Patricia Bradley writes romances and romantic suspense. And, I’m proud to say, she’s one of my critique partners. That means I’m lucky to get a sneak preview at her novels. This story is one of my favorites in her Logan Point Series. Definitely a page-turner!
Join us as Patricia talks about the inspiration behind Gone Without a Trace.
The idea for Gone Without a Trace happened as I was writing my first book, Shadows of the Past. As I created the secondary characters around Taylor Martin, I ‘saw’ three friends growing up—Taylor Martin, Livy Reynolds, the Memphis police detective, and Robyn Adams. They had dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers.
As I fleshed out their parts in the story, I learned Robyn was missing, presumed to have abandoned her family. Something Livy didn’t believe. Well, I had to know what happened to Robyn, and so did Livy. In this book I explore her disappearance and Livy’s search for her cousin.
It’s funny how you never know what will spark a story idea. Many years ago, I overheard a news report about a woman who’d had amnesia for ten years and she was just now reporting it to the police.
That started me thinking. Why would someone wake up, not know who they were and not go to the police? I began to run various reasons of how that could happen through my mind. Maybe the person woke up, didn’t know who they were, and there was a dead body in the room. That could make someone not go to the police. Or what if they were in a room with a dead body and the person with amnesia was holding a sackful of money…and a knife. Yep, I began to see all sorts of reasons someone might not contact the police. I wrote a book based on that story spark. Unfortunately, it was before I knew a lot about writing, and it was terrible. But I think one day I might pull that manuscript out of the drawer and see what I can do with it.
Gone Without a Trace
The past is repeating itself—and time is running out
It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her after killing a teenager in the line of duty and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex—before it’s too late.
Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. She has written two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice, which is available on Amazon, and The Christmas Campaign, available in November.
Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN.
When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
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Links to books:
Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Matthew’s Choice can be found at Patricia’s Author Page on Amazon.
In Gone Without A Trace, Alex has a law degree, but he hasn’t taken the bar exam. Why do you think someone would go to that much trouble and not complete it?
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