July 19, 2019

One Question for Author Mary T. Bradford

Welcome, Mary T. Bradford, to Maya's Musings and my special summer series of author interviews.

Question: What is the first book that made you cry? 

Answer: I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was sitting inside a window curled up on an old shabby sofa in my bedsit. The Last Snows of Spring is the book that had me sobbing so much, my then boyfriend was worried I had received bad news from home, when he called over to visit. I was nineteen years old and the book was a real page turner. I have long forgotten the authors name but it was made into a film and of course I went to see that too. It really broke my heart. The story is of a young boy, Luca who is neglected by his widower father. The father likes to party and goes through many girlfriends but when he settles with one, she and Luca become friends but only for it to turn sour. Then when the father tries to make it up to his son with a skiing holiday, disaster strikes. Luca has leukemia. My boyfriend of then became my husband and we are married 36 years in September of this year. he too can recall the day he found me crying my heart out. Since that book the only other one that I cried buckets reading was The Green Mile. 

Don't Call Me Mum

Raised by a cold stepmother, Lacey Taylor’s life was turned upside down by the stroke of a pen, putting her on a path to find her birth mother, Cora Maguire. Having found her, life is not as sweet as she hoped for. Cora is not the maternal type, for her, career is paramount to all else, even to her only child, Lacey. Their relationship, is at best strained. Lacey battles for her mother’s affection but when her life-path takes an unplanned twist, Cora is furious.

Lacey’s half-siblings, the Taylors want to help, but they have their own demons that threaten to rip the family apart. The price Lacey pays for happiness is high, how high surprises everyone. Don’t Call Me Mum, a drama that explores the ups and downs of life and what can make some families break in the face of heartache, it can strengthen others.

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