Let’s Chat! Author Ruth Trippy

Welcome, Readers!

Authors Ruth Trippy and Linda Brooks Davis
Ruth and I at ACFW’s 2016 Awards Gala

I‘m delighted to introduce you to author Ruth Trippy this week. Ruth lives near Atlanta and views cattle and goats—and her favorite store: Barnes & Noble—on her way to church.

met Ruth at the 2016 ACFW Conference. We sat next to one another at the Awards Gala and discovered a soul kinship. I’m very grateful for that preordained meeting, and now I want you to know this delightful friend.

Ruth is giving away a print copy of A Western Beauty, Colorado – 1879 to one person who joins our chat below.

Congratulations to SANDY BRINKS, winner of Ruth’s A Western Beauty!

Ruth Trippy’s Life Before Publishing

Writing historical romance began years ago with a question a good-looking guy asked: “Will you marry me?”

Reared in a stable Christian family in Michigan, I had been teaching music and language arts in Ft. Lauderdale for two years. I had dated this man regularly, but considered him only a friend, and I told him so. Later, before I left for France on a summer mission trip, he asked me a second time. But my answer was the same. He exclaimed, “You’re going to meet some Frenchman and marry him!”

Thus, we parted. Little did I know that on arrival I would soon become ill. While sick in bed, God, figuratively, took a 2 x 4 board and hit me over the head. “He’s the ONE!” He said.

Looking back, I needed such a dramatic word from the Lord. This man and his family proved to be a catalyst in so much of my spiritual growth—the painful way. After we had been married about seven years, I’d become so discouraged in the marriage that I cried to the Lord for relief. He responded in an unusual way. While rereading a 19th century romance, I was so uplifted that I felt the Lord leading me to encourage others in their marriages and relationships by writing in this same genre. (Click to Tweet!) 

Ruth Trippy: Historical Romance Author

I felt so privileged to write historical romance to show how the love between a man and woman is an earthly picture of Christ’s love for His bride the church! (Click to Tweet!)

When I finally told my husband about this call on my life, he laughed. “You don’t have enough imagination!” But one day, two years later, while reading a book on psychology, he looked up and said, “You’re supposed to write, aren’t you?” The Lord had spoken to him through a secular book!

casserole_Ruth Trippy
The Mighty Casserole

From then on, my husband became an ardent supporter. In fact, when I was bringing a casserole to church for a ministerial dinner, my husband caught me on the way to the car. He all but grabbed the casserole out of my hands to throw it onto the ground. He shouted, “You’re supposed to write, not make casseroles!” Did I tell you my husband was not only dark and handsome, but volatile—the perfect alpha male for romance?

Ruth Trippy’s Debut

I continued to write faithfully—for 30 years—and finally, Abingdon Press published The Soul of the Rose, a story about a young woman, starting life afresh working in a Massachusetts bookstore. Two men become attracted to her, a Harvard law student and a scholarly town hermit. She becomes fascinated with one, but he holds different religious beliefs, and she agonizes what to do. Then he is accused of murder—

More Novels for Ruth Trippy

Two years after The Soul of the Rose, I published The Language of Music, a story drawing on my background in music. Publishers Weekly termed it a “musical, lyrical novel (that) will please fans of inspirational and historical romances alike.” Both books were set in the East in the 1870s.

I traveled in the West as a teenager, but my interest grew after marriage when I discovered my father-in-law was a cowboy on the famous King Ranch in Texas. (Click to Tweet!) His grandfather had scouted out West for General Crook after the Civil War.

Here’s a bit about my newly released novel—A Western Beauty, Colorado – 1879—that’s set in the West: Before finalizing her engagement to a Philadelphian attorney, socialite Sarah Whittington travels west to paint. However, she is confronted with the arresting mission of a Civil War veteran and the sometimes dangerous Ute Indians he aids. Now she questions her ambition to live the life of a highbrow Philadelphian.

Fine Tuning Research, Ruth Trippy Style

Although I had carefully researched A Western Beauty, because it contained so many historical people and settings in 1879, I felt I needed a trip to the area to fine tune my research. My husband agreed to drive me from Georgia to Colorado in what proved to be an Experience! I was never so hot (sleeping in a closed van in Oklahoma because of the bugs) or so cold (sleeping in a tent at 9,000 ft. elevation in Colorado)! The old saying goes, “The Canadian Mountie always got his man!” Well, “I finally got my Western!”

