by Carole Brown
It’s wonderful to have Ruth here today sharing about her new devotional book and a bit about her life. Do check it out and leave a comment too!
Enjoy the interview!
Welcome, Ruth! How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was nine years old. My first story, “The Hunchback Bug,” is now a writing tool for my students. Your first story doesn’t have to be good, but if you keep working at it, your writing will improve.
Wise advice. What made you want to write this Christmas devotional?
I had already written a lot of stories for children as well as a lot of devotions over the years. It seemed logical to combine them to create something unique for whole families to use during the Christmas season. I mentioned it to my friends and it became a project we worked on together.
What a fantastic project. Since this is a Christmas devotional, can you share a favorite Christmas memory?
Oh, goodness, there so many! I remember getting up super early with my siblings when I was a child. My parents would allow us to open our stockings, which was probably an effort to let them sleep a little longer, although I’m not sure how quiet we were.
Then there was the tree my husband cut down with our children one year. I’m not very good at spatial things and that tree looked a lot smaller outside. My husband had to cut a couple of feet off the bottom to fit it in the house, and the tree was so big around, it took up half of our living room. That was my favorite tree ever!
Fun!! I remember a couple times of “oversized, underbranched” beauties in our living room too! Lol. What made you want to be a writer?
That must’ve been God. I never struggled as a teenager with what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always knew I would write.
Me, too! Seems I’ve always loved writing. What are some of your other favorite things to do?
I enjoy quilting – that’s my thinking time. If I’m stuck on a writing project, I can go sew for a little while and then all of a sudden ideas start to come. I also enjoy being outdoors. As a family we enjoy hiking and camping.
In this picture of you, as a child, which one are you?
I’m the one on the right, the oldest.
Family time is the best, and I do that too to energize my writing muse again. There’s a song for each day of the devotional. Do you have a favorite Christmas song?
There are so many beautiful ones. I’m not sure I have A favorite. I enjoy “Home for Christmas,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (the Steven Curtis Chapman version), “O Holy Night.” I could go on, but I won’t. Christmas songs just make me happy and help me focus on the reason for the celebration.
Where can we find you?
Website – http://ruthoneil.weebly.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RuthONeilAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/writerrutho
Buy link for the book – https://www.amazon.com/Days-Christmas-Family-Devotional-Meaningful-ebook/dp/B01N1LTH26
Thank you for joining us today, Ruth!
Readers, don’t forget to check out Ruth’s links and her book!