Holly Bush is from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and is a gardener, a news junkie, and a recent vice-president of the local library board. She loves to spend time near the ocean. She’s the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.
Julie: Welcome, Holly. Why don’t you start us off by telling us how you discovered/decided you wanted to become a writer?
Holly: I don’t think there was any clap of thunder or revelation. I remember the first time I saw in my head the heroine of the first book I wrote (permanently in a drawer), I had been dabbling with some short stories and wondering if I had the staying power to write a novel. I thought that this woman had a story to tell and I started writing her story.
Julie: What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Holly: I never outline. I usually have a general idea of the story line but I don’t know how the story will play out until the characters start to develop.
Julie: Give us a sneak peek into the writing life of Holly and tell us about one strange writing ritual you have.
Holly: I don’t know if this qualifies as a ritual but I’m certain it’s strange. Many times I find myself typing with my eyes closed. The scene or action I’m writing is playing like a movie in my head and I just write down what is said and what happens. Every once in a while my fingers are one key off on my keyboard and then I’m in trouble!
Julie: If you were going to cast the hero of your book, what actor would get the part?
Holly: I think a young Tommy Lee Jones would make a perfect Jake Shelling.
Julie: Do you have a favorite TV show you can’t miss?
Holly: I rarely miss Parenthood and like NCIS. I’m completely addicted to Downton Abbey.
Julie: If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Holly: As tempting as Jamie Frasier and/or Mr. Darcy would be, I think I’d have to go with Mary Balogh’s Wulfric Bedwyn from Slightly Dangerous. He was confident and even haughty but not without some justification. He was smart and loyal and determined to get what he wanted.
Julie: Please share with us some juicy details about your latest release.
Holly: Train Station Bride is the story of Julie Crawford, a Boston debutante. She travels to North Dakota to marry a shopkeeper and care for his mother, hoping to escape a life time of family ridicule. Train Station events don’t work out as Julia has planned.
Julie: What was your inspiration behind this book?
Holly: I pictured a young woman traveling by train, fashionably dressed, but nervous and out of her element. I wondered where she was going and why.
Julie: Well thank you Holly for stopping by and answering my questions.
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