What does your writing process look like?
Hmmm…a ‘what if’ situation occurs to me…like what if a girl lived ten years with the Native Americans? Then the story progresses from there as I answer that question. And of course that only leads to more questions. Then I’m having to write it all down so I don’t forget any details and well then I need to organize it into chapters so there’s
some kind of order…and then I’m looking at pictures of places and people to give me a visual, and I’m hiring an editor and cover designer…so it all kind of happens because I had to answer that question.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Do you write naked?
I don’t do anything naked except the obvious things...teehee! I mostly write sitting in my messy bed because if I get out of it then the world snatches me up and makes tend to a million different things that have nothing to do with writing. So on my most productive writing days, I don’t get out of bed.
What book do you wish you could have written?
Well, duh, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Jane Austen, and Laure Ingalls Wilder for their attention to details.
Gil Adamson and Mohja Kahf for their lyricism.
Megan Hart for her raw emotion.
Jeannie Watt’s ability to turn simple lives and people into a fulfilling romance.
Bruce MacHart and Cormac McCarthy for their grit.
How important are names to you in your books?
Names are important. I can’t pick a name out of a hat and use it. It has to have some significance to the story or the character and a nice ring to it, too. And the moment I have a story that calls for a Sassy Bama girl, her name will be Renee.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My children—the human ones, not the book ones.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Traveling the world.
Were you already a great writer?
I don’t know. I’ve always liked words and enjoyed organizing them to convey a point or an idea.
Have you always like to write?
It’s something I’ve always done. And when the stories became strong enough inside that I felt like I needed to let them out, I got a little more serious about things and the next I knew, I was being a writer.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Write, write, write! Read quality writing then write some more.
Do you read your reviews?
I always read my reviews, because I’m curious about how my story affects people. To hear that someone has felt some emotion when reading one of my stories is one the greatest compliments I can receive.
Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I don’t respond to reviews other than to press the Like button. If someone contacts me personally to chat about my story, I’ll always respond then.
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Keep what’s helpful to you in writing your next story and toss the rest.
What's your next project?
Another story in my Spirited Hearts Series, although I’m not sure which one yet.
What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)
My favorite love story (movie) starring Richard Armitage and Daneila Denby -Ashe is North and South based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. I watch it at least once a year. And now you’ve got me thinking about it, I may have watch it tonight.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
The Saga—partly after my new rescue dog whom I’ve recently adopted and partly because saga means story.
If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?
There’s a pony waiting for you outside.
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
Working under a deadline. Stresses me out and saps my creative juices
What takes you out of your comfort zone?
Going into a room full of people I don’t know.
Ruby Merritt writes historical western romance. Her passion for imagining life and love on the High Plains has its roots in reading and rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books as a child. Although Ruby doesn't call the High Plains her home, she resides in an equally beautiful and rustic locale, The Gateway to the Texas Hill Country. When Ruby's not reading or writing, she can be found riding her horse or homeschooling her children who are avid horsewomen and readers as well.