Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Meet Norma T. Rudolph and Enter the Giveaway!

Thank you, Norma, for being a guest on my blog today!! I always like to start off my Q&A sessions with a very important question:  What ‘s your favorite type of ice-cream? 
Vanilla straight up is best but I’ll eat about anything in the ice-cream family.
(I'm not going to lie, I love vanilla too. You can add anything to vanilla!)

What’s your favorite writing beverage?
I generally only drink water, but on occasion I break out the milk and graham crackers. 

Do you have any favorite writing snacks you like to have on hand?
I’m trying to get out of the habit of snacking while I write. It’s a terrible distraction. I eat pretty much anything that I can eat with one hand and type with the other. I’m trying to keep fresh veggies around like baby carrots and stuff so that I don’t kill myself.  (That's great advice! I think I'll adopt some of Norma's ideas on this one.)

How did you discover your love for writing?
I learned that I liked it in high school writing poetry for an English class. I mainly wrote in my journal though until later on.

When did you begin writing and was your intention to become an author at that time? 
I was reading Harry Potter to my girls at the time. While out walking I was thinking “I wish I could write stuff like that and make money.” The thought then immediately came to me “how do you know you can’t if you don’t try?” I started writing then and I haven’t stopped.

Tell us about Gift of Lie’s. How did you come up with the premise for your book and what was your biggest influence while writing? 
I love the story of Aragorn and the elfish princess in Lord of the Rings. That whole forbidden love thing sort of fascinates me. From there I got onto the idea of “what if” they really had no choice but were stuck with each other no matter what they did. 

Do you have any rituals? 
I wish I did, I’d probably get more done.

How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write every day? 
I go in streaks. Sometimes I write every day and some times I don’t write for weeks.
How did you come up with the title and was this the original working title? 
The title refers to the “gift “ of the mind that the evil governor has. Yes it eventually became the working title although for a while I called it Soul Mates.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you and your writing? 
There are so many I hate to make a list because it will be sadly incomplete, but a few authors are Jane Austen, C S Lewis, Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters, Mary Stewart, Mercedes Lackey.

What are you reading now?
 I’m embarrassed to say that I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series. 

Tell me more about Gift of Lie’s. What was the hardest part to write? Is there a message you want your readers to grasp? Who is your favorite character?
The underlying message in The Gift of Lies is about prejudice. Often we judge others because we don’t really know anything about them.
What’s next for Norma Rudolph?
I’m still working on the sequel to TGOL and there are a couple of other things in the works that I’d rather not get into in case I jinx myself.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you’d like to read, make it as perfect as you can, finish it and then go for it.
(This is some fabulous advice.

Where can we follow you?
There are other places if you really want to stalk me . . . just kidding, don’t do that that would be creepy.

Last question: Flip flops or tennis shoes?
Depends on where I’m going. Definitely flip flops where I can, but if not a pair of slip on canvas tennies are a good alternative. I’m also rather fond of comfy hiking boots. 

Thank you, again, Norma for stopping by my blog today! All you book fans out there, follow her blog and get in on a give away happening right now to celebrate the re-release of Gift of Lie's. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Reading!
M.M. Roethig

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