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Interview with Nancy Bush featuring BLIND SPOT


Our interview explores BLIND SPOT...


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The crime scene at an Oregon rest stop is brutal beyond belief – a young man’s lifeless body cut to ribbons, and his pregnant girlfriend left alive but comatose. . .


Psychologist Claire Norris is assigned to treat the survivor at a private mental hospital.  But there are no clues to the identity of the catatonic “Jane Doe.�  A difficult job only becomes more complicated with the arrival of ex-homicide detective Langdon Stone, who questions Claire’s every move.


Reluctantly working together, Claire and Lang begin to unravel the chilling truth about a twisted case – one with ties to a killer who is right in their midst, eager to see a mission of evil through to its terrifying end. . .


Learn more about these exciting release by reading our interview!

Nancy Bush interviewed by Eye On Romance


What is the basic premise of BLIND SPOT?

Two bodies are discovered at a rest stop, one dead, one alive but comatose
and very pregnant. The investigation into the pregnant victim's identity
takes a winding path that leads through a mental institution, a 'cult'
called The Colony and long ago murders.

BLIND SPOT is based in a psychiatric hospital. Why use this unusual setting?

Dr. Claire Norris works at Halo Valley Security Hospital which has two
sides, SIDE A, which houses more benign patients, and SIDE B, for the
criminally insane. A lot of the plot revolves around mental health and what
it really is.

A psychiatric hospital opens up many possibilities for different storylines. Why did you decide to introduce a side plot that involved moving a murderer from the harder side, SIDE B, to the softer side, SIDE A, of the hospital?

That particular murderer, Heyward Marsdon, is the reason my male
protagonist, Detective Langdon Stone, has a real problem with Doctor Claire
Norris. Lang's sister was killed by the man and Lang has no use for him at
all. He thinks Heyward's incarceration at a hospital is a joke. He wants
the man behind prison bars.

Did you deliberately try to redeem Heyward in the eyes of the hospital
doctors, Claire and Lang?

I'm not sure Heyward is actually redeemed in the story. There's no escaping
the fact that he killed Lang's sister. But Heyward suffers from paranoid
schizophrenia and Lang eventually has to accept Heyward's illness as the
true deliverer of his sister's death. Can you separate the man from the
illness? Lang has serious trouble doing just that.

Baby stealing is a very emotive issue. How do you think readers will
react to this thread in the story?

In BLIND SPOT the baby stealing happens because of one person's overwhelming desire to have a child. It's an obsession, a mental break with reality and doesn't occur because someone profits. The issue ties into the
mental-health theme of the book. And yes, I think it's totally emotional to
read about and even writing the story I felt uncomfortable a time or two,
and I knew how it ended!

The Colony has appeared in several stories. Do we discover more about
The Colony in this story to understand more about the leader's

The mysterious 'cult' known as The Colony which debuted in WICKED GAME, the book I wrote with my sister, Lisa Jackson, definitely gets more play in
BLIND SPOT. Their 'leader', Catherine, is a woman whose motives are
wondered about by everyone who has contact with her, but yes, by the end of BLIND SPOT we have a much clearer picture of her.

Can you tell us more about The Colony?

Starting with WICKED GAME, continuing through my stand alone of last year,
UNSEEN, and now BLIND SPOT, and even more in next year's sequel to WICKEDGAME, WICKED LIES, The Colony's story unfolds. They are a secretive groupof women who live together in a lodge called Siren's Song and seem to all beafflicted with varying levels of mental 'gifts'. They also have some very
real threats to their existence which keeps them clinging to their secretive

Dr. Claire Norris seems to be the type of person who sees the good in allpeople. Did this quality, or her fears, make it difficult for her to see
what was really happening?

Claire is someone who tries to be fair-minded even in the most difficult of
circumstances, to her detriment sometimes. She doesn't label people as good
or bad, as Lang tends to do, and therefore she's a cooler head in a crisis
and is maybe slower to react to hidden danger.

Lang is a man lost. He thinks his life is destroyed and he has a lot
of anger to deal with. How important was it that he find his brand of
redemption and love?

When I was conceiving the characters for BLIND SPOT, I knew I wanted an
alpha-male type who, through the course of the story, would make a lot of
snap judgments and mistakes and would end up having to beg for forgiveness.
In many ways, the love story is more about him than Claire. He's the one
taking the journey and she's his 'hero'. It is totally important that he
find love or he may never be able to accept and forgive, and therefore be

Anyone of these characters -- Rita, Tasha, Cade, the doctors, members of
the Colony -- could walk among us. How difficult is it to make the
characters appear so normal but have their deeper issues exposed so

That's really part of the theme of BLIND SPOT. Mental illness, overwhelming
behavioral obsessions and character flaws are what drives many of the
characters. Their very flaws are what set up the dangerous situations that
befall them and the people around them.

Is it Tasha's unpredictability that ensures the level of tension remains

I would say so. Tasha is a mystery throughout the story, even to herself.
She's the catalyst to the plot. She appears on page one and away we go, but
it takes till the end before we understand who she is, where she comes from,
and what she truly wants.

Do you think, at times, you were showing that the patients, in some
respects, were no different to those outside the doors of the

Oh, definitely! The inhabitants of Side A and Side B just have a little
different reality and perception!

Will any of the characters from this story have their own book?

I'd have to say that's TBD, To Be Decided. I want to see some of the
characters again, for sure. One of them, a sweet, mentally-challenged boy,
was killed off in the outline but as I was writing the story I just couldn't
lose him! He turned out to be the heart of the story. An unplanned part
that just happened. He might not have his own book, but I'd like to see him


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