This story formed in my mind when I was writing the first book in the Logan Point series, Shadows of the Past. In one scene Taylor Martin and Livy Reynolds—friends since childhood—were discussing a third member of their Three Musketeer group, Robyn. She’d been missing for two years. I had no idea where that conversation came from or where Robyn was or even if she was dead like everyone else in town thought. But I had to find out. And that’s where the story started.
Did you have a specific theme in mind as you wrote [title]? Did a theme pop out as you finished the book? Did the theme change?
I knew the book was going to be about second chances. I didn’t know who was going to need the second chance when I started it, but believing we all have things in our pasts that we wished we hadn’t done, I started working on the story. Turned out all the characters needed a second chance at something.
What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
The first thing I ever wrote was a mini-mystery that I targeted to Woman’s World. The chances of getting something published, let alone it be the first work a writer does, are astronomical. But they bought it, cut fifteen hundred words from it and published it. Yes, you read correctly. I had sent them a thirty-five hundred-word manuscript when the guidelines said the word count could not be over two thousand words. That’s how green I was. It had to be a God-thing.
Which of your written plots is your favorite?
My favorite plot is usually the plot of the book I just finished, but I’ll have to say Gone Without a Trace will probably be one of my favorite plots, no matter how many books I write.
How much research do you have to do for the genre in which you write?
Research is big in my life. I’ve researched how to blow up cars, whether or not a windshield shatters when it’s struck by a bullet (it doesn’t), gun running, for my next book—Spanish; GHB, The Underground Railroad—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For a new series I plan to write, I’m taking a cruise. I do love research!
How do you find the time to write?
It’s not a matter of finding the time. It’s a matter of there’s a deadline and I have to write three thousand words today. Or if I’m not yet writing on the book, I have to have a certain amount of prewriting done, like discovering who my characters are and if I have research that needs to be conducted. I’ve discovered it’s called discipline. And if you don’t have it, a contract will teach how to get it. J
The first book in the Logan Point series was started in late 2007. I wrote it, sent if off and got it back, stuck it in a drawer, but it wouldn’t stay in the drawer or out of my head. I rewrote that book ten times.
How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Right this minute I am doing the prewriting for my first book in the Cold Case series set in Memphis, working title The Case of the Murdered Roommate, and I’m working on a short story that will go in an anthology with several of the Harlequin Heartwarming authors. And I’m thinking about that other book I want to write.
What are your five favorite words?
Lately, only two: The End.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book releases in the Spring, and I don’t have a release date for it. Silence in the Dark is the fourth book in the Logan Point series and is the hardest book I’ve written. If it hadn’t been for prayer and leaning on Jesus, it would not be written. But it’s one I really like. Here’s the blurb for it:
Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to detective Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she’s about to return home to the States, but there’s just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she becomes a target. Now she’s on the run—she just doesn’t know from whom. To make matters worse, everyone who helps her along the way her finds themselves in danger too—including Danny Maxwell. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?
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Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and loves to write suspense. Patricia’s books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. She has also written two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice which is available on Amazon and The Christmas Campaign, available in November. Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
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