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A Quick Visit with Ruthie Knox

 

As part of her "whistle-stop tour" for Making It Last, Ruthie agreed to stop by and answer one question about the story. She's also giving away a copy of the book, today only! Imagine her standing in the caboose car of her blog tour train, shouting out her answer over the crowd and flinging an e-book and some Tootsie Rolls at the assembled audience. Or not. Either way — here's the question:

 

People have called this book "brave." Do you feel brave? What's brave about it, if anything?

 

Is feeling "brave" the same as feeling "horribly frightened but determined to push on anyway"? If so, that might accurately describe how I felt when I was writing Making It Last. This was a project that I really wanted to write, and I had a specific thing I wanted to do: I wanted very badly to write a novel that explored the conflict and romance of an ordinary marriage at a crisis point ten years in. I wanted to write about people who were good people — people who loved each other and loved their children — but who had nonetheless become overwhelmed by life and work and stress, and who had lost each other. I wanted to show the romance of these people, Tony and Amber, finding and choosing each other again.

 

But God, it was hard to write. Complicated, tricky, and just ... gutting, sometimes. And when I finished the manuscript, I was extremely proud of it. I also didn't want anyone to read it. Ever. And I didn't want to hear what anyone thought of it if they did read it. Which is a weird place to be, when you're an author who's written a book that's going to be published.

 

Thankfully, time passed, and I got over it. Positive advance reviews helped. A lot more people have connected with the story than I ever hoped. I get more email about this book than any other story I've written. And I think, if there's bravery in the story, it's there — it's in how unflinchingly Making It Last is about revealing the very ordinary doubts, fears, and resentments in a marriage, and how they build up to a point of crisis. And maybe, too, the book is brave in how hopeful it is that for an imperfect couple like Amber and Tony, the ordinary tools of life are all we need to get back on track — communication, intimacy, willingness, love.

 

Giveaway 

Ruthie is giving away one e-book copy of Making It Last to a randomly selected commenter. This giveaway is for today only! Just answer one of the questions that follows to enter:

What have you done that's brave? What have you done that you're proud of? What do you think of the "romance of real life" — is it something you want to read?

The giveaway is open in North America only. (Sorry -- due to geographical restrictions, Ruthie can't buy her own e-book outside North America!)

 

 
 

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[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://www.ruthieknox.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/6_small_color-e1362230746749.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.[/author_info] [/author]

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