Nadene: Today I’ve been asked to take over the blog to interview one of my favorite authors, Ruthie Knox. Ruthie, will you provide a short bio for us?
Ruthie: USA Today bestseller and two-time RITA award finalist Ruthie Knox writes sexy, witty contemporary romance (and her alter ego, Robin York, writes sexy, angsty New Adult romance). You can find her blogging at www.ruthieknox.com and www.wonkomance.com, updating sporadically at www.facebook.com/ruthieknox, and constantly yammering on Twitter as @ruthieknox.
Nadene: Tell us about your latest release.
Ruthie: My latest release is Making It Last, which is the fourth book in my Camelot series. It’s a marriage-in-trouble story about the same couple from an earlier book, How To Misbehave, fourteen years later. Amber and Tony Mazzara have three kids, money trouble, and a lot of stress — and they’ve drifted apart. Making It Last is a story about finding love again inside a marriage.
Nadene: What was your favorite story to write?
Ruthie: For pure fun, my favorite story has probably been Big Boy, a novella about a couple that meets once a month at the National Railroad Museum for a role-playing date on a different train. I wrote that story quickly, in a burst of pure joy, and didn’t worry one whit about how it would be received. It was awesome!
Nadene: Which character you enjoyed writing about?
Ruthie: I have a lot of favorites, but I definitely have a soft spot for Sean Owens, the screwed-up stuttering hacker hero of Flirting with Disaster — both because I enjoyed the research involved in crafting a hero who stutters and because I really enjoy it when the geeky guy finally gets the girl he used to pine for back in high school.
Nadene: Apart from writing, what do enjoy doing most?
Ruthie: I’m kind of an exercise nut — running, biking, hiking, walking … I also like “baking,” though, which kind offsets those other ones.
Nadene: Whom or what inspired to become a writer?
Ruthie: I’ve always been a huge reader, but I didn’t start writing until late in 2010, when I was reading a *lot* of category romance novels (Harlequin Blaze) and thought, “I’d like to try writing one of these!” I also have to credit the Outlander books, which I’d read the previous summer and which took up a lot of my mental real estate for months afterward.
Nadene: Where does the inspiration for your stories come from?
Ruthie: I usually start with several tiny pieces of stories that I am trying to fit together, and those can come from anywhere — my agent, my editor, the news, another book I’ve read, some random thing that happened to me once. The stories themselves take shape as I try to figure out how the little pieces fit together, what kinds of people these things might happen to — and then eventually the characters themselves become so real that it’s a matter of asking “What would she do in this situation?”
Nadene: What’s next for you?
Ruthie: Next up, I have a serial novel, Roman Holiday, which will begin releasing in November. It’s a kind of madcap road-trip romance about an uptight Cuban-American developer out of Miami and the free-spirited, reckless woman who chains herself to a palm tree to keep him from razing the rental apartments she calls home. And then in January, my New Adult debut as Robin York will release. Titled Deeper, it’s about a nineteen-year-old college sophomore whose ex-boyfriend publishes their sex pictures on the Internet — and how her relationship with a bad-idea guy helps her as she comes to terms with her life in the aftermath.