Mystery author Bradley Wright is under the spotlight
today as he talks to me a little bit about his debut novel, Old Gold Mountain.
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am a writer and educational technology professional. I lived in San Francisco
for the past fifteen years but recently moved to Los Angeles with my wife and
five-year-old son. My first book Old Gold
Mountain is out now. Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also available through Apple iBooks, Google Play, and Indigo.
book will be $0.99 during the tour.***
Please share a little bit about your debut
a stolen painting and the protagonist’s attempts to recover the painting.
Justin, the protagonist, is an artist but he secretly supports himself by stealing
art. He is a highly accomplished cat burglar. When a friend of his has a
valuable painting stolen, Justin agrees to help track it down.
What inspired you to write this book?
longer had time to paint. I’ve always needed an artistic outlet in my life.
Writing was something I could do whenever I had a few minutes free. I wrote a
lot of this book on my phone. The idea for the book came to me when I was
riding my bike to work one day in downtown San Francisco. That was several
years before I actually began writing but the idea kept bouncing around in my
head. Finally, I sat down and wrote a detailed outline.
Excerpt from Old Gold Mountain:
happened to that painting you used to have above the bed?” I asked.
speaking, breath caught.
moment later, she whirled, flipped on the light switch, jumped onto the bed,
and placed her hands on the wall above the headboard. In the light, I noticed
there was a picture hanger still nailed into the wall and a square of slightly
brighter paint where the painting had hung. She ran her hands over the bare
wall then turned to look at me. Her eyes were manic, her body tense. “Tell me
this is some kind of joke, Justin.”
left for the gallery?”
I think so.” She stepped down off the bed and started frantically pacing the
room, looking everywhere. “I’m sure it was.”
never leave it open.”
said, turning toward the door.
grabbed my arm, pulling me around to face her. “I don’t care if anything else
is missing.” She was on the brink of tears, a tight, almost hysterical, edge to
her voice. She raised her hands, placed them over her ears, shaking her head
back and forth. “I don’t care. That painting is the only thing I own that I
care about, Justin.”
What exciting story are you working on
I have completed a young adult science fiction novel that will be published in
early 2019 and I recently started work on a sequel to Old Gold Mountain.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer. I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I used to be a professional
ballet dancer. Since I stopped dancing I’ve always had a day job and pursued
artistic hobbies. I painted for several years and was beginning to be mildly
successful. So, I think I just consider myself an artist who finds various
outlets for that energy.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
director and I have a young kid so most of my time when I am not at work is
spent playing with him and doing household stuff. I write in the evening after
he goes to bed. I am able to devote about 5-10 hours per week to writing. This
actually suits me pretty well. If I had more time to write I would just end up
procrastinating. With very limited time, I focus more and manage to be highly
What would you say is your interesting
I write whole scenes in my head. Sometimes if I’m in a boring meeting or
driving in traffic I will plan an entire scene and then later when I have my
laptop open I can just transcribe it.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I was a weird kid. I don’t think I had any idea about what I wanted to be. I
remember taking one of those aptitude tests when I was in Middle School and it
said I should be a forest ranger. I should have followed that advice.
Anything additional you want to share with
I hope you like my book!
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!