I got this idea from award winning author, Kathryn LeVeque who got it from Liliana Hart - this is a fun way to get to know me!
1 -What is your Author name?
I write as Ruth A. Casie. I asked my children to give me a pen name. My older daughter offered, Olivia Alexander. It's a great name, the names of her children. I would have LOVED another name when I was about 8. I thought Ruth was... meh. Now, I wouldn't answer to anything else. My pen name turned out to be an mashup of pieces of their first names.
2 - What is the first book you ever published?
The first book I wrote was Knight of Runes
3- What is your publishversary?
Knight of Runes was published on November 14, 2011
4- What is the favorite book you've written thus far?
Each book has something that makes it my favorite, but if I had to choose one book it would be Knight of Rapture. Arik will move heaven and earth to be with his Rebeka.
5- What book took you the longest to write?
Knight of Rapture, in my Druid Knight series. I knew what I wanted this story to be, but it took me a long time to put it down on paper.
6- How long did it take you?
About 10 months for the first draft, but it will be eclipsed by a contemporary time travel story I’m working on intermittently that’s been in the works for over a year!
7- What kind of music (If any) do you listen to while you write?
I like soft jazz and classical when I’m writing. Nothing with lyrics. I get distracted or worse, I find snippets of lyrics in my writing. Really, no kidding.
8- Who is your favorite character from any of your books?
Rebeka from Knight of Runes and Knight of Rapture
Jamie Collins from The Highlander’s English Woman and The Guardian’s Witch.
Beth from The Games A’Foot featured in the contemporary collection Welcome to Havenport. She’s a romance author.
9- What are you currently working on?
The Highlander’s Sin, the fourth book in the medieval Stelton Legacy series. Also the first book in a new contemporary series, the one I’ve been working on for a year, Einstein's Theorem.
10- Do you have anything you snack on while you write?
I snack on lots of sparkling water, Crystal Light pink Lemonade and Hershey Kisses
|The Highlander's English Woman|
11- What is your favorite quote or line from one of your books?
This is not a fair question. It’s like asking me to choose a favorite child. However, in The Maxwell Ghost I’ve put my favorite lines into memes. See for yourself.
12- Are you a self-published or traditional published author?
I’m a hybrid author published with Harlequin, Carina Press and self-pubbed under Timeless Scribes and Knight Media
13- What is your writing inspiration?
I enjoy telling stories. There are times I can see a picture or read an article and a story plays out in my head. I get some of my best ideas for stories or work out plot issues while I’m driving. If you want to hear about how the hero in The Highlander's English Woman got me out of a speeding ticket, leave me a comment below.
14- What genre do you write?
I write what I love to read, Medieval Historical Romance and Contemporary Romance.
15- Do you have any writing rituals?
Butt in chair, music on, write.
16- Do you have a specific place you write or time?
A year after my daughter got her own apartment. I commandeered her room and turned it into an executive office. I spend a lot of time in my office and I wanted it to be comfortable and mine. It’s filled with books, a large library table, did I say books, and a corner computer with two screens. Oh, and more books. I have found that my best time for working on deep POV is the morning and drafting and outlining in the afternoon.
17- Do you have any advice for inspiring writers?
Yes. My advice to new writers is finish the book. You can’t edit and make it beautiful until you have it on the page. Also, after you get the first book out, write the next one and the next. That was a hard lesson for me to learn.
18- What are your writing goals?
Create stories that people can’t put down.
19- What authors inspire you and your writing?
Barbara Michaels, Sarah MacLean, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy
20- What will be your next release?
Love Between the Sheets, special edition of my Havenport stories about Beth and Jarred, March, 2017
The Highlander’s Sin, the next book in the Stelton Legacy, August, 2017
Snowbound in Havenport, October, 2017
Einstein’s Theorem is still *sigh* in development, but soon, I promise, soon!