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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2ns Annual Historical Romance Event! Interview & Giveaway with Holly Bush

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, and vice-president 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.
Welcome Holly! Thanks for stopping by! 
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The leaves, weather, fairs and Halloween! What's your favorite thing about Fall? 

Fall is my favorite time too! Pumpkin Pie, leaves, turtlenecks, Farm Show and especially Halloween. My husband goes a little overboard on the decorating but the neighbor kids have a great time!

How old were you when you wrote your first book? Published or not. 

About 35, although truthfully I can’t remember for certain.  I always tell writers to put the date they began writing a book in the file name because sometimes life takes you away from a story or even away from writing for a while.

When you started reading historical romance, who were your favorite authors? Who are they now?

Maggie Osbourne, Lorraine Heath and Marsha Canham were the writers I first read and made me fall in love with the romance genre. I’m a fan of Phillipa Gregory and my favorite all time is Mary Balogh.

I can tell by ROMANCING THE OLIVE and TRAIN STATION BRIDE, that you love the 1800's. I do as well. If you could go back in time to a specific place and time, where/what would you choose? 

I think the opening of the west of this country, late 1700’s to early 1800’s would have been a fabulous time to be alive. The opportunities for resilient, hard-working people were abundant although I do appreciate a time period like today with polio vaccines, Tylenol and indoor plumbing!

Have/would you ever write in another, completely different genre?

I have a contemporary women’s fiction novel complete and another about half way. I’ve enjoyed it immensely

Do you read other genres often? If so, who's some your favorite non-HR authors?

I’m a sucker for good crime/spy/detective stories. Nelson DeMille writes some great ones and I’m a Lee Child addict. I’ve had an on-going reality/fantasy love affair with Child’s main character, Jack Reacher. Don’t tell my husband. I also like to read historical non-fiction. Especially David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin. McCullough’s John Adams was a terrific story that read very much like a novel.

Are you currently working on anything? 
My next historical romance, Reconstructing Jackson, will be released mid-October. The story is about a southerner, Reed Jackson, who returns to his families’ plantation after the Civil War in a wheel chair. He’d been schooled as a lawyer and moves west after his father deeds the family plantation to a younger brother. Circumstances bring Reed and Belle Richards together, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read.


Pepsi or Coke?  Must be Pepsi!

Day or Night Used to be a night owl but now I love to see the sunrise.

Cats or Dogs? Both. My vacuum does double duty and the carpet is still hairy! But as much as I moan about cleaning up after them, I love them all.

Swimming or Tanning? Swimming.

Napping or walking?
 Both. I really enjoy a brisk walk in the evening but there’s nothing really like a Sunday afternoon snooze on the couch.

Favorite alcoholic beverage?
I’m a wine girl. Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay in particular but I do like a Cabernet once in a while. I’ve been known to have two fingers of B&B after dinner as well.

Light or Dark Chocolate?
 Must be dark and I’m a real fan of Wilbur chocolate made right here in Lancaster County.

Summer, Winter, Fall or Spring?
Love fall the most but I like spring too, when I can open my windows and hear the birds chirping and see the crocus blooming.

Thanks for stopping by! You rock!
Thank you so much for having me!


KMichelleC87 said...

i love the random questions at the end of the interview. thanks for the giveaway


Holly said...

Hello Michelle,

The random questions were my favorite to answer too!


Beverly said...

I love fall, Halloween is my favorite holiday! Great interview, thanks for hosting.

Annwitch said...

I have always enjoyed romances set in United States, we have a rich history. I am also glad to hear from a fellow Pepsi drinker

Lory Lee said...

I'm glad that you like napping and walking too. Walking helps me think and napping relax my mind. Great interview by the way! :D

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