Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Lori Beasly Bradley
I was born in southern Illinois I 1958. When I was 4 we moved to a Chicago suburb and lived there until I was in third grade. On Easter break my parents told us we were going down to southern Illinois to visit our grandparents and we never went back. I later learned that they’d lost the house and getting evicted. I was dragged away from friends and school and thrown into an alien environment with people I didn’t know or understand. I lost myself in books. I was an avid reader and could ignore the people around me and become one with the characters in the books I read. One of the teachers at the small rural school brought in copies of his National Geographics and I fell in love with history and archeology. I read them from cover to cover several times, then I turned to the encyclopedias. I went through them page by page and read about interesting people and places. I was that weird kid from Chicago who didn’t fit in. In the seventh grade, I began writing stories and drove my teachers crazy. I’d write a page, pass it back until it had been passed all around the room. If I wasn’t writing, I was reading. In high school, I was encouraged by teachers to continue reading and writing. I read almost every genre in cycles. I read Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology for a while. I went through a Civil War period, a Regency Romance, Horror, Western, detective story, and true crime phase. In my freshman year in high school I read Dune and fell in love with Science Fiction. In my early twenties I read The Shattered Chain by Marion Zimmer Bradley and got hooked on Sword and Sorcery Fantasy. I read that genre for the next twenty years. Then I read an Ann Rice novel and read everything of hers I could find. In my late thirties I discovered Clive Cussler and have been an avid Action/Adventure reader. I read James Rollins, and Steve Berry. Now I write Women’s Historical Fiction set in the 19th Century because I love the clothes.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I began writing in the 7th grade. I tried selling some acrticles in my 20’s, but kids, husbands, school and jobs got in the way. After havng a stroke at age 51 and becoming disabled, I had more time to write. I self-published my first novel at age 55.
How do you find inspiration?
My weird jumbled mind.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I write, sitting on my couch with my laptop on my knees and listening to the Zen music channel on my tv.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
At ths time I am hooked on Action/Adventure by James Rollins.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Book 2 of my Soiled Dove Sagas about two women practicing prostitution in the Old West.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To keep my bank account full.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I listen to the Zen music channel on Direct TV.
Who is your favorite villain?
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
$1000 a month. Masnaging a million dollars would be too much work.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
The Vampire Lastat