“I can’t imagine that you write murder stories.”
That’s the comment I get most often when I tell people I write suspense stories, and that I know a hundred different ways to murder them. So I began to think about what a woman suspense writer would look like.
This is what I came up with:
What do you think?
The second most often comment is a question: where do you get your ideas for your books? I want to tell them I don’t know, they just come to me. But the person stands there, waiting for something profound, and I feel obligated to do better, so I usually say something like—I ask what if…or I wonder what would happen if…
Writing this post, I realized that’s what I actually do, and it all started when I was a little girl and we lived near the airport in Memphis. Airplanes flew over my house all the time, sometimes low enough that I could see the windows. I wondered about the people on those planes, where they were going and what it would be like to be them. Then I made up stories about them.
As for my just released novel, Shadows of the Past, the idea came when a character popped into my head about five years ago and told me someone was trying to kill her, naturally I had to find out why. One thing led to another and voila! I wrote a novel. And then rewrote it. At least ten times.
Twenty years of family secrets are about to be revealed when a criminal profiler follows a lead on her missing father’s whereabouts.
Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.
Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.
Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love.
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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 mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, is the first of three set in Mississippi and will release February 4, 2014. She will present a workshop, Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN on March 8, 2014. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
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