My guest today is a fellow lover of the Outlander series, so please help me welcome Ruth Casie! Let’s take a gander at her bio and then find out more about her inspiration for writing her best-selling stories.
Ruth A. Casie, a USA Today bestselling author, writes historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romantic suspense with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her own hero, three empty bedrooms, and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her “voice,” she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager. What is her favorite job? Without a doubt it’s writing romances. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.
5 Things About Ruth.
1. She filled her passport up in one-year.
2. She has three series. Historical Romance: The Druid Knight Series (time travel), The Stelton Legacy (fantasy), and Contemporary Romantic Suspense: Havenport Romances (small town). She also writes stories in the Pirates of Britannia Connected World.
3. She did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
4. When she cooks she dances.
5. Her Sudoku book is in the bathroom. She’s not saying anything else about that.
Betty: When did you become a writer?
Ruth: I grew up in a creative household. My Dad was a dentist. My Mom worked in his office. Their hobby, besides collecting silver and crystal at auctions, was oil painting. My hobby was getting in their way. Mom painted brilliant still-lifes while Dad was wonderful with seascapes. I was bad even at stick figures. My forte was making up stories and coercing my older sister (not an easy task—she’s fifteen years older than me) to act them out with me.
The stories in my head never stopped. But writing them down… no. As a matter of fact, I’m sure my high school English teacher is spinning in his grave at the idea that I’m a published author of nearly twenty books. I started writing in the Fall of 2009.
Betty: How long did you work on your writing skills before you became published?
Ruth: When I finished writing my manuscript I had no idea what to do with it. I looked for a support group for guidance and found two groups, Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Liberty State Fiction Writers. Published authors in both groups were helpful and encouraging. I also found my critique partner, Jen. We still run our stories by each other. But I digress… My manuscript was polished and ready for pitching within a year. (I had a lot to learn.) I finished my first draft Spring 2010. I was under contract with Carina Press right after the first of the year, 2011.
Betty: What authors or stories do you feel influenced your writing style?
Ruth: After I learned that I had to edit the draft before I could present it to anyone (yes, I was that naïve), I took a class in how to self-edit your story. It was given by Eliza Knight. She became my mentor. Her editing plan as well as sensual writing and story development techniques provided a good groundwork for my writing. While I do not write as “hot” as she does, the technique is still valuable.
Betty: What prompted you to start writing?
Ruth: I started writing when a good friend told me she wanted to write a romance story. I offered to help, beta read, brainstorm, anything she needed. The idea of being involved in a story from inception fascinated me. I was an avid historical romance reader. At the time I was still working for the bank and flying overseas for business. I read to fill my time on flights and evenings.
My friend and I bounced around story ideas. We came across two themes that we liked. She challenged me to write my story. We could sell the two books as a set. The idea was intriguing. With only time to lose, I started sketching out my story that spring and four months later had a 100K word finished historical fantasy novel.
Betty: What type of writing did you start with?
Ruth: I started writing historical fantasy. My first book was Knight of Runes, a time travel romance. I enjoy historical romances with lords, knights, Druids, and magic. You can make anything happen. That said, I got together with three other authors (we’re close writing friends) and decided to write an anthology, four standalone stories around one theme. I was the only historical author and needed to decide what I would do. I decided to write contemporary romantic suspense. We created a small Rhode Island coastal town, Havenport, and wrote our stories. We have since pulled the stories out of the anthology and published them on our own.
Betty: What do you most enjoy writing? Why?
Ruth: Creativity. After twenty-five years of working at an international bank as a product manager where you did not get high marks for creative writing, writing romantic fantasy, time travel in particular, was mind expanding and fun. As an empty nester, I came home each night and added to my story and worked on weekends. I was enthusiastic and excited about each plot twist and “great line” I wrote. I spoke to my characters, which drove my husband crazy as well as a state policeman when he stopped me for speeding. But that is another story entirely!
Betty: How did you learn to write? A mentor, classes, conferences, craft books, or something else?
Ruth: Eliza Knight was my mentor when I wrote Knight of Runes, and we still catch up when we can. I have taken classes with Donald Maass, Michael Hauge, and Damon Suede to name a few. Up until the recent pandemic, I attended the RWA National Conference and even served as Workshop Chair. I also attend the New Jersey Chapter conferences. While I attend some workshops, I get the recorded workshops and spend time networking and catching up with people I only see once a year.
Betty: What do you wish you knew before you started writing/publishing?
Ruth: Knight of Runes was published by Carina Press. I remember asking Angela James, the acquiring editor, what I should do to market the book. She said write the next story. Her answer frustrated me. How was I going to sell books if no one knew who I was? I didn’t take her advice, instead I spent a lot of time and money (that I didn’t have) on marketing the book.
Sales were good, but I had nothing else to sell. Fans I had taken so much time to cultivate were asking for more stories but I didn’t have any. Looking back, I wish I had listened to Angela and written more stories sooner.
Betty: What other authors inspired you (either directly or through their writing) to try your hand at writing?
Ruth: All the authors whose books I read on those international flights and who kept me company at dinner and afterwards are the authors who inspired me: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, Judith McKnight, Johanna Lindsey, Eliza Knight, Kathryn LeVeque. But it’s not only about romance. There is this action-adventure side that excites me inspired by Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, and Tom Clancy.
Betty: What inspired you to write the book you’re sharing with us today?
Ruth: I read Outlander and loved the story. The concept was as intriguing as Jude Devereaux’s Knight in Shining Armor. When my friend asked me to write my own story, I found myself creating a time travel romance. The result was Knight of Runes, a story about a woman, Rebeka, who falls back in time to 1605 and meets her soulmate, Lord Arik. I followed it with Knight of Rapture. In this story, Rebeka is tricked back into the 21st century and Arik must go through time to rescue her.
She was his witch, his warrior, and his wife. He was her greatest love.
Four centuries couldn’t keep them apart.
When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.
Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.
As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.
Rebeka stood taller, planted her staff on the ground in a quiet emphatic fashion and stared squarely into his eyes. “I can take care of myself, thank you very much.”
Arik shifted his attention to her, taking her in fully. He was used to facing men eye-to-eye. Most were intimidated and unable to hold his stare. He gave her his fiercest look, expecting her to look away, and was stunned when she stared back at him in the same manner. Arrogant. There was also a spark of something he couldn’t pinpoint. An instant chemistry of recognition and challenge. He quickly hid his feelings, a practiced talent.
She wasn’t as adept. He saw the recognition in her eyes before she won control of her reaction. She registered confusion, a sense of disbelief and white-hot anger.
She probably came up to his shoulder. He marveled at how the gold and copper flecks in her mahogany hair reflected in the sun. Although her hair was bound, wisps fell in gentle waves, framing her oval face. Her skin looked soft to touch and was vibrant and healthy even through the bruises. Her mouth was full and inviting, her white teeth perfectly straight. Her deep-set eyes, an extraordinary shade of violet shot through with flecks of silver, held his attention. He saw intelligence in them and passion. The intelligence was a surprise. The passion, well, he stirred that in many women.
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I love a good time travel romance! That’s why I enjoy Outlander so much. This one sounds really intriguing, too. Thanks for sharing, Ruth!
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