I am so excited because today we get write to the point with Patricia Bradley. I have read all of her books in the Logon Point Series and they are wonderful. If you missed my review of her newest release click here. Then come back and learn more about Patricia and enter to win a signed copy of her book 🙂
Patricia Bradley is the winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award and a 2012 Touched by Love Award and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award. The author of Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.
Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
Long, long ago I grew up in Memphis when it was a place that seemed like a small town. I rode public transportation all over the city, often arriving home after ten and walked a half mile from the bus stop to my home. I loved reading, beginning at around five with the comicstrips and graduated to books before I went to school. I thought about writing, as in… “I believe I could write a story like that.” Little did I know how hard it was. 🙂 But I never put feet to the idea until these people came to live in my head and wouldn’t go away until I told their story. So I did. And that story became the first story I ever wrote and the first story Woman’s World bought. But it would become 32 years before I received a contract for my first book that I revised for 5 years.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was nine years old, in church on Sunday like always, when I felt Jesus tugging on my heart. Couldn’t tell you what the sermon was about, but I knew I had to say yes. Fast forward a few years and you’ll find me a rebellious teenager. I walked in the wilderness for 30 years—not quite as long as the Israelites. Then, one day I realized what a mess I’d made of my life, doing things my way. I asked God to help me to live for Him, and from that day forward, I’ve tried to do that. I am so glad we have a God of second chances. Not that I always get it right, even now. 🙂
None of us do J
Gone Without a Trace is a book about forgiveness and that no matter what and even when things don’t go like you want, God is in control.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
Matt Jones has created a new website and blog for me, and I am now blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, it’s about my life and writing journey. I write about my characters, the writing process as well as my personal journey and how God is working in my life. Thursdays are reserved for guest writers and book reviews.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
I’ve found that I don’t need others to try and harm me—I do it very well on my own. When I was seventeen, I became pregnant and then got married. Many years later I use what God taught me in the hard years that followed to speak to teens and preteens, trying to get them to make good choices for their lives by telling them my story. God doesn’t waste anything, especially the mistakes we make.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
It’s hard to pin a verse down to one, but Psalm 37:4 and 7 have special meaning to me. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart…wait patiently on the Lord.”
Where can we find you on the web?
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
I want to thank you for hosting me on your blog. I love the concept of a Genesis 50:20 blog.
You’re welcome and it’s definitely a pleasure having you here.
Gone without a Trace
The past is repeating itself—and time is running out
It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her after killing a teenager in the line of duty and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex—before it’s too late.
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case—and a relationship—that is anything but certain.
“Patricia Bradley has hit a home run. The suspense is high, the romance is sweet, and the villain is one you want to see caught and brought to justice. Gone without A Trace, a novel of forgiveness and finding one’s place in the world, brings home the point that while not everything in life may go the way you want, God is still in control. Can’t wait for the next book!”—Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series
Links to books:
Matthew’s Choice: to buy a paperback—Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=53665
Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect and Matthew’s Choice can be found at my Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00FFR8T1U
Readers, Patricia has given me a signed copy of her book to giveaway to one lucky commentator. Leave a comment for Patricia by July 27th for your chance to win the copy. Winner will be chosen by Random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for replacing books lost or damaged in the mail.)