Brad Carl

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Mason City, IA, The United States
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David Baldacci, Robert B. Parker, James Patterson, Clive Cussler

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Growing up in the Midwest, Brad Carl was influenced at an early age by the Hardy Boys book series written under the collective pseudonym, Franklin W. Dixon. Reading and writing would be a pastime of his for many years. Eventually, other aspects of his young adult life would begin to take precedent.

He still found time to read an occasional book from an author he enjoyed such as David Baldacci, James Patterson, or Clive Cussler. Finally, a few years ago, the creative bug bit Brad hard and he began to write again. Many of the manuscripts are still on a shelf or being worked on, including some short stories, a web series, and a sitcom pilot.

While not necessarily a lover of words – especially not big ones – Brad has always been fond of telling a
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Brad Carl I, myself, am still an aspiring writer/author. I can tell you one thing that I hear over and over: JUST WRITE.

Since releasing my first book, I have…more
I, myself, am still an aspiring writer/author. I can tell you one thing that I hear over and over: JUST WRITE.

Since releasing my first book, I have struggled with some of the business and marketing sides. I know what I am doing and what I want to do, but the learning curves are sometimes broad and frustrating. When annoyed, I simply go back to writing.

I have been told that the key to success as an author is having good material which works great because this is how I prefer to spend most of my time.(less)
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It’s that time of year again, everyone! Time for a new book from Yours Truly. In August I will release my new collection of stories titled 6 in the Styx.

 


It has been 2 years since I wrote and released 5 Dead or Alive, my first collection of stories. How does 6 in the Styx differ?

 


Well, the obvious first way is the number of stories. Duh, right?

 


But also, while a story like “Pop Star” will al... Read more of this blog post »
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message 6: by A.R.

A.R. Thanks for the "friendship," Brad.


message 5: by Kira

Kira Hawke Hey there Brad! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice seeing a familiar face. :)


message 4: by Brad

Brad Carl Hi Frank! Thanks for reading my bio and checking in! It wasn't until about 12-15 years ago when the Internet became so filled with information that I learned this about Franklin W. Dixon. I, too, was flabbergasted when I read it because I was just like you growing up - clueless about how these books were written. I still have a lot of my old books. My daughter started to read one (almost 9) but got sidetracked. Maybe some day she'll try again. They might be a little outdated for today's child.


message 3: by Frank

Frank Hey Brad, I just read your bio and am shocked [seriously] to learn that Franklin W. Dixon was a pseudonym -- and a collective one at that! I guess at the age that I was reading those books, I didn't know about pseudonyms, and wasn't experienced enough of a reader to detect style differences. Whatever -- I think I need a drink now.


message 2: by Brad

Brad Carl Jan wrote: "Thanks for the invite Brad. Congrats on being published- I'll make sure to check out your books! :)"

Well, thank you, Jan. That's very kind of you! I hope things are going well for you up in the Windy City! :)


message 1: by Jan

Jan Thanks for the invite Brad. Congrats on being published- I'll make sure to check out your books! :)


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