Interview with Charity Bradford, part 3
November is National Novel Writing Month. LoveAndBooks.com is getting into the spirit by highlighting budding authors.
Charity Bradford is one of our featured authors of the month. She is working on her third novel, “Fade Into Me.” She’s trying to fund it with a Kickstarter project, which you should go check out.
In this third of four interviews with her, she tells us about her views on writing.
L&B: How did you get started in writing?
CB: I knew I wanted to be a writer by the age of 14. When you love books so much, you can’t help but want to see your own name on the book shelf. All through high school I played around with stories, but I just couldn’t finish anything. I was young and there wasn’t a lot of support. Years later, after 3 children and a near death experience I returned to those dreams of my youth. I realized I might not have the time to wait before chasing my dreams. The serious writing started in 2009.
L&B: What books have most influenced your life most?
CB: Another hard to answer question. It might sound cliche, but the Bible and the Book of Mormon helped me heal from the inside during the hardest times of my life. I’d escape with fiction, but my religion held me together so I could keep living and take care of my family.
L&B: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
CB: As a writer, we have to learn from many other writers. Since I’ve read books on writing by Larry Niven, David Gerrold and Orson Scott Card, I’ll pick them for my well know mentors. However, the blogging community provided a wonderful chance to interact with other writers like Janice Hardy and Beth Revis. C. D. Coffelt is also a good friend and critique partner, and Alex Cavanaugh has become every writer/blogger’s hero.
L&B: Do you have any advice for other writers?
CB: My greatest advice is to write for yourself and find what works for you. There is so much advice out there on how to write, but not all of it will work for you. Each of us hear our muses in different ways and trying to follow someone else’s formula might block your own creative energy. There’s no wrong way to write. Especially if you’re following your heart and sharing the story inside you. It’s your story! No one has the right to tell you it’s wrong.
L&B: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. (organizations, clubs, store, blog, etc)
CB: With the Magic Wakes I had some wonderful friends that encouraged me to never give up. Now I have a writer’s group that does the same thing. We meet at a local frozen yogurt place called Kikkiberri. The owners of this shop have been wonderful to all of us. During the winter they close earlier, and yet they allow us to stay past closing every night we meet. When I asked them why, they simply said they want to do what they can to support the arts. How nice is that!
L&B: Do you view writing as a career?
CB: Yes! My family doesn’t see it that way, but if I keep working at it they’ll come around. Sadly, “work” often gets in the way of my writing career.
L&B: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
CB: I’m a creature of habit and if my schedule gets thrown off track I’m a mess. Writing screeches to a halt and doesn’t start again until all my patterns are back in place. I think I have a tiny bit of OCD and I really need my patterns and schedules!
L&B: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
CB: Yes. I’d love to take the things I’ve learned since releasing TMW and rewrite it. The story itself wouldn’t change, but there are little details that could be filled in.
L&B: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
CB: I’ve always been a journal writer. In high school I played at writing. That’s how I work through things. Since I also loved to read, I think it was only a matter of time before I combined the two things that are good for my soul.
L&B: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
CB: I did the first few months after TMW came out. The best trip was from Arkansas to North Carolina for the release party. It was the time to be with good friends and celebrate years of hard work. I’d love to travel more and meet potential readers, but I still have kids at home and it’s hard to pull off. One day!
L&B: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
CB: Thanks for being patient with me if you’re waiting for the sequel to Talia’s book. Ryanne hijacked my mind and I had to write her story first. Also, I’d love to hear from some of you and answer any questions you might have for me about anything.
Read more about Charity Bradford, her new book (just in time for National Novel Writing Month), and her Kickstarter project in our next interview.
To learn more about Charity Bradford’s latest project, check out her Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452015847/fade-into-me-an-urban-fantasy-novel.
Charity Bradford also has a blog: http://charitywrites.blogspot.com.
You can read the first chapters of her books at her website, http://charitybradford.wix.com/the-magic-wakes.
She also has an Amazon Author Page, http://www.amazon.com/Charity-Bradford/e/B00FA3QRKO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1416188553&sr=8-1.