I'm not really one for the gossip columns but I'm totally hooked on authors' lives. We're such a particular specimen. No one in my private circles even dreams of writing fiction so I hang on to every word my author friends tell me about their outlook on life and their struggle to fit in in the non-writing circles they frequent as wife, mother, employee, etc.
One thing is as clear as a bell: when an author is taken on by a publishing company, it becomes the extended family. Jumping the band-wagon with like-minded folks is like a great creative homecoming.
There is no better way to get to know my new family at Tirgearr Publishing then by interviewing some of the authors.
Today, I'm very proud to present to you the lovely Irish writer Mary T. Bradford. Right from my first day at Tirgearr, only a couple of weeks ago, there was Mary, befriending me on FB and in our Yahoo group, making me feel less like an ugly Dutch duckling in an unfamiliar Irish pond. That she said yes to my suggestion to do an interview with her, just shows how nice she is.
Mary is a writer with a keen eye for detail. Her prose runs smoothly and her storytelling quality is apparent. Why are the Irish so good at this? It must be in their genes: creativity and richness in words and images have been with them from the beginning of time. I look forward to reading more of this author, who isn't afraid to write in different genres: a western, a family saga and soon an erotic story!
Get to know the author Mary Bradford...
Have you recently had a book published that we can congratulate you on?
My debut novel, My Husband’s Sin, is with Tirgearr Publishing and was launched last August.
My above mentioned book, is centered on the Taylor family, in particular, the youngest adult child, Lacey. The Taylors are a happy family unit until the mother, Lillian, dies. It is at the reading of her will, revelations come to the fore and rock their whole lives. How the family cope and how Lacey deals with this devastating news, is the road the reader walks with them.
Also my first western genre novella, The Runaway was launched this April, 2015.
Please tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey started when I wrote short stories way back when… I submitted them to magazines and papers and I was lucky in being accepted. Then one day I started a story that grew and grew and I ended up having my novel, My Husband’s Sin before I knew it. So I started sending it out to publishers and I got my rejections but I persisted and hey I was successful.
What does Tirgearr Publishing mean to you?
I have been very lucky with Tirgearr Publishing. I have made friends with other authors and Kemberlee, the owner is very approachable and always there to help. I know one hears about being a big family but in all honesty, Tirgearr Publishing is just that. Everyone will try to help others if they can.
Where did the idea for your first book come from?
The idea came when I was standing by a graveside attending a family funeral. I looked around and thought about the idea of secrets being buried with the deceased. I thought it would be a short story but it grew and grew. And hey, presto, My Husband’s Sin.
Who has inspired you as an author?
I really don’t know if I am inspired by any one author. Those that inspire me most are my writing friends, they don’t give up, and they plod along no matter what. People who chase their dreams and believe in themselves, these are people I admire.
What do you do in your free time?
Free Time?? Well when I do take a break from writing/promoting/editing, I read. Then when I tire of words, I craft, mainly crochet and cross-stitch.
What's next for you?
I have my first erotic romance being launched on June 24th, this year. It is titled, One Night in Barcelona, and is part of the Tirgearr Publishing, City Night Series. I am so excited about this and really looking forward to having it out there.
Thank you so much, Mary, for this lovely interview!
I am Irish and a mother of four and I enjoy crafting and reading when taking a break from all things writing. I am an open heart surgery survivor since my mid-forties and give thanks daily for my second shot at life. I love to travel and as of yet I have not been Stateside but hope to visit the US in the coming year.
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