ABOUT AUTHOR: Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

What inspired you to write Shadows Past? 

One day in my quiet time, a character popped into my head. This was after almost six years of working in the abstinence program and not having the energy or the inspiration to write fiction. I immediately knew three things. 1. The character was a woman; 2. Someone was trying to kill her; 3. God had released me to go back to my beloved suspense stories.

Who do you identify most with in your story, Shadows Past? Why?

Taylor, because she doesn't think she can be wrong about anything. We have both been humbled.

Watch any crime shows? If so, what are your favorite why? What do you look forward to seeing each week? 

My favorite shows are Castle, NCIS, and CIS NY (mostly because of Gary Sinise) I actually get a lot of my research material from these shows (allowing for the fact that nothing happens as fast as on TV) as well as from a loop called crimescenewriter and a blog written by Lee Lofland—The Graveyard Shift. The last two help me to stay accurate. There are a lot of retired cops on the loop and they will answer any legitimate question you pose.

Can you tell us your testimony?

My story is much like the parable of the prodigal. I accepted Christ at a young age, but didn't stay in His word. That left me an easy target for the world and actually wandered in the desert for 30 years (at least it didn’t take me as long to wake up as it did the IsraelitesJ). All the time I wandered, God never let go of my hand. He kept calling me back. And I returned, but this time I grounded myself in His word and followed His map for my life.

In a day and age when no place is safe not even our homes as your main character finds out. How do you keep sane? Calm? 

For one thing, I no longer write suspense scenes just before I go to bed. I also try to watch my surroundings and don’t put myself in dangerous places, especially after dark. But I don’t dwell on the bad things happening—that would drive me crazy.

Can you share with us some of your “WOW” moments in your writing journey? 

My first WOW moment came when Woman’s World bought the first short story I wrote. They went on to buy 2 more. Another WOW moment was winning the Maggie for unpublished writers, but my two biggest WOWs were acquiring Mary Sue Seymour as my agent and when Revell made a three-book offer.

In your new book character, Nicolas Sinclair is an author being interviewed in your story about his new book “Dead Men Don’t Lie”. Someone asks him this question “was it difficult to write about murder after what happened to his wife?” His replies, “Death, even murder, is always difficult for me to write about. Life is precious, and I try to convey that in my books. It’s very important when I write those scenes that I show the body being treated with dignity, no matter whose death it is!”

QUESTION: I wanted to know how you feel about this matter. What guidelines do you have in your writing style? What do you show and not show readers as a rule? How do you feel about Nick Sinclair’s statement? Agree with it? 

On this matter, Nick’s views came straight from my heart. It is very important to me to treat the death of one of my characters like he or she was part of my family, even if that character isn't a nice person. I focus on the suspense part of the story rather than go into details on a death. 


What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn't watch movies what books affected you most? 

Mind you I didn't see it when it first came out, but Gone with the Wind affected me the most. J I walked around the house for weeks saying, “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” And “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” 

As for books, I remember reading all night to finish Leon Uris’s novel Exodus. That book has stayed with me all of these years. 

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

If I’m not the leader (which I probably will be :o) ) , I’d be the one who supported that person and tried to make their job easier.

Out of all the sounds in all the world what are your favorites?

The church bells that I hear when the wind is just right as I sit on my deck each morning, weather permitting. Or a baby’s laughter. 

What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? 

I have cruised timber and trained horses. A note: a timber cruiser walks a tract of land with trees on it and estimates how many board feet it will cut—I was really good at this job. And training horses netted me a several bruises. But not broken bones. 

A friend of yours has a time machine and they are going to let you use it for a while. Where would you go? What would you do?

 I would go back to the three years Jesus walked the earth and become one of the women who followed Him, maybe even be the one who wove the one-piece cloak the soldiers gambled for. 


First, ask God to put His dreams in you, then live your dreams. Do the hard stuff to make them come true so that you can be in the right place when God opens a door.  And don’t give up, but remember that everything is in His timing.


 Pat Trainum writing as Patricia Bradley
I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write

Shadows of the Past from Revell February 2014
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Thanks Patricia for stopping by and sharing yourself with us. I'm THRILLED that Revell is giving away 5 copies of your book Shadows of the Past. ENTER TODAY! LAST Day to Enter is FEB 28th.

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Nora :o)


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