Friday, April 1, 2011

with Roxanne Rustand

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Roxanne!
What started you on your writing journey?

I've always been a voracious reader, and I loved to write in college but never dreamed that becoming a writer was even possible. Years later, my friend, Judy Roemerman, introduced me to a wonderful romance author and I was instantly hooked. Eventually she invited me to her critique group, where I met Lyn Cote. Lyn became an inspirational author and I went the secular route, but later Lyn was a wonderful mentor to me in my transition to inspirational fiction. I owe Judy and Lyn a great deal!

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Just about anything. A true lifesaver has been a little program called Mac Freedom, which shuts down all of my access to the Internet for whatever time I set. When I'm on deadline, I'll set it for eight hour stretches!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love contemporary romance, both secular and inspirational, but will read anything I can get my hands on. Some of my favorite secular authors are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgins, Cindy Gerard and Kylie Brant. In inspirational, once I start naming favorites I just won’t know where to stop!

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
My tastes are so eclectic that I'm not sure where to even begin!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
It's important for me to do enough research for each book, so that readers can fall into the story and not be jarred out of it by errors and incongruities. One of my favorite experiences was when I got to ride with a rodeo contractor for the book Rodeo!, which was a Superromance from some years back. I loved spending time on the backlots, watching the cowboys get ready to compete, watching the clowns get into costume, and having a chance to learn a lot of details about the rodeo contractor business. I got to interview a lot of people in rodeo for that book, some quite influential, and it was an amazing experience!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

I love summer. We grill out all the time, and I adore fall-off-the-bone ribs, marinated flank steak, super-sweet sweet corn, salads and watermelon. I've got some favorite recipes on my website, but here's one salad that I love to make for a crowd:
Roxanne Rustan - Becky's Salad

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I love the following verse, and have used it a number of times at the front of my books. It's a powerful reminder to me that I need to turn everything over to God, and all will be well. I have it on my refrigerator, in my planner, and posted in my office!

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." {Philippians 4:6-7, NLT

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I'll have six books out in 2011. Murder at Granite Falls (Love Inspired Suspense) is out in April, followed by Second Chance Dad (Love Inspired) in June, A Loner's Thanksgiving Wish (Love Inspired) in November, and Duty to Protect (Love Inspired Suspense) in December. I also have two books in the Harlequin Heartwarming Collection coming out in October and November.

I'm excited about Second Chance Dad (June) as it's just my second non-suspense out of the thirty I've written. It's fun trying something entirely different, and I enjoyed writing the hero and heroine in that book!

You can purchase Murder at Granite Falls from Amazon.

Roxanne is giving away a copy of Murder at Granite Falls. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

Please enter me for a copy of this book.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

lgm52 said...

Sounds great...please enter me

Linda said...

Love mystery/murder books. Please enter me.

You have some goods books coming out in 2011.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

RoxanneRustand said...

Hi! It's so nice to see you all here! I wish you all luck in the drawing. After this one is over, there are still good chances to win books and gifts through my quarterly newsletter. You can sign up at:

Take care, and God bless!

Roxanne Rustand

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book and I would enjoy reading it! Thank you for the chance to win!


Joanne Sher said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful. PLEASE enter me :)

Marianne said...

Sounds great. Thanks for the interview and chance to win...i always have to check through the comments to make sure i am not entering one i already entered, cause i also follow you on facebook besides email! Thanks. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Arizona

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

"Murder at Granite Falls" really sounds interesting. I would like to win!
Thanks for the interview and book giveaway.


Lyn Cote said...

Don't enter me in the giveaway. Just stopped in to say hi!

Charlotte Kay said...

OOH, a murder/mystery, how thrilling!
Please enter me for a chance to win this book!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Charity said...

OO!! This one sounds neat:) I just love mysteries! Please enter me. Thanks!


Mona said...

Mac Freedom would be good for me b/c I tend to spend entirely too much time online. Your book sounds great and I enjoyed the excerpt. Oh , the cover is really pretty.

Charity U said...

Please enter me! It sounds great.

Jo said...

thanks for the interview and a chance to win your book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


apple blossom said...

please add me to this giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

windycindy said...

Prince Edward Island in the 1860's sounds fabulous to me...
Thanks very much!

Katy said...

THanks for the entry!

I am a follower!

~ Katy

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