Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.
What inspires you to write?
I have been writing since I was three. Yes I am a freak. I think Mr. Rogers inspired me to write. I loved make-believe and wanted it to continue after his show ended. Also, growing up in various states around the Midwest and being forced to spend WAY too much time in church 🙂 it gave me the chance to observe people and catalog little things away—for future reference. I was inspired to share the Hutchinson sisters with someone outside of my head!
Tell us about your writing process.
Step 1: I refuse to acknowledge the existence of writer’s block.
Step 2: I complete my research before I start writing, so I have the information I need at my fingertips.
Step 3: I complete my outline before I start writing, so I have a place to go if I start to lose my way.
Step 4: THIS is the most important Step. I create my writing schedule, I post it on my office door (for accountability) and I sit down and write every day.
Everyone has their own magic formula – this is just the one that works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel like I’m watching a movie. The characters all live in my head and I just observe and take notes! I just love Todd! He isn’t a main character but he gets to say some of the most fun things. I get a kick out of the way he interacts with people.
What advice would you give other writers?
I hate to give advice ☺ I will say this, “No one decides your future, but you.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I think self-publishing is the way to go. There is a steep learning curve, but you have some much more control over your projects. It is not as easy as clicking a “Publish” button. If you actually want people to find your title AND possibly buy it you have to give yourself a crash course in marketing. Sites like this – Book Goodies – are a wonderful gift to Indie Authors!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see ebooks soaring and POD replacing the “print a sh*tload of books and store them in your garage” model. There will always be “big” publishing companies, but I love the trend toward micro-pubs and self-pubs.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romantic Comedy, LGBT, YA, Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print