Friday, September 1, 2017

INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA BRADLEY!





I love connecting with readers on my blog every Tuesday where I have a Mystery Question for them to solve. 

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. 

You can find out more about Patricia through Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest!

 INTERVIEW

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?  

I’m one of those people who jumps into something with both feet and about halfway down thinks to ask, “Should I really be doing this?”

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

When I’m not writing, you’ll find me in my pottery shop, working with clay. I envision making mugs maybe this month as well as Christmas ornaments and maybe a few jewelry pieces.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

Exodus by Leon Uris. I was in the tenth grade and stayed up all night reading it, and when I went to school the next day and told my English teacher, she didn’t believe me until I told her about some of the characters. That story has stayed with me until this day.

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.

I can touch the floor with my palms (knees straight) – should after thirteen years of Pilates. I’ve been dating the same man for nineteen years. I have great-grandchildren.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?

I started with mysteries in Woman’s World magazine and never looked back. I love writing in this genre.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism? I think getting a 59 score when I was a Genesis finalist. I know that’s not exactly a criticism, but it told me not everyone would like what I wrote. The other two scores were high nineties.

Best compliment? When a reader told me she had the same problem as the heroine in one of my books, and the way my heroine handled the problem showed her she could change as well. She told me reading my book had changed her life.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?

I want to write a time slip novel with part of the story set in a historical time. And I plan to write a cozy after the first of the year.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?

Reach out to other authors and network more. I started writing before the Internet became a way of life and didn’t know any other authors. Also, I didn’t have anyone to critique my work so I kept making the same mistakes over and over—like head hopping and telling instead of showing. It wasn’t until I went to a writer’s retreat four years in a row that I learned how to write. Each year I took what I learned and worked on it until the next year where I repeated the process.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?

Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from having problems and trials, but we have Someone ready to help us in our need. I want readers to know that God never leaves us nor forsakes us.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?

DO.NOT.GIVE.UP It was thirty-three years from the time I started writing before my first book released, but I never gave up the belief that one day I would be published. I kept writing and honing on my craft and believing. I just had to wait on God’s timing.

Thanks, Patricia! 

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 cross hairs. 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.



Patricia is giving away a copy of BURIED JUSTICE. A print copy in the U.S. or an eBook copy if you live somewhere else. To enter, please leave a comment, along with your contact information! 

48 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing. I enjoy your novels.

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    1. Forgot contact info: steveandellengray(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Thanks, Ellen. I'm plotting book #4 in the Memphis Cold Case Novels. :-)

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  2. I picked up your first Logan Point book and was intrigued to find that you also live in Mississippi. That made me want to read the book and I've been a fan ever since. Thank you for not giving up! lhanberry1@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Linda! Maybe we live close to each other? I live in NE Mississippi, 4 miles from the Tennessee line and 25 from the Alabama line. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Oh I want to read this book. It sounds action Packed and intriguing. Thanks for the chance.

    jhdwayne@peoplepc.con

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  4. Susan Simpson se.simpson@yahoo.comSeptember 1, 2017 at 4:27 AM

    Wonderful interview! Would love to read this book!!

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    1. Hi Susan, and thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation.

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  5. Would love to read this one! Justice Delayed is on my TBR list so would love to add this to it.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Thanks Mindy. Once you read Justice Delayed, you need to read Revenge, a novella in The Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers. Andi and Will's story continues...

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  6. My grandma could touch the floor w/palms too--I always found it amazing! Sounds like a good read!

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    1. Nicol's'mom: When i first started Pilates, I couldn't touch my shins, let alone the floor. lol Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Enjoyed the interview! I love suspense and I do hope you'll try your hand at time slip. I've read several lately and I love when the past
    and present meet.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Gail, I hope to pitch the idea to Revell soon. Praying they like the idea. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Love your books & would love to win Justice Buried.
    mary-hart@att.net

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  9. I admire that you do Pilates, have great grandchilden and that you adhere to the advice to never give up. I also agree that, contrary to popular belief, Christians are just as prone to trials and troubles as anyone else. We are just blessed to have Jesus to hold us up and carry us through. Thanks for a chance to win your book.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie, I so agree that Christians are just as prone to have trials and troubles! And thanks goodness for Jesus! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I really like your books especially the Memphis Cold Case series! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Joan! I'm working on the 4th book now. Thanks for dropping in.

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  11. Enjoyed the interview! Can't wait to read this one.

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    1. Thank you, Garretts! So glad you joined us today.

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  12. I loved Justice Delayed and can't wait to read Justice Buried! Thanks for your giveaway!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks for dropping by. Don't forget to read the rest of Andi and Will's story in The Kill Zone!

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  13. Wish I was as limber as you are! Love your books and I can't wait for this one! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet Thanks Pat! And Nancy!

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    1. Oh, Paula, I'm not nearly as limber as some of the other ladies in class, but so much more so than when I started. And yesterday we used the Hoola hoop! That was a sight, but I was amazed that I could even do it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Patricia is on my list of favorite authors. I always enjoy her books. :)
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aw, thanks, Susanne! And thanks for joining the conversation.

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  15. I love suspense stories. I hope I win a copy of this book!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in and joining the conversation, Abigail.

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  16. I love reading your books! Would love the chance to read this new one.
    mjscoffee@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation. I'm so glad you like my books!

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  17. I sure would like to win this book!!! forgiven4gotten at gmail dot com

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  18. I just loved the Justice Delayed and have been waiting for Justice Buried to come out! grannyelenatyahoodotcom (it states above you are giving away Buried Justice - I hope that is a typo - or a est to see if we read the interview.)

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Helen! I am so dyslexic! Must get Nancy to change that. lol. Thanks for pointing it out. So glad you enjoyed Justice Delayed...and you might want to check out Revenge, my story in The Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers. Right now all ten books are only .99!

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  19. I am so encouraged by your writing journey Patricia. I've been working on my writing for so long that it can get discouraging. I'm trying to connect with other authors to help change that. Thanks for the giveaway too. :)
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  20. Enjoyed reading the interview.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  21. Great interview. Patricia is a new author to me and I really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like an awesome read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Great interview. Patricia is a new author to me and I really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like an awesome read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Hi Patricia! I love your blog every Tuesday where you stump us with all the different mystery questions :-) I'm also enjoying the Friday Reads posts as well, fun to see what everyone has read.

    What a fun interview. I really love getting to know authors outside of their writing, they have a life too...lol! I'm excited for your second Memphis Cold Case novel, thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I loved Justice Delayed. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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  25. I haven't read one of your books in awhile. This looks like a good one. Looks like I have some catching up to do. carola245AThotmailDOTcom

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  26. Hello Pat, I'm a big fan of your mystery questions. You are very sneaky. I'm so excited to read Justice Buried!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  27. Buried Justice sound like my kind of book! Thank you for sharing. My mom could put her hands flat on the floor, knees straight, too. Even into her 70s. She didn't do Pilates though. Lots of walking and keeping limber, I guess. She's dancing in Heaven now!
    anne at rightler dot com

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