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Monday, July 20, 2015

Patricia Bradley - Gone Without a Trace-Giveaway!

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Patricia Bradley visits Lagniappe 
to discuss her latest release, Gone Without a Trace

Welcome, Patricia!

The past is repeating itself—and time is running out

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her after killing a teenager in the line of duty and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex—before it’s too late.

Tell us a little about Gone Without a Trace
The story started in my mind when I wrote the first book,Shadows of the Past, and discovered Amy Reynolds’ cousin had been missing for two years. I wanted to know what happened to her. So I let Amy tell me and voila, Gone Without a Trace.
What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Goodness, there are so many, but Psalm 37:4 and 7 are verses I claim a lot. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart…wait patiently for the Lord.” For a long time I ignored verse seven. J.

What is the best non-writing advice you ever received?
Walk a mile in another person’s shoes before you judge them.
Briefly describe one of your typical writing days?
When I’m writing, my weekly goal is 15,000 words. I usually get up between 5:30 and 6, do about 20 minutes of stretches and leg lifts (to keep from having knee surgery), then coffee and my quiet time. I’m usually at the computer by 7:30 and after I check email, I write until I have at least a thousand words. On a good day that’s around ten. On a not-so-good-day it’s noon. Either way, I take a break, check email again, eat a snack or lunch, and if it’s lunch I sometimes take a nap and start writing again by 1:30. Then I write until I have three thousand words or it’s 4:30. After dinner if I don’t have my word count, I go back to the computer and write until I get them or fall over asleep. :-) I like to get my word count by Friday, but that’s not always the case and I will work Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Monday morning it starts all over again until I have the first draft down, which is the suspense thread. Once that’s down, I go back and enhance the romantic and spiritual threads.

What led you to choose the genre in which you write?
I’ve always loved to read suspense, so that’s what I naturally gravitate toward.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Hobbies, etc?
I’m also a potter and love to work in the clay.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing the romantic thread.

What was one of the most surprising things you've learned while writing your books?
How long it takes.

Where do you write? Can you describe your favorite writing place? (If you’d like to send pictures that would be great! Attached to the email please don’t embed in the Interview word doc.)
I love to write on my deck, and in fact is where I’m writing now with my cat, Suzy in the chair beside me. I’ll include a photo.


Plotter, Pantser, or Planser?
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee—my freshly ground beans with a hint of hazelnut.
Dogs or Cats?
Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes?
That’s like asking me which child I like best.
Y’all or You Guys?

Y’all, definitely, being from Mississippi, but never all y’all.

About Patricia:

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case—and a relationship—that is anything but certain.

“Patricia Bradley has hit a home run. The suspense is high, the romance is sweet, and the villain is one you want to see caught and brought to justice. Gone without A Trace, a novel of forgiveness and finding one’s place in the world, brings home the point that while not everything in life may go the way you want, God is still in control. Can’t wait for the next book!”—Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series

Patricia Bradley is the winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award and a 2012 Touched by Love Award and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award. The author of Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Pat, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe!

Patricia's is giving away a copy of Gone Without a Trace. Answer her question to be eligible to win:

If you could do anything in the world, 
what would it be?

I pray you find a
"little something extra"
in your day!


JoAnn Stewart said...

Love Patricia's books. Would love to win a copy.

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you, JoAnn! And thanks for stopping by.

Mary said...

I would enjoy reading this book. I would also like to add another new author to my library.

Mary said...

I would enjoy reading this book. I would also like to add another new author to my library.

Mary said...

I would enjoy reading this book. I would also like to add another new author to my library.

Caryl Kane said...

I would love to read Gone Without a Trace! :)

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Congratulations, Caryl!!! You have won GONE WITHOUT A TRACE from Patricia Bradley! Please send me your email address so Pat can forward the book to you!