Today, MBB welcomes Amy Ruttan today. Her new release, DARE SHE DATE AGAIN is a great read. I took the opportunity to ask this talented author some questions about her work.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three children.
AMY RUTTAN ON THE WEB:
How do you come up with the ideas for new stories?
Anything can inspire an idea; music, a picture, a dream, a trip to
a new place or even a trip to a familiar place. I like car rides. I
hang around on Pinterest a lot and pin pictures I like. My current
work in progress is based on a picture of a former Marine who
does modelling now, but only has one leg. He’s my inspiration for
my current hero.
Does writer’s block ever happen to you?
Yes! It has happened to me. It happens mostly when I’m stressed. I had a heck of a time starting my current work in progress took a lot longer than I anticipated to start. I had everything worked out, my editor sent me her suggestions, but I was blanking. The end of summer and early part of the fall was a very stressful time in my personal life.
How do you/would you cope if/when it strikes?
I just power through. I have contracted deadlines and I know if I spoke to my editor or agent and told them why and what was going on they would give me an extension, but I can’t rely on that. This is a business and personally I want to meet the expectations. I want to meet my deadlines. So I power through, even if I only write half a page that will be edited out later at least it’s writing. As Nora Roberts said, “You can’t fix a blank page”.
Of all the stories you’ve written, what’s your favourite?
I don’t have a favorite. I like them all for different reasons. The
easiest one for me to write was Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart
(Feb 2014). The one that made me cry the most when I was
writing it was Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son (July 2014). My
most challenging to date was Dare She Date Again? (Oct 2014).
It took a few revisions to get it right. Each book affects me a
Do you live in your’ character’s world while you write?
I try to as much as I can. I can’t think ahead about my other
projects too much. I’m very invested in what I’m currently writing
at the time.
DARE SHE DATE AGAIN
DARE SHE DATE AGAIN?
To love again…?
Single mom and paramedic Samantha Doxtator has been living with a broken heart after losing her
husband years ago. Now she’s finally back on track and following her dream to become an air ambulance
pilot…after training one last student—George Atavik!
Since nearly losing his life in a plane crash, George will not waste the second chance he’s been given,
and he won’t deny the sparks flying between him and his new mentor. Does Samantha dare risk her own
carefully guarded heart for another opportunity at happiness?