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Read my Review of My Name is Bryan
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.
Guest Post: Fact or Fiction?
Fact: You sit down after a long day of work, or chasing the children, or running errands and flip on the television. A special on lions, your favorite animal, is playing on the discovery channel. You stop and watch in horror as a large stampede of wildebeests trample a male lion to death. “Man, that was gruesome,” you think. Then you turn the TV off and get yourself ready for bed. The discovery channel and lion are long forgotten as you snuggle into bed and dream of Hugh Jackman.
Fiction: Do you remember 1994? That was twenty years ago. Chances are, you remember small details about your life back then, but I’m sure a lot of the facts have slipped away with time. Go back with me, if you will, to a movie that came out in 1994. Imagine yourself in the darkened theater, a warm buttery popcorn tub resting on your lap. You watch the adorable, feisty lion cubs on the big screen. Then you see Simba in an empty ravine. His uncle has convinced him to wait below, while his hyena minions scare a huge herd of wildebeests down on top of Simba. You watch in horror as Simba runs for his life. Mufasa arrives just in time to save his only son. Your heart pounds out of your chest and tears run down your face when the herd finally clears and you see Mufasa’s lifeless body, left behind in the dust. After the movie, you sit around and discuss what you just watched. Sharing your favorite parts with loved ones and giggling about the funny lines. That night you make sure and tell your family members how much you love them. As you lay in bed, your darkened eyelids play that fateful scene in your mind again and again.
Fact: You’re sitting around at a family dinner discussing childhood antics. Your older sister swears you were wearing a red sweater in that dance video the two of you made. You tell her no way, it was definitely pink. Same memory. Different facts.
Fiction: No one can argue the tiny details because you made them up.
Fact: When you read a biography, or an autobiography, you get the story from one perspective. You get the facts, or at least you get the facts according to that individual.
Fiction: When you read fiction, you are introduced to multiple characters who think, feel, and react differently. And as a fiction reader, especially if the narrator is omniscient, you get to hear and feel the same situation from multiple perspectives.
When I began writing “My Name is Bryan” it started out as a biography. But I ran into several issues. I gave the reader all the facts about Bryan and his life, but it felt a little dry and boring. I interviewed many people in preparation to write this book and the more I interviewed, the more I realized this wasn’t just Bryan’s story. His parents, his wife, his sisters, his friends, his kids; multiple lives were drastically affected because of his accident. I wanted readers to relate to the story as a whole, not just one person’s perspective on what happened. A lot of the small details were also argued about. Fictionalizing the book made everything easier. Also by making Bryan’s story fictional, I was able to put the reader inside the emotions of his life and his struggles and his triumphs. People don’t always remember facts, but they remember the way something made them feel. I wanted Bryan’s inspirational tale to stay with people long after “the end”.
If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.
Praise for the book:
“I plowed through his story, amazed at how he could so easily accept something that would destroy anyone else and just move forward with such a positive attitude. I don’t give many 5 stars, but it’s well-earned. This book really touched me. It’s the kind of story that stays with you for a long time.”
“I actually love stories like this. Ones that show the power of the human spirit and what love and determination can achieve. I cried multiple times while reading this but they were a happy sort of hopeful tears. If you are looking for something uplifting and motivational read this heart-felt story of love and hope.”
–Inspired Kathy 😉
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wring your hands in frustration, and you won’t be able to put it down to go to sleep as you keep waiting to read about Bryan’s happily ever after. This is one of those books that stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it.”
“Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote to lead the reader into the goodness, hardship, unconditional love, and humor that is Bryan’s life. The 30 year journey the reader takes runs smoothly page after page. You will cry and you will laugh. You will want to hug Nedra and Bryan when you are finished.”
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