Born in western Pennsylvania, Holly Bush was raised by two very avid readers where there was not a room in their home that did not hold a full bookcase. This instilled a love of reading and literature very early on.
Ms. Bush went on to work in the hospitality industry and even owned a restaurant for 20 years. She most recently worked as a sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry where she is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing in guests from 22 states, booked two years out. Holly Bush has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has also done public speaking on the subject.
Holly Bush has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular fondness for political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West during the time of the mid 1800s. Ms. Bush frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.
In addition to writing, Holly Bush is a gardener, a news junkie, and was the vice-president of her local library board for years. She loves to spend time near the ocean and is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.
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If you had to describe your book in two sentences, what would they be?
Civil War veteran and lawyer, Reed Jackson, has no plantation to return to after the war and heads west to begin again. Wheelchair bound, Reed’s courage and dreams will be challenged as he forges a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?
“The sincere exposition touched Reed in a way that seemed foreign. His thoughts of family were as muddy and murky as the bayou, filled with pride, resentment and the undeniable knowledge that he may have done the same things under the same circumstances. Maybe, just maybe, his mother’s encouragement to begin a new life elsewhere came from the heart. And maybe she was right. He had best try and forget the hurts and the wrongs of the past and make something of himself in a new land.”
What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?
Historical accuracy, character development, language/style, emotional connection and pace are the five things I keep top of mind when editing. Truthfully, when I’m writing, I rarely think about anything but what I’m seeing in my head as the story unfolds. I just type the action and dialogue as I view it. Once the story is basically told, I put it aside for some amount of time and when I read to edit, I look for and find, of course, places where the language interferes with the story and where my characters’ motivation isn’t quite clear. That’s when a historical detail like a type of clothing fabric or a method to perform a task rounds out the setting and puts my characters clearly in a time period that may explain their actions. Or what the hero or heroine are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching can contribute to frame of mind and therefor motivation. Pace is always tricky and usually boils down to making sure every word or phrase or scene is moving the story forward. Emotional connection to the reader is more random and I struggle to describe what makes a character “feel” real although I know it when I read it.
Why should readers pick up your book?
As a reader myself, I love a book where I feel connected to the characters and long after I’ve finished the book still have a vision of them in my head and feel as if they existed and their life has continued. Reed Jackson is such a character, I believe.
What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?
There was no conscious decision. I have stories to tell though, and it seems that people like them. That’s motivation enough to keep writing!
What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?
I’m a sucker for a good romance, almost exclusively of the historical variety. I also like detective and crime novels. I read some non-fiction, mostly history or politics. I’ve written four historical romances and two women’s fiction novels. I like writing both.
What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?
Golly! That’s a tough one! My cell phone.My laptop.Comfy slippers.My husband. (Don’t tell him he came in fourth on the list.) My purse.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Hmmm… I think I’d like to be able to travel back in time, only if I could get back to current day, though. I’m too fond of clean water, aspirin, and vaccinations to leave for good. I wonder what it would have been like to live when the U.S. was battling for independence. Was there an excitement at our fledging nation for an every man? Did folks realize the seriousness and the gravity of the situation or do those observations only come after an event has played out? Was there a common sense of purpose felt not only by great minds such as Franklin’s, Jefferson’s, and Adam’s or was there a building excitement and promise shared neighbor to neighbor? I’d don hooped skirts and a bonnet to find out.
What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?
I hope to leave well-educated and kind children and grandchildren to lead and contribute to the next generation.