Author Lori Beasley Bradley grew up on a small farm in southern Illinois, where she fell in love with reading and writing at a young age. By the age of ten, she was reading adult fiction and, once she hit her early twenties, Bradley made an effort to write professionally. Husbands, children and jobs got in the way of her literary dreams, however, and she didn’t publish her first novel, The Legend of the Swamp Witch, until the age of 56. Influenced greatly by Bradley’s love of the American South, the novel tells the story of one family’s rich lineage in the swamps of southern Lousiana.
In 2015, Bradley published The Ruby Queen, book one of her Soiled Doves Sagas, a series that follows the lives of a pair of young prostitutes in the Old West after the Civil War. The second book in the series, The Queen of the Cow Towns, is scheduled to be released in late 2015.