Brannah Barrett Bibbs introduces her first novel
Brannah Barrett Bibbs' dream of becoming a published author has come true with her first novel, "When Life Turns Upside Down."
Brannah grew up on Buffalo Island, graduating from Buffalo Island Central High School in 2007. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in News/Editorial Writing and a minor in English in December 2011. She is currently working toward her Master of Public Administration, all through Arkansas State University.
She is married to Samuel Bibbs, a graduate of Manlia High School. He is serving in the Air Force and is stationed at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling in Washington, D.C. They live in Alexandria, Vir. Brannah is employed at TogoRun, a health care PR boutique in Washington.
"I can remember falling in love with words in the third grade," Bibbs said. "It became my dream to publish a book. I have written, written and written ever since. The day is finally here, I can finally say I am a published author and I couldn't think of a better first book than When Life Turns Upside Down."
The book is a fictional novel that introduces the reader to a main character that is a little rough around the edges and lacks the ability to keep her emotions in check. She is messed up and makes mistakes.
"I think that is what makes her such a good hero of her own story," Bibbs said. "I hope readers can fall in love with her character and others that I have fallen in love with in the past four years of turning this dream into a reality.
"While When Life Turns Upside Down is a complete work of fiction, any reader who knows where I am from can see the southern charm in my created setting. I thought it was important to write about what I know, so I turned to my past. I pulled pieces of my characters from everyone I have ever come into contact with. I pulled pieces of beauty from everywhere I have been and everything I have seen. It was my goal to create something people could visualize, something that would come to life and entice the reader to keep turning pages."
When Life Turns Upside Down isn't the first book she has written, it is just the first one she felt was good enough to share with the world.
"I completed my first story in fourth or fifth grade. I don't remember much about it, but apparently it wasn't good enough in my eyes," she said. "I came close to finishing another story in 2010 or 2011, but I thought the plot fell apart and the climax wasn't strong enough. But this novel is good enough to be let out into the world. I didn't want a plot that was predictable or an ending you could see coming in chapter two. I hope that is what I created, a story that will keep readers mesmerized until the last page."
"I couldn't have done this without some amazing people who have been behind me every step of the way. My family and friends have been nothing but my biggest fans since I shared my dream to publish this book. When it finally became real in 2015, they all began encouraging me to keep pushing through and not give up. I never thought I would make it through the painful eight months of editing, but I did," Bibbs said.
Her book is available on Amazon.
"If you like fiction and messed up main characters with a heart, I think you might like my book. I am just so thankful I was able to make my third grade dream a reality. I am so blessed that God gave me so many words and such a great support system. I cannot say enough how happy this accomplishment makes me," Bibbs said.
When Libby's long-lost father dies and leaves her the family business, she has to uproot her life in New York City and return to the home she never thought she would live in again. She has to fly south for the summer. While dealing with the blistering Arkansas heat and suffocating humidity, Libby's life warms up as well. She spends time in both bar fights and love triangles. But, through it all she learns to love herself and appreciate the life she has been given. Libby is just the kind of screwed up young adult that everyone wants to root for. Join her as she deals with past relationships, estranged family members and forgotten friends.