Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a native Michigander–wife, mother, and grandmother–who writes Christian Inspirational Romance. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, I enjoy reading almost as much as I love writing!
Ruth’s Mission Statement: “My goal is to write stories that entertain, but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.”
So far I’ve written nine Christian fiction books. I’m currently working on the tenth book–this one is the third book of a 3-book Christian Historical series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My current Work In Progress is entitled, “Laurie’s Heart”, and it’s the third book of a 3-book series. Several years ago I wrote another series–Christian Suspense/Mystery–about a FBI Agent by the name of Samuel Clemens Morgan. My readers became so interested in the Morgan family, I decided to write about Sam’s ancestors–three generations of this wonderful family. “Mattie’s Heart”, book 1 in “The Morgan Family Saga” series, tells the story of Brady and Mattie Morgan, Sam’s great-grandparents. “Clara’s Heart”, book 2 in the series, tells the story of Reece and Clara Morgan, Sam’s grandparents. “Laurie’s Heart”, my current project, will tell the story of Sam’s parents. They’ve been a lot of fun to work on and I’m going to miss these characters when the series is finished.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I can write anytime and anywhere. I don’t write every day (I KNOW! That is awful), but when I do sit down to write, I usually can produce about 3,000-4,000 words and most of them are decent. I work in spurts, and when I’m in ‘the zone’, my husband has learned to leave me alone.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Christian fiction, but the books I grew up with–that made me want to be a writer–are books written by Bess Streeter Aldrich and some of the old classic authors like Louisa May Alcott.
What are you working on now?
In addition to “Laurie’s Heart”, I’m also working on a novel with a Christmas theme that I hope to have released near Thanksgiving of this year.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what is in your heart. Don’t worry about how others write or what they have to say. Find your own voice.
Also READ. Read the old classics, read non-fiction books about how to write, read well-written books in the genre you want to write in.
And don’t give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You’re never too old to be what you might have been — a quote by George Elliott.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading a non-fiction book by Randy Alcorn entitled “God’s Promise of Happiness”. I have many books on my kindle, and not enough hours in the days to read them all.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to keep writing. Currently, I’m completing two books a year, and I’m still working part-time. Hopefully some time in the not too distant future, I’ll be able to retire completely and devote myself to writing more. Who knows how many books I’ll be able to write then!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible (of course), “Song of Years” by Bess Streeter Aldrich, “Christy” by Catherine Marshall, and “Lord of the Rings”.