Joan Hall Interviews Driscoll Lake’s Matt Bradford

Well, the tour continues today. I will be at Romance University talking about deep point of view, and I’ll also be visiting Story Empire author Joan Hall and taking a bookmobile tour of Pittsburgh.

As our Story Empire Roadshow rolls forward, I’m happy to welcome a repeat visitor to my site—Joan Hall. Joan released her first novel last year, Unseen Motives, book one of her Driscoll Lake series. She’s here today interviewing one of her characters, Matt Bradford. She’s also offering a prize. Read on to the end for more information.

Now, take it away, Joan!


Since my last visit to Driscoll Lake and my meeting with Stephanie Harris, I haven’t been able to get her off my mind. I have a sense she is in danger. Whether it is the person who sent the anonymous notes is unclear.

Stephanie is also strong-willed and has refused to tell the police. She won’t even talk with Police Chief Matt Bradford even though I got the impression she has a close relationship with him.

I decided to go back to Driscoll Lake in hopes of learning more. Maybe I can talk with Stephanie again. If not, it will give me a good excuse to eat lunch at Rosa’s Taqueria again.

As usual, the place was crowded during lunchtime and I felt lucky to be able to find a table. I sat where I could see people as they entered. Stephanie wasn’t around, but it wasn’t long after I arrived that the door opened and a man dressed in a police uniform walked through the door.

He was tall, at least 6’2”, and appeared to be in his mid-thirties. He might be a police officer, but he had the muscular build of an athlete. When he came closer to my table, I was able to read his nametag—Bradford.

So, this is Matt. With his rugged good looks and deep blue eyes, it’s no wonder Stephanie is attracted to him.

He looked down and smiled as he passed my table. I was surprised when he turned around and spoke to me.

“Hey, aren’t you Joan?”

“Yes,” I replied. “How did you know?”

“Stephanie told me about you. She told me about your visit, that you are also an author, and showed me your photograph on Amazon when she purchased one of your books.”

“She bought one of my books? I’m flattered, but I’m nowhere in her league.”

“What brings you back to Driscoll Lake?”

“Actually, it’s because of Stephanie that I’m here. I can’t help but believe she is in danger.”

He frowned. “What makes you think that?”

I hesitated. Should I break a confidence? If she was in danger, someone needed to know. “I probably shouldn’t say anything, but did you know she’s been receiving anonymous notes?”

“She told you about them?”

“Yes. She said she didn’t want to bother you—or do you know?”

He sighed. “I found out the day after her accident.”

“Accident?” I tried to keep my voice low, so as not to let others know what we were discussing. Someone didn’t want Stephanie around and that person might be in the room.

“Yes. Mind if I join you?”

“Please do.” I motioned to the empty chair across the table.

“What type of accident?”

“Someone forced her car off the road. She’s lucky to be alive.”

“Any idea who may have done it?”

“I have my suspicions, but Carlos told me to let him handle things. He believes my relationship with Stephanie… He thinks I’m too close to be objective.”

They are involved. Can’t say that I blame Stephanie. He’s one good-looking man. I quickly put aside my thoughts. Clearing my throat, I said, “Who is Carlos?”

“My detective. He’s looking into everything. You see, I blamed a good friend. I was wrong and Carlos set me straight.”

“Has Stephanie learned anything else about her father’s death?”

“No. And things have gotten more complicated since that body was found—I’m sure you heard about it, but I’d better not discuss an ongoing case. Anyway, Stephanie says she’s giving up and going back to Denver.”

“I’m sorry to hear that.”

“Yeah, me too. I had hoped to persuade her to stay, but she’s determined to go.”

“Maybe she’ll come around.”

Matt stood up from the table. “Yeah, I hope so. Even more, I want us to catch the person responsible for her accident. She won’t be safe until we do.”

“Nice talking with you. Please give Stephanie my regards.”

I watched him walk away. Stephanie is one lucky woman to have someone like Matt to care for her. But even though he is a police officer, I couldn’t help but wonder if even he will be able to keep her from danger.

·•◊♦◊•·

I hope you enjoyed the visit with Matt. On tomorrow’s tour stop, I’ll talk a bit about truth vs. fiction and how I incorporated two real life events into the story.  Unseen Motives is on sale this week for .99. Click here for the purchase link.

