Regina Russell

Biography

After my children were grown, I finally went to college and majored in creative writing. I use my life experience to weave the stories I've always wanted to tell and to make my characters ring true.
My books hold the lives of characters I believe in--people who exist somewhere outside my mind in another world. I don't need to write fantasy when so much around us is undiscovered. People get blind-sided by alarming truths every day and everyone, if they've lived very long at all, knows someone who has gone through a tragedy and rose up out of it stronger and more determined.
These are the people I write about. And you won't be able to guess everything that's going to happen. We can't do it in life. Why should we be able to do it in the books we read? My life has had a little bit of everything--romance, mystery, valleys and mountain-top experiences. My books have those things too.
Writing is a lot like balancing on a tight-rope. Lean away from your center and you fall. Because I know who I am, I can lock onto a foundation that I believe gives me insight into the how's and why's of people's lives.
I do not desire to write books that titillate but I do believe in romance. I also love the idea of mysteries unfolding as secrets are exposed.
My books do not contain cursing either but to maintain a truer sounding account of some conversations, I will resort to putting a blank just to show a curse word was used by the character. Those blanks can be brushed over and the reader gets the idea.
It's important to me to leave a legacy of books behind that I would be proud for my children and family to read.
I'd love to give you a free sample of my writing here on Smashwords. I offer "Threads of Regret," as a free download. It's approximately 60 pages long and is the prequel to "Lovely Strings," a 400 page novel that contains mystery, romance and the story of seven women stranded in a cabin in the Appalachian woods.
I'd love to welcome you to my website too which contains free chapters of my novels, a blog I keep and a contact page where you can leave a comment.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
If someone chooses to pick up a book of mine and read it, I owe them a well-written, engrossing and satisfying story. It's give and take. I strive to please because the people who read my books inspire me to continue. In this french-fried world, sometimes people accept the sub-standard just because so much of it is available. But that's not what I give my fans. I honor them with the time and dedication I put into each of my books. I don't slap an ending on just because I want to get done. I respect my readers and if they are going to invest a little piece of their lives in my books, I want them to be glad they did.
What are you working on next?
I have three other novels to choose from that are already well-developed. But until I finish the one I'm 3/4 of the way through, I can't think about those waiting. So, truthfully, I'm not sure which I'm going to work on next.
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Where to find Regina Russell online


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Books

Threads of Regret
By Regina Russell
Series: Lovely Strings, 65 · Lovely Strings, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 15,430. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
Threads of Regret is the prequel to the epic novel "Lovely Strings," the story of seven strangers stranded at a cabin in the woods. They were drawn there by a letter from a law firm telling them someone had died and put them in their will. However, because of flooding and a downed tree across a bridge, they cannot leave and the lawyer who was going to satisfy their curiosity has not yet arrived.
The Cat that Became a Dog / Stories of Fiction and Non-fiction
By Regina Russell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,910. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Curl up with this fascinating mixture of fiction and non-fiction stories by novelist and cat lover, Regina Russell. You will enjoy these intriguing stories about cats, hummingbird wars, marriage troubles, meeting a love interest online, bickering in the church, love, road rage, a homeless woman and even an almost impromptu family barbeque.
Lovely Strings
By Regina Russell
Series: Lovely Strings, 415 · Lovely Strings, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,330. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Category: Fiction
The bridge is out and the women are stranded. If the lawyer can't get to them how are they going to find out why they were summoned to the cabin in the woods? They were told there was a will but the women are strangers and don't know anyone who has died. Then, one of the women has an idea:Let's tell our stories. We're bound to connect in some way and maybe then we can figure out what's going on.
2 Christmas Plays for Women's Groups
By Regina Russell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Plays
These two Christmas plays by Christian novelist Regina Russell will bring the real meaning of Christmas to the forefront of any Christian women's group. "Jesus' Christmas List" and "The Friendship Bomb" can be simply or as elaborately staged as desired for your group's needs.
Hummingbird Wars and Other Stories
By Regina Russell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,040. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
Hummingbird Wars is a novelette, just the right size for a few hours of satisfying entertainment. The first fulfilling chapters from the title story will transport you to a small town where you will get to know Maggie Ferris, a woman who begins to suspect God's direction and her own will may be on differing courses. And as she watches her hummingbirds fight she is reminded of her own wars.
As if They Always Knew
By Regina Russell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,100. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
Barely out of college and beginning to settle in the world, Shelly becomes a widow. After a year of burying herself in her job, she emerges like a butterfly from the cocoon of grief ready to fly again. That's when a notion at the back of her mind becomes more than an unrealized dream. She goes to the garage to look at her deceased husband's motorcycles. What would it be like to learn to ride?
Hummingbird Wars
By Regina Russell
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,010. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction
Maggie Ferris is a kind woman but sometimes a stubborn one. And it's while watching the hummingbirds from her chair on the front porch, that she gains a new perspective of life.
Mothering
By Regina Russell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Mothering" contains three, true stories about mothers. The first story, "Birthing Marissa," is an intimate, personal look at childbirth from a mother's perspective. "Getting to Know Kathy," the second story in this triology, tells how one woman comes to know a mother she will never get to meet. Then, "Mama Cat and Me," is the author's own story about a life-lesson she learned from a mama cat.
The Red Tie
By Regina Russell
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Contained within this book are three sometimes comedic but always provocative stories. In "The Red Tie" take a peek into the world of business where the ridiculous has become the norm. Then, in "Winding up Equal" read about a couple who have come to a crossroads in life. And in "Puppy Eyes" the sad but hilarious life of a man who has come to believe his mother is always right even on date night.
Heartstorms
By Regina Russell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,040. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Category: Fiction
Serena's sister, Delia (the man-magnet) is back in town bringing trouble in her wake and a secret so huge even faithful Serena's world will be shaken.

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