Jada Bradley lives on the East Coast, where she writes and reads a lot online, but still makes time for books and newspapers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Buffalo, New York. Although I really dislike that snow is the first thing people think of when Buffalo is mentioned, I will say that my very first book was one I made at home while we were stuck inside because of a blizzard. Schools were closed (yay!), so naturally, I wrote and assembled a book out of construction paper.
I lived within walking distance of two libraries and during the summer I'd take out stacks of book. As was the case with my school library, a lot of the books were old but I don't think this was a bad thing. I read a lot of classic children's literature and I think this informs my writing today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For my latest book, PAPER ROUTES ARE FOR BOYS, I challenged myself to include two of my real-life experiences in one story. The book itself is not my life story but like the main character, Leela, I did deliver a free community newspaper and I did sprain my ankle once. If memory serves, I sprained my ankle before I started delivering papers so for me, one experience had no bearing on the other. That is not the case in the book.
Eleven-year-old Leela has just moved to a new neighborhood with her mother and brother but she is sad that her father no longer lives with them. When she sees an ad for newspaper carriers in the free neighborhood weekly, she decides to sign up, but will delivering papers prove to be too much of a challenge?