Rue is an award-winning author, who wrote her first manifesto at age three; a letter begging her grandfather to stop smoking; to the small pink piece of stationary, she taped two dimes and a nickel—his reward for quitting. The entreaty was successful and the power of the pen was instilled in her soul. Throughout her life she has written unceasingly, journals, poems, short stories, screenplays and articles for newspaper and magazine. Her love of ink led her to pursue a B.A. in Journalism from Pepperdine University in California. She also suffers from a slight obsession with office supplies—mostly pens and fine paper. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is my altar. A section of trinkets, mementos and inspirational sayings, help encourage and motivate me as I write. A copy of a special invocation to the Goddess of Skills—is part of my ritual of relaxing into my writing space and focusing on the day's project. I have my stack of notes, printouts, pictures and any other research pertaining to the current project on my right (and it sometimes spills onto my left). I cannot begin without a dish of peanuts or almonds and a dish of dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. My office supply addiction requires a healthy supply of pens and a post it note dispenser—stocked with notes for posting. However, I would have to say that the things NOT on my desk are even more important. I do not have bills, To Do lists, business cards or my cell phone. My writing space is sacred, and when I sit down to write I have to minimize all potential distractions.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up everywhere—Minnesota, Kansas, Massachusetts, Georgia, California and finally Arizona. I sometimes even got to revisit places, in fact there were a few rounders in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (MN). I would have to say that the nomadic lifestyle was hell as a child, but looking back I can appreciate all the nuggets I was able to collect for future stories. The reason I write fiction is simply because my entire life has been crammed full of experiences that are just too amazing to be true. The characters I create all have threads pulled from real people I encountered in my travels—yes, every one.
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Where to find Rue online


The Chronicles of Hawthorn
As the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil grows, Flynn must pretend—with the help of her best friend, Hazel—that she actually has magick. Hazel would do anything for Flynn, but the game they are playing may cost them their lives…
The Lake Effect Series
The Hutchinson sisters are about to uncover a truth that will change their lives—forever.


The Chronicles of Hawthorn: (Box Set, Volumes 5 - 8)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 202,690. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Hope fades. The Shadow rises. Friendships pushed to the breaking point may not survive… 4 books. 900+ pages of fast-paced fantasy filled with wands, swords and sorcery.
The Chronicles of Hawthorn: A Magical Adventure: (Box Set, Books 1 - 4)
Series: The Chronicles of Hawthorn. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 186,390. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Discover witches, faeries, and flying horses in this epic coming of age fantasy series! Will dark magic prevail? Buy yours today and let the magic begin!
Before My Favorite: Series Prequel to The Lake Effect Series
Series: The Lake Effect Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Coming of age
Gwenn wants out of the family. Rachel wants out of the closet. The Hutchinson sisters are a product of their environment. Unfortunately that environment is short on love and long on religious guilt. Buy yours today! Take a peek behind the altar.
The Courage of Kahu (The Chronicles of Hawthorn, Series Prequel)
Series: The Chronicles of Hawthorn. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,340. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Young. Unproven. The future rests on her shoulders. Her birth served only one purpose—to propel the Sisterhood one step closer to the ninth daughter. The prophecy is clear: “. . . and the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter shall restore balance to the land and bring an end to the rise of the Shadow.”