Interview with Ruth de Jauregui

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings, The Beast Master, Moon Called, Midnight Riot, The Pride of Chanur and Forests of the Night. I know, that's six and I could probably add more. Why are they my favs? The writing, the characters, the plot sings. As soon as I sit down and pick up one of these books (and their sequels), the movie in my head rolls and I'm in a different world.
What do you read for pleasure?
Urban fantasy, fantasy, space opera, steamfunk, science fiction and a smattering of mysteries.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, but I prefer hard copy.
Describe your desk
Oooh, messy, messy, messy...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Cali girl, born and raised. The West Coast mix of liberals, hippies, tree huggers and conservatives have definitely helped me see a variety of people and their attitudes toward the environment, politics and other peoples.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing non-fiction for a long, long time. My first book was published in 1988. It took me nearly 10 years to recover and do it again. Now I'm dipping into fiction too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden was inspired by my Mother, who was fascinated by the black tomatoes (Indigo Rose) I was growing in a pot. She jumped out of her truck to go look at them. She was so interested that I thought that other people would also be interested in delicious and easy-to-grow tomato varieties.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
LOL, I'm a control freak when it comes to my books. I was a book designer for 10 years and have been writing nonfiction informational and how-to articles for years. I used to write for eHow.com and SFGate.com. I'm pretty independent and being an indie author suits me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me the opportunity to publish and distribute my books among a variety of ebook vendors.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on 50 Hummingbird Magnets for Your Garden and a crime meets urban fantasy novel, Bitter Nights. Yes, LOL, both covers are done already. You can get a sneak peek at my writing projects at www.ruthdj.weebly.com.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea and then I start working on it. I might do 10 or more revisions to get it just the way I want it. Remember, I was a book designer at AGS in San Francisco for Bill Yenne for 10 years. So doing the cover while I'm still working on the book comes naturally to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have any choice about getting up -- I have little dogs. If the light is peeking around the blackout curtains and I so much as roll over, they start dancing on the bed until I get up.
Published 2016-07-13.
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Books by This Author

50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
From the descriptions of the 50 favorites selected for the book to a full how-to-grow section, 50 Favorite Tomatoes for Your Garden provides a complete overview for the novice and experienced gardener. Full color images illustrate each tomato while seed sources are listed with each variety. Whether you prefer cherry, beefsteak, or novelty tomatoes, there's a tomato to suit your taste.
The Soul of California - Cooking for the Holidays
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / California Style, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Holiday
This collection of soulful California cuisine recipes incorporates the casual lifestyle of the West Coast with the deep roots of the South, nearby Mexican traditions and delicious Asian influences. Organized by menus, the cook can mix and match the recipes to impress his or her family and friends.