Promotional Interview with Cindy Bradford

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Your Name: Dr. Cindy Bradford

1. Where you are from and where are you now?

I grew up in Kilgore, Texas, in the East Texas Piney Woods, went to Baylor University in Waco, TX before I ended up in Dallas for 25 years. I now live at South Padre Island, Texas, at the southern most tip of the state.
2. How did you get started writing?

I don’t ever remember not writing. In high school I wrote poetry, but even before that when I was just a little girl I wanted to be a journalist, so I wrote little stories on leftover typing paper at my house. In college I wrote feature stories for a local newspaper and for the college newspaper. I taught English and journalism and then became director of communications for the school district. In that job, I wrote stories every day. I had numerous articles published in professional journals, but I always wanted to write a novel. When I retired, I began my first novel, which turned out to be Keeping Faith.

3. What do you do when you are not writing?

I love to work in my garden, especially with my herbs, which I use in cooking; another passion. I also travel every chance I get, and have visited about 40 countries in the last 8 years. Although I read many novels, magazines are what I enjoy most—since I have a short attention span!!

Even though I am retired, I do educational consulting, so some days I am in schools evaluating them for accreditation purposes. I enjoy this because I am able to visit schools all over the world.
4. What would readers like to know about you?

I’m funny. I have a crazy sense of humor and nothing is sacred. Everything and everybody is at risk, especially me, because I laugh at myself and the dumb things I do before anyone else. I am one of the most persistent, impatient individuals in the world, which can be a great asset at times, but it causes me and everyone around me stress at other times.

When I like or love somebody, I am their true friend. I love wine, and would like to taste it in every country where it is made. That doesn’t leave much ground that I don’t want to see. A list of a thousand places to see before I die pales to all the places I don’t want to miss. And although I am very adventurous, I am wiser now in my 50s and know my limits—well a few of them anyway.  I have an untamed curiosity that helps be a lifelong learner, but also gets me into deep trouble on occasion.

5. What inspired your first book?

I know this sounds crazy, and I have heard other writers before say the same, and I thought they sounded silly, but I had a dream that got me thinking. I changed most of it to fit what I wanted the book to be about, but it was the impetus. Since I read newspapers, I follow contemporary issues and events, and they serve as inspiration as well. My own experiences of places I have been and people I have met or read about lent support for the first venture, as they continue to do.
6. How many books have you written?

Two, but I am working on two more.

7. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they?

Keeping Faith and Promises Kept. They are both contemporary women’s fiction, but numerous men have read the first and told me they really liked it. If they have to go in another category, it would have to be romance, but there is so much more to both of them than just romance.
8. Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic?

I used settings and topics, which I had knowledge of, and researched every item I needed information about. I am very inquisitive so I leave no stone unturned. I ask a million questions of people who are helpful and/or knowledgeable about the subjects I want to feature. I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so I persist until I think I have all the information I need.
9. How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book?

That is not always easy although I tend to be very focused when I have a job or responsibility. That said, I am very global so I jump around a lot, but I never miss a self-imposed or actual deadline. That probably comes from having been in journalism for awhile, but it is also just an innate quality. My parents insisted that I be responsible, dependable, and always on time. I have a great many interruptions because I still do consulting work, and that drives me crazy sometimes. I also have friends who want me to stop and “play.” I stop when I want to, but I keep my goals always on the front burner. I want writing to be fun and not a job, so I know when I need a break; I take it, but I re-focus quickly.
10. Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?

Well, it would be great to make money doing something I love, but I don’t count on it to pay the bills. I hope that someday, writing pays off, but really it already has, since the ability to write has carried me a long way—from my first job, through my dissertation for my Ph.D., to having a good time just putting down my thoughts. Now, if I could be a bestseller, I would be very happy because I could buy more expensive wine, plus have a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
12. What are some unique methods of marketing you have used? Which were the most successful?

I tell everyone I meet about the book. Maybe that is why people are running from me these days!! I hand out loads of bookmarks, which look like the book and have my web site on them. I have what I think is a super web site where I post at least three blogs a week, and this appears to be paying off, especially since it is linked to my Facebook fan page (more than 125 fans) and Twitter( 800 followers). Book signings are helping me because I have been able to advertise these through the newspaper and a large email distribution furnished by friends and bookstores. I am also using online marketing such as bookmarking and other web sites. I send out a weekly email to more than 150 individuals, have an opt-in subscriber list, and use numerous sales distribution channels.
13. Do you sell through a website? If so, what’s the address? If not, why not?

I promote the book through my website www.doccbradford.com, but the books sales are handled through Amazon and other online book stores.
14. Where can people order your books?

On Amazon, www. wikio.com, www.Indiependentbooks.com, eBay, www. m.goodreads.com and BiggerBooks.com. Createspace extended distribution channel and Paragraphs Book Store.
15. What format are your books – e-book, print, audio etc?

