Let’s Chat! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

Welcome to Let’s Chat!, everyone!

Sandy River_Bruce JudischI‘m honored to begin 2019 with friend and fellow author, Bruce Judisch, a gentleman of the first order. We chatted in 2017 about Quimby PondBook One of The Marble Falls Legacy. This time I’m excited to learn about Book Two–Sandy River.

Bruce is offering a giveaway to someone who joins our chat circle: either BOTH Quimby Pond and Sandy River in ebook format or a signed, print copy of Sandy River–winner’s choice. 

Bruce Judish, the Writer

Hi, Linda! Thanks so much for hosting me again. It’s been a couple of years now, mostly because it’s taken me that long to finish my next book. It’s the second of three parts to “The Marble Falls Legacy” series that I’m really enjoying writing. Oddly, it’s my third series, and when I started all three, I didn’t know they would become multi-work projects until I got well into the story. Whether that happens to seat-of-the-pants writers more than to those who outline their work, I don’t know. I do know it’s kind of a fun surprise, though.

The thing about writing a series is that you become so deeply immersed in the characters’ lives. More so, I think, than writing a single title, if for no other reason than that you spend so much more time with each of them. You don’t just watch them mature, you mature with them through their failures, learn their lessons, and respond to the next challenge along with them. Maybe that’s why my projects end up as series; I just don’t want to say goodbye to my characters. They say writing is a solitary life, and I get that. Mine, though, is a very happily crowded solitary life. 

The Marble Falls Legacy Begins

So, what is this latest work? For context, let me start with its prequel, Quimby Pond. Here’s the short of it:

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August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again only to disappointment. Where was the happy couple? What became of the trunk? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her friends and fingers her as the only person who can stop him. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Rangeley Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time?

The fun part to this is that the 1896 event with the trunk actually happened. Friends of mine discovered the account buried in the back pages of an old copy of the Rangeley Lakes newspaper (“Marble Falls” is a fictional town based upon Rangeley, Maine.) Now tell me, how can a fiction writer chance upon a tidbit like that and not write a mystery?

The Marble Falls Legacy Continues

While Quimby Pond is a contemporary story, except for a flashback to 1896 in the Prologue, the sequel Sandy River carries a dual storyline: one set in present day, and the other in 1860-61 Boston (dual storylines are a favorite genre of mine). Here’s what it’s about:

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Present Day, Medford, Massachusetts. When Gwen returns from Marble Falls to settle her father’s estate, she discovers a shocking revelation in his will. In the quest to uncover his secret, she stumbles upon a family connection to an antique trunk—one whose legacy nearly ended her life two months earlier. Torn between pursuing her past and securing her future, mysterious events threaten to stop her from finding out the truth.

1861, Boston, Massachusetts. Irma Kelly, a strong-willed debutante on Beacon Hill’s affluent South Slope, is a fervent abolitionist and restless feminist. As Boston plunges into the Civil War, her once comfortable society evolves beyond her experience and challenges her sensibilities. But she is determined do whatever she can to right the wrongs in her world, even if it means facing mortal danger.

As Gwen and Irma pursue resolutions to their futures, their silent voices reach out to each other through the ages, and the years between them melt away, bringing their hearts together.

Sandy River picks back up with Gwen’s life, but adds the story of how the mysterious bridal trunk came to be. And, as the blurb hints, an ethereal connection between Gwen and her distant grandmother Irma arises from it.

The Future for The Marble Falls Legacy

Book three of “The Marble Falls Legacy” series is under construction. It will be predominantly historical, completing the story of the bridal trunk, but will also include some contemporary content. But don’t ask me exactly how just yet. Remember, I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer.

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Bruce Judisch_Marble Fall LegacyBruce Judisch has been writing fiction for over fifteen years. His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with complementary present-day and 20th-century historical storylines.

Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high-school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh. They are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

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Lord, thank You for the privilege of connecting readers with writers like Bruce. You’ve given him a gift and created readers who are looking for stories like his. Providing a platform for them to meet is a sweet spot for me. You have the words of life, Lord. Please bless each word of life Bruce shares through his fascinating stories.
~ For Jesus’ sake

 

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

  1. Susan Wallace

    Bruce these sound so interesting. Linda is peaking my interest in so many new authors. I want them all and the time to read them. Thank you both, for stirring my curiosity

     
     
    1. Hi, Susan. Bruce is a terrific author. And man. I know you’d love his books.

       
       
    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hey Susan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I so empathize with your comment on finding the time to read all the books you’d like to. 🙂 Here’s wishing for you a 2019 filled with more reading time.

