Interview with Brenda Bradley

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is I get to use my imagination. My stories are created from my experiences working in the foster care system for ten years. Also because I grew up in Baltimore, I have based some of my characters loosely on people I have known from my childhood and places I have visited. I have let some of my characters flourish and others have chosen the wrong path. But because I love happy endings, the main characters always find what they need to make their lives better.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers are very important to me. When someone reads one of my books, I feel that the time and effort I put in writing and getting the book ready for readers to be worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my fourth book. My book is a a mystery story. Two characters Mira and Jessie find out they are made for each other. Together they have to find out who murdered the only man Jessie ever considered a father figure. Jessie has to exonerate the foster mother who hated him.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several authors I love. I have read all of Janet Evanovich's books. I also like Beverly Jenkins books and my latest favorite author is M.C. Beaton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing makes me happy. I worked many years in the public sector trying to make other people's lives better . Now I have time for myself and have time to use my creativity in ways that make me happy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Now that I'm retired and finished writing for the day, I take walks, go to the gym and try out new recipes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to visit my library ebook site and if I see something interesting, I'll download it to my ereader and read it when I have some free time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first novel I wrote. I'll admit no one liked it except my sister. I have put it away and maybe someday I'll go back and try to fix it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to get an idea that I'd like to explore. Then I outline the chapters in the novel and force myself to sit at my computer to write several hours each day. If I get stuck, I get up and walk around my neighborhood for a few minutes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was a Dick and Jane story. Everybody in my generation learned to read Dick and Jane stories.
How do you approach cover design?
My covers are usually a collaboration of ideas between my husband and myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are the bible, any of Janet Evanovich books and J.A. Jance books. I think the bible has the very best stories detailing human behavior. Janet Evanovich's and J.A. Jance's books are very entertaining.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read mystery stories and romance books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle fire I love.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still working on learning effective marketing strategies.
Describe your desk
My desk is neat. On my desk I have only my computer. But around the room are stacks of books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew in Baltimore City and it plays an important part in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing after I retired.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book idea came to me after the riots in Baltimore City. I decided to write a story about a cop a social worker and a young man who faces the challenges of living in the city.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm an indie author because I didn't have the patience to wait for mainstream publishers to discover me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made my book available to readers who are interested in reading my stories.
Published 2017-06-02.
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Books by This Author

The Last Kiss- A Carter Sister Mystery
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,590. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Former Foster care child, Rachel Carter loses her job as an assistant to a television reality star. When the star goes to jail, she decides to reinvent herself as Maxwell Pierce's new assistant. He needs to stop a serial killer from killing his next victim. Maxwell needs Rachel to pose as his wife in order to get close to the killer.
The Silver and Gold Deception- A Carter Sister Mystery
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,900. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Dee thinks that she is finally getting the perfect life she has always dreamed of. She has found her “Mr. Right.” Things are going great until the store where she works is robbed by four masked men. Then things start to go horribly wrong. When she finds a corpse in her bed, she knows she needs help.
Dirty Thoughts
Price: Free! Words: 40,890. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Someone is out to destroy Holliday Paints. On Jocelyn's first day at work someone sets off a bomb at Holliday Paints. Someone sets a fire in the building. A car almost ends Ramon's life. In between all the chaos, Jocelyn and Ramon, the owner, of Holliday Paints, find a way to fall in love. Find out who has it in for the owner. Read this funny, suspenseful, romantic novel to discover the answer.