Norma Veldhoen, author of My Name Is Ruby, has been a spiritual healer and teacher of renown in Western Canada and the United States during her 20+ year practice as a Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Reiki Master and Counselor. Norma resides in Alberta, Canada with her devoted husband and wily cat. She is currently working on her second novel of this series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called "A Novel" and I was seven years old. I made the book 4" X 4" from scrapbook paper, then wrote the story to fit it. I wrote it for my grandma.
What is your writing process?
For years I woke at 4 a.m. and wrote until 8 or 9 a.m. before I started my full day as a therapist. Each morning I would read what I had written the day before, change a few things, and then get writing again. Then, four years ago I married and life became much busier. I now write whenever I can when I have the house to myself. I have to have a quiet place and no interruptions but it only takes a few minutes to clear my mind of clutter and get writing. Through out the day, whether cutting vegies for dinner, going for a walk, playing with our granddaughter, I am aware of where I am in the story and create a space for the next chapter to come in.
In this first novel, of a series, Ruby's world is a maelstrom of religious fanaticism, familial abuse and enforced social isolation. Her rescuers come from deep within before she is even able to walk. They dance, they sparkle, they show her the realities of the body-mind-spirit connection. Ultimately, they help her escape the hell into which she has been born.