Ruth O’Neil Interview

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Ruth O’Neil Interview

Please welcome Ruth O’Neil to Roller Coaster Suspense.

Ruth, would tell us a little about yourself?

I have been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. I enjoy helping others of all ages make their publishing dreams come true. I was born and raised in upstate New York and attended Houghton College. When I’m not writing or homeschooling, I spend my spare time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping and hiking with the family.

We share some of the same hobbies, but I never seem to have time for all of them! Do you have a job other than being an author?

I homeschool, babysit, teach a novel-writing class as a homeschool co-op. Then there’s the wife, mother, and housekeeper thing. I don’t really have time for another job.

Wow. You are a busy lady! Who do you credit with supporting you the most on your writing journey?

My mom definitely. I wanted to be a writer ever since I was 9 years old. She was with me every step of the way until the day she passed away. She encouraged me. She critiqued my work. She took me to writer’s conferences. She did everything she could to help me see my dreams fulfilled.

You mother sounds like an incredible woman. I know you miss her greatly. Do you have any words of advice for novice writers?

Just keep at it. Over the years I have found that writing is very subjective. What one editor hates, another one will chase you down for. Try different genres of writing. You might surprise yourself.

Very good advice. When you start to write, are you a plotter or a pantser or somewhere in between?

Plotter. I have found, especially for my novels, that if I don’t have the basic story plotted out from beginning to end, I don’t go anywhere. I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t finish. I have several un-plotted, un-finished books sitting in drawers right now. Maybe someday I’ll get back to them.

I understand the unfinished, unplotted books. I have a few of those in my computer also. Do you have set writing schedule?

I try, but you know the saying…even the best laid plans of mice and men…

That is so true. What are some of the challenges you face in keeping to your schedule?e?

Things come up such as, I really need to balance the check book so I can pay bills, the kitchen hasn’t had any attention in five days, etc. Then there’s all sorts of other distractions that interrupt my day. I write when I have a few moments here and there many days

Funny how life does interrupt our plans at tiems. Do you belong to any writer’s groups? Either online or in person?

No. I wish I had time for attending a personal group. Personal interaction is so important for a writer when they are working on something new. Maybe someday I’ll start my own. I do have a book club that has read my last two novels as beta readers. They are THE BEST!

You are a busy lady! I can see it would be difficult to find the time. Beta readers are the best! I’m so glad you have a great group. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 9 years old. I knew my mom piddled at writing and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. She even let me use her typewriter when I was little. Then for my high school graduation she gave me an electric typewriter. It was the best gift EVER! I still have it today as a reminder of her love for me and her encouragement to me as a writer.

Ruth, thank you for joining us and share a little of your writing journey. I wish you great success and hope my readers will check out Belonging. It


Book Blurb:

Belonging is the second stand-alone book in the series What a Difference a Year Makes. After the death of her father, painfully shy and introverted Shelly finds her world turned upside down. She is forced to speak with people and she may even have to move from her comfortable apartment. Sorting through her father’s possessions at his house brings back many memories, including how they would research her mom’s genealogy so that in a way, she could get to know her mother’s family, who are all deceased. Shelly wonders why her dad never researched his own family and she never remembers any family events. Why? She begins a journey that takes her to places she never dreamed. Throughout the entire story, God nudges Shelly to get out of her comfort zone. That’s easy for some, but for Shelly it may almost be impossible.


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