A Final Word From Ruth

I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season! Please feel free to contact me on my website or Facebook.  Print and eBooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBooks

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Lord, You are faithful. You honor faithfulness in others. Decades now, your daughter Ruth has remained steadfastly devoted to You, her husband, and her calling. Now she’s reaching out to others with the message of Your faithfulness through fictional stories that spotlight Christ’s devotion to his bride, the Church. Bless each and every word Ruth writes for You, Lord. We’ll all be blessed.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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27 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Ruth Trippy

  1. Hi, Linda! I sat at the table with you and Ruth at ACFW that year as well, and you are a blessing to know.

    Ruth is one of my critique group, and she has been such a great help to me in my writing journey! I enjoyed reading this interview with her. Thank you for sharing Ruth and her wonderful books with your audience!

     
     
    1. And I certainly remember YOU, Hope. I could tell then that you’re someone I’d love to know better. If I could live anywhere but near my children, I’d choose living near you two. I loved seeing your name here on the blog. I hope you’ll sign up and visit again. God bless you.

       
       
    2. YES! What a big happy night that was for the 3 of us! I wasn’t up for an award, but felt like I won one, I had so much fun. Hope is one of most natural writers I know. (Of course, to sound that “smooth” takes a good deal of work, as we all know!) Yet, as most writers of fiction know, there are so many “balls” to juggle to get a scene, a chapter, a book, RIGHT. And Hope is a GOOD JUGGLER!

       
       
  2. How exciting! Ruth and Ernie have been family friends for years. I loved The Soul of the Rose. Ruth’s writing is so good and her characters are very believable. She has inspired and encouraged me as a fellow writer. I’m reading The Language of Music now and I look forward to her new book. Congrats Ruth!

     
     
    1. I love “meeting” Ruth’s long-time friends who know her in ways I wish I did. But I’m grateful for God’s blessing me with a hint of the long-term relationship you’ve had. I’m so glad I count her as a long-distance friend. It’s great to have you in our circle. Please come again. God bless you and all those you love.

       
       
    2. How nice to hear from Bonnie! She not only writes Children’s books, but she is also wonderfully fit–like my husband and daughter. I’m so glad I’ve encouraged her in her writing; now, I need her to encourage me to be more fit! Thank you, Bonnie, for responding to this blog. We all miss your grandmother.

       
       
  3. Candace Menedis

    Hi Linda,
    Ruthie and I have been prayer partners since my son, who is now 48,
    was 6 years old. Needless to say, we have been through much together,
    with the Lord always there walking with us and carrying us often. Her
    books are like her, thoughtful, inspiring, intelligent and one feels her
    love for Jesus. The gospel always shines through in her novels, how I
    appreciate that! Bless Ernie for his encouragement and his love.
    Together they have raised two truly great kids, who have a heart for God
    like their parents. Their story would make a great romance story all
    on its own. I am grateful daily for her in my life. Her steadfastness is
    a blessing to all who know her. This latest novel is, I must say, my
    favorite. (I grew up in Arizona for my teen years, so a good western
    is a delight.)

     
     
    1. Oh, Candace. I would so love to have the privilege of the kind of relationship you have with Ruth. Just one evening with her and then a year and a half of keeping in touch from Texas have convinced me of everything you say about her. I’m blessed to know her. Thank you for joining the conversation. I hope you’ll return for other Christian authors’ interviews and blogs. God bless you.

       
       
    2. It is humbling to read Candy’s email. We have truly been through a lot together in different cities and states. My daughter said she doesn’t know of any two people who have kept such a close friendship going through email and text–due to one reason or another, it’s been quite a while since we’ve visited face to face. Candy put her finger on something: I think it’s the first time someone has said our story as a couple would make a great romance. In my novels, each male protagonist is his “own man,” yet a little of Ernie has crept into each one. After 43 years of marriage, I’m still trying to figure out this alpha male! 🙂 I have seen God make such changes in this man–with the wild background–that I would be a fool not to believe in God. Thank you, Candy, for being that friend who has prayed faithfully for us.