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
  2. Angie Carroll

    They sound great. I can’t wait to read them.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Angie. Yes, Bruce’s books are great. I know you’ll enjoy them.

       
       
    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Angie! I hope they bring you as much joy reading them as they brought me writing them. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
  3. Diane Buie

    These stories are ones I must read; I never considered that a bridal trunk could be so intriguing!! thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

     
     
    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Diane! It’s been a really fun story to write so far. I love stories that have obscure true events as a “hook.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
    2. Hi, Diane. Great to welcome you to the circle. Yes, you must read Bruce’s books. They’re wonderful.

       
       
  4. Bruce Judisch

    Thanks, Lora. 🙂 You had a great deal to do with both “Quimby Pond” and “Sandy River.” Thanks for leaving the comment.

    Cheers! Bruce

     
     
  5. Lora

    Both of these books (and all of Bruce’s books) are so delightful! I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series to see how the mysterious plot lines all tie together! Thank you for all that you pour into weiting such excellent books, Bruce. 🙂

     
     
    1. Hi, Lora! You are one the unsung heroes of Bruce’s books. I know he’d agree with me. 🙂 So glad you joined us. Thank you.

       
       
  6. Judi Marshall

    These books sound very interesting to read the dual time periods are something I have never read before.
    Plus my daughter wants dogs like yours she wants it to help with her EDS

     
     
    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Judi,
      I probably lean more toward the historical genre from the standpoint of writing, but I love do read and write novels with dual storylines. Susan Meissner is a master at this. You might enjoy looking up her work, like “Shades of Mercy,” and “Lady in Waiting.”

      And Cavaliers are the best. 🙂 Incredible family dogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
    2. Hi, Judi! I love welcoming you to our circle. Yes, Bruce’s books are fascinating. I know you’ll enjoy them.

       
       

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Join Our Author Chat with Bruce Judisch

Welcome, Readers!

quimbypondfrontfinalToday we’re chatting with Bruce Judisch, author of Quimby Pond, Katia, and For Maria, among other novels. You can find Bruce on Facebook at bit.ly/2euVgkJ.

*** Join the chat below, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a copy of Quimby Pond or both Katia and For Maria. Winner’s choice! Winner announced here on Tuesday, Nov. 1.*** 

*** Woo Hoo! GIVE-AWAY RESULTS! Bruce has graciously offered two give-aways! Congratulations to Lora D and Carlene H who participated in this interesting chat.

Stay tuned, folks, for another interview with another interesting author coming up tomorrow on this same station.

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Bruce Judisch, Our Guest of Honor

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Thank you, Bruce, for your willingness to be the center of attention this week. We’d love to know a bit about your pre-author life and your debut experience. Tell us about your books and a little something about what you’ve learned along the way. Any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Pre-Author Life of Bruce Judisch

Although I’ve lived in Texas longer than I have anywhere else, I confess to being a transplanted Yankee (gasp!). bruce-and-jennie_judischIt’s true. Northeast Ohio has the dubious honor of claiming me as a native son. 

However, I left the Buckeye State when I enlisted in the Air Force at the shiftless age of 18. I married my high-school sweetheart, Jeannie, at the more mature age of 19. She has busied herself keeping me out of trouble ever since—well, mostly out of trouble.

cavalierkcsNow, after nearly 44 years of marriage, 23 household moves, 3 children, 14 grandchildren, and 2.5 careers, we’ve settled in Universal City, Texas with our two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh. 

Becoming a writer

I believe I’ve made about every mistake possible in developing the craft and approaching the industry. In fact, if there are any pitfalls I’ve missed—which is doubtful—I’d really rather not hear about them because I’d probably manage to backtrack and stumble into them too. Yes, I’m that thorough. However, despite a naïve plunge into the murky waters of vanity publishing—I know, I know! I told you I’ve done it all—and bumbling pitches to agents and editors, I’ve still quite enjoyed the ride. And I hope I’ve managed to push out at least a few decent chapters of prose along the way.

It Began as an Idea 

Looking back the notion of writing fiction came to me rather late in life. More accurately, it came to Jeannie, one of her ideas for keeping me out of trouble. Let me explain.

journeybegunAbout 14 years ago, I was teaching a Sunday School series through the Minor Prophets. As I researched Jonah, it struck me how unique a character he was and how little we really know about him and his journey. During the introduction to that block of lessons, I made the mistake of saying, “If I were ever to write a novel, it would be about Jonah.” After class, Jeannie elbowed me in the ribs, looked at me in that way she does, and said, “Well…?” I shrugged and replied, “Okay.”

