She's known for her sassy personality on Seekerville and her poignant dialogue, story-line, and characters in her fiction. For me, Ruth Logan Herne has been an encourager and 'writing mama'.
Pull up a chair and join Ruthy for some cinnamon sprinkled hot cocoa and double fudge chocolate chip cookies.
So Ruthy, why do you love Anne from your newest Indie release, Running on Empty?
I love this character because she's run the gamut, trying desperately to put her life back together after being seduced by a teacher/coach at age thirteen. She doesn't see what the world sees, a predator. She sees a stupid, foolish girl who let her emotions get the best of her. Paying the price for her mistakes... year after year.... seems deserved and justified. But it's not, of course it isn't, children should never be preyed upon. It takes Anne nearly fifteen years to see that. To come forward and help protect others while trying to forgive herself. Life isn't always kind to children, but worse? Young people are prone to taking the blame for so many things out of their control. Anne recovers her faith, her hope and her self-respect in "Running on Empty". But will she ever be truly accepted in her hometown, an Americana-style village that loves its beloved coach? Or will she have to run again?
What makes the hero fall in love with her, Ruthy?
He'd loved her once and it nearly killed him. He can't dare love her again, it would be public emasculation. She'd walked out on him once, without a word.
But something about Anne pulls him, has always pulled him. Chief of police Joe McIntyre is a caretaker... and she needs someone to watch over her. But pride and self-preservation rein him in until he realizes he held the key to Anne's happiness all along. If only he'd been man enough to use it.
The book is amazing! It hits some hard issues, but is told in a real and beautiful way.
Quote for today:
“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.”
― C.S. Lewis
― C.S. Lewis