My name is Ruth Kyser. I'm the author of "True Cover" and "True Cover-Book 2-Bluecreek Ranch", and several other books.
I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. Although I have a full-time job, writing is my passion, and I hope to someday be able to devote myself to it full-time.
Which writer inspires you?
My favorite author growing up was Bess Streeter Aldrich. I would have to say her writing is what most inspired me to write. I still pull out my tattered copy of "Song of Years' and re-read it every now and then. She was a wonderful storyteller and her stories have always touched my heart. I pray my stories touch my readers the same way.
Have you written other books? If so, what are the titles?
I have written two other books in addition to the 'True Cover' series. I have a Christian Historical Romance named "The Dove and The Raven", available in ebook and paperback through Amazon.com and also Barnes&Noble.com.
My Christian Contemporary Romance entitled "Endless Season" is also available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
I was also a contributing author to a non-fiction Christian book entitled, "21 Story of Faith" by Shelley Hitz.
How much research, if any, do you do when writing a book?
I do a ton of research for the books I write. Believe it or not, I sometimes enjoy the research more than the writing. I have always loved learning new things, so doing the research is just a perk of the writing exercise.
Why do you write?
I write because I have to. I know, that sounds silly, but it's really the way I feel. The story ideas get in my head, and if I don't write them down, it just about drives me bonkers!
I also write because I love to write stories that entertain people and share with them about how much Jesus loves them.
Where do you get your ideas from?
My historical romance started with an idea stemming from some family history research I did. From there, the story just took off.
The beginnings of two of my books came from dreams I had. When I woke up the next morning, the seed of the story was there, and I built the rest of the story from there.
Do you use an outline, plot, or just see where the story takes you?
I don't write an outline down, but before I ever start to write the book, I already know the beginning, the middle, and the end. After that, it's just a matter of filling in the back story and descriptions, completing the research and getting it all down in black and white.
Do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?
I can't say as I've ever had writers block. If I stall for a little bit, I find something else to do and let my mind rest, and after a time, the story starts to flow again.
Do you prefer to read eBooks, paperback, or hardback?
Yes! I love to read. Period. At this point though, probably most of my reading is done on my kindle, just because it is more convenient to take with me everywhere.
What are you currently working on?
My current WIP is a Christian Contemporary Romance entitled, "The Whispering Sentinel". I hope to have it ready for publication before the end of 2013. It also includes a little history and mystery. I like to stir things up!
How important are book covers in the buying process?
Depending on the type of book, I think they are very important.
How do you market your book?
As an Indie Author, I spent a great deal of time on marketing. If I didn't have a full-time job, I would be able to do more! But I market through social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.) I also do radio interviews, public speaking, and blogging whenever I get the opportunity. I love to talk about writing, self-publishing, and my books--not necessary in that order.
Do you use social media? If so, what is you favorite site?
See my answer to #12. :) I love the interaction between me and my readers through Facebook, but I have to say, I'm getting quite attached to Pinterest. It is kind of fun!
What's your favorite quote?
I don't know who said it, but I've come to appreciate these words in the last few years:
"You're never too old to be what you might have been."
I may have begun my writing process a little later in life than some, but I sure am having fun on the journey!
What's your favorite Bible verse?
That is a tough one. There are so many wonderful verses to choose from! But if I have to choose one, I would choose, Philippians 4: 8. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Most people would guess I would say the Book of Ruth. But they'd be wrong! Philippians is actually my favorite book of the Bible.
Do you pray over your books?
I spend a lot of time praying while I write my books. The words I type are words that can impact--either for the positive or negative--another person's life, so I take them very seriously.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to read, sew quilts, and do genealogy research. I also LOVE to spend time with my grandchildren--all eight of them!
Do you write a blog? If so where can we find it at?
I do have a blog, entitled "A Few of My Thoughts", at ruthkyser.wordpress.com
Where can readers find your books?
My books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, Kobo, Sony, Apple Ibooks, Smashwords, and various other outlets. If you Google me, you will find them!