Interview with Patricia Bradley

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Where did you get the idea for Justice Delivered? A volunteer from Advocates for Freedom came to our church and spoke about human trafficking. I had no idea it was so prevalent and knew right then and there I had to write about it.

How long does it take you to write a novel? Usually about four to six months.

Who’s your all-time favorite character? That’s like asking me which one of my children I like the best! I usually like the character I’ve just finished writing about best. So that means I like Carly best…oh, wait! I just finished the first book in the Natchez Park Rangers…so maybe I like Brooke best!

I heard you had a new release on April 5th. Do tell!: Ah, yes. Justice Delivered just released!

Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

Tell us a little bit about your typical day. I usually get up between five-thirty and six and grab a cup of coffee on my way to the computer. After I’ve written 500 words, I stop for breakfast and my quiet time, usually around 8:30. Then it’s back to the computer until I have my word count for the day. That varies, depending on where I am in the story. At the beginning, I’m happy if I get a 1000 words. But once I have the beginning, I shoot for 2000 words a day…or 10,000 words a week. I usually break around five to go to Pilates or water aerobics, then come home and make supper. If I’ve reached my word count, then I take it easy until bedtime. If not I go back work. The next day I start all over again.

When did you start writing? When I was thirty-five. These people came to live in my head and wouldn’t go away until I told their stories.

When did you receive your first book contract? October 12, 2012.

What is the hardest part about being an author? How long it takes! Publishing is so slow. From the time I turn my book in, it’s another 12 months before it comes out.

Who is your favorite author? You’re trying to get me in trouble, aren’t you? Any of the great suspense writers.

What is your favorite book? Exodus by Leon Uris

Anything you want to brag about? God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. All I wanted was one book published, but He had other ideas!

Now for the important questions:

Pepsi or Coke?   Depends on whether I’m craving something extra sweet. If I am it’s Pepsi, if not it’s Coke.

Candy, cookies, or cake?  Candy

Favorite food? Other than Brussels Sprouts, I haven’t met a food I didn’t like.

Coffee or Tea? Both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

Favorite vacation?   What’s that?

Favorite TV show?  Right now it would be Broadchurch—the BBC version.

Favorite Movie?.  I Can Only Imagine

Any hobbies or pets? I’m a potter and love to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. I also like to make jewelry from my porcelain clay. And I have two rescue kitties—Suzy and Tux. And maybe another one if we don’t find a home for her.

THANK YOU, PATRICIA!!

Patricia Bradley is a 2018 Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, she lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitties, Suzy and Tux. Her romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Justice Delivered, her fourth Cold Case Novel releases April 5, 2019. When she has time she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

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Thanks again, Patricia, for joining us!

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Interview with Rachel Dylan

Giveaway and interview with Rachel Dylan!!
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I hear you had a new release in February. Do tell!: Yes! Breach of Trust is the third and final book in the Atlanta Justice series. It’s about a corporate litigator who has to fight for justice for her murdered friend. I really loved this story because, like Mia, I was also a corporate litigator so I really identified with her character.
Where do you get ideas for your books? I have a very active imagination! I’m always coming up with scenarios and ideas in everyday life. I assumed that was something everyone did until I got older and realized that I wasn’t normal LOL. I love building out stories in my mind and then making them come alive on the page.
How long does it take you to write a Love Inspired Suspense novel vs. a trade novel? I only write on the weekends, but generally, I can write a category length book in a few months. It takes me about five or six months to write a trade novel.
Who’s your all-time favorite character? That’s a tough one, but I think Olivia Murray from the Windy Ridge series holds a special place in my heart.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day. I still work full time as an attorney so my typical weekday is filled with plenty of lawyer work. On the weekends though, I get up super early to focus on all my writing tasks. It helps that my animals never understand what a weekend is and serve as my wakeup call. I’m a morning person so I get my best writing work done early. I rarely ever write at night.
sammie the cat
When did you start writing? I’ve always loved to write since I was a child. But I wrote my first novel manuscript in 2010. That manuscript was never published, but I kept writing and entered a writing contest and that’s how I sold my first book with Love Inspired Suspense.
When did you receive your first book contract? I received my first contract for a Love Inspired Suspense in 2013. That book, Out of Hiding, was published in 2014. I started working with Bethany House in a few years later in 2016. I’m excited to say that Breach of Trust was my 12th book! And I’ll be starting a new series called Capital Intrigue with Bethany House coming January 2020. The first book will be called END GAME.
What is the hardest part about being an author? For me, it’s finding the time. Since I’m still an attorney, I have to be very disciplined about finding time to write on the weekends. The good thing is that it forces me to not procrastinate.
Who is your favorite author? I discovered Joel Rosenberg recently and I am completely
captivated. I love his stories. When I get done with my current edits, I’m jumping into his new release.
Now for the important questions:
Pepsi or Coke? Neither. I quit drinking “Coke” as we call all soft drinks in south years ago. I do enjoy sparkling water if I want the carbonation:)
Candy, cookies, or cake? All the above lol. But I like cookies a lot–especially chocolate chip.
Favorite food? Cheese! Carbs! That also means I love pizza.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Favorite vacation? Tropical beaches!
Favorite TV show? That’s a tough one. I am really enjoying Victoria and the Rookie right now.
Any hobbies? Pets? Activities? I love to sing and am very into music. I’m also a very amateur photographer. I have 5 pets, and I’m a huge animal person. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Thank you, Rachel, for joining us!

