Author Interview with Barbara Donlon Bradley, for Magical Quest

Please join me in welcoming author Barbara Donlon Bradley for the story behind her writing career. Magical Quest is a futuristic romance sure to keep you turning the pages.


Title: Magical Quest

Author: Barbara Donlon Bradley

Genre: Futuristic Romance


Grinnell is sent to find the barou master to help someone he considers family. What he finds is a beautiful woman he can’t ignore.

Mehanna has magic in her blood but she doesn’t know to control it. The one time she tried went horribly wrong. She blames it on the fact she had no one to train her. She had been dumped on the planet as a child, with no memories, and left to her own devices. The only thing she can create without an issue is a piece of fruit.

Grinnell learns she has trapped the woman he needs in a mirror. In order to complete his mission, he offers to help her find out where she came from and find someone to free the barou master. They find someone who helps Mehanna free the barou master and unlock her memories which reveal she has a real problem. She has a wizard coming for her. He wants her power and sent her to that planet on purpose.

Grinnell and Mehanna have to defeat this wizard before he destroys everything they hold dear.


What was the inspiration behind your latest release? 

I wrote a book called Quest for Love years ago and had it published. I wanted to write a sequel for one of the minor characters for a while but hesitated when I wasn’t sure of the future of my publisher. Now that I found a good home with Satin Romance, I finally had the chance to tell Grinnell’s story.

Where do you get your ideas? 

Everywhere. Sometimes they blossom from dreams. Other times I have characters beat me up so I will write their story. An idea will pop into my head at times too.

Do ideas for characters or plot appear first? 

Good question. For me I normally visualize a scene that start the juices flowing.

Have you ever traveled when researching information for a book?

Not yet. My only time of travel was based in New Orleans and I lived there for five years. I did a lot of research on the railroad on the sequel to that book. My futuristics rely on a lot of world-building.

When did you begin writing? 

I thought it was when I was in high school, but I started going through some of my old keepsakes and found an old journal I had forgotten about where I had a bunch of short stories in. I was maybe twelve or thirteen then.

How many hours do you dedicate each day towards writing?

As many hours as I can. I normally write at night, in front of the TV. I can tune out everything, but still be with my family. They don’t interrupt me as much if I’m in the room with them.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Writing-wise was watching my publishers go under. I had to pull all my books which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’m glad I did. They closed their doors about three months later.

What does literary success mean to you?

This is a hard one. I have success because I’ve published all but one book and that was because I never submitted it. I want to write for a living, but I can’t support me and my family yet, so in that way I don’t feel successful. These normally go hand in hand when looking at success.

What writing tips or marketing advice would you like to share?

Write every day. Even if you only write a sentence. You need to have the discipline to write or you will find excuses to keep you from putting word to paper.

Which authors inspire you?

Wow, how much space do you have? I had a wonderful English teacher who made us read all different genre’s. Ray Bradberry’s fahrenhieght 451. That was my introduction to Science Fiction. I’ve read Dauphin Demaurier, Steven R Donaldson, Katherine Woodiwiss, and JoAnna Lindsey just to name a few. I love Joanna’s books for their humor, Steven R Donaldson for his unique stories, Katherine for showing me romances that sucked me in so I felt I was in the story with the characters, and Dauphine for showing me how suspense should be.

What project are you currently working on? 

I write under a pen name and the book I’m working on is currently under that name (Bethany Drake).

Upcoming books, events, appearances, giveaways:

Fall Into A Book Giveaway, hosted by Isn’t It Romantic Book Club. There are over 265 Authors currently signed up! Readers can join in and play along all month long leading up to the big day, September 23rd. On the 23rd, all they have to do is see what the authors write, and they can participate for a chance to win one of their books. Here is the link to the group

A BookBub Event, hosted by Romance Lives Forever & Rene’s Getaway that is running from October 10th and ends on October 19, for participants to enter to win a $150 gift card of their choice, either from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All they have to do to enter is follow the participating authors on BookBub. The Links and info will be posted on my Facebook page once the event is live


Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books.

As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage.

Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with a cat who thinks he owns everything, and her husband and daughter.









Barnes and Noble

Satin Romance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: