Ruth A. Casie Talks About Expanding into Other Genres and Writing Happily Ever After
I LOVE my medieval heroes and heroines. I weave different elements into my historic fantasies. Some are filled with magic while others with time travel. These are the stories of my heart and always will be. So, why do I also write contemporary romance?
My writing partners and I decided to develop a series of stories and produce them together. We decided we didn’t want unrelated stories but rather stories that were connected in some way. As the only medieval author in the group I opted to write contemporary stories.
My mind was filled with knights, druids, and the fae. I had no idea where to start with a contemporary story. “Write what you know,” one writing partner said. “You’ve told us so many stories about your family. Use one of those as the story’s premise.”
I wrote Second Change by the Sea, a short story about a couple who after ten years of marriage find their wedding was never registered. That’s the story of my brother and his wife. While my story has them questioning their relationship, I’m happy to tell you they got married, again I was proudly was their witness, again.
Writing a contemporary story was a technical challenge. Historic stories use a different voice and world-building is not necessary in contemporary stories. I enjoyed the challenge and had such a great time writing Second Chance by the Sea that story I decided to write in both types of romances.
My new story, Happily Ever After is also drawn from my real life experience. I used excerpts from an actual ruthless review, personal attack actually that I got for my first book as the basis for my heroine’s fall from literary stardom. I must admit there was satisfaction in taking those lemons and turning them into lemonade!
Happily Ever After by Ruth A. Casie
Back Cover Copy:
From a fall from literary stardom to becoming the heroine in her own romance story, Beth Holmes has turned around her career and her love life. She owes it all to one very special person.
Jarred Watson has loved Beth since he read her first novel and suspected the heroine was the embodiment of the author. But the road to romance was fraught with pitfalls. He almost lost everything because of a conniving agent and a little white lie that got out of hand. At the eleventh hour, with honesty and hard work, their book sales are off the charts and a movie deal is in negotiations.
Interfering families and changed plans take their toll. Will they go their separate ways or will Holmes and Watson continue their literary collaboration and personal partnership in order to find their own happily ever after?
“Interesting.” He chuckled. “Men are not known for their empathy.” He brought his chair closer to hers. “Like stress,” he said. “Under stress, men exhibit the “fight or flight” response.”
Beth nodded. She hadn’t considered the differences in gender reactions in that context. “Women don’t think fight or flight, at least not initially. Under stress they work to protect the group. It has to do with protecting the young and seeing to the family unit. They also think very differently about sex.”
A sly smile brightened his face. She wanted to slam her hand over her mouth.
“We do?” He dropped his voice to a low raspy whisper and sent chills, the good kind, up her back and to other places.
“For a woman, sex starts in their head, not necessarily between her legs.” Shit. Her face was so hot she was going to go up in flames. Jeez, that’s what her heroine Jo Dee would say, definitely not Beth Alexander.
“Oh really?” If she thought his soft, male mellow voice or his smoldering stare couldn’t get any sexier, she got that totally wrong.
“I’m a romance writer. I write about relationships and emotions,” she replied.
“And sex,” he added. Was he extending an invitation? She wasn’t a loose woman, but she was more than tempted to say yes. And that was her notion, not Jo Dee’s.
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager vice president, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie
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