Ruth, a left-handed, tooth-scraping, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?
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Remmie Grin is a self-sufficient dentist who has her life right where she wants it. That is, until handsome, flirty Dr. Victor Barrett moves in next door. He constantly bugs her about selling her practice to him—but she's not budging. How can she convince him to leave her alone when all she really wants him to do is kiss her again?
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Sounds like a book I'm putting on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.
Since I work for a dentist as a dental hygienist, much of my workday is spent around everything dental. I’d already written a romance about a tooth fairy, and another one about a hygienist. I felt it was time the dentists had their turn at a story.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Mostly from my imagination, although traits from real people often sneak in there. Some of the not-so-nice people in the books really aren’t based on anyone I know. Just the nice ones.
Where do you go to do your research?
For my dental line of romances, most of my research is just from my daily job. My duties, interaction with the staff and dentist, and, of course, the patients. If there’s something I don’t know, I can always do a quick check online for the answer.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
The one I’m working on now is a western romance. It’s my first western. It’s fun to try something new.
Definitely agree with that. One of these days, I'd like to try writing historical fiction. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write what you like to read. If you try to write something you’re not into, you won’t stick with the project very long because you won’t enjoy it. As for promoting, I was a newbie at all that. I asked a lot of questions from more seasoned writers on writers’ loops and chatrooms. I never knew how much promotion was the responsibility of the author. Quite a lot, actually. But there are lots of ways to promote that won’t cost you much. Like, your own website, Twitter. Facebook.
Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
I love Janet Evanovich’s funny romances. They are so offbeat. Just my style!
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I have to write around my part-time job at the dental office. So, mainly evenings and weekends, with the occasional weekday thrown in.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
Yes, they’re very supportive. Although it cracks me up to think of my husband, father and brothers sitting and reading my quirky romances.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
I’m still working on POV. I don’t always go deep enough, so I continually have to work at that.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!!
Ruth, you're very welcome! I enjoyed chatting with you and getting to know more about you and your book.
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