Interview with Deacon T. Patrick Bradley

Do you remember the first devotional you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Being raised in a strong Catholic family and attending Catholic schools I attended novenas, 40 Hours Devotions, the Stations of the Cross, and other events. I guess I just absorbed that and became interested in different prayer forms.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad and I read more on that than I do print editions. I like the fact that I can read on my iPad and for a change of pace seamlessly switch to reading the same book on my iMac.
Who are your favorite saints, and why?
My first favorite is St. Joseph. There are several reasons for that. Growing up we attended St. Joseph Church in Port Vue, PA. I was ordained at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden, NJ. But probably the most important reason is that Priscilla and I adopted both of our children. I like to think that this gives me a link to St. Joseph as he essentially adopted Jesus as his son.

I am also indebted to St. Gregory of Palamas. I was introduced to him while on retreat at the Camaldolese Hermitage near Big Sur, CA. His writings introduced me to the Eastern Catholic Churches.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have very eclectic tastes in recreational reading. I like science fiction, espionage, and murder mysteries. Retirement has given me more time to read for pleasure.
Describe your desk
I could never be described as being obsessive about neatness where my desk is concerned. My wife describes it as a disaster area and claims that I could grow potatoes in the dust on my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family didn't have a television until I was in high school. Reading was my favorite activity. I remember that we had a bookcase in the living room, not a TV. I recently hunted down a copy of a book I recall reading when I was in seventh or eighth grade.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a play when I was in high school. I have written journal articles but never any serious fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
While visiting the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colorado I realized that the traditional devotionals seemed distant and they didn't connect to my life and the lives of the people I ministered to. I wanted a devotional that addressed issues that I was seeing in the people of my parish. I hope that others find a connection to their lives in this devotional.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of publishing. Although I must admit that after trying and giving up on several programs to format my writing I was delighted to find Smashwords easy to use.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make sawdust! I have a small woodshop and I like to make sawdust. Sometimes I even make something useful.
Published 2018-01-08.
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Books by This Author

San Luis Stations of the Cross
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Prayerbooks / Christian
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The San Luis Stations of the Cross relates each of the stations to the sufferings of people in the world today. If we view the sufferings of Jesus on the road to His crucifixion to the sufferings of people in the world today it brings us into a different union with Jesus. These meditations were inspired by the author's pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colorado.