Can you believe it will soon be the first day of fall? Lately it's been feeling like summer is returning here in PA. Hopefully the weather will turn cooler again soon, which is the perfect opportunity to curl up with a new book. If you're an avid reader, you really don't need an excuse to read. :)
Today I'd like to introduce you to Patricia Bradley. Welcome, Patricia. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
My love of story came to me full-blown. I couldn’t sleep and this man appeared in my mind. He was standing by a window, looking out. There were furnaces belching smoke. He turned to me and said, “This isn’t how my life was supposed to turn out.”When I couldn’t sleep, I told myself stories about how his life got messed up. Then I started writing down other stories and submitted one to Woman’s World and they bought it. I thought I was on my way. Many years later after honing the craft, my first book released.
Wow! That sounds like an interesting story behind it. :) What advice can you give to writers trying to break into the publishing world?
Never give up and keep working on your craft. It was 27 years from when the man popped into my head until I signed a contract with Revell. What if I had given up after 25 years? Or 26?
Wow! That's a long time to wait. Did you always want to be a writer?
Not really. I was always a reader, starting before I even went to the first grade. I never thought about writing until the man I talked about earlier came to live in my head and wouldn’t go away until I told his story.
Interesting. Tell us about your new novel.
My new novel is Justice Buried, and it’s the story of Kelsey Allen, a security consultant who breaks into buildings. In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey spends 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.
I'm intrigued. How do you get your story ideas?
I don’t know. They just seem to pop into my head, and I think that’s true of most writers. Sometimes a newspaper or TV story will trigger an idea. Sometimes it’s as simple as wondering what would happen if a by-the-book police detective fell in love with a cat burglar—but where it came from in the first place? I have no idea…except that God gifts me with the ideas.
The ideas usually have to be refined. That’s what happened in Justice Buried. I couldn’t have Kelsey be a lawbreaker, but what if she was being paid to test security systems and the person who hired her is murdered? And it went from there.
I know what you mean. Story ideas can often hit at the oddest times. :) What spiritual truths do you desire to convey to your readers?
I want readers to understand that Believers have troubles like everyone else, and my stories show how Christians work out their problems. I want to show that God never leaves nor forsakes us in our times of trouble.
Those are great! I imagine you do something to unwind from writing. What hobbies do you have?
I’m a potter and when I have time, I throw mud on a wheel and see what comes out. J I plan next week to make mugs to give away as gifts.
I'm impressed. Sounds like a fun activity. Thanks so much for stopping by today, Patricia. I pray the Lord continues to bless your writing.