We, Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, the authors of ONE LAST BREATH, are sisters. We began our writing careers on typewriters in the early 1980’s when we were mothers with young children. Over the years we’ve written separately and together and have always talked out our plots and edited each other’s work.
After writing four books in the “Wicked” series about a secluded cult of sisters with unique ESP-like qualities, we decided to come up with a stand alone book with a different set of characters. After many hours of talking it out, drinking coffee and munching on M&M peanuts–they’re healthier than regular, right?–we came up with the idea of a runaway bride who is caught up in a murder mystery. We thought a first scene of a wedding gone badly wrong, complete with murder and mayhem would be a great place to start the book. So we started researching outdoor weddings in the Seattle area. (How fun is that?)
Then, of course, we needed a spot for Rory Abernathy, our heroine/bride/runaway to hide out, so we came up with Point Roberts, Washington which is actually an exclave of the United States located on the very south of a peninsula attached to British Columbia. You have to drive through Canada to reach it by land, so it’s very unique. Or, you can access the town by boat. Hmmm. Why not have our heroine hide out there leaving the hero Liam Bastian stranded, humiliated and, yeah, even harmed in the attack?
We went for it. As it turned out, Point Roberts was a fun place to research and we think created a special setting for ONE LAST BREATH. It’s little known, but you can read more about Point Roberts here.
After the first scene at the wedding, when the bride disappears, we were able to move the story to Point Roberts and then, later, incorporate most of the coastal Pacific Northwest in the ensuing chapters. So we had some great times with our characters in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
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Lisa Jackson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over ninety‑five novels, including You Will Pay, After She’s Gone, Deserves to Die, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, and Shiver. She is also the co‑author of One Last Breath and the Colony Series, written with her sister and bestselling author Nancy Bush, as well as the collaborative novels Sinister and Ominous, written with Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan. There are over thirty million copies of her novels in print and her writing has been translated into nineteen languages. She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest.
Nancy Bush is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 30 novels, including The Killing Game, Nowhere to Run, I’ll Find You and Hush. She is the co-author of the Colony series, written with her sister, bestselling author Lisa Jackson, as well as the collaborative novels Sinister and Ominous, written with Lisa Jackson and Rosalind Noonan. A former writer for ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children,” Nancy now lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
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