Think “Her Heart’s Desire” “A Bride for Tom” (So sweet!) and “A Bride for Margaret” from the Nebraska Historical Romance series. How about “The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife” “The Earl’s Scandalous Wife” (Just love it!) and “His Reluctant Lady” from the Marriage by Scandal Series, and who pops into your mind? Yes, it’s the wonderful Ruth Ann Nordin. You have to be thoroughly prepared before you begin reading any of these (and many more) books simply because, once you begin, you won’t stop until you reached the end!
Ms Nordin was kind enough to agree for an interview with me. Believe me, when you read numerous books by one author, and are willing to stay up past 4 am in the morning (knowing you have work in a couple of hours) just to find out what happens next, any form of communication with such an author would be exciting! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I became a writer because I was searching for a particular book I wanted to read. I had an idea of what would happen in it and who the characters were. I searched in libraries and bookstores for the book I had in mind, but I couldn’t find anything that matched exactly what I wanted. I finally decided if I wanted to read the book, I had to write it.
It was never my intention to keep on writing once I finished that particular book. But once I got started, I got more and more ideas.
Why did you choose this genre? What was most appealing about it and most difficult?
I’ve always been attracted to the love story in movies and books, even though they weren’t romances. When I wrote fantasy and YA thrillers (very early on), my favourite parts were the romances between the main characters. In the end, I gave in and dedicated myself to writing romances. I love the happy ending between the couple. The most difficult part was overcoming my family and friends who believed romance is trash. They weren’t happy with what I was writing, but after doing it for a couple years, they came to accept it, though they’ll never read any of my romances.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want the reader to feel when reading you book?
My goal is pull the reader so far into the story that they forget they’re reading it.
I’ve had the pleasure of watching some movies and reading some books that made me dig so deep into the story I wasn’t even aware of anything that was happening around me.
I guess the emotion I most want the reader to feel is the thrill of falling in love.
I love that emotion the most.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
During the day when my kids are in school and it’s quiet in the house is my best writing time. A second place is by a pool while my kids are swimming. I love being outside in the shade on a nice sunny day, and I love the smell of the pool.
If you were to choose a favourite book you have written, which would it be?
His Convenient Wife.
What is your favourite book you have read and author?
The Giver by Lois Lowry, but it’s so depressing that I have only been able to read it twice.
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Write what you love. When you are passionate about what you’re doing, the rest will take care of itself.
We need to find out more about Ruth than just her writing…
Favourite Food: Red rose.
Favourite Flower: Shrimp.
Favourite Day: Days off are fun! I lived for those when I worked outside the home. My favourite is Monday because the kids go back to school, which means I can get back to writing.
My favourite movie is Megamind. Its theme is that we get to pick our own destiny by the choices we make. I like that because it means I don’t have to accept whatever comes along. I can do something about it and make things better. I guess you could say I’m an optimist.
Be ready for The Earl’s Stolen Bride, which should be out by June/July!
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