Today in author cage author Ruthie Henrick joins us. Ruthie is the author of today’s book blast Twice In A Lifetime. We would like to thank Ruthie for stopping by and sharing with us.
About Ruthie -
I’ve always been an avid reader, even as a child. I’ll read just about anything, but I love anything with romance in it. I am a romance junkie.
I first started writing a couple of years ago. I’ve never been that person who dreamed about being an author or loved telling stories. I used to try making up bedtime stories when my kids were little and I’d draw a blank every time. But an idea had been running through my mind for a while so I decided to start typing and see where it led. Three months later I had a really good first draft. Let me tell you, nobody was more surprised than me!
I love music, especially country music, and that’s generally the soundtrack to whatever I have going on. At work, doing housework, in the car—the music is always on. Except when I write—that I have to do in silence.
We have three sons and they’re all grown and scattered around the country, but the Big Kahuna and I are still ruled by a fifteen-year-old deaf Pekinese with OCD. Life is interesting!
I’m not much of a TV watcher, except for shows like The Voice and American Idol. Gives me lots of time to write, and read. Like many of you, I have a one-click compulsion. The number of unread books on my Kindle is really embarrassing.
I love chatting with other readers, sharing my favorite books and authors, and discovering those new to me. Come by and hang out with me on any of my social media.
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an Arizona girl, happily married to my high school sweetheart. I count how much coffee I’ve had by pots, not cups, and my writing partner is a fifteen-year-old deaf Pekinese mix named Ralph.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I probably didn’t consider myself a writer until after I’d completed the manuscript for Twice in a Lifetime. It was the first novel I’ve attempted—the process of writing was still very new and surprising to me. And honestly, I felt that wherever this story was coming from, it could just disappear and go back there without warning.
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
I’ve been reading adult romance for several years now. I suppose I’m just writing what I’d like to read.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
Ha! How says I have? Twice in a Lifetime is full of emotion, angst, sexual tension and enough heat to keep you interested. It’s not graphic. I knew my children (and my mother) would be reading this book. That was sort of my barometer.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
Gideon Cross, hands down. Why? Hello! Gideon Cross!!
What was the first adult fiction novel that you read? What was your reaction?
I’ve always enjoyed a bit of heat in the stories I read—and face it, sex sells. But the first truly adult fiction novel I read was FSOG. I loved it from the beginning! I sat down and read all three books in three days J I loved the concept that a novel could have it all—a plot and character arcs and be highly erotic—without becoming porn.
Your favorite adult fiction book is-?
The Crossfire series is my fave so far, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the story goes!
Your favorite Author is-?
My all-time favorite author did not write adult fiction. LaVeryle Spencer wrote contemporary and historical romances with great story lines and characters that just leapt off the page.
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
I really am not obsessed with things, I love the people in my life and the Big Kahuna and I love to travel and see new places. I do have a few favorite items that people have personally made for me over the years, though, and one of them is a ceramic cup #1 made in grade school. I used this as my pen holder on my desk in an office that burned to the ground one night. Everything was a total loss and of everything I had in that office, I cried when I realized I’d lost that cup that my son had made for me. A couple of weeks later a co-worker brought me my cup and said the fire crew came across it in the rubble of the fire as they were checking for hotspots. It was dirty, but it wasn’t even chipped. Of course I cried again, this time for a totally different reason. I still use that cup on my desk nearly 20 years later!
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
All authors add in tidbits of character or physical traits from people they know or observe, but my characters are all created from scratch.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I don’t know if we’re in for any huge surprises, but fiction and literature are constantly evolving. Just read something that was written ten or twenty years ago and you can feel the difference in the writing. I don’t see any reason for that to change.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
If people put it to good use, it does ::grin::
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
Back to FSOG—every novel, no matter what genre, still needs a good story line and likeable characters. Focus on that.
What is your motto?
My personal motto? I have a few, but this one’s fun: Women are like tea bags – you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water - Eleanor Roosevelt
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