       
       
  4. Anita Van Wyk

    Hi Linda,
    What fun it was for me to read this blog! Much of this I knew before, but written in such an informative but entertaining way about my very lovable niece Ruth, and her fascinating life experiences. Her husband Ernie has truly been a part of the success of her novels since he himself is an interesting man and has often told added to the intrigue of her story lines. I can’t wait to read her fourth book when it comes out! Everyone of Ruth’s novels carries a profound Christian message!

     
     
    1. Hi, Anita! Your comments brought a smile to my face. How blessed you both are to be aunt and niece. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and hope you’ll come again.

       
       
    2. This lady, my Aunt Anita, is a fascinating woman. She is a great reader, like my grandfather Rynbrandt was, and reads all kinds of authors, both deep and entertaining. I’m always blessed and challenged by her “take on life.” She has unusual wisdom and has been granted by God with a clear mind in her 80’s. She has counseled and helped many people over the years. I hope I have the same mind (and heart) when I reach her age!

       
       
  5. Hi there! Thank you for publishing this wonderful post about Ruth! I’ve “adopted” her as a spiritual and writing mentor in the last couple years. I love her and her books. I’m about half way through “A Western Beauty.” She’s been so helpful and encouraging to me in many ways. Ruth has been there for me when I struggled with illnesses and a darker spiritual time. I’m so thankful the Lord placed her in my path! Blessings to both of you in the New Year!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Myrna! You are a highly favored one to have Ruth as a mentor and writing buddy. Your comments blessed me! Please visit again.

       
       
    2. My maiden name is Folkert, but I didn’t know Myrna was part of the greater family (lots of us in western Michigan), until a few years ago. She has a tender, discerning heart.—Thank you, Myrna, for your kind words and I’m so glad we’re part of the same “family!”

       
       
  6. Ruth’s first two books are great! I can’t wait to read this one. I only met Ruth and Ernie a couple of years ago, but they are so sweet and such faithful servants of the Lord! God bless you, Ruth.

     
     
    1. Teresa, I love that you joined our chat and that you can add a personal touch. Thank you. You’ve encourage Ruth and me both. God bless and please visit again.

       
       
    2. Teresa, I appreciate your encouragement about my first two books. It’s especially great to hear this from another author! Only another writer knows what really goes into completing a book and then getting it out the door to be published. 🙂 Thanks for your very kind words.

       
       
  7. Sandy Brinks

    Hi! What a wonderful and interesting interview with Ruth . We go way back …like high school 50 years ago, my husband and I were in Ruth’s class. She and I did not get much a chance to talk in October at our class reunion ,but loved her sparkling personality that has not changed . I would have loved to sit down with a cup of tea so we could catch up. May you have a blessed year as God shines His face upon you and inspires you.

     
     
    1. What a delight your comment is, Sandy. I know Ruth will love it. Thank you for joining us and for your sweet blessing over Ruth.

       
       
    2. Sandy, thank you so much for leaving a note after reading this interview. I, too, would have loved sitting down with you and sharing more than we did for our few brief minutes at the reunion, a reunion that I wouldn’t have missed for anything! Living “away from home my home in Michigan” I appreciate the old times and old friends so very much. At the reunion, I saw that you have an especially empathetic heart, a gift from God. Blessings to you and Mike!

       
       
  8. Lucy Reynolds

    Ruth is a new author to me and her books look very interesting to me. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed and Happy New Year 🎈.

     
     
    1. Hello, Lucy! Thanks for checking in on Linda’s post and meeting me and my books. I love reading, particularly novels with not only romance, but ones that give me a real feel of the era in which they happen. So, this is one aspect of my research I really work on and love! Blessings!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy. Welcome to our circle! Thank you for taking the time to join the conversation. Have a blessed and joyous 2018!

       
       
  9. Marilyn R

    A lovely interview with Ruth Trippy, a new author to this reader. I always enjoy reading inspirational historical romances. Trippy’s books will fit perfect for this avid reader. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Blessings to both of you in this new year, 2018. May you see the favor of the Lord in all you do and His amazing gifts of peace, joy, love, grace and faith that only He can give.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our circle, Marilyn! I hope your Christmas was the best ever and that 2018 will be packed with God’s richest blessings. I count Ruth as one of my best 2016 blessings 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi Marilyn. You sound exactly like me, someone looking for that next great book to read. Before I retire for the night, I spend an hour or two reading. This is not only pleasurable, but also “fills” the emotional well, so that I am better able to write the next morning. Blessings to you!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Allison!

