Oh Brad Johnson, you charmed me, made me laugh out loud, made me blush, and infuriated me. If you’ve read Present Perfect you understand my feelings toward Mr. Johnson. I will say this, he was a hoot and a half to write. I never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. In fact, I loved writing him so much, I almost made him a good guy in Present Perfect. But alas, there can only be one hero and Noah was it.
Even though most readers hated Brad, in a good way, they wanted more of him. I wanted more of him. Little by little his story popped into my head. See, I always knew there was more to this bad boy than met the eye. When approaching the story of Past Imperfect I wanted Brad’s redemption to have already started. I didn’t want it to be the regular, “the love of a good woman redeemed him” type of story. It was his love with Mabry, another damaged soul, that gave him the desire to completely be there for another person. Brad wanted to not only be a better man for Mabry but better person in his life.
From an author standpoint, I have two books that are the most cohesive in story, editing, formatting, and cover design. Past Imperfect is one of them.
I discovered a lot of new music artist when looking to fill the PI playlist. One of my favorites is Michelle Featherston. Her music filed most of the spots on my playlist. Her song, “I Said” is Brad and Marby’s song.
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- Mabry’s name came from a girl hat worked at a local coffee shop I went to many years ago.
- I love joggling boards just like Mabry.
- Channing Tatum in Magic Mike was the inspiration for Brad’s window striptease.
- The epilogue in PI is the favorite one I’ve written.
- All the places mentioned in the book (Middleton Place Gardens, The Battery, Boons Pub, etc.) are all real places.
- The song Mabry’s mom made up and sang to her, my mom made up and sang to me.
- The baby picture used in the book is actually my nephew, Brandon.
- The line that always makes me laugh. Brad’s brother, Peyton, introduces him to Mabry for the first time. Peyton already has his eye on Mabry.
Peyton- “Mabry, this is Brad. My little brother.”
Brad- Double entendre, motherfucker.
9. The couple on the cover are an actual married couple. She was 5 months pregnant at the time of the photo shoot.
10. Writing PI helped me belter define the type of stories I want to tell. My books will always have elements of love, friendship, drama, angst, humor, but most of all they’ll deal unique subject matter. Some will be very serious and possibly uncomfortable for people to read. But as for now, that’s the only way I know how to do it.
My Incredible Readers
Brad- Jordon Legault. Mabry- Lucy Hale
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