Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with women’s contemporary author and life coach Ruthie Lewis. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Ruthie. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Ruthie: I’m from Oklahoma, and have always loved to read and write. As a child, I would make up stories and write them down – only a few pages. It wasn’t until I faced a very dark time in my life that I realized it was my passion, my calling. I journaled, then began to sense a tiny spark drawing me to write. So, in the spars pockets of time I had while raising three children – all three attending different schools – I “played” with it.
When my husband left after 30 years of marriage, I faced some hard truths in addition to having to go back to work after 25 years of being a stay-at-home mom. The truth I had ignored revealed itself: I had let my passions die, as many women do, by choosing to ignore who I was, while squelching fatigue and inner voices, in order to “give all” to my husband and children. It was like a light-bulb moment: my love of books and writing was my call. So, then, with even less time, I began to follow my inner light. It was a very long process, but the end result was “Fireflies”.
Morgen: What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Ruthie: “Fireflies” is women’s contemporary fiction. I decided fiction would be first because mentors and fellow authors told me I had a bent for fiction, however, my thought had always been to write about the things I’d learned in life and studied. Being alone after 30 years brought a plethora of self-discovery. Long story, but I also became a Life Coach as I began to see almost every woman living by the same lies I’d always believed. I thought that would be my first book but I am definitely working on that non-fiction. It will either be my next book, or after a sequel to “Fireflies”. I’m excited about it because it’s the culmination of everything I had to relearn about life and how critical it is to live our inner light; basically what I speak about and tools I use in Life Coaching in a nutshell.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Ruthie: This is my first book. I considered using a pseudonym, but I decided if I was going to write about living by inner light, not putting down or ignoring who you are, it seemed that a made-up name goes against the grain of everything I am.