You’ve written three different series each in different genres from mystery to romance and suspense. What made you decide to try different series?
I have 1 cozy mystery series, 1 archeological adventure series, and 5 Amish Romance or Amish Romantic Suspense series.
Do you feel more comfortable in writing in one genre over another?
I'm moving more into cozy mysteries now. I enjoy crafting mysteries that are also clean and wholesome, and where no animals or children are harmed. I can't bear to watch anything on TV where pets are threatened.
What made you decide to go the indie-publishing route?
My non-fiction was traditionally published under a pen name. When my agent suggested I write fiction, Kindle had just started. I was tired of the long, laborious traditional publishing route, so I decided to try indie with fiction.
What does your editor remind you to do most often?
When I type, to make sure I'm wearing my glasses!
What’s the best encouragement you’ve had in your writing?
I'm a twice USA Today Bestselling author, and my (secret) pen name is a several-times USA Today Bestselling author. I was thrilled when my cozy mystery box set, Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery, hit #7 on the whole Amazon store last year.
What do you know now about writing that you wished you had known sooner?
I wish I had known to trust my instincts. I needed to believe in my ideas, because if I was interested in my stories, I knew there must be others who did too.
What other books do you have in the works?
I have started writing another cozy mystery series, which also has a naughty little cat. I enjoy writing about older sleuths.
The best advice I have been given about writing is to have fun with it. If I'm not enjoying writing a scene, I'm certain that readers will not enjoy reading it. Conversely, if I'm excited to write a scene, I can be certain others will enjoy reading it. The one piece of advice I could give is to write a good story. Genre fiction is all about a good story, whereas literary fiction has other considerations.
Are there any other notes you’d like to add?
OrangeSky Audio has just published True Confections, Previous Confections, and Confection is Good for the Soul, the first three audiobooks in my Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery series. They are available on all audio retailers.
Thank you for having me on your blog!
That's all for today's interview. If you'd like to learn more about any of Ruth's novels, here are some links to get you started.