Today, our guest of honor is Barbara Donlon Bradley. It’s so nice to have you here! Hope you’re ready to party!
Wine or beer? (If you say club soda, we’ll have to send you to the corner…) Beer – definitely beer
Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt kind of person? Can I just say yes? I love them both.
*squints eyes * Are you old enough to drink? Oh yeah – they don’t even card me anymore – sniff
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us? A New book – the third in my series Animal Desire
Blurb: Heather is now six months pregnant and finds her mate a bit overprotective. She can’t help if she glows when she is frustrated. Things get a little more complicated when she is called home because of Ialog. He released information, making it look like she is being mistreated by the Vespians. How is she going to hide her pregnancy? She left Earth sterile.
Storm isn’t happy about her leaving the safety of Vespia, but wants to show that Heather is happy and safe under his care. He knows Ialog and is worried the man is going to try to take his mate from him again. His fears become very real when Ialog kidnaps her. Now he has to find a way to bring her home.
What makes your characters so special? They are very three dimensional to me. In fact they have a tendency to bother me if I don’t work on my story fast enough for them.
Alright, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast!
Why did you want to become an author?
This was something I sort of fell into. A high school friend and I were big Star Trek friends but there were only so many episodes – you know – so we created our own characters and started writing short stories. Then the characters outgrew Star Trek so we created a world for them and continued writing scenes. We did this for years.
Then in 1991 my sister-in-law had her third child – a baby girl – and my in-laws wanted to be near her – they lived in Ca at the time. When my mother-in-law moved to the area she wanted to belong to a brand new chapter of RWA here in south eastern VA but needed drivers so she paid for my first year. After going to a few meeting the chapter was doing a critique as one of their programs and it was a weekend I was going to be out of town. What a perfect opportunity. I could send in five pages of a scene I wrote and find out what they thought. If they liked it then I would become serious about writing. If they didn’t I would slink off never to be heard from again. I guess you know what they thought of my work.
What would your characters say about you?
That she is slightly crazy and doesn’t always listen to us but if we lean on her hard enough we get our point across.
How would you describe your writing style?
I guess I’d have to say lighthearted and humorous. I can’t write these deep dark characters with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Mine are human, or should I say humanoid since I write SF/Futuristic? Anyway, my life is filled with laughter and that is the way I write. I have tried to write the dark hero/heroine but found I’m funny not angsty (and I like to make up my own words for time to time).
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a pantser and proud of it. I know friends who are plotters and they look at me like I have lost my mind but I can’t plot out my story – it takes too long. I like to let the words flow and see where it takes me.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
The most important thing I can say is never give up. Writing is hard but if you have a knack for it then keep at it. I’d also recommend joining writing groups. I learned a lot that way.
What else are you working on right now?
I’m working on book six of this series. Book four is at the publishers and books five I’m now editing to send to the publishers. Told you my characters don’t leave me alone.
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you and your work?
Well, I’m on FB and Twitter. I also have a website. My work can be found at the publishers – www.phaze.com, www.hardshell.com, and www.melange-books.com as well as amazon and fictionwise.
Thank you so much for coming!