Friday, February 7, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Patricia Bradley!

It's my pleasure to welcome author Patricia Bradley:
Is there a story behind Shadows of the Past? 
In 2001 I decided to focus on writing a romantic suspense novel. I was in a stress-free job, had a lot of down time, then a funny thing happened on the way to writing that book. God opened the door for me to work in the abstinence program. For the next 7 years I didn’t have a fiction thought to enter my mind. It’s like my stories dried up. I co-wrote an abstinence curriculum, Rise to Your Dreams, that I presented all over Mississippi, parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Then, one day as I was reading my devotional, a character popped into my head, and I knew three things. The character was a woman and someone was trying to kill her…and God had released me to return to my beloved murder and suspense stories. By this time I was working part-time and used my off time to start writing. The character became Taylor Martin, the heroine of Shadows of the Past.

What’s the last thing you wrote? 
The last thing I wrote, besides blog posts, is my character sheets for Book 3 in the Logan Point Series. Before I start writing, I have to know who my characters are, what makes them tick. So they have to answer a few questions for me. J

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? 
My first short-story. I was really fortunate that Woman’s World published it. Of course, then I thought I had it made, figuring publishers would be lining up to buy my manuscripts. Lol. Thirty-three years later, Revell did.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?
Romantic Suspense. It’s also my favorite to read, although I love Romantic Comedies. Might try my hand at one someday.

Who is the most fun character you ever created? 
A boy named Noah in The Brass Ring. It’s not published yet, but is sitting on an editor’s desk.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?
I don’t know if this would qualify for a plot twist, but as I finished up the last book, I started to write the chapter that reveals who the villain is. About half-way down the page I stop. I had the wrong person as the villain. So, I went back to the beginning of the chapter and started writing again, with a different person as the murder. This time it worked. Guess if I didn’t know who did it, maybe readers won’t either.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?
God. I couldn’t write one sentence without His guidance.

Do you have a mentor?
Oh, yes! A couple, really. Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck. These two women have poured themselves into newbie writers. Shadows of the Past would not have been published if they had not shared their knowledge…and if I had given up.

Were you ever tempted to give up? 
Let me count the ways. I started writing in 1980. My first book comes out in 2014. That’s 34 years, and so many rejections I’ve lost count. My writing turned the corner after I met SMW and RH. I believe everyone needs a mentor and a community of writers. My community is the My Book Therapy Voices and my wonderful critique partners. They encourage me, talk me off ledges and celebrate when good things happen.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
A Promise to Protect is the 2nd book in the Logan Point Series. Ben Logan, who plays a minor role as the acting sheriff in the 1st book, is the hero. The heroine is Leigh Somerall, an old flame who returns to Logan Point. Here’s the catalogue copy:

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But when Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever?

Thank you so much for having me on The Book Loft!

And thank you for visiting, Patricia. Loved your excerpt, btw!

To buy the book, go here:

About Patricia:
Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Connect with Patricia:
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PATRICIA is giving away a copy of SHADOWS OF THE PAST. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

I loved this author interview. Thanks for telling us about your journey to publication. I am looking forward to reading "Shadows of the Past" if I win. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

So glad you enjoyed the interview, CJ's Mommy. Glad both you and Karen stopped by!

Patricia Bradley said...

And I want to thank The Barn Door Book Loft for having me!!

Linda Kish said...

That's a really long road to publication. I'm glad you made it. I look forward to reading your book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Patricia, I loved this interview with you. 34 years is a long time. But Congratulations on getting published.
Glad you didn't give up. I'm afraid I would have. You gave me a laugh about the last chapter. I would be happy to win this book of yours. Thanks to Book Barn Book Loft for having you here. Maxie

Merry said...

I am hearing rave reviews for Shadows in the Past... can't wait to read it!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Boos Mum said...

Would like to be entered to win. Have had this on my wishlist since I first saw the cover.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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