Guest Post: Nancy Bush – Nowhere Safe + #Giveaway
Often, as I’m writing, a story will take me places I never expected. I’ve had writers tell me this before, but I always resisted the idea. I thought, “You’re the writer. You can make your characters do whatever you like.” Well, you can, that’s true, but it’s surprising how much easier—and often times better—it is not to fight it when your characters take over a little. This is what happened to me with one of the main characters in NOWHERE SAFE, the third installment in my romantic suspense “Nowhere” series featuring Detective September Rafferty, which will be out this month.
I’ve already been asked if NOWHERE SAFE is the final installment of the series, and my answer is, “I don’t think so.” I hope not. I’ve gotten very fond of September and the love of her life, Jake Westerly. (Just don’t call him that in front of her.) September and Jake’s relationship started in high school, but now it’s reached a turning point. They’re moving in together, and September’s having serious second thoughts. Not about Jake, but about taking this step. Maybe it’s too soon. Maybe it’s not right. Maybe her job as a homicide detective will get in the way.
She’s not wrong on that, as it turns out. About the job thing, anyway. September is about to cross paths with Lucky, who was first introduced in my thriller, UNSEEN. Lucky is a woman who possesses the ability to sense abusers and would-be pedophiles before they commit their heinous acts. She believes it’s her mission to stop them before they can hurt anyone, and because of it, she has murder on her mind. She’s a vigilante who thinks there’s no redemption for the sickos who prey on the young and weak. They need to be wiped off the planet, and she’s just the woman to do it.
Unfortunately, her mission puts her in direct conflict with September, who, although she would agree with Lucky in theory, can’t arrest anyone before they actually commit a crime. I mean, the law just doesn’t work that way. Lucky thinks she’s doing the world a favor, but September is pledged to bring all criminals to justice, and that includes Lucky.
Because she’s such a gray-shaded character, I’d originally planned to knock Lucky off at the end of UNSEEN. There’s no escaping the fact that she is a killer. At the time I told myself: She’s got to go. But I just couldn’t do it. I’d devised all these interesting avenues for her demise, and then when I got to the last scenes of the book, she lived, long enough to reappear in NOWHERE SAFE. She sort of took over, and she was a joy to write about again.
But will this be her last hurrah? Lucky’s definitely been talking to me, so who knows? I find her really hard to give up!
Question: Is there a character you can’t let go of, even if their story appears to be over?
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About the author:
Bestselling author Nancy Bush has had an eclectic writing career. She started her first story when she heard how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. She thought, “I can do that,” and talked her sister, bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, into joining her in her foray into writing. At the time Nancy was a young mother herself. Now, she says she’s just…a mother.
Nancy began her career in the romance genre, writing both contemporary and historical novels, but being a mystery buff, she kept trying to add suspense into the plot, as much as her editors would allow. In 2002 she was chosen by ABC Television to be part of a writing group “think tank” which was tasked with developing story for ABC’s daytime dramas. She was one of two people selected from that group to actually become a breakdown writer for, at the time, one of ABC’s top-rated daytime shows: ALL MY CHILDREN. Nancy made the move to New York to join the AMC team while she was writing for the soap. That was an experience, she admits. Ask her, and she’ll swear that the pressure cooker of delivering story every day – lots and lots of story — helped focus her writing.
When Nancy returned to her home state of Oregon she channeled that newfound energy into writing the kind of books she’s always loved: mysteries. She wrote three Jane Kelly Mystery novels in the space of three years, and has another one currently in proposal form. The last several years she’s turned her attention to romantic suspense novels, writing both with her sister and on her own. Like Lisa, sh e’s now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, both in her co-writing ventures and on her own merits as well.
Nancy’s latest project? Summer 2012 is the kick off for her newest suspense series with NOWHERE TO RUN debuting in August and NOWHERE TO HIDE in September. A third ‘Nowhere’ book is scheduled for next year.