Writer Wednesday: Leona Bushman

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Today, our Just Ink PressTM library guest is author Leona Bushman, whose latest zombie novel Mayhem in Mexico: Zombie Infestation is about to release on Hallowe’en. We think it’s appropriate.

So, Leona, what types of books do you write?

I’ve been writing a lot in Romance sub-genres. Werewolves, Vampires, Science Fiction, Military service a la NCIS, Witches, Faeries, historicals, zombies . . . pretty much if I want to write it, I do.

And do you read the same genre you write?

I read everything. I don’t see how you can’t read what you write. But I love to read. Everything from history to westerns.

What was your inspiration for your book, or how did it come about?

Well, this actually started out as a female, modern noir Private investigator mom who was tough as nails and as soft as raspberries. Yeah. Serena eats raspberries.

Is this a series? Are there more planned?

This is planned as being a series. We’ll see how it goes. Serena has a lot of work to do if she’s to eradicate the zombies and those who created them.

Can you name any books that you absolutely MUST read the moment you see it/them?

JD Robb, Kenyon, Feehan, Linda Lael Miller (whom I know personally through her brother ;D), Jeffrey Deaver, Jayne Ann Krantz, and, someone I haven’t seen in a while is McNaught.  LOL But really, things have been rough lately, so I’ve had to be . . . selective on what I spend my money on. My daughter had brain surgery a couple years ago and my husband understandably missed work during this time and we’ve been trying to catch up ever since. Of course, when you have five kids, the bills keep coming. When four of them have Asthma . . . Ironically, the Down’s Syndrome kiddo is the only one who doesn’t have it. LOL He’s so healthy, the school nurse tried to make me get a doctor’s note to prove it! But anyway, even pinching pennies, if I see an In Death one I don’t have, I pick it up ASAP, and read my MIL’s copy in the meantime.

Who is your favorite author(s)?

Well, see the above for a startup list. Agatha Christie, Dick Francis, Amanda Quick (yes I know, Jayne’s pen name, but it’s historical!), Jude Deveraux, Tom Clancy, SL Veihl (Star Doc novels!) RA Salvatore. Did I mention somewhere I read everything? Depending on my mood, that’s what I read.

Why do you write in general?

I have to.

Simple enough. What motivates or inspires you to write or is inspiration for your stories?

Motivation is I need a job that involves being home. As for inspiration, you just never know what will inspire you next.

Can you give any hints as to what’s in store for future books?

I have fifteen more books to write on my War of the Weres series; the third, The Panther’s Hunter, is almost finished, and sequels to a couple of zombie books *ahem*, as well as ideas coming out my ass, er, loads of ideas.

What do you find is the best way to work (in the quiet, with music, TV on, etc.)?

Too quiet and it’s hard for me to focus. But I’m a mom of five and silence usually means someone’s into something. Or someone. LOL

Tell our readers where on the web to find you.

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Thank you for joining us today, Leona!

Releases October 31st!
Releases October 31st!

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LJ Bushman_brushstrokesLeona Bushman goes by many names, but the most common one is Superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes, that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back. Even when her muse tries to muck things up.

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