Bryson wins Best First Book award for ‘Feeling Lucky’

Cover of SPC faculty member Kathy Bryson's new book "Feeling Lucky."

First Coast Romance Writers logo for NERFACongratulations to Kathy Bryson, a communications adjunct at SPC’s Seminole Campus. Her first book, Feeling Lucky, received the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award – Best First Book from the First Coast Romance Writers Chapter 108 of the Romance Writers of America.

“This is a great affirmation for a lot of hard work,” said Bryson, who has been teaching at SPC since January 2009. “Even with all my training, writing a book was a whole new learning experience.

Feeling Lucky is a change from the usual paranormal romances because the central figure is a leprechaun, not a werewolf or a vampire. If you go back far enough in the mythology, they’re heroes, not little green men,” she said.

Published in June 2013, Feeling Lucky was her first of two books. Her newest release, Restless Spirits, was published June 16.

“Both of my books, Feeling Lucky and Restless Spirits, share the same background in fairy folklore, though each can be read independently,” Bryson said. “Shakespeare may have brought a long-standing feud to light in 1590-something with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it’s heating up in the modern-day Midwest!”

Bryson received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University in California, and a master’s degree in humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

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