Hey everyone. Sorry I have been gone but I am still in the process of moving and will be back in a few days. In the mean time Ruthie has agreed to answer ALL of our questions so let’s ask some good ones. Don’t worry Ruthie I edited this and corrected all of the typo’s and misspelled words.
So the Romance Man seems to think you guys think I’m interesting. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY. You must have me confused with some other, more glamorous woman. A woman who doesn’t frequently get peed on and have small plastic farm animals shoved in her pants for someone else’s amusement. (And no, sadly, not in the kinky way.)
Thus, I am declaring it open season on Ruthie. I’ll tell you ten things about me, and then you can ask me what you like. (Just don’t ask me anything about my husband / sex life. He never volunteered to be married to a romance writer; I figure the least I can do is keep our personal life off the Internet.)
10. Yes, I really am a Midwestern housewife. Grew up in Ohio, went to college in Iowa and grad school in North Carolina, got married, moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and had a baby after a few years. My son is 3.5, and he stays home, though he’ll start preschool this fall. We have babysitters about 35 hours a week so I can work.
9. My favorite TV show is Futurama.
8. I read all the time. Mostly romance, a mix of books I’ve bought, books I’m beta-reading for writer friends, and manuscripts I’m working on for Entangled Publishing. (I’m an editor for their Indulgence line. I also have a nonfiction editing business. With the writing, that makes three jobs. Oy.) My favorite subgenres are contemporary and historical romance; I don’t read much romantic suspense or paranormal. Some of my favorite romance novelists are Cara McKenna (Curio; Ruin Me), Delphine Dryden (Theory of Attraction; Lamplighter’s Love); Jill Shalvis (The Heat Is On; The Sweetest Thing); Jennifer Crusie (Anyone But You; Bet Me); Sarah Mayberry (Her Best Friend; Hot Island Nights); and Charlotte Stein (Control; Sheltered).
7. I love to run in the rain.
6. I have never known what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still don’t. But my mom told me when I was 15 that despite what the guidance counselors kept telling us, I never actually had to figure it out, and that helped. I went to college the next year. That helped, too.
5. I’m a vegetarian, but I honestly don’t care if you are.
4. I never kissed a boy before college. I would have, but none of them ever asked me to.
3. I love to play cards, but I hate to win. In my ideal world, I win, but no one notices.
2. I used to knit a lot. The first thing I designed from scratch was a toy turtle with a removable shell. I wrote up the pattern and had it published in an online magazine. More than 5,000 people have knit it.
1. I started writing in October 2010 for my own amusement and to help rescue my sanity. I finished the first manuscript in December, a fling romance set in Hawaii called “Rebound” that will probably never get published, since it doesn’t have much of a plot (though it does have the best oral sex scene I’ve ever written). My second manuscript was the book that became About Last Night. I wrote it in December and January. The third one was Ride with Me. I wrote it in February and March, revised it, and submitted it to agents in April. I got an agent with it that month and sold it in June. Meanwhile, I revised both of my first two manuscripts and sold About Last Night in August after adding a new first chapter for my editor. While that was happening, I wrote two more, longer manuscripts, both of which I’ve extensively revised and rewritten, and both of which will come out next year as Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster. And I wrote some other stuff in there, too. I can’t stop. Which is good, because nobody seems to want me to.
So? What else do you want to know?