Today we welcome Patricia Bradley as she shares insights about her latest story. Read through to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.
Once upon a time…long, long ago, writers wrote and maybe went to a book signing here and there. Then came the MEDIA EXPLOSION. Now writers are expected to have a blog and respond to comments, be a presence on Face Book, Tweet umpteen times a day, have interesting Pinterest boards, not to mention Flickr and Instagram accounts and take care of a crisis like GDPR (I’m sure you’ve received umpteen requests to update your signup info for your favorite blog or newsletter) —wait a minute while I catch my breath.
Do you ever burn out? Once on one of the loops I’m on, a writer posted that she was ready to throw in the towel. She’d been writing for years and getting nothing but rejections. Boxes and boxes of rejections. She was tired of it and questioned that maybe she wasn’t supposed to be writing at all if no one was going to ever read her books. She reasoned that perhaps her time could be better spent doing other things.
I know how she felt. I wrote for 34 years, sending my babies out and getting a no by return mail—until email came along and then it was even faster. At times I questioned whether or not I was wasting my time, but in the end I kept learning the craft and writing.
Because every time I was ready to give up, God sent me some form of encouragement. I claimed Psalm 37: 4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
I knew God had given me this talent and to not use it would be a waste. And now this week, Justice Betrayed, the third book in the Memphis Cold Case novels releases! It’s my ninth book and seventh with Revell.
What if I’d decided writing was just too hard and given up at year 33? Remember, sometimes success is just around the corner. That’s why I tell writers to never give up, to keep writing and learning the craft.
Oh, that friend of mine who received all those rejections? One day her agent called and said an offer had been made on two of her books. An hour later, her agent called again and said there’d been an offer on another book. Before the day was out, she had seven offers for seven different books.
So, hangeth thou in there. Keep learning the craft. Keep writing. Keep improving. And wait. It will happen. Oh, and there’s another verse in Psalm 37 that writers need to remember. It’s verse 7: “Wait patiently for the Lord to act…”
Have you ever persevered and discovered success just around the corner? Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a copy of Justice Betrayed! (print for Continental US addresses, digital everywhere else).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point and Memphis Cold Case Novels are available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. JUSTICE Betrayed, the third book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels released June 5, 2018.
Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?
When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?