Interviewing the lovely Patricia Bradley was an exercise in paradoxes. Hearing this sweet Christian woman pronounce in her soft, Southern drawl, “Oh, I love to talk about murder. It’s just fun” was just the beginning of my mind bending to look at things differently. 😀 But I should have expected nothing less after I read the tagline for her website: Where love and faith cross paths…with murder.
Patricia writes romantic suspense and says that murdering your characters is a great way to kill off your anxieties. (I think I’m going to try that! 😀 ) What follows is a fun conversation about how she writes – an encouraging look at writing for pantsers!
My biggest takeaway was when I realized that Patricia writes the scenes with the murderer or psychopath’s point of view without knowing who the bad guy is – so it’s just “he or she” – and later she’ll have an ah-ha moment about who that person is in her story. I can’t wait to try this!
Patricia has a lot of great stuff on her blog, and she also suggests several other blogs/websites including:
Writers Police Academy: http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/
Alicia Rasley’s site: http://www.aliciarasley.com
Harlequin Heartwarming blog: http://heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com/
The Crime Scene Writer Yahoo Group:
She also loves to use James Scott Bell’s book, Super Structure, as she writes.