conflicts move the plot forward in A Place For My Heart. In the story, conflict is unavoidable because two people who cannot stay away from each other, refuses to acknowledge that they are in love. In a season that brought so many changes in their lives, they must find the strength to take a chance at life and love.
Wonderful elements! What is next in your writing journey?
Currently, I am planning to write the fourth book in the “Encounters of the Heart” series. This novel will detail the story of Tyler and Madison. It will be released in early 2018.
I am excited about my writing journey, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others. I believe in working together, the exchanging of ideas and sharing of resources, so I hope that my writing journey takes me all over the world to share at conferences, seminars and workshops.
Fantastic! I'll be praying for you on your writing journey. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions. Readers, do you have any questions for Ms. Bryan?
About the Author
A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Shades of the Heart is the first book in her bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series. Book 2 - Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire was released February 2016. Her new release, A Place For My Heart, is the highly anticipated third installment in the series.
Ann Marie's greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.
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