1) What inspired you to write ‘Reconstructing Jackson’?
Hello and thank you for having me on your blog. With most of my books, I’ve envisioned a scene in my head. Reconstructing Jackson was that way. I saw a man in a wheelchair on a train platform, looking around as if wondering where he was going next or perhaps how he was going to get there. I started thinking about why he was there and the story just kind of unfolded.
2) For how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing seriously for about fifteen years. I wrote some in college and then had two children and time to write went out the window! But I got back to it as my daughters got older.
3) If you could have a cup of coffee with three authors (dead or alive), which ones would you choose?
Jane Austen, Mary Balogh and Harper Lee.
4) Do you plot your manuscript beforehand, or do you write ‘as you go’?
I do not plot. As I said above, I see scenes and hear the dialogue as if I’m watching a movie. I generally know the high points and the low points of a story very near the beginning of the book. I let the book tell its tale so I guess that would be ‘as you go’!
5) What do you like most about writing?
There is no other feeling to compare to when the words are coming and the story is clear and I’m typing as fast as I can. There’s a groove or a mojo that is quite intoxicating and that feeling is what I like most about writing.
6) What are your three all-time favorite books?
To Kill a Mockingbird, A Prayer for Owen Meany and Slightly Dangerous.
7) Do you have a current WIP? Can you tell us more about it?
I am currently writing a women’s fiction novel set in a conservative county in southeastern Pennsylvania. It follows the first book I wrote set in this county, Politics and Bedfellows, which I will publish in the fall of 2013. The book I am writing now, so far titleless, is about a newspaper reporter that is following a variety of leads and has been told he also has to write the love advice column, his paper’s version of Dear Abby. Thank you so much for having me. Please stop by my website and leave a message!
About Reconstructing Jackson
1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.
Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans, cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.
Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle’s courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.
Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.
Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.