May I please introduce you to my author for this week…
Patricia is one of my fellow authors on Facebook and someone with whom I personally am interested in getting to know better. Hope you will join me as we find out more about this interesting lady.
When did you know you wanted to become and author, and why?
It was 1980, and I couldn’t sleep at night. One night as I stared at the ceiling, a man appeared in my mind. He was looking out a window on a grayish, smoke-stack filled scene, and he said, “This is not the way I thought it would end.” From that moment on, a desire to write took root in my heart.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
What was your biggest problem in writing your first novel?
I didn’t know how to write. I knew I could be a writer and that I had a good story, but it was only after studying the craft that I received the tools I needed to tell the story.
How long did it take you to publish your first book?
From 1980 to 2013. Thirty-three years. However, I didn’t start writing novels until around 1995. I wrote two that will NEVER see the light of day. But, most of the characters from those two books have made their way into my later ones. And I took off 6 years to work with teens in the abstinence program.
That said, I started Shadows Of the Past in 2007. The first chapter won first place in the inspirational category of Georgia’s RWA contest. The judge who awarded me first place was an editor at Harlequin, and since I’d won a critique from her at their conference, I sent it to her. It came back bleeding. So I sought out someone who could teach me the craft of writing. That turned out to be Susan May Warren. I attended 4 of her Deep Thinkers retreats as well as attended her Monday night teaching chats. That’s where I learned to write.
Are you published through the traditional method, or are you an Indie author?
Traditional, although I will have a short novella in an Indie published anthology with eleven other Harlequin Heartwarming authors.
What is your genre?
I write romantic suspense for Revell and sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming.
How many books have your written?
I’ve written six books, four for Revell and two for Harlequin. I’m starting my seventh book, a romantic suspense about cold cases set in Memphis.
Have you written anything else?
I’ve written magazine articles for Country Living, Woman’s World and a couple of other magazines, and I blog at www.patriciabradleyauthor.com
Do you have aspirations of your work becoming a movie? Whom would you like to play the leads?
YES! Anyone they chose. Lol. When I was writing the book that just released, Gone Without a Trace, I envisioned the Brazilian soccer player Kaka as the hero, Alex Jennings.
Here’s the back cover blurb for Gone Without a Trace:
Gone without a Trace
The past is repeating itself—and time is running out
It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her after killing a teenager in the line of duty and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex—before it’s too late.
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case—and a relationship—that is anything but certain.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Did this have any bearing on how or what you write about?
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and have lived most of my life in North Mississippi, about 2 hours from Oxford. I think it has a great bearing on what I write—Southern, small town and soon to be big city settings.
What experiences in life have contributed to your writing?
All of them! Although I’ve never killed anyone. Lol
How have the experiences in your life contributed to your writing?
I’ve experienced so much and those experiences have given me a well of emotions to draw from for my characters.
What is the biggest thing you have learned in the process of becoming an author?
That it’s a gift from God and without His creativity, I can’t write one thing. That and how long traditional publishing takes. Lol
What would you most like to see changed about your own writing, if anything?
I want to grow as a writer. To weave metaphors and symbols in my writing.
How much time do you spend writing each day?
Eight to ten hours a day, but usually not that many at the computer—unless I’m on deadline. Writing is also about thinking and working out problems. The story is always on my mind—at the grocery, when I exercise, when I’m driving…
Where do you like to write, office, patio, living room, bedroom, garden, etc.?
All of the above. Six months of the year, I start out each morning on my deck, where I am right now, with my laptop. When it gets too hot, I save everything to Dropbox and go to my office and pick up on my iMac desktop. Then, later in the day, I might move to the living room.
When do you think your next book will come out?
I have a Harlequin Heartwarming book, The Christmas Campaign, coming out November 1. Then, my fourth book in the Logan Point series will release May 8, 2016, and January 1, 2017, my first book in the Cold Case series will release.
Do you have a biggest fan?
The guy I’ve been dating for the past 17 years.
Are you an avid reader yourself?
I was a reader before I was a writer. I love to read.
Who is your favorite author (aside from yourself, of course)?
My favorite author is always the one I’m currently reading.
Do you have any words of wisdom for future authors?
Study the craft so that you will be where you need to be when God opens the door, and don’t give up. Realize it’s never too late to become a writer.
Tell us a little more about yourself personally.
I have two grown daughters and two grandchildren and one great! I live in North Mississippi with Suzy, my rescue kitty,and am a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. I love writing romance and suspense. I teach writing workshops and have taught two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When I have time, I like to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
Where can your readers and future readers contact you?
Thank you for this opportunity to connect with readers!
Thank you, Patricia Bradly, for your time and the opportunity to present you, the author, and your work. We will be expecting even more great writing from you in the future.