By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – When it came time for Tupelo native Laura Fisher to sit down and write her first book, she couldn’t shake the thought of a young Tupelo woman who was killed in December of 1974.
That’s where Fisher’s first book, “The Prophecy of Natalie Bradford,” begins, with the 1974 shooting in the parking lot of the Rex Plaza, now Woody’s.
Fisher has changed the names of the players and some locations in the story, as well as dramatized some of the events to protect those involved but she said a very large majority of the book comes from actual events.
“I’ve known about this story since I was a child, but I enrolled in a writing course, probably 10 years ago and part of the responsibility in that course was to write a novel,” Fisher said. “It was a year-long course and in brainstorming about what I should write about, a family member suggested this case. The rest is history.”
Fisher showed the book to friends and professors after the course and finally decided to have it published this year.
“Natalie Bradford, who was not a believer in paranormal phenomenon, finds herself as an operating room nurse the night Liz Bradford’s killer is admitted,” Fisher said. “There was an extraordinary synchronicity that seemed to be parallel, a prediction, warning sign, but Natalie Bradford was completely oblivious to them. Denial can be deadly if you’re not paying attention to that kind of thing.”
Fisher said she spent weeks pouring over court transcripts in preparation for the novel.
She will sign copies of the books at Barnes & Noble Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and July 28 at Gum Tree Bookstore from noon until 1:30 p.m.