Anne Bradshaw Author of “True Miracles” (interview)

Hello Anne Bradshaw is a pleasure to have you with us today. Tell us what is your current book and how would you describe it?

“True Miracles with Genealogy~Help from Beyond the Veil.” Compiling it was an amazing experience. “True Miracles” is a collection of inspiring research stories, spiritual moments as help comes from beyond the veil. It is unique, comforting, and powerful.

How and when did you gather stories for this book?

I put out requests for stories on many social websites, including Facebook. Genealogists from all over the USA and from other countries responded. It amazed me to read of the many different ways researchers received the help they needed. As someone says in the book, “Heaven is only a whisper away.”

I began compiling seriously at the beginning of 2010. The more stories I received the more fascinating, and compelling it was to keep going.

Is there a website for “True Miracles with Genealogy?”

Yes, I created a website at http://www.truemiracleswithgenealogy.com to further the book’s purpose of sharing research stories. I realize it’s unusual for most people to have more than one or two genealogy miracles in a lifetime—and many have none—but treasuring and sharing these events is so worthwhile. It also contained reviews.

Where can readers purchase this book?

It’s available in both paperback and electronic form. I deliberately kept the price low so more can afford to enjoy it. The Kindle and Nook eBook versions are only $2.99. I hope local bookstores will soon make it available. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download free software for your computer, phone, iTouch, iPad, and more on Amazon at http://amzn.to/4nck80 . Amazon’s CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/3477323 Amazon.com http://amzn.to/9IenR5 Kindle eBook http://amzn.to/cqZX9P

What other genres do you write?

I’ve tried my hand at several—YA mystery suspense (my other new book is titled “DINGO”), adult fiction, poetry, non-Fiction, and screenwriting.

What type of writing schedule do you have?

Now the children are grown and flown, I can write any time I choose, which is most of the day on one thing or another.

How do you handle life interruptions?

Interruptions are good breaks for me. If I type too long, I get neck and shoulder pain, so I welcome a change of pace—unless I’m in the middle of something that’s going particularly well, or coming to an end—then I grit my teeth and hit “save.”

What else do you do besides writing?

My hobbies include vegetable and herb gardening, photography, and getting lost in great books. I’m a lousy cook, but we have to eat. As for travel, if it weren’t for children and grandchildren spread around the country, I’d be perfectly happy staying home.

What have been some of your most successful work habits as a writer?

Probably my most successful habit is the ability to stay focused. And I’m happy to change a manuscript if it means a better story. Growing a thick skin against rejection was a tough one for me, because rejection feeds self-doubt. It never gets any easier to read, “Thanks for your manuscript, but . . .” However, these days I’m doing better at shrugging it off and battling on.

Do you believe there is any “magic” formula to being published?

I’d love to know it if there is one. Sometimes, it seems more like good luck, striking the market at the right time, and combining that with huge marketing efforts

We wish you the best in this amazing book, Anne.

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