When a Character Comes Alive

When a Character Comes Alive

My goal in all my stories is to create really vivid characters. Characters who will be memorable, who will make the story. I was struggling at first with the main character for The Billionaire’s Secretary. The basic plot is not exactly new! I wanted to bring my own style to it, but Chloe was feeling very bland in the first few drafts. I’m not sure how I thought of it, but the strangest thing brought her to life. I didn’t expect something so superficial to make such a difference, but when I got a sense of Chloe’s fashion style, everything changed! I tweaked her hair and described her whimsical clothes and in moments she felt so much more alive to me. I understood her in a whole new way. In honor of Chloe’s fashion sense, I created a...

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Changing Titles

So now that I’ve passed in The Billionaire’s Secretary for final proofreading, I’m looking at what story to work on next. A while ago I was working on a story of two brothers and a singing career. I’ve run into a lot of trouble developing the plot. I’ve got characters, but the plot is not solid. For Nano I may rework the whole outline and start fresh on it. I was initially calling the story Be(Longing) but I realized that that style of title is really more appropriate for the Elizabeth line of books. I.e., (W)hole and Breath(e). I do plan to do a third Elizabeth book. I’d like to keep following her throughout her life and watch how her devness develops over the years. So I will save that title for her third book and do a...

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Book Available for PreOrder!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be able to tell you that I’ve got a new book coming out! It’s been a long time!¬† I worked hard to make this book as sexy as I possibly could. For my idea of what’s sexy, you can check out an excerpt at my publisher’s website: http://devlovepress.com/excerpt-from-the-billionaires-secretary-by-ruth-madison/ Super hot, right? The Billionaire’s Secretary¬†will be digital only, so it will come out in an ebook format but not a print format. It’s going to be priced at $2.99 in the U.S. (and should be very equivalent in ebook retailers¬†outside the U.S.) The release date is December 4th, 2014 but you can actually pre-order it!¬† All the links are at the website posted above. You can pre-order...

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Income Transparency

I’ve been challenged by my friend and fellow author Matthew Selznick to share information about my income as an author. He makes the point that it’s helpful for other writers to get a sense of what to expect from creative endeavors and most of the numbers you see are articles about the huge success of one or two indie authors.¬† I find that people tend to assume that best selling authors are spectacularly rich and it’s a very glamorous life. Someone wrote a while back about the truth about his income after having a book that was a NYT best seller. I wish I could find it now. The truth is that authors don’t make much money and even the best selling authors aren’t immune. You can count on one hand, most likely, the number of authors who...

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Where Has Ruth Been?

I tend to hate blogs that have apology posts about being gone for a while. Because usually I’m not a regular reader and it’s weird for me to stop by a new blog and the first thing I see is an apology about not being around. :-/ But I’ve had a lot of interesting things going on, so I wanted to talk to you guys about them. The main reason I haven’t been posting much here is that this past summer I started a publishing company. That’s right, I moved from publishing my own books to publishing other people’s too. Getting that up and running is taking a lot of my time, but it’s going to be a great benefit to you readers and writers, I think. I am specializing in publishing books with characters who have disabilities, which are...

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Works in Progress

I thought I’d give everyone an update on what has been filling up my time lately!¬† ¬† Be(Longing) I’m redoing the outline for this novel about a paraplegic singer who convinces his brother to pretend to be him in order to get a record contract. I’ve written about 22,000 words, but I’m still working on bringing out Dylan’s character and getting to know him and what makes him tick. Our friends Annabelle and Lee have read portions of the rough draft and have been very encouraging, so I think it’s going to be really good once I get it finished. My plan is to get the outline reworked in January and then finish the first draft in February.                       Homework and...

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