ABOUT AUTHOR: Ruth Axtell Morren has written historical romances for Steeple Hill Books, Love Inspired, and Moody River North and will publish with Revell Books in 2013. Her first book, Winter Is Past, received critical acclaim from Christian bookseller. Her second book, Wild Rose, was a "Top Ten Christian Fiction" for Booklist. She specializes in both regency and Victorian England and the nineteenth century Maine coast.

What fascinates you about the 1800’s, more specifically the Regency Time period? What’s the draw to Regency?
The manners of the period. It was a time of “gracious living” if you had the right amount of income. Both men and women of this class of society were intellectually motivated, attending art exhibits and reading the latest books; science was a hobby of many; there was a great openness to the rest of the world with world travelers and merchant ships bringing back treasures from Asia, the Middle East and ancient Greece.

What did you enjoy most about reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer books? What did you look forward to the most in these books?

The wit of the dialogue. I loved the interaction between the hero and heroine purely through dialogue. There is very little to no sensuality, so all the chemistry is brought forth by their words and looks.

In your first Regency book written in 2003, titled Winter Is Past, what did you hope readers took away from it? What did you feature in your book about that time period?

I was portraying an intellectual skeptic, who has known what it is to be discriminated against (as a Jew in British regency society) and yet make it by his intellect. He both despises and yearns to be accepted by society. He is one of those types who have a “long road to Calvary.” It was a wonderful experience bringing him to the foot of the Cross.
Things I featured in that book were Parliament, the East End, Judaism in Britain, and Methodism (the movement started by John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield).

Your Bio states, “Ruth always yearned to live in other countries,” Which ones? Why?

I think Paris was the place I dreamed of most, ever since I began reading French novels in high school and then studying French. I loved the novels of Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas, and other great 19th century writers and wanted to visit the city so many wrote about. I did fulfill that dream by spending my junior of college in Paris.
The other place I always wanted to visit since I read an article about it in National Geographic when I was young was New Zealand. That one’s still on my list of places to go.

What do you hope readers take away from your new book Moonlight Masquerade?

That so many issues that Christians today feel separate them from others, including other Christians—whether they are political hot-button issues, doctrinal questions, or life style differences—may ultimately make little difference when they are pitted in life and death situations.
My hero and heroine are on opposite sides in their national loyalties during a time of war. Who is right? Who is wrong? And once peace is declared, did it matter? I don’t have easy answers to these questions, I am merely raising them and following the story of two individuals who happen to meet and fall in love despite their insurmountable differences.

If one of your dreams could come true, what would it be? Why?

I would like to make a research trip to the British Isles. It’s been some years since I have taken one and I feel a need to revisit those wonderful countries.
Lobster at the Wharf
Nora: This looks like a place we went in Main when I was a kids. Beautiful and yummy lobsters and blueberries! Thanks for the photos. Fun!

My family went on a vacation to Maine, I remember a lobster fest. We went to the Lobster farms and picked some out - Great fun and good eating. What do you like most about living in Maine? What do the tourists like most in Maine? Where do you take friends and family when they visit?

I love its rocky coast. I take a daily walk and am never far from the sea and its ever changing vistas. I can praise the Lord during these times, brainstorm my current story, or just listen to my iPod and let my thoughts go where they will. 
Marine Coast
Freshly Harvested Blueberries in August

Tourists love fresh lobster, blueberry pie, and hiking the many state parks. We have some great hiking trails that skirt along the rocky coast. That’s where I usually take friends and family—as well as down to the wharf to buy lobster fresh off the boat.

What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)

Electrical power (this one was an easy one, since we just lost power for a couple of hours). Living in a rural area, power outages are frequent occurrences.

BOOKS (whether paper or digital). I cannot imagine life without stories that take me out of myself and transport me into someone else’s world.

Garden fresh vegetables.  I've grown my own for the last few years, and there’s nothing better, especially a sun-ripened tomato!

What do you read to escape, relax, or just have fun?

Historical romances, of course! Some of my favorite authors are Sarah Sundin, Julie Lessman, Maureen Lang, and Melanie Dickerson, and I still love rereading Georgette Heyer. I’m always trying new inspirational historical romances as well.

What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most?

There were probably a lot. One movie that comes to mind is My Dinner with Andre, which I saw when I was in high school. I loved the concept of two people having dinner together and just talking—about all kinds of things. I still love writing and reading good dialogue.

A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for awhile. What would you do with it? Where would you go and what would you do?

Travel to the late Victorian and/or Edwardian period. I’d love to see the time when some of my more recent ancestors lived (grandparents & great-grandparents).

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

Helping clear an area for shelter and then helping to build it (collecting debris from the shipwreck). I’d want a safe, dry place to stay in before nightfall when animals come out and those tropical rain showers begin to fall.

Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I have to say I love the cover of this book and I can't wait to read your book.

THRILLED that Revell is giving away 5 copies of your book. ALL ENTRIES ARE TO BE MADE @THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK NOT on this Blog post!

Hope to see you there!

Nora St.Laurent
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