About the Book:
What you will read is an experiment. It’s our daily commitment to put onto pages our conversations with God and include one another. We became accountability partners in our evidential journals. Evidence that we live authentically, even if only behind closed doors some days. And evidence of our truths on the pages, in the tongue, that is normally reserved for God. Some days, shaking, we followed His will. We were accountable to one another to write and read daily, judgment free. The journey to N9NE started when Bry interviewed Crystal for a magazine she was working for at the time. Crystal is an Actress, Writer & Producer. Bry is a Life Coach, Writer, and Artist. One can only imagine how three hours later, the interview evolved into a conversation and that conversation was the start of a friendship. They were two women who had moved cross-country to expand their careers and their lives. They moved to Los Angeles with dreams, gifts, hope, and faith. They share many commonalities but the one that kept emerging was their courage to leap!
What people are saying:
“Each day being new, a feeling of excitement leaps before you. Oh, they are so courageous!”
– Loretta Divine, Actress
“This book centered me and gave me peace…it challenged me to find my own inner-peace.”
– Rashante Lee-Seaborn, Wardrobe Specialist
“Beautiful reminder to be open to what God and the universe has for you.”
– Melissa Potter, Patient Engagement and Outreach
“Another 4 star review! I recommend this great read and look forward to more stories by this author.”
-Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
Youtube: Crys and Bry Present N9NE the book
Author Interview with Crystal:
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I am from the south with very strong southern roots. I grew up in Atlanta, GA with family in both Charleston, SC and Miami, FL. My family is a family of educators so naturally after graduating from Hampton University with a BA in English Arts, they thought I would go to law school and maybe one day write a book. They had no idea, I would go into acting and write for a living.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I don’t. I write when I am inspired. A story or characters will pop into my head and speak to me. It’s at that point I have to put them on page and begin constructing their world. I have written one television pilot this way. A television series with my husband, Tawan Bazemore came in the same creative fashion. As did the feature script that I just completed the ninth draft of. The idea for the book N9NE: It Gets Easier was introduced to me by an inspired thought, I just had to find a co-author to go on the journey with me. I was lucky Bryana Holcomb said “Yes.” It is how the idea for my next book too is coming into fruition.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I let it carry me as I go along. That’s creativity flowing. That is God flowing through me. N9NE: It Gets Easier is unique in that it stared as an experiment. I wanted to see if I had the courage to put on page my conversations with God and include another person. So I invited Bry to join me. It was to be a 40 day experiment that turned into a 90 day journey. We found that in our authenticity we became accountability partners. Supporting each other on our life journey and living out loud. We became unapologetic in our truth. Accepting that our lives were not finished, not perfect, not famous but beautifully our own. We opened a door to a freedom that changed the course of our living for an amazing good.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Our book is inspiration. There is a theme of God that runs through N9NE. I am a Christian so God will always be a major part of my writings. But our book is meant to inspire everyone. Some have categorized N9NE as a self-help book. And I am fine with that too. Although we are not teaching just sharing. So if sharing our lives helps another, then we have done good.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
That’s a great question. I am an Actress so I would see myself playing Me and Bry playing herself. I think our dream cast would be Us.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I love to read. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. I wrote my graduating thesis on her works. She writes with the heart and spirit of language that moves and motivates. Her voices are distinct and unapologetic. I love that! I also find that truth in Charles Bukowski. He’s a “sweet little motherfucker.” From his poem “Like a Cherry Seed In the Throat.”
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I am on my seventh journey of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” I am also in rehearsal for a show at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood opening in September. My husband and I are in post-production on the short film, Sound and pilot Unofficially: Home. And we are looking to get my feature script made.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
My favorite book is our book N9NE. Not because it’s the best piece of literature written or because it will change lives. It’s my favorite book because Bry and I took a leap of faith and surprised ourselves. It’s a beautiful day when you can push beyond your own limits and surprise yourself.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Figure out why you want to write and then start writing. I say figure out why because there will be days when others question you and you may even question yourself. If you can answer for your own self, the why. It will sustain you and push you beyond doubt, fear, no’s and nay -sayers.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
We are on all social media sites! And we love to hear from you!
Crystal Porter- Bazemore
by Bryana Holcomb
The journey to N9NE started when I interviewed Crystal for a magazine I was working for at the time. Crystal is an Actress, Writer & Producer. I am a Life Coach. You can imagine how three hours later, the interview evolved into a conversation and that conversation was the start of a friendship. We were two women who had moved cross-country to expand our careers and our lives. We moved to Los Angeles with dreams, gifts, hope and faith. We shared many commonalities but the one that kept emerging was our courage to leap!
If you understand the leap of faith, then you recognize the bond that grows from a conversation into a friendship. Four years later, a friendship into a sisterhood. And if you stay on that road of faith, you find out the distance of measure that life will take you when you move for God’s will as opposed to your own. It is vast. It is unknown at times. It is worth everything! Because when you move for God’s will, that is when the net appears. That is where our journey to N9NE begins.
