Thursday, August 16, 2012

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Ruth J. Hartman


Ruth is a multi-published author of sweet, funny romances, a children’s book and a memoir. She also works part-time as a dental hygienist. She’s been married for 30 years to her best friend Garry. They live in rural Indiana with their two spoiled cats.

Welcome back to my blog, Ruth. You write Humorous Contemporary Romance. Please tell us about Better Than Catnip.

Roxy Williams loves cats more than anything. She runs a stray cat shelter and that’s pretty much her life. Until she meets Derek Weller and his dad, Max. Derek has to complete community service for fighting in school and the only available place is the cat shelter. Derek has only lived with Max for a short time, due to his parents not being together. So Max is unaware that Derek had a bad experience as a little boy and is now terrified of cats. Max and Roxy try to figure out how to help Derek while at the same time, figure out where they stand with each other.

Every story you write has humor and includes a mischievous cat. Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

I think I used a little bit of every cat I’ve ever had (and that’s a lot!) for this one J. There are over thirty cats in Roxy’s stray cat shelter, so that’s lots more purrs and meows to go around.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I already knew a lot about cats and their care, but I did do some research on actual rescue sites. Two of the cats we’ve had have been from rescues, also, so I had those experiences. Also, since I’ve live-trapped and had neutered and released, over a dozen cats myself, that part of the story was partly my experience, too.

I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Do you ever put real experiences in your books?

Roxy, the heroine is goofy and clumsy. That’s me, all the way. And Max, the hero, is my husband Garry. A large man who commands respect just by being who he is. But also, he’s loving and gentle, too. I’ve never had children, so Roxy’s inexperience with kids was a reflection of me, too.

Thanks, Ruth, for this fun interview. For those who enjoy a humorous book, check out Better Than Catnip.

38 comments:

Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
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daysease said...

Oh, this sounds GREAT!!! Need more humor in my life, love cats, and a bit clumsy and goofy myself. Sounds like loads of fun!! Thanks for the chance...

Celita
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tickmenot said...

This books sounds great!

We all love cats here and so excited about cat "Doc" we adopted last year from a local shelter.

Please enter me and thanks!

Becky
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aLilLacey said...

I've always loved cats and remember my mom always reading the books "The Cat Who..." They were murder mystery books i believe.
Better Than Catnip sounds like a great book, especially for being a romance with cats. Fun! Thanks for the giveaway! Laceysvette@hotmail.com

Amarissa Ainsworth said...

This sounds fun! Thanks for the chance!
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Tima Murrell said...

I love romance and my cat, so perfect book.
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Tracy said...

This sounds like such a cute story. Winning it will probably not do much for my reputation as a "crazy cat lady," but I think I'm ok with that."
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wni said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds interesting
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Nancy Luebke said...

What a wonderful combination, romance, humor, and a cat

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the chance.
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Anonymous said...

Cool! This book seems exciting!

Kat said...

I never thought I would like to have a cat. But then my 10-year-old daughter adopted a stray and we have loved having him in our lives and yard! Thanks for the chance to win this book, it sounds great!

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Holly Letson said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I love cats, and most have mine have been the type that was strays.

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michelle130 said...

I have 2 cats myself. This book sounds good.

Darlene said...

I'm a real cat-lover. I have 3 mischievous cats of my own! Sounds like a cute story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Denise Z said...

I love a book that will make me giggle. Thank you for the chance to win this fun read.
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Maegan Morin said...

I love my cats and I'm always up for a good laugh! Thanks for the giveawway :D

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DMS said...

Stopping over from the hop.

This sounds like a fun book. I love cats. It was fun to learn more about the author. I like that she included cats that she has had into her story.

~Jess (old follower)
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LadySaotome said...

Sounds cute - & I love the title!

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BookAttict said...

Better Than Catnip sounds like a fantastic read!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a terrific book.

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LAWonder said...

I love animals of all kinds and love clean romance. Would love to win this ebook.
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JoEllen McNeil said...

I see God's pure love through my cats and their interactions. It melts my heart. Would love to read this book.

Daniel M said...

we're all cat people here and have a shelter cat, and both my sisters volunteered at our local shelter - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Lyric said...

I love cats! This books sounds great!

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Thanks for this giveaway!

dale grim said...

i myself have 8 cats,plus fee20 more cats daily,my cats are my life !!!i would just love to read this book,thanks for the chance!!!mdg891972@hotmail.com

Stacy Richman said...

I have one cat but she thinks this is her house and I'm here on her discretion. Love cats

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holls said...

Cute interview. I like Kay's. Thanks
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sweety said...

I love the cover :)

Thanks for the international giveaway!!

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slehan said...

Meow!
Thanks for the contest.

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michelle130 said...

Love the interview, i love humour in books.
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Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks so much, everyone, for your wonderful comments! I would have gotten here sooner, but just got back from vacation celebrating 30 years with my husband!

I love all the comments, and wish I could pick all of you, but the winner is...

Maegan Morin :). I'll email you with your prize.

I appreciate the time you all took to read the interview and leave a comment. "Better Than Catnip" is available on Amazon, Nook, Pdf, as well as Smashwords and other sites.

For those of you who like short cat stories, my newest one is just out, "Cats and Cowboys" It's available at the above sites as well.

Thanks!

Ruth

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Hello Everyone! Ruth has gotten in touch with the winner. I hope you all return for more giveaways each week.