Meet New York Times, USA Today best-selling novelist, Ruth Glick (aka Rebecca York). She is the author of over 130 books, writing paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her many awards include a PRISM Award for “Second Chance” in MIDNIGHT MAGIC (Tor, May 06), receiving two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOK REVIEW magazine. Her KILLING MOON was a launch book for Berkley’s Sensation Imprint. Her latest Berkley book is DAY OF THE DRAGON, released this month. We'll get lost in her January Harlequin Intrigue, SOLID AS STEELE on January. Also the author of 15 cookbooks, Ruth loves cooking, craft projects and watching defunct TV series on DVD. Her garden contains rocks she’s collected from around the world.
Let's Get Lost in a DAY OF THE DRAGON
Berkley Sensation, December 2010
I first wrote about Ramsey Gallagher in Dragon Moon. I was so fascinated with him, that I wanted to give him his own story. He's the hero of Day of the Dragon, which I hope is the start of a new series.
The search for clues to an ancient civilization sends Ramsey to an archaeology conference in Las Vegas where he meets Dr. Madison Dartmoor. Her current dig in Italy has put her in mortal danger, and when Ramsey saves her from thugs bent on stealing a copy of a startling artifact, the two of them team up to unearth the secrets of an ancient civilization. As their relationship heats up, Ramsey guards his own secrets that may tear him and Madison apart or save their lives.
Read an excerpt of Day of the Dragon: http://www.rebeccayork.com/index.php?p=1_81
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ANGI: How often do you get lost in a story?
REBECCA: It’s hard to get lost in a story when you’re a writer because you’re always analyzing the writing, the plot, the characters. But dh and I were listening to THE KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child last week. It was due back at the library, and I chained him to the recorder so we could finish it. When we pull up to the curb in front of the house, he always reaches to flick off the ignition—even in the middle of an exciting scene. I often stop him so we can find out what happened.
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?
RUTH: I’m dyslexic which made reading difficult for me when I was young. My mom saved me by reading books to me that were way above my reading level. I particularly remember the FREDDY THE PIG books.
ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
REBECCA: It must be BEAUTY AND THE BEAST since I love writing about women falling in love with werewolves and dragon-shifters.
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
RUTH: I always did like The Phantom. He’s long gone from the comic pages, but when I was in Orlando for RWA, I went to Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure—to visit Hogwarts. On the way back to the entrance, they had a comic character section, and it was like a walk down memory lane. The Phantom was definitely featured.
ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
REBECCA: I read thrillers (the new sexy word for suspense) more than anything else. I listen to more books than I read because I’m busy writing. But I always have a book going in the car.
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
RUTH: I remember writing a “myth” for an assignment in eighth grade. And I remember the first sentence. “Many myths of the Greek gods and the wonders of Mt. Olympus have been lost since the countless ages when they were first told.” I loved that sentence. After I wrote it, I had to figure out how I could be telling about a myth that had been lost.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
REBECCA: I guess it’s a tie between STARMAN and CHARIOTS OF FIRE.
ANGI: Be honest, when reading 1st person...do you miss the hero’s POV?
RUTH: I’m reading a book now that my niece recommended. It’s HALTING STATE, by Charles Stross. It’s written in—wait for it— 2nd person. But it has multiple points of view. At the beginning of each chapter it gives you which character is telling his or her part of the story. So it would be possible to write in first person the same way—with the writer telling the reader who’s speaking.
ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
REBECCA: I loved getting to know Ramsey Gallagher, and I hope you’ll be as in love with him as I am. The book trailer for DAY OF THE DRAGON is on my Web site. In it are two pictures that my husband took. One is the thumbnail, showing people and snake-like monsters. It’s from a crumbling fort in India. The other is the cliff cave. He took that picture in Sedona, Arizona, when we were researching my next Berkley book, DARK WARRIOR.
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK -- REBECCA’S GOTTA ANSWER
QUESTION: So, Rebecca. You write for Harlequin Intrigue and for Berkley Sensation and I gotta ask (big grin) How many times is your husband asked if he’s your inspiration for your love scenes? And, okay, I’ll ask... IS HE?
ANSWER: Of course he is! And if I describe a hero who doesn’t LOOK like him, I’m lying. All my sexy guys are a slightly slimmer, younger, and taller version of him. Also, you’re giving me an opportunity to deliver one of my favorite lines. As a romance writer, I’m often asked if I practice my love scenes. Nobody asks suspense writer Rebecca York if she practices murder.
GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
I love writing novellas. How do you feel about novellas vs. full-length books?
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?
Yes, I’ll be giving away a copy of DRAGON MOON, where readers meet Ramsey Gallagher.
THANKS AGAIN FOR JOINING US TODAY, RUTH. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment today to be eligible for Rebecca’s book, DRAGON MOON. You can find Rebecca (& Ruth) at her website: http://www.rebeccayork.com/ On Twitter: Rebeccayork43 On Facebook: Ruth Glick and see her new Book Trailer for DAY OF THE DRAGON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wnMUBQQtlQ
AND BE CERTAIN to return this week when we Get Lost in the stories of Elizabeth Essex, Kathleen Eagle & Angel Smits.
Til Next Time,