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Interview with Lee Tobin McClain

I met Lee at the 2018 ACFW conference in Nashville. It seemed that every time I turned around I ran into her. After a while, it became a bit of a joke. Sad to say, I hadn’t read any of her books before then but have become a huge fan since.

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Hi Sami, thanks for having me on your blog!

Where did you get the idea for your books? I have always loved the idea of starting over… and starting over on a warm beach in the low country sounds even better! That’s the core of my upcoming release, Low Country Hero.

How long does it take you to write a trade novel versus a Love Inspired novel? If I’m really focused, I can write a Love Inspired in 2 months and a trade novel in three. If I have a lot going on with my teenage daughter, or my pup, or my day job, writing either kind of book can take a bit longer.

What did you go with ABA publishers and not CBA? I still write for Love Inspired, a CBA line of books, but I wanted to reach a wider audience with sweet and romantic stories that include just a dash of faith. I’ve always gotten along well with atheists, people who have religious doubts, and people who’ve been hurt by the church—probably because of my mother who sadly was not a believer. People say “Oh, Lee’s a Christian, but she’s not one of those scary Christians.” Since God made me this way, I feel like I’m well suited to reach out to readers who wouldn’t pick up a CBA novel because they have a horror of being preached at. Secretly, though, I hope to draw some of those readers to my Love Inspired books!

I hear Low Country Hero releases this month. Do tell! That’s right, it releases on February 26th. It’s the story of two wounded people who turn to each other out of need and end up learning to trust and love again. The heroine has five-year-old twins who are struggling with selective mutism due to the upsetting things they’ve witnessed in their short lives. There’s a secondary love story between an older waitress with amnesia and her handsome, macho, sixty-year-old boss. And there are a slew of fun minor characters who contribute a lot of the book’s humor. It’s a big, sprawling story that was really fun to write.

Tell us a little bit about your typical day. Up around 5:30 for bible, devotional, and prayer time. Then I fix breakfast for my daughter and walk Nash the Goldendoodle. Then I get to work on my current novel at the local Barnes and Noble café, my favorite place to write because I’m surrounded by books. In the afternoon, I usually tend to my online classes; I teach in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, so I get to mentor talented, highly-motivated students who dream of being published authors. It’s a terrific day job. Evenings, I might help my daughter memorize a Shakespeare sonnet, or have dinner with my gentleman friend, or spend a couple of blissful hours reading a novel. I generally crash by 10 p.m. Definitely not a party animal.

Who is your favorite author? Jane Austen, of course, with Georgette Heyer a close second. Or, wait, maybe William Shakespeare… or George Eliot… or Lee Smith. Too many to choose!

What is your favorite book? I definitely can’t choose!

Anything you want to brag about? My smart, talented daughter! She’s so much more well rounded than I’ll ever be. She’s a gymnast and cross country runner, edits her school newspaper, and is a social butterfly who’s resilient and hilarious. She’s off to college in the fall—wants to be an English teacher like Mom—and I can’t wait to watch her soar.

Now for the important questions:

Pepsi or Coke?  Pepsi!

Candy, cookies, or cake?  Chocolate chip cookies—warm if possible

Favorite food? Lasagne

Coffee or Tea? Coffee!

Favorite vacation?  A warm beach

Favorite TV show?  Big Bang Theory

Favorite Movie?.  Casablanca

Any hobbies? Pets? Activities? Aside from work and family, my life revolves around my nine-month-old Goldendoodle, who requires a ton of exercise and attention. I love him to the moon and back, and everyone should follow his Instagram: Nash_the_Goldendoodle.

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Thank you, Lee!! And give Nash a big hug for us!

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