Name I was born Ruth Esther Derby but my Author name is Ruthie Madison
Where are you from California, US.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I am currently single and I live with my mother and sister. When I am, not writing, I do the family shopping and my share of cooking and doing the dishes. I have a bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, but I am unemployed.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just finished the Nanowrimo 2013 challenge. Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month which challenges writers to write 50 thousand words in 30 days I also recently published my third book Jesus Paid It All.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was a young woman, but not for publication until 2011. I write mainly for escape. My stories started out as wish fulfillment but now they are turning out much more than that.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Marge was published. Marge was my first book but now since I have the rights to the back, and it has been badly edited, I rewrote it and is now called A Second chance at Love.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My boring life and how I felt about having to live in my father’s home.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose you can say I tend to write more than 1 point of view but I am working on it. Other than that, I don’t know.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For my third book, it was a song. I listened to a worship leader sing “Jesus Paid It All,” I thought “Wouldn’t that make a great title.” My book was originally named Darlene’s Nightmare, but as I listen to the song, it seemed to fit!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No matter what sin you have committed, Jesus is there to forgive you. Jesus said that the only unforgiveable sin is blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. All other sin had been forgiven at the cross. You just have to repent and move on.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try to make it as realistic as possible. If someone who is a Wiccan reads it, they may disagree with me, but I base any kind of magic as evil. There is no such thing as good magic or white magic. Any power that does not come from God, is evil. The Bible is clear on that.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, but as for my first too books, (A Second Chance at Love and the Past Hunter) The MC is a little like me. I have been found out that each of them is a foreshadowing of my life
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Kathy Ree. She was my editor but I have learned from her where I can improve by her suggestions she had made in my manuscript.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading two books: one is kindle and the other not: Haunted By Her Past(Paperback) by Kelly Hagen and I am finishing reading The Dream Student by J.J Benedetto
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am working on rewriting my fourth book which is a YA fiction. I also am working another version of A Second Chance at Love
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Other than God, my boyfriend. He is my biggest fan.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, because I haven’t majored in English to write as people would want me too. I write what comes to my mind, but some have told me my writing is rushed and not too descriptive. And since I can’t afford to hire an editor and cover design artist, it will have to be like a side job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I am not going to change it just because some biased person might tell me I have it all wrong.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I believe I got it from my grandmother and God had passed it down to me. I have always loved creative writing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current work is a Young Adult fiction which is tentatively titled “Kalliwagans” It is about this young lady who has been kidnapped by a “Kalliwagan” that is not from Earth, but another world. The Kalliwagan is a “people” who look human but possess a beauty that far surpassses all beauty in perfection. These beings were sent to bring back the main character’s mother back with them because she is one too.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My one challenge is trying to show my readers and not tell them
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Carmen DeSousa. She writes Romantic suspense as a Happily Ever After.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My first book, I did myself with a little help by Michael Lorde, my second book Samantha Fury and my third book, I used a photo I took at church and asked Lori Follet to make it look Gothic
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding someone who can edit my book at a low or no price. Otherwise I already mentioned it in my challenge.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Not to leave out certain auxiliary verbs.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Research, don’t give up, and make sure you hire an editor
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
All my inspirations or ideas comes from God.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
I love to crochet, read and walk.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
NCIS, and CSI are but the only tv shows I watch.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love Italian food, and chicken. My favorite colors are pink green, brown and black. I love to listen to Praise and Worship music, and country music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Still waiting for the day I can teach.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My blog: http://www.madisonpost.wordpress.com
My website: http://www.secondhanceseries.webs.com