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2 weeks ago

Charity Rue

RuechariInterview: Ruechari

Interviewer: Emma Swan

Hello, Booknet fans, and thank you for choosing to read “Author Spotlight” once again. This time I have a real treat for you. My guest is Ruechari aka Charity Rue, one of the commercial authors on Booknet, the winner of “Campus Romance” Literary Contest, founder of the “Booknet Authors” Facebook Page and the administrator of “The Writers Club”, a group that is supporting Booknet authors.

Charity, thank you so much for taking some time from your busy schedule to answer my questions and become part of this project. Let’s jump right into it! We know you through your books on Booknet, but what should we know about Charity as a person and not as an author?

Actually, if you’ve gotten to know me through my stories I’m not really much different than that in person. My real life has been an emotional rollercoaster, but despite what life has thrown at me I still hold on to my firm belief in happy endings.

I am a true Romantic in the sense that I have an idealized view of reality and I’m happy to be that way. I once had a college professor point this out to me when I wrote an essay, he told me, “Only you Charity, could find a way to Romanize “The Plague”.” He said I was a true Romantic in every sense of the word and he prayed I never changed and I never have.

In trying to describe myself to others I’ve come up with a new word. A combination of an introvert and protagonist so I say I’m an…

Introprotagonist – /ˈintrō-prōˈtaɡənəst,prəˈtaɡənəst/ noun.

Being the main character of your own story, an advocate for all good things but doing so behind the scenes, quietly and effortlessly.

That’s me… I’m hoping my new word will catch on.

When did you learn that language gave you a special power?

I’d have to say my Father’s viewing. I lost him 3 years ago to cancer and I put myself in charge of writing his eulogy. I was told I’d have 5 minutes to sum up a man’s life, a man who was my hero. I agonized over writing those words and when it was time to stand up before a church filled with friends and family I realized I had a chance to heal with my words. I told a story that not only showed who my father really was but made people smile and laugh at a time when they were hurting the most. That’s the true power of words. We as authors should never forget. With words we have the power to heal the world.

What was the crucial point when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t say I ever knew this was what I wanted to be. I think it’s just more of who I am. As a young child I had a stutter. So I had to really think of what I wanted to say and it took me a long time to say things. People would often stop listening or get annoyed with me, but in writing I found my voice. When I wrote I could always say exactly what I wanted to say, the way I wanted to say it. So writing has become a part of me.

I know that you prefer Romance as your genre and you are one of the best romance authors I know. We even share a common love for Barbara Cartland. But why romance and not another genre? What is so special about it?

Awe, thank you! Honestly, it’s funny that you say that because I don’t really see myself as a romance writer, in the true sense of what the Romance genre is and especially not what it has become today. I see myself as a Real Life writer. I’ve learned, as I’ve gotten older that people crave stories they can relate to, characters they can fall in love with or see themselves sharing a coffee and chatting with in some café.

They want the emotion to feel real; my readers suffer right along with my characters and are rewarded with that HEA which is the must have element of any Romance novel. My readers may wish to kill me sometimes but it’s because they’ve suffered that makes that Happily Ever After that much sweeter in the end.

What is the most difficult part when you develop a romance novel? Do you have a magic recipe that helps you in your writing process?

I would have to say the most difficult part in developing any novel is character development. Really getting into your characters' heads and knowing what motivates them to react and act as they do. If you know your characters, they will write the story for you.

Magic recipe? No, I don’t have one of those. For me, the hardest part of the writing process is finding the time to write.

I know most of your work since Wattpad. I always enjoyed our interaction through comments. My favorite book remains “From the Ashes” which I recommend with all my heart. Juliana is still my girl. I am more curious to know what is your favorite underappreciated novel and why?

Behind the Eight Ball, that story as a YA novel is often over looked, but the characters of Finn Nash and Brynn Shelby are well…me. It’s like writing a story about both sides of my own personality.

My Dad, loved this story, and he’s more of a vampire, werewolf, horror story kind of guy, but Behind the Eight Ball was his absolute favorite. Even when he was feeling at his worst he'd call to discuss the lastest chapter, or just to tell me how a certain part made him laugh. After his death, I took a year off from writing it because it was hard to get back to it knowing he wouldn’t be there to call me or leave a comment on the chapter.

