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SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- In a nutshell, what is Louise about?
- You took some risks writing this book based on your family. Why?
- Tell us about the main character, Louise, and why the book centers on her.
- Who should read this book? Why should they read it?
- There seems to be a lot of tragedy in this book. Why include all that?
- What would you say is the overarching theme of Louise?
- You’ve created a course called Build a Better Legacy that springboards off Louise. Tell us about that.
- The cover says this is Book 1 of the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga. What’s next?
- How can your readers connect with you?
- Where is your book available?
About Louise and the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga
Every life has crises. What we do with those becomes our legacy.
Weaving a rich tale of faith and family, the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga begins with Louise, a story of unbearable loss, unconditional love, and immeasurable endurance.
Louise Rafferty is born to a sharecropper in Southern Illinois. She is barely a year old when her mother dies of a terminal illness and her childhood innocence is stolen overnight. Her father remarries and moves the family to a farm in Northeast Arkansas, but along the way, her stepmother meets an unfortunate end, leaving Louise and her sister to care for the family.
Less than a decade after her mother’s death, Louise finds herself thrust into the role of cook and housekeeper and grows up wondering if her life will ever be more than domestic hardship.
Life begins anew when she marries Dutch. After having seven children together, and building a mildly successful farm, Louise finally believes she has found true happiness. Until tragedy strikes once more.
Will she be able to keep the farm?
How will she make ends meet?
BIO: Faye Bryant
Faye Bryant grew up hearing the stories of her family and has used those stories of life and death, betrayal and reconciliation, faith and family to create the Grandma, Mom, and Me Saga.
Next in the series is Elaina, due out in summer 2019, followed by Beth, due out in the summer of 2020. She is also the author of Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery
Issues that deals with various subjects born of her daily quiet time with God. Topics like impossible expectations, grief, integrity, judging, obedience to God and more.
As a child, Faye grew up sitting at tables in the local bars her parents frequented. She didn’t know her parents had both endured family betrayal and turned to the bar scene to anesthetize their pain. She only knew that she felt less than. She wanted to feel included, and didn’t. She wanted to feel as though she mattered, and she didn’t.
Surviving molestation, rape, spousal abuse, divorce and workplace harassment left a woman filled with pain and anger that she thought for years she had let go, but instead had pushed down deep until her mother’s death broke the dam. Suicidal thoughts wracked her mind daily until she sought and received help.
The sense of being helpless, unwanted, unloved, and not mattering has changed. Now, she is the founder of Build a Better Legacy, dedicated to helping those held captive by their pasts learn how to heal from their brokenness so that they can live successful lives in the bold joy of present, purposeful wholeness.
Faye and her husband, Jack, live in a beautiful valley in the Smoky Mountains.
FACTS: The Costs of Unforgiveness
Do you feel like your life lacks meaning and purpose?
Have you lost valuable and enriching connections with others?
Are you so wrapped up in the wrong done to you that you can’t enjoy the present?
It could be you’re letting unforgiveness rule your life.
It’s not just in your head!
According to Karen Swartz, M.D., director of Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, unresolved conflict may be affecting your physical help.
Dr. Steven Standiford of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America says that unforgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease. Refusing to forgive makes people sick and keeps them that way.
14 Warning Signs of Unforgiveness
- You experience bursts of anger
- You’re petty and impulsive
- You’re desperate to make them understand how you feel.
- You’re compulsive.
- You’re unable to reframe your experiences.
- You don’t take responsibility for your feelings.
- You’re physically sick.
- You keep a list of offenses.
- You hate you.
- You replay the scene over and over … and over.
- You gossip about them.
- You are righteous and entitled.
- You exercise poor judgment.
- You refuse to confide in others.
Benefits of Forgiveness
- lowers the risk of heart attack
- improves cholesterol levels
- improves sleep
- reduces pain
- reduces blood pressure
- reduces anxiety
- reduces depression
- reduces stress
“Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.” (Dr. Karen Swartz)