Archives for July 2016

What Inspires You?

I’m excited to get to host a fellow Soul Mate Publisher today on my blog. Linda Bradley is here to share about her Montana Bound Series. A series that follows her character Maggie Abernathy very closely. I love Linda’s book covers. The earthiness of them reminds me why I fell in love with books to begin with. Books have a way of pulling you in and slowing you down. I love reading a good book, and Linda shares with us how art inspires her to write good books.



Writing is a twenty-four-hour endeavor in my book. The hours of a regular day may be filled with teaching seven-year-olds, worrying about the kids, caring for my mother, or walking the dog, but summer brings reprieve. The warm sunshine brings rejuvenation.

My story characters linger in my mind no matter what I’m doing. Even through the busiest times, or the laziest of days they’re hatching new plans, seeking adventure, and cultivating seeds of evolvement. Much like myself, and I suspect others.

Maggie Abernathy is the main character in my Montana Bound Series. In the wakes of finding herself alone, her hobby of hand-painting black-and-white photos isn’t just an activity to fill her days. This endeavor evolves into a passion, thus silently leading her toward a new beginning.

With an art background, I’ve been pondering Maggie’s ability to make ordinary salt-and-pepper photographs come to life with the traditions lighting her world. This summer, I’ve colored a few pictures myself as a means to stay connected to her.

First, I chose a photograph taken in Montana while researching White Park Cattle. I altered the image on the computer then printed it out. Colored pencils are one of my favorite medium to work with so I dug out my bag of colors and got to work.


Henry David Thoreau said, “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” As a writer and an artist, it is easy to see the parallel drawn between these two great statements. Take from it what you will. For me, I draw inspiration, tending to the roots that have allowed me to connect with readers.


Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.

Linda has two grown sons, lives with her husband, and rescue dog in Royal Oak, Michigan

Erin Bevan