Three Times A Charm with S.X. Bradley

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love meeting new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry and sharing their careers with my readers.

Today’s guest is author, S.X. Bradley. Susan tell us a little about you, please.

I grew up in South Texas, about ten miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. As a child I spent the summers in Mexico with my grandparents and extended family. During these vacations, I frequently created mysteries for my siblings and cousins to solve. These mysteries were my first stories. Nancy Drew soon became my childhood hero and inspiration to write mysteries for young adults.

My greatest joy is my daughter who is quite the storyteller and likes to come up with the characters’ names for my stories.

When I’m not writing or studying, you can find me looking after my personal mini-zoo which consists of two fish, one thief of a dog, and hermit crabs. I love estates sales, traveling, spending time with my family, and discovering new books at the Columbus Metropolitan library.
I graduated from the University of Texas, and am currently pursuing an MFA from Seton Hill University. My dream is to one day own a touch screen murder board like the one on my favorite TV show, Castle.

Can you tell us about your book?

In Unraveled, sixteen year old math whiz, Autumn, spends her days reading about serial killers and dreaming of becoming an FBI Profiler. She never dreams her first case will be so personal. Her world is shattered when she comes home from school and discovers her murdered sister’s body on the living room floor. When the initial evidence points to a burglary gone wrong, Autumn challenges the police’s theory because of the personal nature of the crime. Thinking that finding the killer will bring her family back together, she conducts her own investigation using her affinity for math and forensics, but her plan backfires and her obsession with the case further splinters her family.

When her investigation reveals the killer is someone she knows, Autumn offers herself up as bait and sets a dangerous trap to unmask his true nature and to obtain a confession for her sister’s murder.

Wow, that sounds intense!

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better. 

  • Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business. 
    • Get to know your characters before writing about them. It will help their voice come through in the writing.
    • Learn to critique and get critiqued-feedback is invaluable
    • Learn the industry and read books in the genre you write 
  • Top 3 most admired people and why you admire them. 
    • My father-he grew up in Mexican poverty, but put himself through medical school, then came to America and made a life for him, my mom, and eventually his kids.
    • Abraham Lincoln-He also had a hard life but used his will and intelligence to make something of himself. Despite strong opposition, he remained true to what he believed in and fathered great change.
    • Oprah Winfrey-She has done so much to help people with everyday life issues, in addition to promoting global and international issues. Talk about using your platform to make the world a better place. 
  • Top 3 pieces of advice for kids these days. 
    • Be true to yourself and listen to your instinct
    • You can accomplish anything with hard work
    • Advocate for yourself and others 
Very inspirational Three’s, Susan. 

Where can our tech-savvy readers go to keep up with you and your writing?


Susan, thanks for charming us on this week’s Three Times A Charm. Best of luck to you, your writing.


GUESTS WELCOME!  I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.


  1. Nice to meet you, Susan. Your book sounds intriguing. The cover is gorgeous and makes me want to learn more about the girl. I agree with listening to your instict and working hard. Best of luck with your writing.

    1. Hey Beverly. So glad you could stop in to meet Susan!


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