Today I am excited to welcome author Fleur Bradley as she discusses her writing and more. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter her giveaway.
1) What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1. I’m a big foodie—I just loooove food. I’ve tried to eat a little healthier (since writing doesn’t burn a lot of calories…) but I’m still a sucker for anything sweet. If there’s a reason to celebrate, I’m there with the cake.
2. I love animals, and have five (rescue) cats and two dogs. I’m forever covered in fur, but make no apologies.
3. I love writing for kids. There’s nothing better than seeing a kid light up because they’re excited to read your book—and I’m a big cheerleader for mysteries.
2) How did you get started writing?
I actually started writing because it was a fairly cheap hobby 🙂 I was a young mother, and we didn’t have a lot of money, so writing seemed like a good option. I wrote short mysteries for many, many years before I tried my hand at novel writing. I wrote a few YA novels before my first middle-grade (for ages 8-12) Double Vision was picked up by HarperCollins.
3) Who is your favorite author?
That has to be Agatha Christie. I wrote Midnight at the Barclay Hotel as a bit of an ode to Christie’s books: it has a quirky cast of characters, a (spooky) mystery, a closed off location (inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado) … I wanted to write a mystery for kids that would introduce them to that great traditional mystery, but in a safe, not-scary way.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Write a review! I know it can be hard to sum up your thoughts, but just a few lines (like: this is a really fun mystery for kids!) can help other readers—whether they’re kids, parents, or teachers—discover a book. It can be hard to get noticed on the giant worldwide web. Also, you can tell someone else about the book, in person, on Facebook or other social media. Word of mouth is everything. And I’m always so grateful for a shout-out or review; I try to do the same myself, so I can help other writers.
Readers, to enter the giveaway for a copy of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, answer the question below.
QUESTION: What is your favorite mystery for kids?
About Midnight at the Barclay Hotel:
Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend’s work.
When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.
Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
About the author
Fleur Bradley is the author of the spooky middle-grade mystery Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking Books for Young Readers, Aug. 2020). She’s passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read. Fleur regularly does (virtual) school visits and speaks at librarian and educator conferences on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats.
For more information on Fleur and her books, visit http://www.ftbradley.com, and on Twitter @FTBradleyAuthor.