BARBARA DONLON BRADLEY (Cont.) INTERVIEW MFRW: When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms? What genre is it? BDB: I’ve been writing all my life, just never thought about doing it professionally. It took my mother in law moving back home to make me think I could do this professionally. She paid for my first year with RWA and my local chapter. When the chapter did an editing program, I submitted. I was going to be out of town that meeting and figured this was the perfect oppor- tunity to see if I had what it took. I figured if they didn’t like it I could slink away, never to be seen again, but they loved it. I was told it was raw and read like a screen play but it was enough to make me want to write profession- ally. MFRW: BDB: MFRW: 9 Would you like to write a different genre or sub -genre than you do now? Not really. I love science fiction and always gravitate to that genre. Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why? BDB: Very much. The world is dark enough and hu- mor brightens it. As a reader, I want to laugh and cry with the characters I fall in love with, but not everyone can write humor. I find my- self picking up books that have a good dose of humor in them. I need to be in the right mood to read a deep, dark book. MFRW: Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel? Hmm, I love bubble baths but steamy showers are great too. Ocean—I live near the coast and love it. Kittens: my cat would be very angry at me if I brought a puppy home. Chocolate, of course. BDB: MFRW: BDB: MFRW: Among your own books, do you have a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine? I love Heather and Storm from my Vespian Way series. In the series, I have several that are my favorites, but as other authors have said it’s the one I’m working on now that is my favorite at the moment. Thanks so much for talking with us.