MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHERYL BRADSHAW!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
mystery, thriller, suspense, romantic suspense, paranormal fiction, women’s fiction
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Blackthorn Manor Haunting is the third book in my Addison Lockhart series, and in this particular story, I thought it was important to give my fans what they’ve been waiting for by showing the progression of Addison and Luke’s relationship. Book two ended with their engagement. Book three picks up over a year later on the morning of their wedding day. Before the ceremony can take place, Addison sees a mysterious woman walking along the beach. She soon discovers the woman has been dead for many years, and her spirit has been haunting Blackthorn Manor. As Addison explores the manor’s history, secrets from its dark past arise, twisting the story in several directions.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
My first love is mystery, and I also love a good ghost story, so with this series I combined the two.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Not as much as I generally do for my main mystery series (Sloane Monroe), but there was still a bit of research that went into the forensics aspects of the book, and especially with the timeline of Catherine’s murder.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The main character of the ghost mystery series is Addison Lockhart. She’s a psychic medium with many different abilities, including shape-shifting into an owl, touching objects and having visions, seeing spirits who have passed away but not crossed over, etc. In each book there’s a murder mystery element, and Addison must find out why the trapped soul is still lingering after his/her death and what traumatic event happened to keep the spirit from moving on.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Probably the first, Grayson Manor Haunting, since it involved the creation of the character, Addison Lockhart.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, but I planned on capping the series at three books, and my fans have liked it so much I’ve decided to continue the series, for now.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Most days are not typical, but when I do stick to a schedule I do business items at the start of the day, and I write the second half of the day. I write everywhere, including coffee shops, the beach, hotels, etc. Anywhere I can! I’m quite partial to working in my bedroom, and there’s nothing like starting a morning out working from bed!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I just released Gone Daddy Gone, the seventh in my Sloane Monroe mystery series, this week I released Blackthorn Manor Haunting, and next month I’ll release the first in a poetry series called Love in Bloom. I’m currently working on a trad book for my agent called Roadkill. It’s almost finished.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Addison’s name originated by looking through names I thought would suit her, but in Blackthorn Manor Haunting, I have a character named Whitney. Whitney is a woman on my street team who came up with the title of the book during a contest I ran, and I told her I would use her name in the book because of it. Whitney’s husband in the book is named Colin, and honestly, I chose the name because of my affection for actor Colin Firth.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Poetry, and this is the first year I’m publishing in that non-fiction genre. It’s always fun to try new things!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The beginning of a story is always the hardest. At about the halfway point of a book things really start flowing, but it can be hard for me to get a lot of words written in a day prior to that point.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’m just starting to create book trailers, 3-D book covers, and moving banners on my author page. It’s fascinating.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Definitely becoming a mother to my daughter, Kylie.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Connecting with fans that read my work and really love it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living on the beach. Well, I’ll be living close to the beach later this year, but I’d like to own an oceanfront home by that time.
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve been writing since I was in high school. First poems, then short stories, and in 2009 I wrote my first novel.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Connect with other authors, research the genre, research the business, and learn to treat writing as a brand and a business. The industry moves fast, and you must adapt with it, always learning what’s new, what’s relevant, and what isn’t.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d like to be an ambassador for UNICEF.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Sometimes, but not often. I generally just look at the number of reviews and my overall average.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I’d like to write faster. Some days are a lot slower than others, and I’m still trying to up my daily productivity. I also wish I could write more and concentrate on the business end less, but that’s really impossible to do and stay relevant. It must be a balance of both things.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s the book’s description:
In the wee hours of the morning, Las Vegas resident Juliette Granger quietly slips out of the home she shares with her husband. She tosses a single duffel bag into the trunk, straps her three-year-old daughter into a car seat, and races toward the security of the open highway. Juliette believes she has gone undetected. She’s wrong, and about to learn her decision has deadly consequences.
Raine Hart paces the living room floor, her patience waning while she waits for her sister Juliette to arrive. One hour late. Then two. Then three. Raine believes Juliette is getting a divorce and needs a place to stay while she begins her new life. But when Juliette’s dead body is discovered at the bottom of the Virgin River Gorge and Raine’s niece is nowhere to be found, she begins a search for her sister’s killer—and discovers a part of Juliette’s life she never knew existed.
Packed with gripping thrills, ROADKILL is a fast-paced tale of betrayal, secrets, and unforeseen twists.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
My love for Agatha Christie and my interest in forensics made it easy to write mystery/thriller.
Where did your love of books come from?
Reading Agatha Christie’s books and Robert B. Parker’s books. Both authors have been really inspirational.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Probably Sloane Monroe. She was the first character I created for the first book I published. She’s a bit like me in ways, so she was easy to write. And I have really enjoyed developing her character over the years.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the day! Most of the time it’s energizing to spend the day writing and creating.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I love and what I would read, and I believe my passion for the genre and murder mystery stories comes across in my books.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
It would probably be Follow Your Bliss. I have the words tattooed on my foot.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️