Today, we’ve got Rue here to celebrate the release of her new book, My Favorite Second Chance, the second book in The Lake Effect Series. Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at the book:
Have you ever wished for a second chance?
The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire—just like their mother always threatened!
Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure, this is the same man who ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?
Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.
The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.
Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance, and fun plots twists—MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.
Welcome, Rue. Congratulations on your new release. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ll start with the name, Rue. First of all Rue is my full, legal name—not a pen name or a nickname. I don’t have a last name, just Rue, that’s it.
Oh, and it’s not like the character in Pooh’s Corner—that’s Roo. It’s not like the cajun sauce made from bacon grease and flour—that’s roux. It’s actually a medicinal herb used by Spanish gypsies to treat poisonous snake bites.
I started working when I was 12-years-old. My first job was washing dishes in the back of a totally sketchy hotel/cafe. An official resume would not be complete with out including everything from making dirt (yes, with an actual recipe) to running an independent film school.
When did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was three. Seriously. Unfortunately, being a precocious child just caused people to push me mercilessly in the opposite direction of my passions. I would sneak a moment to write a poem or a short story, here or there over the decades, and finally re-ignited the writing flame in the early 2000s. Now I am completely living my dream and writing full time.
Can you tell us about Book 2 in The Lake Effect Series?
This volume continues to follow the Hutchinson sisters on their misadventures. I am so excited to bring a couple wonderful new characters to readers: United States Marine Corps P.O.W. Steven Hays—a man from Gwenn’s past; and Elena De Leon—a woman who may ruin Gwenn’s future.
Rachel, the younger sister and co-main character, is back together with her rock-star girlfriend, Annie. Rachel’s storyline takes some real twists and it was fun to explore the continued effects of her mother’s severe disapproval of her lesbian daughter.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I’ve always wanted to delve into the depths of a strong sibling relationship, between characters, in the face of an aggressive (maybe a bit cruel) parent. This trilogy has been unfolding for several years. Finally, it’s getting out of my head.
If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
I would always recommend the NEXT book 🙂 because I intend to keep writing fun, interesting books forEVER!
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
I think my favorite character would have to be, Todd Warner (Daniel Gregory’s assistant). I love his extreme efficiency and his blatant (but always delivered with manners) sarcasm. He is always on top of—if not one step ahead of—every situation. He doesn’t get flustered—he gets shit done. I want to BE him.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Balancing the drama and the humor. I want the comedic relief to feel realistic and fitting—not forced.
What is your primary goal as an author?
My fiction focuses on character integration. My titles include LGBTQ characters coexisting with heterosexual characters, in their fictional world. As a writer I choose stories that push the boundaries of real-world social groups. I hope that readers will enjoy discovering new stories that may more closely reflect their personal world.
What projects are you currently working on?
Finishing Book 3 in The Lake Effect Series, a standalone YA novel and an illustrated childrens book.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Don’t listen to the haters. Write everyday. Write like it’s your suicide note (Girl Most Likely reference)—put your heart and soul on the page.
Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.
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