Thursday, May 9, 2024

"It was a dark and stormy night..." by Christine Bush


“It was a dark and stormy night?”


Here I am again.  Page one of a new book.  The big challenge.  It doesn’t matter how many books I have written (27 to date), when I look at that first blank page, there are a lot of feelings.


The self doubt rises up.  Can I do it again? 


But the excitement rises also.  A new story, new characters, a new adventure.


I’ve done the work to get ready.  Character development. Plot imagination. Setting research.  Then I make an outline, a basic time line of chapters and plot and point of view.  That helps me get started.


But I never stick to it.  There is a point in every story where the characters and circumstances take over, taking me as the writer, as well as my readers, on a wild ride.  Every time.


So the outline gets tweaked and turned and realigned, working its way through the book until the long sought after “The End”, when it’s done.


It’ll get done, despite my doubts and the twisting plot.  My characters will insist on it!


This new one is titled “SOLD OUT”, is a cozy mystery, the third book in my “Strawberry Manor Series” that is set in New Hope, Pennsylvania (where I grew up).  It centers around my heroine, Charley McAdams, and her quirky bed and breakfast.  It also features the Bucks County Playhouse, a cultural delight in the center of town.  

 Here comes page one.  Ready, set, go!  I CAN DO THIS!  Stay tuned for the progress report, and meanwhile, take a look at Book 1 and Book 2!


 Book #1                  “SWAN SONG”

 Swan Song: Bush, Christine: 9798424148651: Books


Book #2          “CURTAIN CALL”


Check them out, all available in print or download. I’d love to hear what you think!

 Love, Christine


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!




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