Talking with Barbara Donlon Bradley
Getting to know author Barbara Donlon Bradley...
How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters?
Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
I love writing SF/Futuristic and Fantasy Romance. The heat level always depends on the characters I create within the story. I say that because I have been writing erotic SF/Futuristic romances lately. One genre I’d probably never write is a romance during the Civil War or a regency romance. There are far too many things you need to know about the timelines.
Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
I’ve been working on a series called the Vespian Way. The series is about Heather, from Earth Security and Storm, the Vespian ambassador. They are destined for each other but were separated as children to keep Heather safe. Heather believes she is human until she moves to Vespia and finds she can read this old language. In fact she’s the only person who can read, speak and write it. She is genetically engineered and people want her because of that. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this series. The latest release is Stolen Desire. I had a dream about the first scene of Dominated by Desire and started writing. The rough draft took 5 weeks. I have just submitted book 8 Hidden Desire and am working on book 9 and 10.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
SF/Futuristic is different because it’s all about world building. I loved trying to figure out how the races I come up with are different. Yet how they are a lot like humans? I have to make them compatible in order to write those steamy sex scenes! What is their planet like? Their society?
Most of the world building I did was in the first book of the series but as I’ve added a few things as the series developed – like when Heather got pregnant I had to figure out how the shorter days on Vespia would affect her pregnancy. The series deals with time travel, cloning and altering the timeline. Thank goodness I love science fiction and am geeky enough to watch the science shows like Cosmos and Through the Wormhole so I know what to look for when I need to do a little extra research.
If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Been trying to figure that out but I’m not one of those writers that has to have an image of what the characters look like and haven’t really found an actor to portray either Heather or Storm.
How do you come up with characters names?
I don’t have a set way – they just kind of come to me. The characters in every book I have written have introduced themselves to me in some way, either writing or while trying to figure out the plot in my head.
What do you do in your free time?
Hate to say this but I really don’t have free time. I work part time, plus edit for a publisher part time and write whenever I can, I also am caregiver for my mother-in-law, and lately my mother has been having a few issues. When they both have issues watching over them can be a full time job at times. I can paint and was good at sketching I just haven’t picked up a pencil or brush in a long time.
How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters?
A bit. I have a lot of humor in my life and it bleeds into my writing
Do you have a list of movies like me that you are itching to see or have seen? What about ones coming up? Any that draw your eye to it?
I’m one to wait for it to come out on DVD – but I want to see the new planet of the Apes movie, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the new transformers movie. (And this gives you an idea when I filled out the form – they just started advertising the release of the transformers movie in DVD)
You are hosting a dinner party. If given the chance to invite characters from other series, who would you invite?
Mine comes from TV and it would be the Star Trek series. I love Kirk, Spoke and the crew.
If you only had twenty dollars in your pocket, what would you buy?
Hmm, I love books, what writer doesn’t?
Of all your heroes that you’ve written, is there one that you love above all?
I’d have to say Storm from the Vespian way – but I’ve really gotten to know him since he is a part of my first series.
What’s the most interesting way you got around a plot problem?
Most interesting? Hmm I work through plot problems while I’m merchandizing – that’s my day job, or driving to and from the stores I’m responsible for. I’ve also dreamed the fix. It’s kinda crazy.
If you owned a bookstore, what book would you make sure was in stock?
Wow...there are so many...umm...besides mine? I’d have to say Shanna by Kathleen E Woodiwiss. It;s the book that made me fall in love with romances.
What is next for you? Anything you want to mention?
I’m still working hard o my series, the Vespian Way. I have submitted my 8th book in that series, have started the editing process on book 9 and am writing the rough draft of book 10.
Stolen Desire by Barbara Donlon Bradley
Released July, 2014 from Phaze Books
Sci-fi Romance, Paranormal/Shifters
When Heather is confronted with her time traveling self she fears the worse. The woman came to warn them of a terrible accident but something isn’t right. The visitors her future self says are there to help only wants to kidnap her and kill her mate.
Using her mind she tries to protect her friends and family. Yet she wakes up as a prisoner after seeing the ship Storm is in blow up. She is now alone, and trapped.
Somehow she has to figure out a way home and hopefully reverse all the horrible things that have taken her family from her.
Phaze Books – http://phaze.com/book.php?title=Stolen+Desire
http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Love-Richard-Marie-Rochelle-ebook/dp/B00KZ1YEW4/Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stolen-Desire-Vespian-Way-Book-ebook/dp/B00MBZNLU8
Heather sighed as she opened her eyes and stretched. Before she could move she felt a warm hand on her breast.
“I see you’re awake.” Storm’s breath brushed against her cheek.
She looked up at her mate, who had a knowing smile on his face. “And I see you are awake too.” She was referring to the erection pressed against her hip.
“True, but I can’t help it when I have such a wonderful partner lying beside me.” Storm nibbled against her throat. “We still have time before we need to be anywhere.”
“Why didn’t you wake me earlier?” She smiled as he settled himself between her thighs. “You could have had all the time you want if you had.”
“Because the twins aren’t allowing you to get enough sleep yet. I don’t mind watching you sleep when I know you need it. It gives me time to appreciate having you in my life.” He dipped his head to her mark. “And waking you up this way is an anticipation I look forward to. I don’t mind stretching that out a little.”
“Because you know what will happen when I wake.”
“That is the best part.”
She felt him smile against her neck as he pulled the soft tissue of her mark into his mouth before he worked his way down her body.
“You are incorrigible.”
“And that is why I’m your heart.” His tongue lathed her nipple before drawing the tip into his mouth. She arched up against him and he slipped his hands under her.
A growl escaped him when they were interrupted by the computer system. “Heather, you have a communiqué from Admiral Barrister.”
She sighed again. This time in frustration. What did he want now?
“The last time he contacted us you ended up being whipped.” Storm blew against the tip before he climbed back up her body. “I’m inclined to not let you answer him.”
“Storm, I’m still part of Earth’s security.” She looked up at him, his face only inches above hers. “I can’t ignore him.”
About the Author
Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – whose 87 now, her husband and son.