Interview with Bradley Pearce

How do you approach cover design?
I like to design my own covers. I like the cover to convey a scene in the book, such that when the reader sees it conjures that scene and it reinforces the story. With Fisherman's ring, Father Francis has to travel from his home Parish in southern Italy to Rome. Several scenes involve him looking out the window onto an idyllic Italian vista with a brilliance orb of light suspended in the sky suggesting a God like presence. Lady in Red had several title and cover changes before I settled on the current version. I could not hide the fact that Kristina was an exotic dancer. I did not want the readers expecting Angels and Nuns. Puppet on a String's cover fitted perfect for Frank's entangled life and how Smith was pulling his strings.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction is my favorite. But like most people I am drawn to an intriguing story line. Anything historical, theological, or dark that enlightens one to the elements of spirituality. I am always willing to take on new ideas that add to the meaning of life and universe in which we live.
With the exception of God, everyone else is fictional.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Chesapeake and The Source by James A Michener. Both epic historical fiction novels. The depth to Michener's research will educate you as much as entertain you and transport you to another time and place.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. I do not generally read series or wicca genre books. But I began reading and simply could not put it down or get enough.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry & The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachael Joyce. An amazing sentimental story of life, love and friendship. A must read.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It was the cover that caught my eye. The cover displays a beautifully tattooed women. If you can get past the horrific burn scenes of first 50 pages you will be drawn into a love affair of the ages.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova . I wonderful of adventure and suspense and vampires. Sleep with one eye open.
Dracula by Bram Stoker. An oldie but a goodie. Written as four journals, he writes in such detail you can almost taste the mist of the night air as the coach rushes through the moon lit Transylvanian countryside.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Unfortunately I am not a "marketing" person. I believe a good cover and title will capture the readers attention.
Writers write, as Painters paint. In their own style. As they should, otherwise there would be no originality.
It is the story that will pull on the heart strings of the reader. Create a great story, and words take care of themselves.
If the product is good enough. It will sell itself.
But hey, thats just me.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write from cafes or where ever I can set up a laptop with a coffee and my notebook at hand. If the place is noisy I simply put on a set of head phones. And they are not always plugged in.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Foxton, New Zealand. A small rural township of some two thousand souls way back then in the 1960's. Now a metropolis of four thousand. Things were a lot simpler back then. The people and experiences we encounter in our life help shape who we all are. It is the sum of those life experiences that influences how and what I write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the words just flow like water. Scenes unfold by themselves, as if I am watching a movie in my head. Characters, plots and twists come out of no-where.
Afterwards when I look back I ask, "Did I write this?"
When did you first start writing?
Officially, about 3 years ago. Unofficially about 18 years ago. My first efforts was a personal journal narrating my life experiences.The good, the bad and the ugly. The journal grew into over seventy plus thousand words. I have always considered myself an artist first, and writing as an extension that creativity.
I have a keen interest in Motivation so I decided would write "E is for Effort". But while on a daily walk-about a story came to mind and when I returned home I typed out two and half chapters out of "thin air". And so began the feel good adventure of the "Fisherman’s Ring". That then lead to a more sinister book, "Lady in Red". Although Lady in Red is a futuristic thriller, there is a subtle link to the Fisherman's Ring. But both stand on their own.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Puppet on a String - A semi psychological thriller lash love story. And as always there has to be a "I didn't see that coming" ending.
It is a story about a man named Frank. Frank Drake to be precise. Until Smith appeared, Frank’s life was manageable. Hanging off a bar on First Avenue feeling sorry for himself. Washed up and unemployed. Smith makes Frank an offer he can’t refuse. He really can’t. Frank is falling in love with Julie. But he’s living with Marilyn and Frank must choose between lovers. The only way that can happen is for Frank to die. Something people around him keep doing with Smith's insistence. Now Frank wants out. But will Smith allow him to leave so easily? Will Mister Black? Will Charlie and Matt find Max Pecks in time? What is Quinn holding up her sleeve? What does the mirror-man have to say about all this? Remember what happens in Tijuana, stays in Tijuana. Don’t bother asking Tomo. His lips are sealed. And Grimm, well he keeps to himself. There's only one way to find out what happens to Frank.
What are you working on next?
I've just begun researching the next book, working title at this stage is "Child of the Mist" and is hopefully a prequel to "Lady in Red" (LIR) and a sequel to Fisherman's Ring. Based around Kristina a central character in LIR.
I had two other books in mind at the time but one needs thorough research and the other is "commercial". That can wait. I generally allow myself to gravitate towards a book. When the universe pushes me in a certain direction, who am I to fight it.
Now I just have to remember what I wrote. In the future.
Watch this space by December...
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I'll settle for readers for now.
But the thought that someone has downloaded the book and has read the story has made the scarifice of time and energy all worth it.
Hopefully they will share the same poignant goose bumps that I have enjoyed. If it helps them to grow on their spiritual journey and inspires them to think about God, Life and the Universe then that I am happy to have contributed my small portion of inspiration onto them.
Who are your favorite authors?
James A Michener
Rachael Joyce
Michael Scott
Susan Hall
Paulo Coelho
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the gym painfully enjoying a cardio workout.
Playing golf with strangers.
Aimless walks daydreaming and imagining the impossible.
Hanging out with my three amazing talented beautiful children.
At the bar chatting with friends unravelling the mysteries of Life, God and the Universe.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A book of short stories called "Everything's Eventual" by Stephen King. I was blown away by the suspenseful stores that I tried to imagine how anyone could come up with them. Now I'm writing myself and it's all in the mind. Sometimes the story just unfolds and you just write it down. It takes time and energy and will power to keep going till the very last word.
What writer has impacted on you most and why?
That's an easy one. James A Michener.
His epic historical fiction ignited my love for history and my passion for fiction. I was introduced to his books by my brother who gave me a book to read on my travels. Once I got pass the first hundred pages of setting the scene I was hooked on him. Michener made you experience every day of hardship, every day of setback. He made you experience the pain and suffering endured by characters. As though you were actually there. The dark cramped quarters. The chains. The stench. The death. The inhumane acts of man upon a fellow man. And the possibility, that an island once did actually exist.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
One simple question, "How badly do I want to finish the book?"
It will also pull me from most bars and off the comfiest of couches.
I curse that single motivational question.
But then books won't write themselves will they?
What impacts on your writing?
Over my life time I have had a curiosity for comparative religion. Digging up bones of the old Sunday School stories we have all accepted as gospel. I'm a person that likes to join the dots. To understand why things have been told they way they were. I accept all discoveries with a grain of salt. Who are any of us to know what is true and what is not. Being Spiritual allows me to believe that God believes in me. And with the gift of Freewill and innate talents, we have only one purpose in life. And that is to be authentic and shine.
What is writing to you?
One of my favorite questions, and mysteries of life.

