About Bud Bradshaw
RIVERWALKER is Bud Bradshaw’s second book. His previous formal writing experience consists of med-legal report writing – chiefly as a Qualified Medical Evaluator and Disability Evaluator – and Intelligence Report writing while serving as a Special Agent with the Army’s 109th M.I. Group from 1969-71. Working as a professional musician while earning his B.S. and D.C. degrees, Bradshaw also developed a parallel art career and is a member of the Western Artists of America(WAA). He can be reached at his website at budbradshaw.com/blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter@budbradshaw1.
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Q: Thank you for this interview, Bud . Can you tell us what your latest book, RIVERWAKER, is all about?
A: RIVERWALKER is a mixed-genre (thriller/horror) novel on Amazon Kindle. It’s the story of a San Antonio police detective – Gifford Holloway - who uses his gift for remote viewing as a tool while in pursuit of a psychotic child killer along the banks of San Antonio’s beautiful RiverWalk. The killer, who owns and operates an Antique Store on the RiverWalk, is a twisted, internally conflicted monster, raised by an abusive Nazi father and a Mexican bruja – a witch who practiced the old religion of her people. Holloway has help from Salma Veramendi, a local newspaper reporter, also a victim of familial abuse.
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
A: This is my first novel. My first book, BRANDISHING, was a true-crime publication in which the creative aspects had to be judiciously applied. With RIVERWALKER, I got to pull out all the stops.
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
A: The greatest difficulty was in encountering the human history of child abuse, its various forms and expressions. There was no particular sense of writer’s block, just a matter of sorting out a very overwhelming amount of material, then assembling the various elements to tell an effective story.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
A: It has just been released, so no feedback yet.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
A: As the ideas germinate, find a quiet time, be it morning, afternoon, or evening, and get the thoughts down as fast as possible. Polish them later. Quiet is paramount.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
A: Watch old movies: action, mysteries, thrillers, history…etc.
Q: What book changed your life?
A: A trick question? Actually, an important one. Clearly, lives can be influenced by books – many books, even magazines - at various phases of life, depending on a person’s need and what they are seeking at the time. In grammar school, we would deal with Dick and Jane stories by day, but by night I would read the old magazine Classics series (House of the Seven Gables, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, etc), as well as the more adult stories in magazines such as Argosy and Adventure. I would come to school in the fourth grade talking about the Black Dahlia, while the other kids would still be dealing with See Spot Run. Later on, I was intrigued by the work of Poe, Rod Serling, and Ray Bradbury, because the stories were so peculiar and imaginative. The works of Leonardo da Vinci astounded me; a man whose curiosity and creativity knew no bounds: anatomy, mathematics, art, flying machines…etc. In my twenties it was Wambaugh’s Onion Field and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood that got me thinking about the possibilities of writing my own material. That all eventually led to my writing my first book: BRANDISHING. Completing that book changed my life in ways I had never imagined. The researching and writing of RIVERWALKER has also changed my life - my thinking – in unexpected ways.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
A: How about …..IMAGINING
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
A: that…..my still waters run very deep.
Thank you for this interview Bud. I wish you much success on your latest release, RIVERWAKER!