AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: CHASTITY BUSH
Welcome new kids on the block…Chastity Bush
What is your most current work out?
MY newest release is a contemporary romance entitled “The Guarding of Eden” which had been signed by the all new Solstice Publishing.
Tell us a little about “The Guarding of Eden”, what inspired you to write “The Guarding of Eden”?
“The Guarding of Eden” is about a woman named Eden Campbell. Eden had been living a pretty good life until she walks in and discovers her perfect fiancé dancing around in her favorite high heels and feather boa. After that, Eden’s luck takes a nosedive as days after her break-up she is fired, loses her longtime pet and finds herself charged with murder.
Now, on the run with sexy stranger, Jasper Carrington, Eden has to control her rising need for the man hiding her until the charges against her are dropped, but it is an uphill battle as Jasper is showing every sign of wanting her just as badly as she wants him.
The idea for “The Guarding of Eden” came out of nowhere really. I had decided to write a paranormal but the moment I sat down, Eden’s story poured out. It was a pleasant surprise as I had never written a contemporary before. I really enjoyed writing this story and plan to make it a series.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I usually have a general idea about the characters and what they are like but in the end I wing it. I never really have a set idea of what the story is going to be about or where it is going. I am always excited to start a new story because I never know where it will end up.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
The first story I ever wrote was a paranormal. I have always loved anything to do with the paranormal/supernatural so it was no big surprise when I decided to pen on myself. When I sat down to write “The Guarding of Eden”, I had every intention of it being a paranormal as well but that was not where the story led me and it morphed into a regular contemporary. No one was more surprised by that that I was. Now, I try to write across all genres. I love to read all genres and decided that there is no reason to stick to just one.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Eden Campbell from “The Guarding of Eden” is my favorite so far. She is sassy and sarcastic and full of wit. I just love her but her friend Tilley Madison is a close second and I feel she may just take over as favorite as soon as I am finished with her story…we’ll see.
Do you have a character that you look back on now and don’t like?
In my historical romance Savage Rescue, I wish I had made the character of Cecily Smith different. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great story and she is a great character, I only wish I had made her…different.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Everyone seems to think that I am a bit sarcastic (go figure!) So I try to add a little of myself into my heroines. I spice up their sass by having them say something that I would if I were in their situation, and yes, it is usually something sarcastic! Other than that, I try to stay away from basing my characters on real people. I like for them to be original.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I am a bit of a prude. I get so embarrassed if someone asks me about the intimate scenes in my books. I love to write them, I just don’t like to talk about them. Other than that, the only other thing that I can think of is that I am a bit on the short side. I am only 4′ 11″ tall. People are often surprised to see how short I am.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream. I love that stuff! It is so addicting I can eat a whole pint in one sitting. (That could be why I am turning into a chunky monkey!)
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I like to have a lot of light in the room so I make sure that the blinds are open. I seem to be more creative with all the natural light streaming in through the windows.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Not really. I love music but I have not ever placed a song with a story.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
Wow. I have never thought about this. Since I am a new, fairly unknown author I would have to say that using new unknown actors would be a perfect fit. We all have to start somewhere, right?
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was at home plugging away on another story. I of course called my husband and told him first. He is so supportive of me and my writing. He is always telling me that I am going to be a bestseller someday, let’s hope that he is right!
What are you currently working on?
I just finished up a paranormal entitled “A Taste of Terror” and it is set for release December 1st, 2010 by Muse It Up Publishing. I am now working on a follow up to that story. Not only that, I am also working on two more paranormals and a historical romance (western) but I will soon be starting a follow up to “The Guarding of Eden”. Tilley’s story is next.
Where can readers find you?
I am everywhere!
Readers can find me on Myspace www.myspace.com/chastitybush
and of course my official website- http://chastitybush.webs.com
I love to hear from readers! Feel free to contact me anytime!
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Any kind of chocolate is a magical treat from the gods! I love all chocolate, especially Lindor Truffles! But as I said before, I will eat any kind of chocolate sat before me!