Writers are storytellers. We tell stories in our own style. It's not always about being grammatical. Readers will interpret the story in their own way.

Writing is about exposing yourself to criticism. Baring hidden thoughts and visions for others to scrutinize. Hoping someone somewhere connects or shares those same thoughts. The same emotions. Hoping that we are not alone.

Writing involves getting words onto paper. It involves sacrificing time and energy. Hours, days, weeks, months. And sometimes years. Shut away from the world. Deep in contemplation. Surfacing now and again to breathe. Before going back under. Because as you know, books won't write themselves.

Writing is about recalling a story you once wrote in the future. Just as we forget the past. We also forget the future. What we call coincidence is simply the future catching up with us. Like a familiar jig-saw puzzle you just have to re-familiarize ourselves with the puzzle and its pieces.

Cezanne once said, "The world does not understand me, And I do not understand the world." As a writer I can relate to this statement and the relationship an artist has with the world about them. Rejection is part of being a writer. Like any art, our writing will not appeal to all. But there is an audience that it will. Being patient is much a craft as is the writing. We will continue to paint our words on the blank canvas. To learn from our failures. And among the gravel we will find a pearl that grew from the grit of our imaginations. The only person that needs to understand you, is you.
What book would you suggest people have on their bucket-lists?
That's an easy one.
"The Story of San Michele." by the Swedish physician Axel Munthe. First published in 1929, followed by a further thirty plus editions. Translated in to several languages. I hold three copies myself. Afraid to part with them.
It is a series of overlapping vignettes (essays and pieces), and autobiographical reminiscences of his personal life and travels. An unabashed animal lover, he would talk to with animals and supernatural beings. In the final chapter Munthe includes a discussion with Saint Peter at the gates of Heaven. At no point does he take himself seriously, but the things he discusses are very serious. It is a love story. But it's complicated.
The book will touch your psyche. It will entice you. It will entertain you.
And in the end, it will haunt you.
Good luck finding a copy.
Published 2018-10-02.
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Books by This Author

E is for Effort
Price: Free! Words: 64,750. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
(4.00 from 1 review)
E is for Effort is a book that examines why we put our dreams and goals on hold and what can motivate us to act. The book lifts the veil of the comfort zone in which we surround ourselves, and the steps we need to take be successful. Dissecting the lives of successful people and discovering they were ordinary people like you and I. The question is, “How badly do you want your goal?"
Fisherman's Ring
Price: Free! Words: 71,740. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Religious
An adventure story that will take you on an historical adventure Europe. Involving Relic Collectors, an Angelic Father, a killer Cardinal. A father on a mission to return a holy relic home. A son, Arthur, in danger because of it. Shoot outs, car chases and close escapes. A daisy and a coffee shop girl completes the romance.