RIVERWALKER is Bud Bradshaw’s second book. His previous formal writing experience consisted of more than 25 years of med-legal report writing – chiefly as a Qualified Medical Evaluator and Disability Evaluator – and Intelligence Report writing while serving as a Special Agent with the Army’s109th M.I. Group from 1969-71. Bradshaw worked as a professional musician while earning his B.S. and D.C. degrees, all the while developing a career as a noted historical artist. You may view his web site and blog at budbradshaw.com/blog or via Twitter@budbradshaw1
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Bud. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
RIVERWALKER is my second book.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
My first book was titled BRANDISHING.
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
There were many rejections, exact number not known, over a period of several years.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
Rejection in any form is usually not pleasant; on the other hand, I persevered because of the faith I had in my work.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
The first book was also published as an e-book on Amazon Kindle; they had a good reputation. It was also widely known that many mainstream publishers and bookstores were closing down, and that the e-book industry, at the same time, was dramatically on the rise.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
The feeling was akin to having successfully finished a very, very long journey.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Since the first publication was of the true-crime genre involving the CHP, I sent a mass mailing to law enforcement offices throughout the state of California.
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
If there were a shorter route, yes.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
With RIVERWALKER being a work of fiction, the growth has been in terms of a greater range of creativity.
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
We didn’t use the Box system until the very end; wish we had had it all along. It would’ve decreased the back-and-forth considerably.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
More confidence in my writing.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
My work now is in writing and art.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
It is, indeed, a fusion of the two worlds. In many ways, they are one and the same, i.e., you can paint with words and write with color.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
Ten years better than I am now, although I hope the gray hair and wrinkles won’t manifest too seriously in the work.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Never listen to those who tell you that you can’t do it or that you’ll never succeed; those people are almost always projecting their own limitations and failures. Have confidence and faith in your own capabilities, that unique, creative spark within you. At the same time, however, be willing to learn and grow.
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.