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Eeep! Y’all are in for such a treat today!!! Our wonderful and fabulous guest author is here to chat about secondary characters, share her latest bookish news, and bless your socks off with a whopper giveaway!
About the Author
Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken!
She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth.
A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart, work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis. An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.
Five(ish) Favorite Secondary Characters
Ruthy: Beth Erin, thank you so much for hosting me today! I am over-the-moon delighted to be here, my friend!
And I love talking…. It’s like a serious problem with me, and I understand when people need to just smile politely and walk away. (Although I’ve been known to chase them down and keep talking….) But today we’re talking about a favorite thing of mine, secondary characters… I love them.
I’ve always loved them, because to me they provide the crucial balance for the story. Without them, we can lose insight of the hero and heroine… Great secondary characters provide a sounding board, and often wisdom!
Beth: I’m thrilled to have you here, Ruthy! One of the reasons we get along so well is your willingness to carry on a conversation with minimal exertion on my part.
Secondary characters are fun! Let’s hear what you’ve got!
Ruthy: Some of my favorites in film and print: Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables), Aunt Eller (“Oklahoma“), Terence Mann (“Field of Dreams“), The Entire Titan Football Team in “Remember the Titans”, Violet Bix (“It’s a Wonderful Life) and Aunt Lucinda in Karen White’s Falling Home and Statler and Waldorf, the two old men muppets who play Jacob and Robert Marley in “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, another holiday favorite!
Beth: I have a feeling you’re just getting warmed up…
Ruthy: I LOVE CREATING GREAT SECONDARY CHARACTERS!!! Here are some faves from my books: Hannah Wilder, the elderly downstairs neighbor in The First Gift from Franciscan Media.
Hannah’s seen the ups and downs of life on both sides of the racial divide and family tragedy. Her quiet faith and sweet quotes lay a framework for healing.
Beth: Aw, Miss Hannah! What a wonderful lady! I wish she was MY neighbor!
Ruthy: Sam Stafford, the powerful, money-loving cowboy who comes “late to the harvest” and turns his life around in Back in the Saddle, book one of the Double S Ranch series from Waterbrook Press.
Sam is a larger than life character, and his grave illness has become the motivation for his family to return to the ranch and make peace. And while Sam has had a change of heart, he finds out it’s not easy being the nice guy when you’ve spent a few decades being a jerk! His health and faith struggles… and his cryptic one-liners… make me smile just thinking of them.
Beth: Mmmhmm, those actions have consequences. Sam keeps moving forward on that straight and narrow, makes me proud to know him!
Ruthy: Cheyenne Stafford, a clutch-your-heart kid in Home on the Range from the Double S Ranch series, and one of my all-time favorite characters because Cheyenne carries the weight of the broken family on her slight shoulders.
In her hopes and dreams she sees a fairytale ending that isn’t going to happen… And someplace deep inside she knows it.
Beth: Oh those firstborns have it tough! The road is rocky right now but Cheyenne is going places!
Ruthy: Try, Try Again, one of my independent novels… In this book “Sarge”, a homeless man who used to be a bridge policeman, the guy who talks folks off the bridge in times of despair, a voice of wisdom wrapped in ragged attire… and then there’s “Foster”, Conor Bradstreet’s butler, the kind and wizened British man who sees a family in flux… and patiently works to make things better.
These two men are a strong part of this novel’s great acceptance among readers and I’m so glad they rang true. When I see a production on stage, or a movie, I love when the full cast is the groundwork for making the story shine… because that’s how I see it!
Beth: I need to read this one, I’ll double check that it’s in my tbr!
Ruthy: And then there’s an absolutely beautiful character in my highly successful indie novel Running on Empty, a book rated at 4.4 stars with almost 300 reviews… This gripping story brings the heroine back home to care for her dying mother, and Maura Kellwyn is a marvelous glimpse of how difficult it is to understand our children’s problems if they don’t open up to us.
A staunch Christian, Maura has been living under a misguided notion for eight years, and she has eight years of actions to reconcile before God calls her home, and no strength to do it.
Beth: This one is on my favorites list, I think I need to revisit it!
Cruz Maldonado has vowed to provide for his beloved cousin’s orphans. With his estranged mother’s health failing, they might soon be Cruz’s only family. But the kids’ immigration status brings complications.
Mostly “Miss Rory”—their idealistic young teacher—and Cruz’s court-appointed co-guardian.
Cruz has the means to give the kids a good home, yet Rory Gallagher wonders whether he has the heart. That is, until she glimpses the sweet small-town boy inside the polished, handsome Wall Street exterior.
Soon they both begin to wonder if this temporary partnership could turn into more—a chance to raise the children as husband and wife.
Ruthy: Last but not least, my newest Love Inspired book (just released yesterday!) Their Surprise Daddy has a local waitress named “Sadie” who helps our Manhattan hero see the light through small-town wisdom and her history of working for his parents a long time ago… before things got bad.
Her insights help the hero see things through new eyes, and that’s a major wake-up call for a fellow who’s pretty sure he knows everything…. And now realizes there’s so much more to learn away from the busy streets of Manhattan.
Beth: I am so excited about this story that I decided to spotlight it over on Diversity Between the Pages as well!
Ruthy: The new mass market editions of Back in the Saddle and Home on the Range are out…. and in two weeks, Peace in the Valley!
Beth: My trips to Walmart are more fun now that I can hunt for Stafford brothers ????
Y’all, be sure to give Ruth Logan Herne lots of love in the comments for this whopper giveaway!!! She is sending FOUR of her latest novels to one fortunate reader!!!
Giveaway includes Their Surprise Daddy, Back in the Saddle, Home on the Range, and Peace in the Valley (US only)
Share Your Thoughts
Ruthy: Do you have favorite secondary characters? People that touch your heart? I’d love to hear who they are and why they appeal to you!
I brought coffee and Danish so we can chat and eat together because conversation over food is just lovely, isn’t it?
Beth: Perfectly lovely! Thank you so much for spending time with us today and bringing goodies (bookish & sweet)!