"Gentle streets where people play, welcome to the soft parade." - Jim Morrison / The Doors
The Ancient City Poets / Poet Plant Press blog is participating in the The Indie Lights Book Parade. For the entire month of February, different authors and artists will be parading past our viewing stand. Next up is Ruth O'Neil, who has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years. She has publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. Born and raised in upstate New York, she attended Houghton College. When she is not writing or homeschooling, she spends Her spare time quilting, reading, scrap booking, camping and hiking with her family. Ruth was cool enough to answer a few questions.
Ancient City Poets: When you were a child did you have a favorite book or books?
Ruth O'Neil: I loved reading, even as a child. I would often spend my summer days lounging at the pool, after a stop at our local library so I would have something to read. The Little House and Trixie Belden series of books were some of my favorites.
Ancient City Poets: Do you have a favorite Genre to both read and right write?
Ruth O'Neil: Definitely fiction. When I read, I like to escape to another world. When I write, I like to touch reader’s emotions. I love to make readers laugh and cry.
Ancient City Poets: Did you have favorite authors growing up who have influenced you?
Ruth O'Neil: I don’t know if I had any particular authors that influenced me. I was a voracious reader and read everything I could get my hands on. My influence was probably a conglomerate of authors.
Ancient City Poets: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Ruth O'Neil: I was 9 years old when I wrote my first story. My mom liked to write and would tell me about writing stories with her cousin when they were young. I wanted to be just like my mom – like most little girls.
Ancient City Poets: How did you go about becoming an author?
Ruth O'Neil: My mom was a HUGE influence on me. She would encourage me, give me constructive criticism, and take me to writer’s conferences where I gained valuable information at a young age.
Ancient City Poets: If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
Ruth O'Neil: I would probably do something crafty. I enjoy sewing quilts on the side to relax and think when I have a writing project going on in my head.
Ancient City Poets: Outside of reading and writing what do you like to do?
Ruth 'Neil: Quilting (when I’m thinking about writing), camping (where I enjoy writing in the peace and quiet), hiking with my family (where I get inspired with new writing ideas), and reading (where I enjoy other people’s writing).
Ancient City Poets: Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Ruth O'Neil: I really enjoy the beach or pretty much anything outside. I often work outside simply because I can since I work at home.
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Ruth's latest book, Belongings, is available on Amazon as an ebook:
and at Barnes and Noble:
Ruth O'Neil Contact Info:
Website - http://ruthoneil.weebly.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/writerrutho
Blog - http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com/
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Thanks to our wonderful parade authors Indie Lights has fantastic swag baskets for three awesome winners! Prizes include ebooks, gift cards and fun!
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Many thanks to Ruth O'Neil for stopping by. Who's up next? Check in and find out.
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Ancient City Poets / Poet Plant Press