Friday, May 1, 2020

SUSPENSE SISTERS INTERVIEWS PATRICIA BRADLEY

by Nancy Mehl

Today I'm interviewing our very own Patricia Bradley about her new book, Standoff, Natchez Trace Park Rangers, Book 1. And she's giving away a copy of STANDOFF! (US addresses e-book for all others) Good to have you here, Patricia.



Thanks, Nancy. It's great to be here on the other side!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wasn’t one of those people who knew from pre-kindergarten that they wanted to be a writer. I was a reader. Still am. But around my 35th birthday, I got the writing bug when a man appeared in my imagination and told me his life wasn’t supposed to turn out like it had. He would leave me alone until I started writing about it, and then he disappeared. At least he left me with more ideas. 😼

How long does it take you to write a book?
From my first sketchy idea of a book to the end? About six months. Two to think about the plot and characters and three to actually sit down and write.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
When I finally sit down and actually start writing the book, I get up each morning by 5:30 or 6 and write until I have between two and three thousand words. Sometimes that takes four hours, but most of the time it takes all day.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmmm. Let me get back to you on that.

How do you research your books?
Mostly the internet--Google is my best friend. And YouTube. Did you know there are videos that show you how to blow up something? I also like to ask experts in whatever field I'm writing about. For my cold case novels, I made friends with the Memphis Cold-Case Unit detective. For the Natchez Trace Park Rangers, I interviewed the chief ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway. And I called a couple of rangers who worked the Trace.

For my last question: How many books have you written and which is your favorite.
That's two questions, and you know better than to ask which is my favorite. lol That's like asking which daughter is my favorite. I love each of them uniquely, and it's the same way with my books, which by the way, I have written (I actually have to stop and count) twelve. And three novellas. 

But I really love this first Natchez Trace book. Let me tell you a little bit about it. This is from the back cover copy:

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it's being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.

John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

STANDOFF releases May 5 and can be found at 

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for Standoff! and be sure to leave your email address. (i.e. name dot com)

63 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read it! amyinsurance16@gmail.com

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  2. I love reading Patricia's books!

    eclitton at gmail dot com

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  3. Your books are enthralling Patricia. This sounds so good. Stella.potts77@gmail.com

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  4. I love Patricia’s books and am eagerly waiting for this one!!
    missionarynursemw@gmail.com

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  5. Sounds intriguing
    Nancy Darby 2007 at yahoo

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  6. The Natchez Trace Parkway is so beautiful but I’m quite sure it would be a great setting for a suspense novel. It’s one that would definitely enjoy!
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Perrianne, I love the Parkway. One day I want to write a split-time and investigate Meriweather Lewis's death!

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  7. Sounds so good. I am new to Patricia Bradley. Love a good mystery. joeym11atfrontierdotcom

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  8. Love your books! Can't wait to read this one.

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  9. I Love Patricia's books, & her "guess which one I made up" weekly newsletters! Badawson16 at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, MS Barb! I am about to research this week's Mystery Question. lol

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  10. This sounds great! I really enjoy these blog posts and learning more about the authors and their writing perspectives. xercisebug61@gmail.com

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    1. I always like to read about how a writer plots a book, Donna. Sometimes I get really good tips, too. :-)

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  11. Ready to read it!
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I love reading these interviews! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Patricia's new book. Boxtopscrazy at gmail dot com.

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  13. Can't wait to read it. Congratulations on this latest success!

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  14. Author D.L. WoodMay 1, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Excited about getting this -- another suspense nail-biter, I'm sure! Congratulations!

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  15. Love Patricia's books! Can't wait to read this one!

    dmandres5 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! These comments are making my day!

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  16. Sounds great
    pj4824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I'm excited to read Standoff!
    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  18. Thank you for the interview with Patricia Bradley. Always love learning more about the author whose books I enjoy reading. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this one which is definitely on my TBR list. Amazing cover!

    Appreciate the chance to win a copy!

    Be safe, healthy and have a little fun this weekend!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. I love the cover, too, Kay. And just wait until you see the cover of Obsession, the next book!

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  19. interesting book
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  20. Yay for waking up so early! I enjoy mornings. Seeing the sunrise. racheltirzah(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I am definitely a morning person, Rachel! Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Sounds like another winner! love to win it! sheliarha64atyahoodotcom

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    1. Thanks, Shelia! Always good to 'see' you here!

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  22. Another book to look forward to! debwinsit@gmail.com

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  23. Sounds so good. What a great mother’s day gift!! ☺️
    janeen dot bair at gmail dot com

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  24. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing.

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  25. Book looks very good, something I'd be interested in. Would love to win a print copy! Thanks for the opportunity! Lual Krautter Email: ofostervold1542ATgmailDOTcom

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  26. The book sounds really interesting-the plot, as well as learning more about the Park Rangers.

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    1. I really enjoyed learning more about Park Rangers, Suzan! I think that's why I love to write--I get to be so many different people!

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  27. Excited to read. Congratulations 🎈

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  28. I've loved every Patricia Bradley book that I have read! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway! mslilyk@yandex.com

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