I regret that though because the story lost all it’s momentum and pretty much fell into obscurity. Now that I’ve chosen to make a second book to continue the story properly, I’m hoping it will make a comeback.

Are you trying to be original in your writing or to deliver readers what they want?

Both, if it can be achieved. My readers have mentioned they like my writing style. I try to be creative, giving them the unexpected at the same time I listen to my readers. Many times their comments will help me shape, sometimes even change where the story was originally going because I can see a need they wish fulfilled.

I guess what I’m really trying to do is become what readers want to read, instead of what people are already reading…if that makes any sense.

What does literary success look like to you?

For me, it's readers telling me my book has brought them closer to God, or that my story as taught them how to love. Two actual comments I have received from readers on Booknet and Wattpad.

Writing stories I can share that move people, get them thinking about life in a positive way, making them believe love is possible, makes me feel successful.

I may never get traditionally published and for many I know that’s an end goal - to make money from their writing but for me it’s to share my stories with the world, and not leave this place with my stories still inside me. I will continue to write until I can’t write anymore.

However I can't lie, a movie deal for Someone To Watch Over Me would be pretty sweet. *giggle*

What kind of research do you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I do a ton of research especially for my historical novels but I tend to do my research as I go along as I don’t outline my stories. So I’m not sure what I would need to research until I get there.

For example: making Alex’s mom in Someone To Watch Over You have Alzheimer’s was not something I originally planned on but once I got into it, I knew I could take my own personal experiences with this disease and research what I needed to know that would pertain to the story. I won’t write until I feel secure in my knowledge, which sometimes stonewalls me when it comes to updates. The longest being 6 months because I couldn’t find the research information I needed, but that is really rare.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

I’ve got 3 things actually: lack of time, sleep deprivation and headaches.

My time is crazy short especially when the school year starts as I homeschool my boys, but not the computer type of homeschool. I develop my own curriculum and follow the STEM standards. I run this page, our writers group, I run another writers' group on Wattpad and of course there are the usual life duties that come with being a wife, mother and homeowner.

So to find the time to write is a struggle. That’s why it really sucks when I get one of my headaches or I become sleep deprived. When those brief windows open I want to take advantage of them but I don’t always have the brainpower needed to be creative in that moment. Those are definitely dark periods for me because I hate it when I can’t write.

In your opinion, what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

I honestly don’t know enough about the publishing industry to make a sound opinion on it. I do feel bad when people talk in our group about their stories being stolen and sold when they write for other platforms. It has to be disheartening when you put so much of yourself as a writer into your stories, but I have to applaud them as well as I don’t see it keeping many of them from writing or continuing to share those stories with readers. They know the risk and persevere. Bringing even more stories to the platform. That I think is pretty amazing.

What tips can you give to an aspiring writer?

WRITE!!! You’re going to get feedback pointing out all your errors and problems with your story. Take that feedback and become better, but the only way to do that is to write and keep writing.

EDIT!!! I know your excited to get your story out there and have it read but always try to put your best work forward. It won’t be perfect but when there are too many errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation) It detracts from the story you are trying to tell and distracts your readers from enjoying it.

LEARN- Resources are over flowing. Many of them are free. So there really is no excuse to give if you have the drive and passion, school yourself on how to become a better writer.

HAVE FUN!!! There will be times where writing may feel like a chore or has you so frustrated you want to pull your own hair out but writing is really meant to be fun. If you’re not having fun, take a break, listen to some music, do something to rejuvenate yourself and your story will become better for it.

Can you tell us 3 books and 3 authors that are amongst your favorites and maybe changed your life?

I have many authors I love and I know some of you are expecting me to say Barbara Cartland, Jane Austen, and so forth but if you want to know the stories that really changed my life I’ll have to leave you with:

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

And for poetry:

The Book of Love by Rumi

Do you read your books’ reviews? How do you deal with the really bad ones?

Yes, I always read reviews and comments on my books. In the past, I have had people who tried to tear my stories apart. I try to see it from their point of view. It’s important I think to keep in mind the source of the critic in weighing out its value to me. Sometimes I can pull something from it to better my writing, sometimes I realize it’s someone who just wants to complain and I let him or her vent even though there is no real value to glean from it.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so it just important, especially when you’re just starting out, not to take those words to heart.

