Monday, April 14, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Patricia! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Northeast Mississippi and have been writing for 34 years. Yes. Thirty-four years. I presented abstinence and healthy relationship programs here in Mississippi for 8 years and loved working with the kids. I am also a potter and used the clay and the wheel as a visual to show how to build a good foundation for your life and what could happen if you didn’t.  I also design and make jewelry from porcelain.

When did you first discover that you loved writing?

It was 1980, and I was 35 years old. These people came to live in my head, which was a very good thing for me since I couldn’t sleep. They kept me entertained until I could finally fall off to sleep. But then they demanded that I write their story down. I did and Woman’s World published it in their mini-mystery in 1981.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

Romantic suspense is what I like to read. I’ve always liked trying to figure out who did it.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it? 

Trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Sometimes I think we are too close to our own work to see what’s wrong. I met Susan May Warren, and she critiqued my work and showed me not only what I was doing wrong, but what I was doing right. I attended 4 of her Deep Thinkers retreats and learned the craft of writing.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

It has helped my ADHD.  I feel God created me to write, and feel most satisfied when I’m writing.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

Isaiah 43:1 Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name. You are mine!

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

I read Exodus by Leon Uris when I was in the 10th grade and that book has stayed with me all these years.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Most of the funny things I do involve getting lost. Just this week I got lost trying to find a cabin where I was meeting a few of my friends for a retreat and ended up on a sand road straight out of the movie Deliverance. 

Please tell us about the featured book.

I think the back cover says it best:
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Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love.

Can you please give us the first page? 

               Death unfolds like a budding flower,
               Tentatively, sweetly.
               Unfurling in majestic power.
               Until then, my love . . . until then.

        Black roses last week, now spidery words scrawled on a scrap of paper with “Meade Funeral Home” printed across the top. Someone was stalking her, and they wanted her to know it.
        Taylor Martin sucked in a sharp breath and tried to ignore the icy shiver traversing her body.
        He was here.
        Hair raised on the back of her neck. She turned in a circle. Heavy clouds hung low, shrouding the tall firs with their mist. An air ambulance waited in the clearing to lift off for Seattle as soon as Beth Coleman’s vitals stabilized. Only a few members of the search and rescue team remained at the crime scene, packing their gear.
        Whether he was one of the men who came out to comb the woods for the kidnapper and his victims, or he’d simply followed her here to this remote area southwest of Seattle, it didn’t matter. What mattered was that he’d been close enough to touch her, to put the note in her pocket.
        To kill her.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

They can find me at:
FaceBook at www.facebook.com/patriciabradleyauthor
Twitter: @patriciabradley1
www.patriciabradleyauthor.com
http://mbtponderers.blogspot.com/

Thank you for being with us today!
 
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GIVEAWAY!
(This giveaway is only open to followers of Christian Book Review Blog, so be sure you are a follower!)
  Patricia has generously offered to giveaway a print copy of Shadows of the Past! Print giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on Saturday April 26, 2014 at midnight 
(Eastern time). Thanks for coming by to enter!

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21 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this interview. I love lots of Genres, especially if they are Christian books, like Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense. I also love Amish books. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  2. I write some too, and I totally agree that being so close to your own work makes it difficult to see it as others might. I'm to the point (with 11 manuscripts and counting) that I probably need to start looking for a mentor. Thanks for the interview, and I hope I win this book.

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    1. When I found a mentor in Susan May Warren and My Book Therapy, my writing changed so much. Without Susie, I do not believe I would be published. So, Janice, start looking, and if you're not familiar with My Book Therapy, check it out. I would start with the Monday night chats. There is always good writing advice there! http://www.mybooktherapy.com/ At the top of the page is a tab: Voices Community. If you are not a member it will ask you to become one and it's free. Once you are a member, click on the chat tab Monday night at 7 (Central time) You will learn so much!

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  3. Maxie, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I would love to win this book for my church library. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.

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    1. Glad you stopped by, Janet. This is a great blog.

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  5. I most enjoy reading Regency Era stories but also love a good suspense tale that keeps me on the edge of my seat.

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    1. Great to meet you Anne. I've been told readers have stayed up way past their bedtime to finish Shadows of the Past. :-)

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  6. I enjoy historical romance the most:)

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    1. I want to write a romantic suspense set on the Natchez Trace in the early 1800s. Thanks for stopping by Marcee.

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  7. Great interview, Pat. LOL I so relate to getting lost. I do that all the time! My whole family has decided that I'm direction challenged. Good to know I'm in great company. :)

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  8. When I get lost, I call it an adventure! Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

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  9. I love mysteries and romance so this book looks and sounds like it will be lots of fun.
    The cover of this book is beautiful done.
    Thank you for letting me partisapate in the free giveaway.

    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you stopped by Danie! And I love the cover, too.

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  10. Great interview. I also enjoyed the part about getting lost. I love following roads to see where they go. I've read Shadows of the Past -- it's a great story with well-rounded characters and a suspenseful plot. Highly recommend it! (Please don't enter me in the contest; I already have a copy.)

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    1. Thank you, Johnnie! You are an awesome crit partner.

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  11. I really enjoyed reading the interview. I always love our "adventures" and we have them often. LOL!!! I love the cover and I love the book. Way to go !!!!

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    1. Yeah, Carole, I remember one year when we pulled in to every parking lot in Orlando looking for a shoe store. :-) But it was fun.

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  12. I really enjoy historical fiction, if that counts in your mind as a genre. I found it fascinating that you read Exodus, by Leon Uris. That is a book that has always stuck with me and haunted me. What a tale!
    martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. I so agree about Exodus! I'm going to get it and read it again. Thanks for stopping by Martha.

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  13. I enjoy reading mystery/suspense stories the most. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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