Today I am happy to welcome newcomer romance author Ruth Roberts, whose new release Diamond Heiress was released October 8th! I got to ask Ruth a few questions about the book, its characters and the things that inspired it.
Sharon: Hi Ruth, welcome to my blog! Tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to write.
Ruth: There isn’t much to tell. I live in Texas with my very own romantic hero of twenty years. He inspires me to do great things. We have a teenage daughter who just started college this year. She is spoiled although she prefers to say she isn’t spoiled, she’s loved. J
I began my love affair with romance novels when I was fourteen and discovered Victoria Holt. I have read all of her novels multiple times and own every single one. I have also read most of her novels written under other pen names, although I am still partial to her writings as Victoria Holt. She inspired me to write, so in my high school English class I wrote a short story involving a girl in 17th century England. My teacher was so excited with my work she wanted to have it published. Alas, it was not to be. My family moved and my story was lost. I didn’t write again until I was an adult, but once I put pen to paper I couldn’t stop.
Sharon: What was the inspiration for Diamond Heiress?
Ruth: I love…love... reading romance novels, but I prefer them to be clean. It was getting increasingly difficult for me to find a nice, melt your heart, romance novel that didn’t show waaay more than I wanted. So, I decided to start writing my own stories. Although I’ve had two other books published before, Diamond Heiress was the first book I wrote. Because of that it’s very special to me.
Sharon: Sounds exciting! Can you tell us a bit about the Hero and Heroine in Diamond Heiress?
Ruth: Brielle Santorini is a very rich, beautiful and spoiled young lady. She was raised by her doting grandfather after her father died and her mother abandoned her at the age of three. Now, she finds herself in the position of CEO of her grandfathers company and she has no clue how to run it. Nicholas Trenton was her grandfathers protégé. He is a very capable CEO, which is why he gets very angry when Brielle is appointed as Santorini’s new CEO instead of him. When they are together tempers flare and sparks fly. Its fun watching them interact with each other when I read the book, almost as much fun as I had writing their story.
Sharon: Do you plan or go with the flow?
Ruth: Definitely go with the flow. I’ve tried to outline several novels and they fall flat, unfinished. When I get an idea I just have to write and let the characters tell me their story as we go along. They usually have many surprising twists and turns for me that I could have never planned for.
Sharon: What’s next for you?
Ruth: I was recently invited to write a short story for an anthology. The anthology is titled Autumns Kiss: Ten Short Sweet Romance Stories. I was honored to be included with nine amazingly talented authors. The anthology will be released October 15th and the name of my story is Soft Burgundy Nights.
Sharon: We will be on the lookout for that upcoming release! Thanks for being here with us today.
Ruth: It was my pleasure.
One person stands between Brielle and her inheritance, Nicholas Trenton. If she fails to serve as CEO of Santorini Jewels, her grandfathers company, for one full year then everything goes to Nick, the company, her trust fund and her home, the only home she’s ever known.
Nick doesn’t care about the money but he wants the company his father helped build. Now was his turn to run Santorini. Brielle isn’t qualified nor does she deserve the position of CEO, one way or another he will make sure she doesn’t run Santorini into the ground.
Are forced to run a multi-billion dollar company together…
Through a clash of wills they try to learn to work together for the benefit of the company. But when they can no longer ignore the attraction building between them will they give in to it or will it ultimately be the downfall of Santorini?