Patricia Bradley Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story fondly welcomes back a true pal, a gracious and tireless helper, and awesome suspense author, Patricia Bradley. As many times as I’ve hosted Patricia on this blog, I always learn new things about this talented woman, and believe me, I picked up on several fascinating things about her during this interview. I hope you enjoy what Patricia speaks up on, as well as check out her newest release (which I’ve read and was riveted to!!) that she’s offering for a BookGiveaway. We look forward to hearing from you!

Plus: please check out some exciting book news from me, plus a personal invitation, following Patricia’s feature.

 

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BookGiveaway:

Patricia is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 printed edition of Justice Buried (US residents only) or 1 digital edition of the novel (to outside of the US). The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on October 20th.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

Back Cover Blurb for Justice Buried:

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league—and possibly in the crosshairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

 

Questions for Patricia Bradley:

In just a few years (I’m so thankful I’ve known you for a while now!) I’ve watched you professionally grow from having your debut novel released to a multi-published author in several genres. Huge congratulations!! Please share your dreams and goals prior to publication. How do they differ now?

First of all, thank you, Elaine, for hosting me on your fabulous blog!

Before I was published, I saw myself published. Not sure if that makes sense, but whenever I thought about my writing, somehow I knew I would be published. I just didn’t realize it would take as long as it did, though.

As for how my dreams differ now, they are the same. I am established as a romantic suspense writer, but I also want to write other genres for the general market. And that’s like starting over.

I want to write cozy mysteries and a time slip mystery/suspense. As soon as I turn in the fourth Memphis Cold Case novel, I’ll write the cozy and see where it goes. And for those who do not know what a cozy is, it’s like the old Murder, She Wrote series. And I’m thinking of, a story set in two different times, like Rachel Hauck’s The Writing Desk or The Wedding Dress.

Do you see yourself strictly writing suspense for the Christian market or plan to one day try for the ABA market?

I write for the Christian Book Association for several reasons, one of which is so that Christians will have suspense novels to read. Most ABA books are difficult to read because of the language and content, so I rarely read one.

I plan to write cozies for the ABA market, and while I can’t put scripture in an ABA book, I can write my cozy from a Christian World View. Believe me, there are many cozies that are not written from that worldview. And if readers like them, then I hope they will buy the CBA books.

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I just received Justice Buried, Book 2 of the Memphis Cold Case series and it will be my next read—so looking forward to it! (Note: I’ve since read and enjoyed this newest Cold Case book!!) Tell us about the series. Since this isn’t your first series, I wonder whether you enjoy writing series the best?

I’ve never written a stand alone, but I’m about to try. J I enjoy writing series because of the familiarity with the setting and characters. It’s like visiting old friends.

Each of the Memphis Cold Case Novels centers on a past crime that ties to a present day crime. Justice Buried is set at the Pink Palace and I had the best time touring the museum. I went from the third floor to the basement, looking for places to hide bodies (<smiling>).

FYI, Clarence Saunders, founder of the first modern grocery store, the Piggly Wiggly, built the Pink Palace. Unfortunately for him, he lost his fortune in a battle with the New York Stock Exchange. Fortunately for Memphis they were able to acquire the partially constructed mansion when he went into bankruptcy and turned it into a museum. You can learn more about the Pink Palace at their website.

For our reader viewers: what goes into making a Patricia Bradley novel zing a reader’s interest?

I’m not sure. I just write the story God gives me, and He’s given me some a-maz-ing stories.

For our writer viewers: any tips on self-promotion?

Probably the best thing you can do is write the best book you can, and then turn around and write another one. Word of mouth sells more books than any promotion. I am active on Facebook, twitter and have a blog. One thing about a blog is, you need a hook that draws readers. I floundered with my blog until I came up with the idea of the Mystery Question. Each week I have four statements about crimes. Three are true and one is false. I challenge my readers to figure out the false statement.

Any encouraging words on following your dreams?

DO.NOT.GIVE.UP It took me thirty+ years before my novel was published. What if I had thrown in the towel at year twenty-nine?

Quick Thoughts:

Favorite childhood novel: The Black Stallion

Favorite movie: Gone With The Wind is the only one I can think of at the moment.

Country, Gospel, rock-n-roll: All three!

Fantasy place you’d love to live in: Hawaii.

Best value your parents taught you: If you’re going to do something do it well.

A trait most don’t know about you: At one time I had a bad  temper, but after it cost me $500, I learned to control it.

Hostess or partygoer: partygoer.

Favorite day escape: It’s been so long … maybe a bike trip to Shiloh National Park.

               

Patricia’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

What goes into a Patricia Bradley @PTBradley1 #Inspy #Suspense novel? #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

How does Patricia Bradley @PTBradley1 tie a past crime to a present crime in her #Suspense novels? (Tweet This)

Interview: award-winning author Patricia Bradley @PTBradley1 + #BookGiveaway of Justice Buried. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy. Her romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. She also has written sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming available as ebooks. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw clay on a wheel and see what happens.

Places to connect with Patricia:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

BookBub

Patricia and I look forward to your comments.

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WK and CameAlong

 

 

My novella, And You Came Along (it releases as a stand-alone novella on December 2nd) , is part of the fabulous collection, Winter’s Kiss, available for pre-orders now at only $.99!! The collection releases November 7th. You can find the Winter’s Kiss here.

BookStore

 

Want a Fall Getaway? I’ll be signing Always WithYou at The Bookstore Plus bookshop in Lake Placid, NY on October 14th between 3-5 pm. I’d love to see you! 

2491 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-2950 

Here’s the link.

 

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