Lynne Bryant was born in 1959 and grew up in rural Mississippi. After completing a nursing degree from Mississippi University for Women, Lynne worked as a psychiatric and public health nurse. She then earned a Master’s degree from Ole Miss, and a PhD from the University of Colorado. Ironically, the dissertation experience led her to creative writing, rather than scientific research. A nurse is a privileged witness to the most intimate of human stories, and Lynne wanted to learn to tell those stories.
Lynne’s debut novel, Catfish Alley was published by Penguin/NAL in 2011. Catfish Alley “…tackles the racial divide of both 1920s and current-day Mississippi in a page-turning narrative that has, at its heart, the search for personal connections as the path to both survival and understanding,” said Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River.
Lynne’s second novel, Alligator Lake, published in 2012, was described by Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar, as “a gutsy examination of southern race relations. Bryant is provocative and unflinching as she reveals her characters’ private hopes and fears. Her abiding love for Mississippi shines through as she wrestles with its troubled history.”
Alligator Lake and Catfish Alley were both translated into Norwegian, where Alligator Lake became a best-seller.
Lynne and her wife live in Manitou Springs, Colorado, with enough distance from the South to examine it more closely. Their three children and one granddaughter are scattered about the country as well as right next door. Lynne continues to write novels, teach nursing, and to be inspired by the generative power of women.