Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!
First, a bit about Ruth…
Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work.
She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart (although it wasn’t as if THEY WERE KNOCKING DOWN THE DOOR to challenge him for her!!!), work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis.
An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
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And here is my interview with Ruth:
1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Double S Ranch series?
Well, this question is easy, LOL! They offered me a contract and I jumped at it! I always wanted to write bigger books…. and category, too. I like having people of all ages and income levels be able to find my stories. So this was perfect!
2. We spoke last year about your pen name? Do you mind if I share your story with my readers again?
Sure! Ruth Logan Herne is a pen name. My real name isn’t a secret, it’s in most of my books. But when my mother was dying of cancer, she took my hand one day and said, “I know you’re serious about your writing. I know it means a lot to you. When you get published someday, will you use something of my name in your name? So people know you were mine?”
So I did. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Logan Herne and I took the Logan Herne from her. Herne was my maiden name.
3. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conferences in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?
I am in Nashville during the ACFW conference, and I’m taking part in the amazing Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat on 8/24 in Nashville…. and then I’ll be in the hotel lobby to visit with folks on 8/25 and 8/26 before I catch a plane back to upstate NY to help with the farm… This is our busy time here, and it’s all hands on deck, so I’ll be there to visit, but not for the whole conference… I love meeting people! That’s my favorite part, so if any of you are there, by all means, come chat with me in the lobby…. The blonde with a laptop and a smile! (This is not natural blonde, unless L’Oreal chemicals are somehow now construed as natural, but that’s okay!!!)
4. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about what’s happening around your farm this year?
Historic farmhouse sounds fancy, doesn’t it? It’s big, but not fancy, and it’s full of love and we’re always breaking things and fixing things! Right now we’re planting like crazy. All kinds of veggies…. squash, pumpkins, cukes, melons, tomatoes, peppers, gourds, corn, and anything the deer seem to love to eat…. it seems we’re offering New York State whitetail deer a veritable buffet of goodness. Oy!!!
But it’s all good and Dave and Seth are working hard to pull this all together!
5. You post often about “The Mighty Finn” who is one of your grandsons. What prompted you to write a series about this incredible, adventurous little boy?
Finn… Oh my stars, his nature is what prompted us to write about him. He’s so funny and endearing and he’s got a great personality for pictures, he doesn’t make faces when we pull out the camera, and he’s a born storyteller so that shows in his face…. he’s always wondering or thinking and smiling! His mom is the photographer, and he’s just been a great subject, but who knows when that might change???? Yikes!
6. You seem to be involved in everything . . . from writing novels to selling eggs! How do you find time for everything you do?
Donna, blame the Yankee in me, or the New York minute, or a frenetic personality…. or that I love what I do! I’ve been waiting all my life to write books, so now that I can and people are buying them, I’m so excited!!! So I jump in and make time count… Ben Franklin said “There’s plenty of time for rest in the grave” and I love that saying! I’ve always wanted to use the talents God gave me…whether it’s cleaning, gathering eggs and raking out chicken coops, baking cookies and pies or writing sweet books. I am so blessed!
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Yes. Don’t quit. Don’t ever quit. Just write, write, write and when you’re done with one manuscript, start another. Or research one while working on another. Don’t let time slip away, there are no time guarantees on our clocks! Go for the gold, reach for the stars, and believe.
And never, ever, ever give up.
And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!
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