John Muir said, "The mountains are calling and I must go." Mountains serve as Neva's inspiration in nearly all her work.
Readers have praised her writing for its evocative sense of place, gentle style, and delicately drawn characters.
She describes her work as earthy and sensuous. It honors the region’s landscape while it explores love and desire, childhood and aging, heartache and joy, religion and spirituality, and environmental stewardship.
Neva Jean Bryan is the author of the novels St. Peter's Monsters, Riverswept, and Hearts Race. She's also published a collection of short stories and poems called Sawmill Boys.
Her works appear in a large number of literary journals, as well as in the anthology We All Live Downstream: writings about mountaintop removal.
Her short fiction and poetry have won numerous awards and prizes.
Neva is a graduate of The University of Virginia and received a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University.
She lives in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her husband and their dogs.