Today’s interview is with another female author from northwest Arkansas. Some writers have unique voices. What’s interesting about Ruth’s voice is that hers sort of sticks in my head and I hear it even while reading through her answers to my questions. Not only that, but her voice changes according to whatever story it is she’s reading. Her stories have a lot of flavor! If you ever have the opportunity to hear her give a reading from her books, you should make a point to be there.
- Ruth as Dixie Dandelion
WRITER/AUTHOR: ELEVEN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Author name: Ruth Burkett Weeks aka R.H. Burkett
Latest title: The Rook and the Raven
1. I’m always interested in the writer’s process. How often do you write? Do you have a daily word count goal? Give me an overview (or detailed if you really want to go there) of your writing life.
I work an eight-hour day outside the home, so I write at night and on the weekends. I don’t have a set word count or page number. I write until my back, neck, and wrists scream in protest, then I write some more. I have been known to write until 2:00 in the morning if the gremlin twins, imagination and creativity come out to play.
2. Do you also work a full-time non-writer job or career?
3. How supportive has your family been of your writing time? Have you ever had to fight for your right to write?
Fortunately, I live with two cats who support me 100% even though at times I have to stop and scratch them between the ears, follow them into the kitchen to their food bowl, or shoo them off my keyboard. My family is all for what ever I want to do, however I don’t think they took my writing seriously until my novel, Soldiers From the Mist was published.
4. How long did it take to write (from start to finish) your novel?
The first draft took three months. Fine tuning it, polishing it, and rewrites took three years before it was clean enough to submit to a publisher.
5. What route to publishing did you take (agent, traditional, self-pub), and how long did it take from finish to publication?
I am charmed in this area. I pitched Soldiers From the Mist to one New York agent and waited over six months for him to tell me it wasn’t a good fit for him. Because of the way this book came to me, I knew that my “Soldiers” would lead to me to the correct publisher, and they did. Lou Turner at High Hill Press was a perfect fit. I pitched it to her in October 2010 and my book was released in March 2011. I submitted The Rook and The Raven to The Wild Rose Press the first of this month (August ) and signed a contract a week later. I realize how fortunate I am because some writers spend years before they find a fit, so I thank God for leading me in the right direction.
6. Is there a theme, or premise you’d really like readers to connect with in your latest book?
With Soldiers From the Mist, the main theme is universal love and acceptance. In The Rook and the Raven, the theme is “Love will always find a way, you only must believe to make it so. “
7. Where are you going now, are you working on a sequel, or something entirely different?
I am working on a western romance novel called, “The Legend of Dixie Dandelion.” I never thought I would write romance and at times it is quite a challenge, but I only have to believe to make it so.
8. Where do you find inspiration for your stories and novels?
The ghost that haunted my house was the inspiration for Soldiers. A dream sparked The Rook and the Raven. Writing for contests helps conjure ideas to mind as well. Here again, I am blessed because ideas just seem to “pop” into my head when I least expect it.
9. With all the focus lately on authors providing a lot of their own self-promotion, what are you doing in this respect?
I have a blog, Truthsbyruth. blogspot.com, that I promote which is linked to Facebook. I also do book signings and would love to start speaking at various organizations. This area needs a lot of work on my part.
10. Who or what would you say has been the biggest influence on you as a writer?
Velda Brotherton believed in me from the get-go and keeps me going when I am down and out. Also, Jan Morrill, Patty Stith, Linda Apple, “The Boogerettes” spur me onward and upward. And my critique group, The North West Arkansas Writers Workshop gives me a gook kick when I get lazy.
11. Where can we find your book? Is it available in e-format as well?
Soldiers From the Mist is on Amazon.com, The High Hill Press. Com, and from me, email@example.com. My publisher is busy formatting the book for Kindle and it will be available in e-format shortly. The Rook and the Raven will be an e-book available from The Wild Rose Press in the near future.