On this episode of “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” I’m chatting with Patricia Bradley and Lynn Blackburn. Among other topics, we discussed how fiction allows us to sometimes twist the facts to suit our stories.
“Some things can be fiction,” Patricia said. “In my very first series, I moved the Tennessee River down close to Memphis.”
“With the Secret Service, I have done as much research as I can, but it’s the Secret Service—they’re not going to tell me everything,” Lynn said. “I’m going to have to use my imagination.”
Patricia is a Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, and three anthologies that included her stories debuted on the USA Today Best Seller List. She and her two cats call Northeast Mississippi home—the South is also where she sets most of her books. Her romantic suspense novels include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Crosshairs, the third book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, released November 2021. She is now hard at work on the fourth book, Deception.
Writing workshops include American Christian Fiction Writers online courses, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, the KenTen Retreat where she was also the keynote, Memphis American Christian Fiction Writer group, and the Bartlett Christian Writers group. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
Lynn loves writing romantic suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she’s a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations while she’s sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas!
Lynn’s titles have won the Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest series kicked off in March 2021 with Unknown Threat, a 2021 Christy Award finalist. She is a frequent conference speaker and has taught writers all over the country. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children.
Listen to the podcast for more from our interview, plus teasers for Crosshairs and Malicious Intent.