About Ruth Kyser:
Ruth Kyser is a native Michigander–wife, mother, and grandmother–who writes Christian Inspirational Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and enjoys reading almost as much as she loves writing! Ruth’s Mission Statement: “My goal is to write stories that entertain, but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.”
What inspires you to write?
I love to write stories about people who struggle with life, just like the rest of us. A story line may come to me and I might not do anything with it for years until something triggers that memory, and all of a sudden, the story begins to grow. I love it when that happens!
Tell us about your writing process.
Most of my writing is done in my head long before I ever write a word. I’m an outliner, but I don’t write an outline out on paper until I have the majority of the story line down on paper. I guess I’m a mixture of the two. I create character sketches as I start writing about the character in the story. For me, that is the most helpful to be able to keep consistency in the story. The entire story line is written down first and foremost. Once I have the bones of the story line down, then I go back and fill in description, back story, and more about what makes the characters tick. It’s probably not the way everyone writes, but I’ve found it’s the way that works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters when they talk to me. Sometimes I don’t like where the story is going and how they are acting, and we have to have a little discussion so I can get them back on track. LOL
What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Read the type of books you want to write, and read the old classics. Read books about how to write and then find your own voice. Learn sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Study other writers and how they make their stories work. Then write. Write as much as you can as often as you can. Then re-write it again, and edit it, and proofread it (more than once).
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was very excited when the self-publishing atmosphere changed and it became so much easier to self-publish. I am an indie publisher–meaning I do it all myself. Not everyone can do that, and if you can’t, then I suggest getting a good editor, a proofreader, and someone to create a smashing cover for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m hoping the traditional publishers will become more friendly with us ‘indies’ and accept the fact that we are here to stay. I would love to have an established agent or a traditional Christian publisher contact me someday and want to have me become a part of their team. I don’t know if I would take them up on the offer (as I rather enjoy being in charge of it all myself), but i would love to have the opportunity to consider such a move. I think traditional publishers are here to stay, but I do believe they are going to have to change their mindset.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Christian Romance, Christian Historical Romance, Christian Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print