As part of Pump Up Your Book's blog tour, for Next Year in Jerusalem, I'm happy to be hosting a guest post by the author, Dr., Barbara Becker Holstein.
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About the Author
When Characters Take Over
the Writing Process
by Barbara Becker Holstein
It would be my pleasure. As I began to write the characters began to direct me. No Natalie didn't want to live in Manhattan! Norwalk worked much better for her. And Maggie I guess needed two love interests, one in White Plains and one in Jerusalem. That was certainly not in the original plot! And I never expected Natalie to be as obsessed with her old boyfriend Jack as she turned out to be. Wow, all of this was beginning to get very interesting, particularly when Jack showed up in Jerusalem.
I thought a lot about Natalie, Maggie and Chaya Sarah, the mystery women, and did create back stories for each of them that don't actually appear in the book. Some of the back stories are in Natalie and Maggie's notes to each other on my blog: http://next-year-in-jerusalem.com/blogs . For example, Maggie is struggling with self-esteem issues around dealing with a guy, after coming out of a bad marriage. In the book we see her doing quite well with two guys, but her issues are still there to some extent.
About the Book
Title: Next Year in Jerusalem! Romance, Mystery, & Spiritual Awakenings
Author: Barbara Becker Holstein
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Enchanted Self Press
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Inspirational
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