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October 09, 2012

Guest Post Bud Bradshaw


 Welcome to VampandStuff  Thank you for comeing on and talking to us,

My Publishing Journey - Things I Learned Along the Way   


By Bud Bradshaw


     There is no one way to write a book.  Some writers are able to work within the confines of a strict regimen, and that's fine. They write at a certain time and place each day, rain or shine, and that is the discipline best for them.  Conversely, others find that working more sporadically, but in larger chunks of time, is more productive.  Wherever your comfort zone might be, remember that, above all, be patient and allow yourself some lattitude.  This is the natural bedfellow to "You can't rush a good thing." 

     If, for some reason, you're having a particularly trying day and your thoughts are not clear - but you force your writing anyway - it is the writing that will suffer.  So, don't force it.  Yet, you can still work on your writing.  Perhaps do some research, learn more about your subject; talk over some hypothetical’s with friends (without "talking your book"); sketch an idea for the cover(you don't have to be an artist); worked on the bibliography yet?  Will there be a "Sources" section.  On the other hand, you'll have good days when your thoughts fly, your characters scream, and your fingers can hardly keep up.  Be thankful for those days and capitalize on them, obstacles be damned.  The book will build over time, in its own time. 

     Above all, work with a professional editor.  If you don't know one, find one.


About Bud Bradshaw

     Bud Bradshaw’s fictional work, “RIVERWALKER,”  is his second work, the first being “BRANDISHING,” the true-crime story of the California Highway Patrol’s worst tragedy.  His previous formal writing experience consisted of med-legal report writing - chiefly as a Qualified Medical Evaluator and Disability Evaluator – and Intelligence report writing while he served as a Special Agent with the Army’s 109th MI Group from 1969-71.

     As an artist, Bradshaw’s work focuses on military history and the American West.  Many of his paintings, prints, and Giclees appear in private collections and museums in the U.S., Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. He is a member of the Western Artists of America. 

     Along the way, Bradshaw worked as a professional musician while earning his B.S. and D.C. degrees.  You may view his web site and blog at www.budbradshaw.com/blog


Purchase your copy of RIVERWALKER at Amazon


RIVERWALKER features the character debut of San Antonio PD veteran detective Gifford Holloway, a former Special Agent with Army Intelligence.  Holloway is in pursuit of the most despicable of criminals, a savage murderer who victimizes children and dumps their remains in the water and along the banks of San Antonio’s beautiful and world-renowned Riverwalk attraction.

Frustrated at the lack of progress on the case and spurred on by an encounter with the mysterious Madame Candelaria, a local psychic, Holloway contemplates calling upon his special gift of “seeing”, though officially off-limits within the SAPD, to help solve the case and end the terror.  Along the way, Holloway finds an ally in the capable and sensuous newspaper reporter, Salma Veramendi, who carries her own history of abuse

 On the bend of the river looms Adler’s Antiques, a historical landmark owned and operated by Wolff Adler, a drug-pumping psychopath descended from a familial line of predators dating back to post-World War I Germany.   Himself a victim of horrendous child abuse, Adler is the offspring of a Nazi father and a Mexican bruja, a witch who practiced the “old” religion.  Operating from deep within his secret lair beneath the Alamo, San Antonio’s most recognizable and sacred shrine, Adler assumes the guise of Tlaloc, Aztec god of storm, thunder, and … child sacrifice.  Adler’s demonic reign of terror, acting upon a distorted internal belief system - a synthesis of Norse mythology and ancient Aztec practices – has a stranglehold on the residents of San Antonio.   Wolff Adler has become the RiverWalker.

When his own daughter is suddenly abducted, Holloway pulls out all the stops and, with Salma by his side, closes in on the killer in a gripping climax.



1 comments:

Rebecca Camarena said...

Thank you for having Bud at your blog today.

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