At the end of the week, I’ll select two random winners for $10.00 Amazon gift cards. To enter, leave a comment below. What is your impression of Matt? Care to venture what’s behind the anonymous warnings?


Well, if that didn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what would. I read (and thoroughly loved) Unseen Motives, and now I want to read it again. And I can’t wait for book two to release.

In the meantime, why not show Joan some comment love? It enters you into the drawing to win, and it lets her know your thoughts about this interview. 🙂

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour stops today! All our authors are talking about their various works and offering prizes of their own—but you’ve got to comment to be in the running. Remember, I’m visiting Joan today, and I’m also over at Romance University. Here are today’s Story Empire stops:

Craig | Harmony | Joan | Mae | P. H.

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing this interview with us, Joan. I always enjoy learning more about the characters this way. Matt sounds like a kind soul. This has since fast tracked up my TBR list! 🙂
    Thanks for the warm welcome, Staci!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Matt is one of my favorite characters in the book, Natalie. I loved Joan’s novel; can’t wait for the next one. Glad to know it sparked your interest.

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      Natalie, I replied to you last night, but not in the right place. I enjoy character interviews. They help me as a writer to get in touch with them better.

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  2. harmonykentonline says:

    Ohh, now, all these characters sound so interesting! I’ll have to grab me a copy of Unseen Motives… especially at just 0.99!!! 😃

    Liked by 2 people

    1. harmonykentonline says:

      Just bought a copy and can’t wait to dive in! 😊

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        You won’t regret it, Harmony. It’s a great book.

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      2. Joan Hall says:

        Thanks, Harmony! I hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      Thanks, Natalie. I think interviews are a great way to get to know more about our characters, even during the planning stages of our novels. Glad you enjoyed this one and thanks for your support!

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  3. tpolen says:

    Sounds like strange things are afoot at Driscoll Lake.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Oh, Teri… there are so many things simmering under the surface. I loved this book. Can’t wait for the next one!

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      And a few more yet to be revealed. Thanks for stopping by today!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. carmens007 says:

    A good looking guy, threatening anonymous notes, what can be more enticing? Added to the TBR list, no doubt. As about deep POV it’s something I am studying right now so your post is more than welcome, Joan.
    wishing you all the very highest sales along this tour!
    Carmen

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      I really enjoyed Unseen Motives, Carmen. I highly recommend it.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Joan Hall says:

      Carmen, thanks so much for your lovely comments. This book has a touch of romance and as Staci and I were discussing the other day, it seems to add depth to our characters. And thanks for adding it to your reading list.

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  5. Mae Clair says:

    Matt was a great character. Very down to earth, focused and concerned about Stephanie. I enjoyed the one-on-one interview with him, Joan.

    Unseen Motives was a fabulous book. Reading about it again makes me all the more eager for the release of book 2!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      I liked Matt, too. The interplay between him and Stephanie was great. When you fall for a character, it’s that much easier to fall for the book or series, and Joan was quite successful in that regard.

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      Yeah, I kind of fell for Matt, also. He’s a great guy!

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  6. Nice interview. This sounds like quite the intriguing place.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Secrets, secrets everywhere. I loved it.

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      Craig, Driscoll Lake is not without its faults, but I’m really fond of the place. Thanks for visiting today.

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  7. Joan Hall says:

    Stacy, it’s always a pleasure to be a guest on your site. Thanks for hosting me today and for all your support.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Staci Troilo says:

      You’re always welcome here, Joan. My pleasure.

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  8. Joan Hall says:

    Irene, Matt is one of my favorites (although he didn’t make a good first impression upon seeing Stephanie again.) Plus he’s gorgeous! 🙂 Thanks for visiting today.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Can’t go wrong with nice AND gorgeous. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Irene Aprile says:

    I loved to have the chance of reading about thus beloved character again. Like Stephanie (and Joan) I really like Matt 😉
    Thanks for sharing this interview, Joan

    Staci I can’t wait to read your post in deep point of view. It’s something I desperately need to get better at!

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    1. Joan Hall says:

      Somehow my replies always end up in the wrong place as did my initial response to you. Thanks again for visiting and sharing the word about our book tour.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Staci Troilo says:

      Matt was one of my favorites, too, Irene.

      And thanks for checking out the Deep POV post over at RU. I appreciate that, and I hope it helped you out.

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