While the layoffs took place on March 6, 2009, Sherry Bell-Bradley worked at the company's satellite office, just off him. Unlike her colleagues, she learned of her faith the next day when she received her testimony by mail. Instead of writhing in self-pity, Sherry turned to her writing and began building the basis for her secret comedy murders, Who killed Uncle Pete? The scenic play was an immediate success since it debuted for the first time in 2009. Although Sherry failed to uncover and destroy the secret of the one who actually killed Uncle Pete (yOh, she would have to see it for herself), but she agreed to discuss inspiration behind stage design, future projects she is currently working on, and her most influential writer.
Janet Thomson: Good morning, Sherry, thank you for taking the time to talk to me.
Sherry Bell-Bradley: Contacts Good morning Janet and thank you for having me.
JT: Let's go for it. Who or what is the inspiration behind Who killed Uncle Pete?
SB: I used the nicknames of some family members, but the characters don't depict my family. Uncle Pete was created by listening to the family, and friends referred to their own family members. I combined these qualities to create the character of Uncle Pete. Nettie, Dulie, and Dump: All these women I was at one point in my life: a ship, a feist, or simply tired of blind relationships. If she inspires me, it's my grandmother Cleaster McCloud who has gone through since.
JT: I understand this is your first comedy production. When did you get the idea?
SB: For years, my writing style has focused on the social problems or experiences I have encountered. I wanted to see if I could change my writing style – I wanted to see if my writing could be comical. It was my turn to host the Girls Night Out and I decided to take the opportunity. I wrote a parody and put it on the backyard. I invited family and friends. After the party, I thanked everyone for coming and told them that the parody was a debut Who killed Uncle Pete? – The next day I started writing to make parody a game.
JT: Why did you decide to write as a career?
SB: I decided – my destiny did. I have been writing since I was nine. I could take 10 spelling words and write a mystery. Throughout the summer, I wrote a collection of poems throughout the year and gave it to an English teacher, Mrs. Grant.
JT: Sherry isn't many people understand their purpose in life, how lucky you should have known so early that writing is your destiny. Now he tells us what circumstances have led to your career moving from a legal secretary to a full-time playwright.
SB: I have been in corporate America for a long time as a legal secretary, administrative assistant – writing was a hobby. I wrote parodies and poetry for the churches I attended. I even had the opportunity to write a game Promise who focused on physical abuse with the drama team Coleman Jr. High School Drama at Grenville High School. In January 2009, I founded Mississippi Magnolia Productions, LLC. In March 2009 I was dismissed from work for 8 1/2 years without notice. Then, on June 7, 2009, I was hit by a car while walking in my sister's yard. The injuries I suffered; torn ligaments in both knees; damaged cartilage; fracture of bones and spine and nerves. I experienced a short-term memory loss, a loss of right hand mobility due to a pinched nerve and spinal injury. I stood or sat only for a short time. Now in mind, my show was scheduled for debut 22-23. June 2009.
JT: Wow talk about the toughness and determination of Sherry. You are very blessed that you are still here and that you have a chance to continue this project. I understand that you had some exciting and interesting circumstances when you combined this production, can you talk about these experiences?
SB: Yes, three weeks before my opening program – I can't remember most of the events that led to the debut due to medication and pain, but I remember we sold out. Although I had a wheelchair on standby, God gave me the strength to go out and thank the fans.
The January show was organized mostly from bed because my body hurt daily with pain, and the only outlet I wrote was therapy. Again and again I researched the DVD exams and then I went to work. I made the necessary changes and again, the show sold out on 14th Street Playhouse in January 2010.
On May 15, 2010 we traveled to my hometown of Greenville, Mississippi, with a stellar performance at the historic E. E. Bass Cultural Center. Later, in October 2010, we returned to our community at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Georgia with another successful show. I wasn't released until May 2010, the week I was due to travel to Mississippi. I haven't been able to work for almost a year, but my writing kept my mood.
JT: Sherry's story is definitely an inspiration for others, especially businesswomen. Where do you get motivation or inspiration for writing?
SB: Writing is therapy for me. As I write, it relieves stress and gives me the opportunity to reflect on some of the incidents I have encountered on paper. It is a ministry – here I can offer my testimonies, which hopefully bring up, uplift and encourage someone else.
JT: Your story certainly encouraged me. What is your goal? Who killed Uncle Pete?
SB: In the near future, I hope to get investors, take production on the road, and one day we will see Who killed Uncle Pete on the Marquis at Fox in Atlanta, Georgia.
JT: You have such a drive that I'm sure it will happen. Are you working on new projects?
SB: I am. There is a continuation Who killed Uncle Pete as well as several other games I will be working on this year.
JT: When can we expect a book of your memory?
SB: Now I can't really say. I'm so happy to write games, travel and present productions I don't know right now.
JT: Who is your favorite writer and why?
SB: Mayo Angelou, I've loved her since I was a kid. I bought and read her collection one book at a time. The novels of me and Mrs. Angela on a nice sunny day, lying on a blanket in the garden of my mother's house – I could escape my life and travel with Mrs. Angela, experience her life, laugh when she was happy and cry when she was happy experienced difficulties. I would write poetry because one day – I would be as famous as Mrs. Angelou.
JT: Will the DVD be created for purchase in the near future?
SB: Yes, we expect Who killed Uncle Pete available for purchase in 2012.
JT: How can people contact you?
SB: I'm within range https://twitter.com/#!/sherrybbradley
JT: Sherry thank you very much for sharing your journey and wish you every success.