Debut Experience

wordfulfilledAnd so was born A Prophet’s Tale, currently in two parts, The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilledwith a final volume, The Promise Kept, underway. A Prophet’s Tale retains the Scriptural integrity of Jonah’s ministry, but fills in fictional characters and settings to propel the story along. It’s not so much a novelization of the Book of Jonah as it is Jonah-the-person’s story. (Tweet That!)

Other novels

final-front-covermaria-high-resInterrupting “Tale” between the second and third volumes were Katia (so far, the easiest and most fun to write) and its rather unexpected sequel For Maria (so far, the most research intensive and emotionally exhausting to write). Both employ a favorite technique of dual contemporary and historical storylines. The historical focus of Katia is the Cold War in East Germany.  For Maria recounts the Kindertransport during WWII. (Tweet That!)

The Latest from Bruce Judisch

quimbypondfrontfinalThe most recent escapee from my keyboard is Quimby Pond, a mystery-suspense set in the mountains of northern Maine. Quimby Pond has a true historical seed. Its sequel (with the innovative working title of QP2) is also on the assembly line.

 

Bruce Judisch’s Quimby Photo Album

quimbypond-the-pondOn a research trip to the setting of Quimby Pond, the Rangeley Lakes region of NW Maine, I snapped these photos.  

Setting of a crux scene in Quimby Pond. This is the pond in May (still mostly frozen). The story takes place in October. Try to imagine autumn leaves.

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What rural murder mystery is complete without an old cemetery scene? Notice the name on the headstone and epitaph, “Respected in life, lamented in death.” Some of the old markers held poetry about the deceased. There’s something about old graveyards with stones that speak of a passed loved one. Has anyone else seen a memorable gravestone you’d like to share?

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Another scene from Quimby Pond takes place at the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society, a must-visit if you make it to Rangeley. A friend I made on my trip is standing at the left of this panoramic shot. His first name is Jim. Can you guess his surname? (Quimby, of course.)

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This was freaky, but in a neat sort of way. One of the Quimby Pond scenes I wrote is at the IGA grocery store in Rangeley. My heroine goes into the store with the sky clear. She comes out, and it’s raining. When I visited Rangeley for research, of course I had to go to the IGA. I went in when the sky was clear. I came out, and it was like this:

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Who says writing novels isn’t dangerous?  (Tweet That!)

 

Encouragement and Advice

If I were to offer any advice to aspiring writers, it would probably be this: You may have heard the old adage, “Write what you know.” Okay, but what if what you know is really boring? Instead, write what you judisch_bruce-and-holl_kristiwould want to read, and write it in a way that you would want to read it. If you don’t know it, learn it along the way.

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Dear Lord, how amazing are Your ways. Little did Bruce know as he was preparing for his lesson on the Minor Prophets that You would place a Jonah call on him. We’re thankful he has been faithful to the call. We pray You’ll continue to use Bruce to tell of Your goodness by blessing his writing and publishing efforts. For Jesus’ sake ~

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9 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat with Bruce Judisch

  1. Lora D

    This was such a fun interview! I especially appreciate Bruce’s wise advice: “write what you would want to read.” I can’t wait for the sequel to Quimby Pond, too. 🙂

     
     
  2. Quimby Pond was a great read. I’m looking forward to the sequel!

     
     
    1. Bruce C Judisch

      Thanks so much, Kelly. That’s high praise coming from you. 🙂

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
  3. I loved reading this interview!

     
     
    1. Bruce’s perspective on things is cool, isn’t it, Carlen? I enjoyed interviewing him.

       
       
    2. Bruce C Judisch

      Thanks, Carlene! It was a lot of fun to write.

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       
  4. Linda, you’ll never run out of interesting characters to interview in Texas–Bruce Judisch, being the latest. I love it when authors speak about their path to publication with such transparency. Sometimes we think we’re alone in all our mistakes. I love Bruce’s sense of humor! I suspect I’d get along with his wife because I’ve nudged my husband into writing, too.

     
     
    1. You and Bruce would get along, Clarice. Not only is he interesting, but he’s a great writer with a humorous take and unusual ideas for stories. I lived in West Germany during the Cold War and visited East Germany, so his Katia brought back a bunch of memories. Fascinating.

       
       
    2. Bruce C Judisch

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Clarice. And I’m absolutely certain you’d get along with Jeannie. I often say that, when I want to make a good impression, I take Jeannie along. Otherwise, it can be pretty iffy… 🙂

      Cheers! Bruce

       
       

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