Biblically, the number nine symbolizes divine completeness. Nine also represent the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit: faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, long suffering, love, peace, and self-control. It’s not by coincidence that this number came into our lives. Whenever we were greeted by the number nine it showed us itself in its entirety. We needed nine without knowing we needed it. The beauty is we’ve always had nine and never knew we had it.
This is our journey of inspiring one another while aligning with God’s vision for our lives. We were told our birthright is the planet. We weren’t simply born into communities, cities, states, or countries. We were born onto the planet, where there are no boundaries.
This book touches a lot of subjects. We hope that after reading this, it is our truth that stretches you beyond yourself. That you too will discover the transformative possibilities writing can bring. The responsibility that comes with every “yes”. The brave heart it takes to accept someone else’s truth when it is not your own. The awareness that every day we breathe is evidence that we live, making our lives necessary to the evolution of humanity. And if you’re open, allowing God’s plan to become greater than your own. That is the ultimate N9NE.
by Crystal Porter Bazemore
What you will read is an experiment. It’s our daily commitment to put onto pages our conversations with God and include one another. We became accountability partners in our evidential journals. Evidence that we live authentically, even if only behind closed doors some days. And evidence of our truths on the pages, in the tongue, that is normally reserved for God. Some days, shaking, we followed His will. We were accountable to one another to write and read daily, judgment free.
The experiment was to last forty days; however pretty or not. Day forty came and went and we kept writing. There was more to the story to tell and read. It wasn’t time. So, we kept writing. A metamorphosis was taking place. We were awakening into clarity of self-sacrifice and self-love. There was a freedom that was happening. Releasing the old to the new, we were expanding. We were shedding and supporting one another. Sometimes even verbally through written replies, as shown in the text below our entries. It was beautiful. Unknowingly we were on our journey of N9NE with God at the helm. It wasn’t until we chose a date to complete our writing that we decided to meet.
It was over dinner at a café in Studio City that Bry & I changed the course of our lives. We decided that our eighty-one days would become the manuscript that you are reading today. Nothing changed. The names, the situations, the celebrations, the disappointments, the fears, the discoveries, the loves and losses, the life and death, the rebirth…all real. All as originally written.
That is brave.
We are both very private and imperfect women. As you will read, the trust grew slowly. And the walls came down, some days heavy and with little grace. But when those walls disappeared, change happened almost immediately. This was another leap of faith. But this time, we took it together.
I’m sure by now you realize how we got to N9NE. It was easy; we listened to God. We don’t believe in coincidences. So, it was divine to reread our pages and find that every ninth day something special was happening. A renewal of sorts. Whether minute or grand, the eight days that lead up to every ninth day was like a cocoon to our butterfly moments. Yes, you get more than one of those. We were coming into our own, anew. Coming into our next phase, together. Furthermore, it was no coincidence that we extended our forty days of writing to eighty-one. After all, eight plus one equals nine.
When living by God’s divine will, our plans pale. Aren’t we the fortunate ones? When we realize, the numbers adding to nine signify “climbing the Holy mountain for humanity, leader, giving and receiving, responsibility, Universal Love, Brotherhood, unfolding, completion, humanitarianism, benevolent, intuitive, selflessness” that made clear our journey in completeness. Our journey to living authentically out loud! Our journey to discovering the life we were meant to live and living it unapologetically. Not unfinished, not perfect, not famous but beautifully our own. See, our names are probably not familiar to you. Our face would not be recognized in a crowd. We are two friends whose lives were redirected by an experiment with each other and God.
We welcome you to our journey to N9NE. For purpose of individuality and clarity, Bry has chosen the color sunbeam yellow to represent her soul in writing. I have chosen apple green.
About the Authors:
CRYSTAL Porter BAZEMORE, Actress, Writer, Author.
Bazemore is from Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate of Hampton University with BA in English Arts. Her credits include studio and indie award-winning films; TV credits; regional and national voice campaigns; and regional and touring theatre companies. View full resume at www.imdb.me/cryspbazemore.
Bazemore recently wrapped filming on Tawan Bazemore’s short film Sound. She is also a co-producer on the project. Look for Bazemore in the feature films Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes and At the End of The Tunnel. Both films are currently in film festivals. She is writing a screenplay for a feature film and co-producing a pilot and with her husband, Tawan Bazemore for CinemaOptics. Bazemore is a self-published, first time Author of N9NE: It Gets Easier. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Life Definition Specialist and Writer
Bryana Holcomb is a life coach and author dedicated to empowering women. Through coaching and motivational speaking, she is able to offer clarity and happiness to her clients. She is the extra set of ears you need when you just want to talk it out, connect to the certified coach you need to WORK it out. With her coaching degree and certifications coming from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, she’s basically your bestie on steroids. Bryana’s aim is to inspire YOU to be the best version of yourself! With her life coaching business, The Art of Definition, Bryana promotes the idea that life is a canvas allowing the artist to create it how they envision. Her work encourages you to take charge of your canvas and tools and explore The Art of Definition.
Bryana Holcomb also holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign concentrating in gender and women’s studies, as well as an MBA in management strategy. She uses her business and gender studies background to help support her clients as well as maintain a dynamic business.