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Local author finds himself

LG Bradshaw always knew he wanted to be a writer, but somehow life took him in a different direction. After a 14-year career as a police officer, Bradshaw finally put pen to paper and sought out his dream.

"I always liked reading when I was a kid and thought it would be cool as a job but it didn't work out right away," said Bradshaw.

After getting divorced, Bradshaw decided to take some risks and wrote his book, Dot to Dot.

"Life is too short to be mired in a career that slowly kills you inside and stifles who you really are," said Bradshaw on his we site,

Bradshaw describes the book as a series of short stories with the central theme that we are all connected.

"It has a little bit of something for everyone," said Bradshaw.

On his web site he states, "These connections may be seemingly insignificant -- bumping into an old friend on the street or passing a stranger in a hospital corridor -- but they have the potential to alter the course of our lives, some slightly, others in more profound ways."

Bradshaw worked as a police officer for the city of Minneapolis for 14 years before starting his writing career. While his book is fictional, Bradshaw said his work as a cop influenced his writing.

"It's not a crime or police novel but certainly things I've seen have been incorporated into my writing," said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, which is a pen name, said although it was a little scary at first, writing the book was liberating.

"Once I got started writing I had a great time doing it," said Bradshaw. Since finishing Dot to Dot, Bradshaw had started two other novels.

Bradshaw said the hardest part of the process was getting published. He decided to self publish. Dot to Dot is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble web ites.

As part of the Local Author Series at Robert Trail Library Bradshaw will talk about his book and life at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14. He also will have books available.

Bradshaw said he will talk a little bit but also hopes to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public

The program is co-sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Bradshaw is the fourth author to speak as part of the Local Author Series. Past events have drawn large crowds to the library.

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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