Today’s guest is a personal friend and amazing historical romance author. Before reading her bog post about her love for writing about people and places from the past let’s get to know what makes her tick…
Name/Pen name: Ruth A. Casie
General location: www.RuthACasie.com
- When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
My older sister will tell you I always had a story in my head. She is nearly 15 older than me and often humored me by dressing up and role playing. I think she liked the cowboy boots and used any excuse to wear them. Anyway, stories filtered through my head. The story ideas didn’t stop, but I never saw myself as an author. It wasn’t until I actually wrote my first story (see question 2) that I knew this is what I wanted to do.
- What inspired you to write?
Several years ago, when I was Board President of the woman’s shelter in my county, our Board Secretary mentioned she was writing a romance story. I read romances and offered to be her beta reader. One thing led to another and with her encouragement, I wrote my own story. I’ve been writing stories ever since.
- Are you a planner or pantser?
This is an interesting question. I thought I was a pantser until I looked back at a writing journal when I wrote the second book in my series. I may not have written an outline per se but I certainly had all the elements of goal, motivation and conflict identified as well as turning points and black moments. Character background and even backstories were sketched out in prose. So… I think I am a cross between planner and pantser. I call myself a plotster.
- Which of your works is your favorite? Why?
This is like asking which child you love best. I think my favorite historical is my first book, Knight of Runes, in my Druid Knight series It’s a time travel story about a miss-matched couple who are soulmates and will do anything to be together. Love does conquer all.
For my contemporary story is the novella I’ll Be Home For Christmas, in the Christmas in Havenport collection. One of my first reviews was scathing and a person attack. Mary Jo Putney was wonderful when I told her about it and talked me off the edge. With only a few tweaks, I used it as the opening of the story about a romance author who doubts her career.
- Would you say your stories are plot or character driven?
My stories are character driven although my stories have intricate plots with twists and turns. I love giving my readers a surprise.
- What do you take with you on vacation?
The family. Our children are all grown and I love to go on vacation with them without interruptions. We enjoy being together and have lots of fun. I read a lot on vacation. My go-to books include romance (of course) but also adventures by Lee Child and Clive Cussler.
- What’s your motto as a writer?
Ooooh. This is an interesting question. It has to be ‘Butt in chair and write.’ You can’t edit a blank page.
- What’s your next project or what is in your future?
I have several projects in development.
- I’m currently writing a novella for the next Havenport collection, Snowbound. I’ve decided to take the villain in the last story and turn her into the heroine in this one.
- I’ve also just finished the ‘almost final draft’ of the first book in a new series about a time traveling art curator who can guarantee the authenticity of artwork and a security officer tasked with stopping time travel.
- Fans have enjoyed my Stelton Legacy series. I’m plotsing the next book in the series.
Any information you’d like to share about yourself?
Here are five other things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I filled my passport up in one year.
I worked for a large financial institution and before webinars and Skype as a product manager I visited with clients and potential clients. My sales support program took me to almost every European country (sorry not Liechtenstein) as well as a good sampling in Asia and South America. Have I got some travel stories!
2. I have a medieval romance series, The Stelton Legacy about the seven sons of a seventh son.
Three books are published. The others are in various stages of development. The heroine in The Guardian’s Witch, the first book in the series was born with veil over her face. It’s called a caul. Throughout history, these caulbearers are believed to have a special purpose—to serve mankind, guide people to understand themselves and the world within which they live. Many cultures believe this makes the child “King by right” with special powers ranging from leadership abilities to natural healers and having greater insight. I was born with caul. I’m still trying to figure out my power.
3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
I was a guest reader at my son’s first grade class (he just turned 32 and working on his Master’s Degree in Cyber Security at Northeastern University). I rapped the book while my son was my boom box. We had a great time.
4. When I cook I dance.
Our kitchen isn’t large but ever since Paul (my DH) and I have taken ballroom dance lessons I practice between the fridge, the stove, and the table.
5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom.
I’m not saying anything else about that.
Thank you Debbi for hosting me. I’d love to hear from your readers. Catch me on Twitter or Facebook at @RuthACasie, or you can drop me a line at Ruth@RuthACasie.com
And now for her post…
Years ago I did a lot of international travel for business. But I can remember my first trip overseas very clearly. It was a two week trip to five European cities. I brought six novels thinking I would catch up on my reading—there never seemed to be enough time at home with three small children. I finished one and a half books before I landed.
|My idea of Lyn Kurland’s magic forest|
My days were filled with client calls with the local bank directors, but most late afternoons, evenings and the weekend I was on my own. I filled the time with walking tours of the city, sometimes in groups other times using the track provided by the hotel. Each time I came face to face with history; the Grand Place in Brussels, the Place de la Concorde in Paris, and HamptonCourt in England. As I went on to the different cities I tried to hear the sounds, smell the aromas, and see the sights from a different perspective, a different time. Stories by Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey and Lynn Kurland had me enthralled along with Clive Cussler. I know, he’s not exactly romance but his Dirk Pit stories always start with some historical fact or thread that’s crucial to solving the mystery. I read my books at night and visited places where I could imagine the stories unfolding.
Historical facts mixed with chivalry and magic made the most compelling stories to me. The romance of the middle ages and Renaissance with their knights and princesses and their myths of druids, fairies, and fae tossed in for good measure all drew me in. Time travel stories and the ability to change the past, protect the future, or simply experience a different time made all things possible. Personally, I want my fiction based on fact but I don’t necessarily want the cold truth of reality. I know that history doesn’t always end with a happily ever after but taking a little poetic license to alter history just a bit to make it all work out is what I enjoy reading.
My Stelton Legacy series is a historical fantasy.
The Guardian’s Witch: In 13th century England, in order to save the man she loves and prevent being married off to another, Lisbeth Reynolds, born with the ability to see things before they happen, must make a crucial decision. Dare she rely on her knight, Lord Alex Stelton, to find a way to save them both or does she trust her magic and risk exposure and persecution as a witch?
The Maxwell Ghost: Traitors, deception, murders and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins and Laura Reynolds, long-time friends find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer’s next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love.
The Highlander’s English Woman: Longtime friends Jamie Collins Maxwell and Laura Reynolds find their destines intertwined and complicated with hidden passion. Their new found love is threatened when Laura becomes a political pawn… in an arranged marriage to Jamie’s greatest enemy.
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