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About Me:
I'm F.T. Bradley, author of DOUBLE VISION, the first in my MG adventure series featuring Lincoln Baker (Harper Children's, Oct. 2012).

I also write short crime fiction, though not as much as I used to... My stories have been published in The Thrilling Detective, Stories for Children and Discount Noir.
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Elmore Leonard, Mary Downing Hahn, Jason Starr.

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Money, Money, Money

It ain’t easy being a writer. And I’m not talking about the hard work, the solitude, the craft—that’s a post for someone else’s blog. I’m talking about the money we want to spend wisely. Namely, the money most of us don’t have.

And this isn’t about the not-enough-to-live-on advances either, or the… Continue

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Review: Diary of a Witness (YA)

After hearing about it at FiveAwesomeYAFans, I read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Diary of a Witness. The cover is really nice (you can see it here), simple and foreboding, which made me hope that maybe this was a mystery.

It was not. It was a real page-turner all the same though, so I thought I would tell you what this book is all about. Our main character is… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:24am

From the YA Sleuth Blog: Friday Links

As always, here are your Friday YA-related links, and some sundry items I felt like adding:

You can nominate your favorite (recent) YA book for the Cybils—check it out here.

At Teenreads, there are several contests to win books (you have to scroll down a bit to get to that part). Penguin also has a contest where you can win some classic books, more on that… Continue

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:00am

Friday Links: Ode to the Craft

After reading this article in The Village Voice (warning—lots of f-bombs), I got to thinking. Well, first I was laughing, then I got to thinking. Mostly about how dumb some people are, and then about how incredibly valid this point is: have respect for the years it takes to hone a craft, whether it’s painting, writing, or editing, whatever.

For this Friday link post, I thought I would… Continue

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

Check It: The YA Mystery Checklist

Now that I got my Edgar rant off my chest, and my soapbox has been reinstated as a coffee table, I thought I should think about criteria for my list of YA mysteries. Since everyone else seems to be so liberal with their interpretation of the genre.

So here are my four must-haves:

1. Must have a mystery as the central plot. This means the solving of the mystery has to be at the front of the story, and at the top of lead character’s list. Navel-gazing and peer… Continue

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 8:00am

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At 7:42am on October 23, 2009, R. Michael Phillips said…
Hi Fleur,
You're quite welcome. Since I'm an artist too I have a lot of fun with the promotional part of writing.
At 11:26am on September 26, 2009, F.T. Bradley said…
Flewr. I think. Most people mispronounce it, and I don't really mind :-)
At 9:33am on September 23, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
is that pronounced florr or flewr
At 12:49am on October 5, 2008, robert walker said…
Thanks for the tips you left for selling writing. I will definitely take a look at the sites you suggested. Until then, check out my new art work for my upcoming small press title Dead On at my website. Art certainly can sell a book and the paperback rights to Dead On are still available, so am going after a paperback pub for this title.

At 7:42pm on August 25, 2008, Lee Weeks said…
Hi Fleur
forgive me being cheeky, but you seem to be the one who knows all the other Dutch writers!! I am coming to Amsterdam to get some research done for new book and need to find a man who is happy to take me round the red light district, also love to meet for coffee with any crime writers in Amsterdam. Will be there from late afternoon on the 27th August (wed) and staying until late afternoon friday. I would really appreciate some help. many thanks x
At 12:10pm on January 30, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Good luck on those two YA novels! Let me know if you find a publisher for either one. In answer to your question, I've written the first in a new series, WICKED WHITEWATER, starring a whitewater river ranger living in Salida. Since 5 Star's pub. cycle is 2 years, I really need another series to get a book out in those intervening years. My agent is shopping the manuscript now.
At 9:55am on January 30, 2008, Grant McKenzie said…
Hey Fleur: The YA novella is a tough one to find as it was a tiny print run of 500 and mostly purchased by Mental Health groups, especially the Down Syndrome societies of Canada and America as one of the main heroes is a redheaded Down Syndrome boy named Measles. I have some info about it here: http://www.grantmckenzie.net/novels.html and it is still listed at amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/Avalanche-Prairie-Grant-McKenzie/dp/1896230202/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201650408&sr=8-7
I even received a nice wee note the other day from a librarian for the Center for Development & Disability/LINC in Albuquerque, NM who had read and enjoyed it.
At 10:56am on January 29, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Fleur,
Thanks for the congrats on my contract for TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET. I just joined Crimespace and am trying to make friends with folks I know from other places, like you. What are you working on these days?
At 9:24am on January 29, 2008, Grant McKenzie said…
Hey Fleur: Just saw that you write YA as well as crime shorts. Although my novel debut is in the dark adult thriller camp, and my shorts tend to be very dark crime fiction, I have also had a YA novella published that I still have a very soft spot for. I've even written a very cool sequel to it, but no luck with a publisher there, yet.
At 11:16pm on May 20, 2007, BJ Bourg said…
Hey, Fleur,

I know it's been a while, so I just wanted to drop in and say "Hi". I hope all is going great with you.

BTW, I noticed the discussion about your name and thought I would mention that the New Orleans Saints' logo is the Fleur-de-Lis. So, being a lifelong Saints fan, you can imagine how much I like your name. :-)

Take care,

BJ Bourg

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