Right up there among my top 5 people in the entire world sits Allison Pittman. I met Allison about ten years ago and have grown to love her more as the years go by. She’s a spectacular author who’s been honored more times than I have fingers on a single hand. (She’s gotten comfortable on the Christy Award stage 🙂 Believe me—you’re gonna love this week’s chat. (One thing I dearly love about Allison is she never—and I mean NEVER—is unable to find the time to help or listen or bounce things around with me.) Allison is a mentor extraordinaire! (And hilarious!)

CONGRATULATIONS, Pam W., winner of Allisons’ newest novel, Loving Luther! All Pam did was comment below, and her name was drawn from among the batch of commenters. 

Who Is Allison Pittman?

I’m not one of those people who can make a geographic claim to identity. My childhood and teen years were spent in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and now I’m in Texas (San Antonio). So, while I have really strong opinions about what makes a good enchilada, I don’t see a singular influence on who I am today. (Click to Tweet!)

The constants in my life have been: Family and Faith. Really, my past is super boring—which is a blessing, I suppose, right? I have parents who continue to love each other to an embarrassing degree; I was a solid B student because I never wanted to work hard enough for A’s.

God knows I have absolutely no spunk whatsoever, no drive or persistence or tolerance for suffering, so He’s kept me at a good walking pace in the middle of a wide road. That doesn’t mean everything’s been perfect! I’ve experienced the loss of my beloved older brother, and I’ve seen my share of disappointment, but the sad points in life have made me so appreciative of every ordinary day. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Beginning as a Writer

My first novel was Ten Thousand Charms with Multnomah about ten years ago. I love that book—meaning I love it enough to wish I could go back and tweak it. I was at the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference and had an appointment with the editor Rod Morris. He looked at my pages and declared my craft REALLY needed work, but that my characters were intriguing. I took a year away from writing and just studied everything I could find. Two years later, I saw him again at the same conference, and (long story short), he contracted the Crossroads of Grace series.

Allison Pittman’s Debut Experience

received the acceptance email and experienced an adrenaline rush like I’d never known before. Like, a visceral feeling. And then I cried uncontrollably for days. (literally, days) I don’t think I let myself really know how badly I wanted this.

Like I mentioned before, I’m not a driven, persistent person. It took me years to finish that first novel, and it wasn’t quite finished when Multnomah requested the full manuscript. I think I wanted to just brush it off and walk away if nobody wanted my story. It’s easier to handle disappointment if you never quite acknowledge desire. 

God has been so incredibly faithful, in that first contract and beyond. I’ve been steadily contracted since that first book, sometimes even with projects where I was approached by an editor with a story idea for me to write. God has led me in (and out) of teaching jobs so that I can continue to write. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Journey

I’ve been blessed with editors who have allowed me to write about my idiosyncratic passions. Historic baseball? OK! Three books there, including the Carol winner Stealing Home. (My mother’s favorite, by the way.) Flappers? Done!

When Tyndale approached me about possibly writing about the early Mormon church, they had no idea I grew up in Utah and my husband is an excommunicated Mormon.

So, yeah, I’ve been all over the place with my stories. Some authors can stay with Westerns, or—I don’t know—Oregon or something. I find stories everywhere. Rather, stories find me. 

What’s Up With Allison Now?

My new release Loving Luther takes me way out of my comfort zone—16th Century Germany, the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora.

This is another one of those stories brought to me by someone else…in this case, my agent, Bill Jensen. But I fell in love with both the story and the challenge. And, I really think readers will, too. It is such a different book for me, and I feel like I had to keep it a secret for so long! I actually finished the manuscript nearly 2 years ago, but we wanted to hold off and publish it to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. (Click to Tweet!) 

Now…here she is!

This is my first novel set outside of my usual Americana comfort zone, and I’m really hoping readers will follow me. Katharina’s story is still universally relevant—it’s very much a love story.

What’s Up Next?

