About the Author

Laura Bryna is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and children’s book author. For Laura music and writing is her way of expressing love, joy, and pain.

Where are you based?

Los Angeles and Nashville, I love both of these cities!

What inspired you to get into music?

Music has always been a central pillar of inspiration and joy in my life. We had a jukebox in the basement of our family home growing up, and hearing these songs at a young age was like hearing what I imagined magic to sound like. Music is my way, and a collective way, of expressing love, joy, and pain. Sharing these common emotions through song is truly soul-enriching and I live for it every day.

Not only do you sing but you have written a book recently. Have you always been a writer or is this something new?

New but, not?! I’ve been working on writing books for several years but to see it in hard, physical form is truly amazing! When dreams become reality it is a special moment. This is one of those pinch me moments! Feeling very blessed.

Your book "The Christmas Tradition" was a fun read! What was the inspiration behind it?

I am a huge bird lover and own several beautiful parrots. Just before my father passed, we went on a road trip traveling cross country with three parrots! I decided to document our adventure. Using our birds as inspiration, ’The Christmas Tradition' is really about giving back, giving to the less fortunate, and being kind, especially over the holidays.

We love that you highlighted your birds in the story. Can you tell us a bit about them and why they are important to you?

My birds are my kids. They are love, they are joy, they bring peace, and they make me smile every day. Yes, I’m a bird mom! And proud of it! Haha!

We love that the story focuses on the importance of giving back. What made you decide that this was so important to get out there?

My parents instilled that in our family from the moment I can remember. Our Christmas traditions have always been to help those less fortunate and help bring a sense of joy to other people's lives. Everyone deserves to have peace and love in their lives, and even a welcoming smile can help an aching heart. Giving back is a number one priority in my life.

What is your motto in life?

‘Live life to the fullest!’

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