I think Aton Ego in the Disney film Ratatouille said it best:

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I can’t tell you that or they wouldn’t be secrets.

How did you discover Booknet and what do you think of your experience on this writing platform so far? What advice would you like to give to those who are starting to write on Booknet?

Actually, Booknet found me. They were running the Campus Romance Contest and approached me on Wattpad. At first I was cautious, because other sites that seriously are not legit have approached me, but Booknet had a different look and vibe about them and dealing with the Manager Booknet had at the time Andrew Tytenko really made me feel secure in dealing with Booknet.

Winning that contest and earning my first ever literary award, was an experience I will never forget. So when Booknet approached me to run the FB page Booknet Authors and agreed to us having our writers’ community The Writers Club I knew this was a place that cared about their authors, which is why I’m willing to volunteer so much of my time and energy to them.

For new people writing on Booknet, I'd say don’t be so concerned with getting likes and follows, or getting to commercial status. What’s important in the beginning is working on your craft, and becoming a better writer. Creating a well-written story will get you the likes and follows you are looking for over time. So, don’t let it discourage you, just keep writing.

Charity, this conversation was pure delight for me. Thank you again for being a part of “Author Spotlight”. I wish you the best of luck in your writing career!

If you are interested in discovering more about Ruechari and her work, check out the link below:

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2 weeks ago

Charity Rue

The story continues. To find out more about Finn Nash and Brynn Shelby read the new story on Wattpad or Booknet today!

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3 weeks ago

Charity Rue

From Hot Release to TOP BOOK!!! Right next to my other novel. Today is a good day. If you'd like to read either story the links are listed here: BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL 2 booknet.com/en/book/behind-the-eight-ball-2-b266947 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME booknet.com/en/book/someone-to-watch-over-me-b108738 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hot New Release on Booknet - Behind the Eight Ball 2 read it today! booknet.com/en/book/behind-the-eight-ball-2-b266947 ... See MoreSee Less

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March 4, 2020

Saint Katherine of Siena "The Magic of Reading" Night

Author Charity Rue will be participating in The Magic of Reading night. Hosted by Saint Katherine’s School on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6 pm – 8 pm.

Coloring, crafts, and purchase of her children’s b0ok, Best Buds b & d will be available. Plus a Contest Giveaway for her new book Minding p & q. Event is for children of St. Katherine Siena School only. Hope to see you there.

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Author Charity Rue aka Ruechari has been creating works of fiction for over 20 years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA this Literary Award-Winning author runs the gamut with a variety of genres from Historical, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, and Fantasy. All her stories carry an element of romance and unexpected plot twists.

Her Historical Romance novel “From the Ashes” has received over 1/2 million reads on Wattpad and reached #1 on their Historical Hot Fiction List in 2016. Charity was also chosen for the shortlist in Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest in 2018 with her story “Love’s Counterpart” and she’s been honored with Poet in Perpetuum at the Poet’s Pub.

Several of her poems have been published in anthologies, and in 2017 she self-published a children’s story “Best Buds b & d” to help children who have difficulty deciphering between these two letters and has recently released in 2020 her second book “Minding p & q”.

Charity’s most recent accomplishment is being named Winner of the Campus Romance Contest held by Litnet and the American Writers Conference on March 30, 2019, earning her a Literary Award for the first time in her writing career.

Charity runs her own short story writer’s club, Storytellers Saloon on Wattpad where she also currently collaborates with 9 writers who span 3 continents in writing a Western that is written in poetry. The series “Busted Gulch” is now in its 3rd year and 14th volume.

Charity also runs the unofficial Writers Community for Booknet through her Facebook Page – Booknet Authors and group The Writer’s Club along with a few other dedicated volunteers. The page had hosted its first global short story contest in Sept of 2019, which went amazingly well. Winners were announced in Jan of 2020.

Charity has always been passionate about writing. Married over 27 years and proud mother of two young sons, that Charity homeschools, she strives to make a success of herself in life and her writing career to show her children that they too can achieve their dreams, so long as they never give up on them.