Bio: Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the
her first novel, Love Finds You in Sun
Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book, she's
decided to rerelease it and write sequels as a new series titled Resort to
Love. This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner also started IDAhope
Writers to encourage other aspiring authors, and she's excited to announce the
sale of her first romantic suspense novel to Love Inspired Suspense. For the latest
news or to contact Angela, visit http://www.angelaruthstrong.com
What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
In my Resort to Love series, I have taken different themes from scriptures in the Bible and woven them into my stories. For example, Finding Love in Big Sky is a Christmas story, so I use the theme of stars, specifically the Christmas star, to help my heroine overcome her fear. It’s like a bonus Bible study inside a romance novel.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
The third book of my Resort to Love series, Finding Love in Park City, releases next spring. It’s a very real story for me as the heroine is a single mom healing from an abusive relationship. I felt so vulnerable sending it to my editor, but she said it’s the best one yet.
Also, my first Love Inspired Suspense novel comes out in February. Presumed Dead is about a helicopter pilot presumed dead during a sabotaged military operation, and he plans to let the world think he’s dead as he tracks down the real criminal…until he’s forced to reveal his existence to save the life of his childhood sweetheart.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’m going to say J.J. Abrams. Not only is he talented and creative, but I saw him at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year as research for a novel, and he is dynamic and charming, so an evening of learning from him would be sure to inspire. And fun.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Esther. She’s been my hero ever since my mom read me The Picture Bible, and I dressed up like her for Halloween.
Esther has also been a favorite of mine for decades. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I have a four-step plan. It’s designed to help victims overcome trauma, but getting nothing but rejection can be pretty traumatic.
1. Accept it—it’s easier to live in disbelief, especially when there is negative feedback or criticism
2. Own it—if the editor didn’t understand or enjoy my manuscript, I’m the only one who can change that
3. Make a plan—what changes can I make, what can I learn?
4. Move on—either get back to work on the rejected manuscript or start something new having learned from the experience
Tell us about the featured book.
Bright Star Ranch led him to her—but will he stay?
The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with
—the guy who broke her heart in high
school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help
she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the
town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every
opportunity. Will Josh Lake Paisley succeed in driving
him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future
Please give us the first page of the book.
PAISLEY SHERIDAN PINNED HER LAST help wanted flyer to the bulletin board between an advertisement for Breakfast with Santa and free ski passes to Military Appreciation Day. Maybe next year she’d have time for holiday fun, but this year she had work to do, and she needed to hire someone to help her do it.
She stepped back and took a deep breath. Was she really ready for this? Did she have what it took to reopen Grandpa’s old ranch? Only one way to find out.
Hopefully she’d get a response to the flyers she’d hung all over town. For now she’d reward her efforts with a sugar-free cream cheese croissant and warm up with a cappuccino. She’d purposefully made The Coffee Cottage her final stop, as Dot and Annabel were sure to want to play “twenty questions.”
“Let’s see it.” Dot clapped her hands and stepped from behind the counter to get a better look at the advertisement. Though the woman was close to Grandpa Johan’s age when he died, she had more energy than
Her best friend, Annabel, followed, pink cowboy boots clacking. “It’s very lovely. How many people are you hiring?”
Dot squealed. “That sounds like so much fun. Hire me.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?https://twitter.com/AngelaRStrong
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