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Author Bruce Bradley will speak at the Robert Trail Library at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Bradley is the author of Fat Profits, a thriller novel about a corrupt food company.

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For years, Bruce Bradley worked in the processed food industry. So when he decided to fulfill a lifetime dream to write a book, he put into a setting he was intimately familiar with.

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Bradley is the author of the thriller suspense novel Fat Profits. The 352-page book is about a corrupt food company that will stop at nothing to become a Wall Street darling.

According to the book's synopsis, main character Andrew Hastings finds himself at a crossroads after a bitter divorce. He is struggling to prove he can be a great father while climbing the corporate ladder. Andrew works tirelessly to launch B-Lean, International Food & Milling's revolutionary weight-loss product. However, when a colleague leaves him a cryptic voicemail about B-Lean minutes before her tragic death, Andrew starts asking questions that lead him down a deadly trail of corporate deceit. As the death count rises, Andrew realizes he's the latest target, and he goes on the run to uncover the truth and save his family.

Bradley is a former processed food executive. In addition to his fictional work, Bradley is a food advocate and consultant. He writes about his food advocacy at www.brucebradley.com.

Bradley said he has always enjoyed writing and it's been a longtime dream to write a book. To prepare himself for the task of writing a novel, Bradley took some classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

While the classes came in handy, Bradley said nothing can prepare you for the grueling process of writing a book.

Despite the long hours it took, Bradley said he found immense joy in the process. He has already started working on his second thriller.

"I really enjoyed it, but it was a huge undertaking," said Bradley.

Bradley will be the first author to speak as part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council Meet the Author series this fall. He will present at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Robert Trail Library.

Bradley said he will talk about his book writing journey and the process of writing a thriller. He will also read some passages from the book and answer questions from the audience.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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