Hey Ruthi- thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and talk with us today!! We are so excited to have you here!
*Thank you sooo much for having me! It’s a true honor!
Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
*Well, I’m a full-time mother and full-time student. I love the color pink (that’s not obvious, right?) I’m quickly approaching the big 3-0 in December, so I’m desperately trying to hold on to my twenties. I’m not ready for the “mom” jeans! I love to write, but I really love to read! Reading has always been my passion. I’m also deathly afraid of those big-booty spiders! Have you seen those things? They’re huge!
Can you tell us about your writing process?
*Usually, I’ll get a general idea in my head. Sometimes it starts with a particular character, other times it’s a place or a plot twist that I see. I sit down with the idea and flesh it out, twist it to my will (lol), and then discover all the little things that I need to know. I love to get in depth with my characters. Then it’s plotting time. From start to finish. That’s the fun part! Then...comes the writing, in which I continue to beat myself up, over and over, until I throw my hands up and just let it flow, lol. I am terribly hard on myself.
Did you approach writing ‘Burn Out’ differently than you did the Knotted Roots novels?
*Most definitely. With Knotted Roots, it was a slow and steady process. The characters were younger, less life experience, so I had to be sure not to make them more mature than they really were. With Burn Out, it was fast! It was completely different from anything I had done before, especially the mystery part of it. I really enjoyed writing it. So I had to approach them differently. Knotted Roots I was censored, due to the age group, but with Burn Out...I let it all hang out, lol. It was quite fun and refreshing.
Having written both Young Adult and New Adult novels, which do you prefer?
*I think they both hold a special place for me. I love writing NA just because I can be freer with the subject matter and the language. But with YA, I get the chance to connect with a younger audience. To possibly have an impact, ya know?
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
*I’m still not sure most days! LOL I love to write. It helps me destress, but the other parts of the business, like the marketing and such, that’s the part I stink at. If I could just write, I think I would be a very happy lady most of the time! LOL
Who was your favorite author growing up?
*Jane Austen, definitely. I have read every book she wrote at least a dozen times. In fact, I just finished re-reading Pride and Prejudice last night. My all time favorite book.
Are your characters completely made up or do you find they contain parts of you and/or people in your life?
*Most of my characters have bits of my friends sprinkled into them. I’m a people watcher, so I like to sit back and take notes on the people I meet. So, usually part of them will end up in one of my characters. The character of Katy, in Knotted Roots and Hidden Falls, is based on one of my best friends. Grandma Betty was based on my oldest friend in the world. She got quite upset at the end of Knotted Roots though, lol.
What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
*Slammed, by Colleen Hoover and Today Only, by D. Love. Those two are a tie because they both made me cry like a baby. Such amazing messages in both of them.
Can you tell us what’s next for you?
*Well, I’m planning on two more releases this year, including the second full length book in the Knotted Roots series, as well as the first book in a new paranormal trilogy. I’ll give you guys one hint, lol. It involves mermaids...and not your typical ones either :) We all knew that was coming, right? I always have something weird up my sleeve LOL.
That’s all for us, thank you again, so much Ruthi!! We can’t wait to read what you decide to share with us next!!
*Thank you, again, for having me! Such a fun interview!!!