My next historical takes us to the French Revolution by way of a Charles Dickens minor character. Y’all just put that on the back burner for a while. There might be a surprise in-between! 

Where to Find Allison Pittman

Readers can find me on facebook on my Allison Pittman Author Page, and at my website where I am an infrequent blogger. (seriously, infrequent) For fun, too, find me on Twitter and Instagram.

In the month leading up to the release of Loving Luther, I’ve been posting a daily pic of my Playmobil Little Luther figure, taking him everywhere with me.

Allison’s Give-Away Offer

I will absolutely do a give-away of Loving Luther, as well as a Little Luther Playmobil figure! Here’s a pic of my Little Luther with tacos. Combining my two very favorite things.

Books by Allison Pittman

Ten Thousand Charms

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak Through the Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Endless Sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stealing Home (Carol Award Winner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridegrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Time & Eternity

 

 

 

 

Forsaking All Others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Sister

 

 

 

 

 

On Shifting Sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Offering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Luther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my, Lord, how gracious You are! You walked with Allison when she was a girl, a teen, a young adult, and as a mother of three boys—twins + one. You’ve given her the desire of her heart—a successful writing career—all the while wrapping her and her family in the fleece of Your grace. You’ve blessed Allison for her faithfulness.
Bless every word Allison writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I signed up! Thanks!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in, Paula!

       
       
  2. Pam W.

    For Time and Eternity was the first book I read by Allison Pittman, and one of my favorite books of all time. Excited to hear of her new release!

     
     
    1. I’m with you, Pam! One of my “Allison” favorites of all time. Thanks for stopping by and joining in. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Those books…they were life changing for me to write. Exhausting! But–I still get more reader feed back from them, even five years later, than anything else I’ve written. They have such an impact!

       
       
  3. I love reading Allison’s books. She has written so many stories and I’ve read them all. Looking forward to reading this one.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Cathey! Great to have you in our circle. I’m like you. I’ve read and loved all of Allison’s books. She’s just plain gifted.

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Thanks, Cathey! I love the idea of “Allison’s books…”
      Such a joy to have returning readers 🙂

       
       
  4. Hello, Allison! Nice to meet you. Linda, thank you so much for introducing me to another author. Allison will be a new addition to my TBR pile.

     
     
    1. Great to have you join our circle, Gail!

       
       
  5. Carol Moncado

    Hi Allison! I would love to read this!!!! I think I’ve read a couple but it’s been a while! Love your story of persistence!

     
     
    1. Hi, Carol. Welcome to our chat circle. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Hey Carol! And I love (and secretly envy) your word counts! If I get 1,500 in a day I consider it a huge victory! 2K nearly kills me…

       
       
  6. Trixi

    I’ve not read anything by Allison. I really enjoyed the interview and seeing all her other books. I’ll have to see if I can borrow them from my library 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway chance Linda! Cute taco picture 🙂

     
     
    1. Hi, Trixi. Oh, you must read Allison. She’s truly gifted. I think Loving Luther is her best yet (and that’s saying a lot!). You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      For me, it’s just as exciting to see my books in a library as it is to see them in a bookstore. I am a huge library patron. The only downside is that I’m a super-slow reader, and my library fines bring shame to my husband who had a perfect record for turning books in on time before he married me! 🙂

       
       
  7. Allison is one of the best storytellers! A fantastic teacher and friend.

     
     
    1. Hi, Valerie. You and I both know what a fantastic teacher and friend Allison is–on top of being a gifted writer, too!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      awww…thanks, Valerie! You’re pretty amazing, too!

       
       
  8. Evangeline

    I enjoyed your interview with Allison and love her books. I would be delighted to win one of them. Thanks for the chance to do so. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi, Evangeline! Good to see you here in our circle. You’re entered! 🙂

       
       
  9. Paula

    I’m a Lutheran and I already asked Allison where she got the idea for the novel. I hope you had an enjoyable time researching this book. So glad it could coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the interview! I have enjoyed other books by Allison, too. Blessings.

     
     
    1. So glad you stopped by, Paula. The release of Loving Luther coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was no accident 🙂 What a fabulous plan! Please come back. Sign up with my newsletter and blog, and you’ll know the latest on other fantastic authors!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      I was really blessed to be introduced to this story. It was a fascinating journey to research.

       
       

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