(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Y’all. Where do I even start? I meet Ruthy in Nashville this year at the CFRR and ACFW and 5 seconds in, I knew working with her was going to be THE BEST. She cracks me up, is so so sweet and we bonded over tacos, so really what more is needed? I hope y’all are encouraged by her today and be sure to check out her latest release (also, you can win on too!)
Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Well, this question is easy-peasy! Five years ago I was delighted to see my first books hit bookshelves across the country… and it was thrilling! I was in shock… good shock!! I was a published author! I’d always believed it would happen, but the thrill of seeing my work on shelves was over-the-moon… And pure joy and thanks to God, absolutely. (Imagine me singing the “Hallelujah” chorus right now). As the next few years passed, my amazing agent began locking in more contracts. More books. More stories! I have been blessed to work with some of the best editors in the business, and it is amazing to me that I’ve got novels and novellas out with multiple publishers… But a huge thing for me, and something that would have been deemed “unbelievable” is my “Double S” series with Waterbrook Press… The chance to write these beautiful stories set in the hills of Central Washington… to have traveled out there to see the Kittitas Valley… and to set things right for the Stafford family, a group of men with wounded souls, each one too stubborn to see their own path clearly. Time, faith, hope and love helped heal those wounds, and bring each man home again.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
This is a conundrum. There are several things I’d change, and most of them involve working long hours and not being home more with my kids during their junior high/teen years. We’d fallen on some tough times and it was all hands on deck… it worked out all right, and I didn’t mind the work aspect (in fact several of my restaurant customers were big encouragers, knowing I wanted to be a writer. One couple actually donated their daughter’s Brother Word Processor to me when she went off to college so that I could start writing. There are so many good people in this world!) But… If I could have changed that situation so that I was home in the evenings, I would do it.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
This is back to being easy: Having my children. They are my cheerleaders, my joys, my first gifts from God, you know? And they’re all so excited for me… And I love that! And I have fourteen grandkids now, which is amazingly wonderful. And they all love me! 🙂 Of course, I bribe them with cookies and chocolate milk because who doesn’t love cookies and chocolate milk, Jamie??? (Editor note: #truth)
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Being smart is a wonderful thing, but brains without a good work ethic generally get you nowhere. Never be afraid to work hard and well. Do your best with each and every job, no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time. I had so many hairnet and nametag jobs that it’s almost funny… but each one helped prepare me for using those jobs, businesses, and situations in later stories. So I got paid to research. BONUS!!!! 🙂 I encourage kids to work hard, love God and stay focused… and to build a solid platform of goodness, day by day. If you make being good a habit, it’s a whole lot easier to stay that way when temptations come your way.
You are the so great and thank you so much for sharing!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I told you readers, isn’t she the best?!