Ruth Mitchell







Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I have written three novels, one self-help book and an Arkansas history book for elementary-aged children. I have been a writer/author/editor for all of my adult life and I spent the 90s as a travel writer.


What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Two Moons of Merth is a fantasy novel. I was writing my second novel Beyond: A Tale of Discovery on the other Side of Life, which is about an author who lives in a haunted hotel. My main character was writing the Two Moons of Merth. When it became too complicated for readers to switch back and forth between the two plots, I pulled Two Moons out and began writing it. As many people have requested, I am now writing a second book about life on the planet Merth.


Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I am a pantser, which is to say I do not write an outline beforehand, but let my characters tell their story in their own way. While I am a rather prolific writer. I do not write everyday but write as life allows. This works great for me. I keep chapters short and use suspense to keep the reader intrigued from page to page.


What authors, or books have influenced you?

Every book I have ever read has influenced me. I learned to read with the book The Cat in the Hat and I traveled from there to cover many of the classics. Now days I am trying to keep up with the many new authors on the horizon.


What are you working on now?

A sequel to Two Moons of Merth, continuing the saga of the royal Karda family. The current working title is Jaxyl, which is the name of the first born of Aella Anemone, or Queen Ali as she is frequently referred to.


What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Social media. I use my Amazon author page for promotion as it has all my titles on it:

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Only write if you are obsessed with writing and if you can accept a lot of failure, then you might enjoy a little success.


What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Keep coming back.


What are you reading now?

The Oceanography of the Moon


What’s next for you as a writer?

Finish my novel in progress


If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

Four books I haven\’t read yet.


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