Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair. I started out life as a country girl in Michigan but spent most of my life in California until two years ago when I moved back to the country in Colorado.
I’ve done some first person non-fiction writing for publication, most of it from my experiences as a federal disaster medical team member. The most significant was my deployment at Ground Zero. I’ve also written a number of short stories for anthologies.
My biggest work is the six book series called, “Partners”. It’s contemporary medical fiction with strong romantic suspense elements. Some of the books have been called thrillers. Some It follows the life of firefighter-paramedic, AJ Donovan. When he's not saving lives, AJ is a quiet man who shuns affection and feels unworthy of love. His dark hair, brilliant blue eyes and firefighter's physique are what women want but sex is all he has to give them. The deep emotions needed for a lasting relationship elude him. A new female partner, Quinlan O'Leary, is unique in AJ’s life as the only woman who's ever cared for him without expecting anything in return. When she saves his life from a near drowning, a spark of trust opens the door to new feelings.
In Book II, AJ and Quin face an old nemesis from his past and discover the reason for AJ’s PTSD. He goes undercover in a jail to try and save his own life as well as protect his family.
Book III has AJ going through medical school. He starts his career as an physician in the same ER he transported his patients to as a paramedic. He feels safe from the dangers that came with being a firefighter until he’s abducted by a group of gang bangers who need him to treat injured members.
Book IV has AJ as a second year resident working in the ER and on a helicopter with a physician partner, Dylan. Dylan convinces he and Quin to join him on a disaster medical assignment in the Caribbean after an earthquake. It’s a wonderful experience until Dylan and Quin turn up missing. It’s up to AJ and Dylan’s wife, Annie to find them.
Partners, Odyssey of the Phoenix http://amzn.to/2dqqSb9
Partners, Challenge of the Phoenix http://amzn.to/2ewyFUN
Partners, Sacrifice of the Phoenix http://amzn.to/2l1IcXN
Partners, Transformation of the Phoenix - ready for publication
Partners, Heart of the Phoenix - in process
Those all sound fantastic! And I'm sure they read as very authentic, given your personal experience. What stories you must have!
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I started making up stories at a very young age. My grandmother had been an English teacher. I used to type stories from Grimm’s Fairy Tales on her old manual typewriter. I continued to write stories and journal as I grew up but never intended to publish anything. When I started working on an ambulance as an EMT then as a paramedic, I wanted to capture some of the adventures so I started writing them down. (Most of them were in the “you can’t make this sh*t up” category.) Over time the journal entries became part of a fictionalized work utilizing my experiences and drawing characters from the EMTs, paramedics, cops, hospital folks and firefighters I worked with. It took many years before I considered publishing that first book. My goal was to give readers a look inside the lives of real people with their real world challenges and triumphs.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Books I-III are on Amazon. Book IV will be published in the very near future. Book V, where the family and friends take a trip to Scotland, is currently being written.
Who is a person you greatly admire and why?
Dr. Joe Holley. I met him almost six years ago when I interviewed him at an EMS show. Shortly thereafter he offered to sponsor the Disaster Podcast and I became the producer and co-host. We reach a large number of listeners and provide disaster preparedness advice. Joe is an ER doc and a USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) doc. He uses his time and expertise to care for his team as well as the patients they rescue. He owns a company that provides experiential training for police, firefighters and EMS and is on the cutting edge of CPR research. Joe has become a good friend and I admire him for the fact that everything he does is for the benefit of other people. (He gave me lots of advice in Book IV so I added him as a character). In his “spare” time he fosters dogs.
He sounds like someone who needs his own series!
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
I wish someone would have told me to have faith in myself and my writing. I sat on the first book for many years before I published because I didn’t think it would be good enough. Advice? The first one won’t be the best you ever write but you have to start somewhere. What good is a story if no one gets to enjoy it?
City, suburb, or small-town?
I’m a small town girl
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
White chocolate – yummy!
Alpha, beta, or both?
I’ve never heard of a protagonist who was beta
Wine, whiskey or punch?
I’m a wino, LOL
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Big juicy burger
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Strangely, boxer briefs seem more sexy than commando. Leaves something to the imagination
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Cowboy boots but hiking boots work too.
Leather, lace, or silk?
Leather – I’m a bit of a tomboy (but don’t read more into that!)
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Crumpets, actually. I enjoy time in the UK.
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Depends on who I’m with, LOL
Biceps, abs, or buns?
That’s a tough one but I’d have to say buns
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
I appreciate what you’re doing to help other writers wherever they are in their careers.
Aww, shucks. Thanks!