Hello, reader friends! Join me in welcoming author friend Angela Ruth Strong for a little chat about five of her favorites and a few quick questions in honor of her new release, A Cuppa Trouble!
about the author
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about.
Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.
B: I remember reading the juvenile version of The Count of Monte Cristo in middle school!
A: Rosie in Finding Love in Eureka. She was inspired by one of my yoga students who didn’t have any toes and was missing some fingers. If you want to know why, you have to read the book. Oh, my heart.
B: You really know how to get a reader’s attention, my friend!
favorite childhood books
B: He was obviously never a little girl in love with a book series.
A: My sisters and I bought the If I Run series for my Mom for Mother’s Day. One of the sisters asked which book Mom would like, and I said, “If I Run.” But as the three book covers fit together to form one picture, we couldn’t just get Mom one of them. I read the books on my phone, but I want to buy hard copies now. Gorgeous.
B: Y’all are the best daughters ever!
favorite bookish memory
A: My 8th-grade teacher dancing around the classroom holding The Scarlet Pimpernel next to her heart. It’s become my favorite book.
B: Yay for book hugs!!!
What is your reading style?
A: Often just on my phone because it’s available upon any whim.
B: I’m all for convenience, this is a great strategy!
What’s your writing style?
A: I don’t do a lot of outlining, but I write a synopsis and list my chapters in a way that makes sense. I’ve even listed my chapters on a napkin at Cheesecake Factory before. (I’m an exciting date.) Then, if I get distracted by other projects, I can come back to the one I outlined and be reminded of where I was heading.
B: Do what works, right?!
Do you have any writing quirks?
A: We just bought a sectional that has a reclining seat next to an armrest that works great as a mousepad. I have an office that we could write-off on taxes if I actually used it, but this is my spot.
B: I station myself on our sectional too! Read Angela’s previous q&a’s here.
about the book
Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drinks?
Plans for a Valentine’s Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.
An assortment of suspects–from a pink-haired heir to Tandy’s charming ex–all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.
Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don’t find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.
Say hi to Angela in the comments! Have you read The Scarlet Pimpernel, reader friends?