I'm glad to have you back on my blog, Ruth. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Because these are the kinds of stories I most enjoy reading: historical romances with lots of dialogue between the hero and heroine.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Holding my first born in my arms...after a long labor.
How has being published changed your life?
It has shown me what so many published writers before me have discovered: it's only the beginning of a whole new journey.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Golden Keyes Parson's Prisoner of Versailles. I'm currently reading The Victorian Internet, a history of telegraphy; Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 (can you tell I'm researching a Victorian story?), and Susan Page Davis's Hearts in the Crosshairs,a Love Inspired Suspense.
What is your current work in progress?
I'm working on a Love Inspired Historical, a late Victorian story set in London.
We'll need to feature it here when it comes out. What would be your dream vacation?
Going on a research trip to wherever I have a story idea for. Scotland would be nice.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Some ideas just come to me, a lot of times from a dream. Others come when I'm researching a current historical. I'll read about some historical event or character that will intrigue me.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
President Obama. I think he is a person for 'such a time as this,' and I would love to talk to him about his vision for this nation.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I have no time for hobbies at this point in my life. I walk almost every day, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Maine coastline and forests. I also like to garden, both flower and vegetable. When I do have time for hobbies again, I can envision taking up knitting once more, going on short-term missions trips, and doing more community work.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Getting distracted by all the other things that need doing on my desk (or in my e-mailbox) or around the house (or outside in the yard). I just get to a point where I have to bite the bullet and just focus on whatever phase of the story I'm in. At this moment, it's the research and laying the groundwork for my current project.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Have a reliable source of income (whether your own or your spouse's), b/c breaking into a stable writing career is a loooooong, slow process, getting harder every day.
Tell us about the featured book?
A Bride of Honor is a story I got the idea for while writing The Making of a Gentleman. TMOAG is about a spinster. ABOH is her brother's story. He appears in TMOAG although both stories stand alone. He is one of those souls for whom it seems very easy to be a committed, devoted Christian. I began wondering what would make it difficult for him to follow the straight and narrow.
Please give us the first page of the book.
London, April 1812
“I have found David,the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart.” Damien paused in the reading of the scripture and looked from the pulpit to the congregation below him.
St. George's Chapel was filled to overflowing. Not due solely to his preaching, unfortunately, although his flock had been growing steadily in the last few years since he'd been curate there.
No, it was not the service or his preaching that brought most people out this Sunday to morning prayer, but scandal.
Damien's glance strayed to the chancel where his sister sat beside her intended. Jonah Quinn, a man who'd escaped the gallows and been a fugitive from the law, had only last week received a royal pardon from the prince regent himself.
I'm totally intrigued. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Either on my website: http://www.ruthaxtellmorren.com/
or blogspot, http://ruthaxtellmorren.blogspot.com/
or just look me up on Amazon or one of the other bookstore sites.
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