Print, Kindle, MobiPocket
16. Will you write more books?

Yes!

17. What do you have in the works now?

I have two I am working on—one about a human smuggler and another about letters sent back and forth from friends to a woman in prison
18. What does the future hold for you and your books?

Enjoyment and I hope a great deal of success.

19. What was the most successful thing you did to promote your books?

Hiring a publicist/agent type person who understands technology and online marketing much better than I do. Social media has also been very helpful. I hope the virtual book tour is the Most Successful step!

20. What was the least successful thing you did to promote your books?

Book signings so far have not resulted in many sales, but I think perhaps the promotion of them has resulted in some sales online.
22. What makes this book special to you?

Keeping Faith was all mine. I wrote every word and had every idea that went into it. It was my first, but more than that, I feel a strong sense of fulfillment for bringing it to fruition. Promise Kept, the sequel, is mine too and actually my favorite because it was so easy to write and it gelled from the beginning.
23. What sort of comments have you gotten about the content of the book?

I’ve received more than 30 reviews of the first book, Keeping Faith, and all have been very supportive. Most people have told me they love the places I detail and they feel like they are right there. They also comment positively about the character descriptions and the overall story development, with twists and turns and the unexpected. Most people say they can’t wait for the sequel and I actually think they will like it as well or better.

24. What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?

Both books are “easy reads”, and they reflect the everyday struggles common to all people. They remove the reader from her own thoughts and take her to other places where she gets to “see” new environs, “meet” new people and experience a broad range of emotions.

25. What people NEED to read this book and WHY?

Obviously everyone over 25 who can read!! The books are probably geared toward educated women who enjoy novels about love and life and who want to “escape” for a few hours; Keeping Faith has also drawn in a number of men who like the unexpected twists and turns.
26. What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?

Watching people is a big help to me and paying attention to detail—what they are wearing, the looks on their faces and their body language. Traveling also sparks my interests. In my mind, I can build a character to experience a certain place I am visiting, and begin to see him/her right there in a story. Reading poetry or famous quotes helps also. So does listening to music. Both make me sensitive and mellow, which puts me in a writing mood.
27. What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?

I think everyone thinks he/she has a book inside, and most people are under the false pretense that if published they will be rich and famous. I know better than that, so I write because it is a passion—something that takes me away from all the other responsibilities I have and puts me in my own little world where imagination is bigger than life.
28. Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books?

Introduce myself to strangers and hand them a bookmark.
29. If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn’t interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy? I’m thinking something better than “Its the greatest book ever.” Give me something more specific 🙂

I would tell them that most times in life a closed mind keeps people from experiencing events or happenings that could make them very happy and glad they took the chance. I pretty much can guarantee them it certainly won’t hurt them to just read the Prologue and they will be hooked.

I actually am serializing Keeping Faith on my website. Every Friday I post about 2,000 words and at that rate, it will take about a year to post the entire book. So I would tell them it is free to look—just go to my web site: www.doccbradford.com and read the weekly excerpts or view the book trailers. What do they have to lose! They may not want to wait a year for the whole story and then the sequel should be an easy sell.

30. Why does the topic of your book interest you? Why would it interest potential readers? Give us a hook to reel in new readers.

In Keeping Faith, the topic of child abuse takes center stage as a contemporary issue. Unfortunately it has probably affected someone each of us has known. How the victim has risen above it is what the book is about. The story is not a depressing rehash of a bad experience, but rather about the triumph of the human spirit, of resilience and healing. These are attributes we can all identify with, and my characters in both books reflect people we want to reach out to and support, just like in real life. Promises Kept is more of a love story about an unforgettable young woman whose life’s journey has been filled with uncertainty, of searching for people and answers that others take for granted. Compassionate, courageous, strong-willed and persistent, she learns that sometimes these qualities aren’t enough, and that you just have to accept the cards life deals…but not without a fight.

Tour Note and Giveaway Details

We invite you to join us on the Promises Kept virtual tour and every comment you post on the tour posts – will get you an entry into a drawing for a copy of the first book in this series – Keeping Faith. Visit https://bookpromotionservices.com/2010/03/02/promises-kept/ for the complete schedule. For more details about Cindy Bradford, visit –www.KeepingFaithTheNovel.com and www.DocCBradford.com/my-books

2 Responses

  1. Good Morning Nikki,
    Thank you so much for hosting me, and allowing me to share some of my world with your followers. It is going to be a fun day for me to, hopefully, see some comments about me and my writing.

  2. Hi Cindy

    Great to have you on one of my blogs today 🙂

    I’ve done many promotional interviews with authors and other business people and its wonderful how we can learn something from everyone. Often hearing what they are doing can also spark a totally new idea 🙂

    Nikki Leigh

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