Welcome Friends And New Visitors,
I’m honored and excited to “Welcome Rusty Blackwood” as my guest author today! As a writer and author myself, I’m very inspired by her work. She is kind enough to let me share all she does with all of my readers as a Writer, Author, and Editor too. I have many wonderful readers in Canada, she is also a Canadian girl. So lets learn more about Rusty, as she gives us a peek into her “Literary Process” of her writing and authoring books. I have read some reviews of her books, and boy this woman knows about writing “Romance & Love” and great reads! So here is a wee bit more about my new friend “Rusty Blackwood”:
Rusty Blackwood Biography;
“I was born in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada on October 5,1949 to Celtic heritage, and grew up on my paternal grandfather’s farm in the County of Elgin, located in the south-western part of the province of Ontario. I acquired my love of literature while still in elementary school where I entered my original compositions into county fairs, school contests, and whatever venue allowed participants in the writing field.”
I have carried that love ever since, and have put it to use many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001. From the time of youth I have loved the Arts in their many unique forms, and am a graduate with honors in Interior Decorating & Design. I spent many years on the south-western Ontario stage performing with my family’s country music band: The Midnight Ramblers, followed by the country – rock – blues band: ‘MIRAGE’ as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist. I now reside in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario, and when not at my desk, enjoy art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and my loving cat, Tipper. Please visit my official website at http://www.rusty-blackwood.com as well as my official poetry site at: http://www.poetrypoem.com/rusty5 ….
Now I have to tell you that her website “Is To Die For” and encourage you to go visit to see the most updated goings on about all her book releases, about her, and her journal. And I do have to confess, I have not read her latest book yet as I’ve been busy finishing my next 2 books, but I have her latest book, “Passions In Paris” on my Goodreads bookshelf now, and the “Buzz” I hear is it’s a fantastic read!
So here is a little about her new book,….
“Passions In Paris: Revelations Of A Lost Diary”
Paris, one the most romantic places in the world sets the scene for one of the best romance novels to come along in ages. A romance novel, filled with creative fiction, engrossed with passion, lust and lovers who cannot get enough of one another. In the tradition of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ and ‘What Dreams May Come‘, the story spans lifetimes This is what awaits you within the pages of ‘Passions in Paris: Revelations Of A Lost Diary’, one of the best romance novels to come along in years. A writers dream, a reader’s paradise, it’s creative fiction executed fully. Paris, the bewitching City of Light sets the scene for this passionate romance novel, peppered with drama, intrigue, deception, adultery and jealousy alike, this fictional romance which centers on star-crossed lovers Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone, is certain to touch your soul and leave you desiring more.
If a good book is your goal, you will not be disappointed with this exceptional romance novel by Rusty Blackwood. Buy this book at Createspace Buy this book at Amazon Buy this book at Barnes and Noble See more at: http://www.rusty-blackwood.com/books/#sthash.Wl4syrbN.dpuf …
Now one of the fun things I enjoy when I have a guest on my blog is, I give them “ONLY TWO” questions to answer as I’m no “James Lipton” from “Actors Studio”….LOL, but I ask my guests to answer the 2 questions as short or long as they feel comfortable with.
So here are the same 2 questions I ask of all my guests, and how “Rusty” answered hers.
1.) How did it come to you to become a Writer, Author, and Editor?…
I’ve loved to write since childhood. I always enjoyed English class, both English Comp, and English Lit, but my greatest enjoyment came from English Composition. It was there I could let my imagination soar and take me to wonderful places where anything was possible. I can remember numerous requirements in class with regard to writing a short essay, full length compositions, critiquing one’s work, understanding the reason behind another writer’s choice, that sort of thing, whatever the teacher’s requirement in English was on any particular day, and I well remember my excitement entering whatever piece I’d written into county fair competitions, assorted literature gatherings, and trying my best to hold my own among the imaginative pieces awaiting the judge’s final word. So many talented young writers in my area, and I was just happy to be among them and have my work before those who not only loved to read, but whose teachings and critique meant so much in helping each of us to improve. It all helped to build a better basis for each written piece that was to follow.
As strange as it sounds, writing wasn’t what I set out to do as a career, therefore I was never professionally trained in the field, but because of my affinity for the subject, I developed a keen sense of manipulating written words where I could express my feelings in a much better way than expressing them verbally. I would write assorted short stories, compose poetry, keep a diary, that sort of thing, but in 2001 I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. This decision stayed with me over the course of ten years which resulted in the writing of the original two-part Passion in Paris.
I self-published the first part, Passion in Paris: Connections to the Past
in 2010, the second, Passion in Paris: Directions of the Heart
in 2011, but I was never satisfied with the final product or the self publishing company that I had chosen to publish it, so I terminated my contract and pulled my work. In 2012, after finding a new publishing outlet, I had the opportunity to totally redo the story in one book, which was the way I had originally intended it to be done in the first place. The finished novel, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary,
which I am extremely proud of, was released in the summer of 2013. With regard to publishing any of my work, I decided at the beginning to take the self publishing route because I wanted to maintain direction of my work, as well as the Rights to it, and not have to sign either away in order to obtain a publishing contract with a Standard House.
It’s a hard road; then again any road in this field can be difficult regardless of the route chosen because nothing is certain, you just have to believe in yourself, your ability, and be sure you research every aspect of it as well as you can. When it comes to editing, I do tend to feel one improves in this area with each written piece, and I have managed to acquire a fair understanding with regard to it, however I don’t consider myself an editor in any way. I do edit my work to a certain degree as I go, but I leave the main editing to the professionals.
2.) What is the “Best Thing” you enjoy about being a Writer & Author?
I love the challenge of a blank page, and letting my thoughts and imagination pull me into it. I very much love creating characters that I can mold and give life to, insert them into a world that I have created for them, and watch them flourish within it. It becomes entirely my own world where I’m in charge — most of the time that is — as characters often have a way of taking over and demanding their own way, their own words, and their own actions. This often directs a story down a far different road than you started out on. But it’s a great feeling to watch a story that has formed in your head come to life on a page that in turn becomes a complete book. As an author you hope it will bring enjoyment to the reader, hopefully as much as it brought you to write it.
I can only speak for myself and what best works for me, but I basically write for myself and my enjoyment. I think a lot of writers do, because without the enjoyment that it primarily provides, the first page would never get written….
I surely can identify a lot of how Rusty feels about the actual Writing Process. Although, I have found when you write about what you know, what your passionate about, whether it is Fiction or Non-Fiction, it truly will show in your finished book or novel.
I want to “Thank Rusty Blackwood” for all the wonderful insights into her literary world. I think it’s fabulous when “Authors and Writers” share and interact with their readers and fans. It’s really what it’s all about, and why we also chose to write. When we know our readers look forward to our hard work to bring them a little “Joy” in their “Me Time,” it makes us as writers feel good. Did I tell you she writes poetry as well? Hers are books by Rusty, and where you can connect with her.
*I hope you’ll go by her website and as always, tell her “Author Catherine Lyon” sent you!*http://www.rusty-blackwood.com/
~ Her book website
~ Her Poetry
~ FB Page https://www.goodreads.com/lovingwords
God Bless All,
Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon