Interview of Cynthia Ruchti, author of Facing the Dawn (part 2)

*Here we have the second half of my blogs about this book.*

Today’s blog post consists of an interview with the author, Cynthia Ruchti.

Cynthia, you reference a character with an interest in the meaning of names. As a name-lover myself, that caught my attention — haven’t seen that in a book before in just that way. What is the word for a student of names, and how did you come up with that character detail?

“The study of names is called onomastics, a field which touches on linguistics, history, anthropology , psychology, sociology, philology and much more. When people refer to the ” meaning of a name”, they are most likely referring to the etymology, which is the original literal meaning.”


Ever since I started naming my babies, now my characters, I’ve been fascinated with the meanings behind names. When I name my characters, I work hard on it, making sure the name fits the character. Or if it doesn’t, there’s a real good reason why there’s a disconnect. (Like naming a pitbull Fluffy because he chews up pillows.)
When an author names a character, sometimes it actually helps inform how that character will act on the page. But we also wrestle with, “No, I can’t use that name because my cousin might not appreciate having his name linked to a character like that.” Or “No, not that. Same name as that girl who stole my lunch money in first grade.” Or, “Well, what do you know? I already wrote a book with an Amanda as the main character!”
Researching the meaning behind a name will often give me an idea for a scene in which they “live up to” their name.

Cynthia, your main character had a wry sense of humor which I enjoyed. Of special notice was when she started making up hashtags or slogans that were pretty LOL. Can you give our readers an insight as to what made you come up with that humorous bit? (I have my suspicions )


“I personally love the humor that naturally erupts out of weird or telling hashtags, such as: #eatingoreoswhenishouldbeexercising

#volunteeringfornothingtoday

#anythingbutmakinganothermeal

#done.

My love for millennials, GenZ, and whatever comes after that is strong. Watching my own kids and grandkids communicate in snippets reminds me that sometimes it’s not what’s said but what’s left out that is poignant or humorous or both. I also needed to make the characters in Facing the Dawn–all of which deal with their own battles with grief and loss–have room to breathe, a lighthearted moment, something to laugh about, a little comedic relief. Mara often used humor and her wry wit as a coping mechanism. Many of us do.

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Thank you Cynthia Ruchti, for answering my questions. I sincerely enjoyed the book, and was thoroughly impressed with the depth of the story and the trials the characters went through – unique! I hope if find a wide audience.

Facing the Dawn was a real wow on so many levels. The author includes several plot lines that are super fresh and new. Also, the humor amidst the sorrow–as the main character struggles up from bottom, was refreshing and made the subject matter so real. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-written book and a good story.

The way the author unfolds the main character’s family events is creative, and hits a lot of the right notes. Almost as if one were unwrapping a gift very slowly.

Windows to the future are partially opened, which gives hope, but nothing feels cliche or superficial. The writer’s light touch when showing us crisis events gives us space, and that makes the burden tolerable. You will be astounded by the many plot strands that are skillfully woven into a fantastic read.

This post is by romance author: Susan Karsten

Review of Facing the Dawn, by Cynthia Ruchti (part 1)

Facing the Dawn was a real wow on so many levels. The author includes several plot lines that are super fresh and new. Also, the humor amidst the sorrow–as the main character struggles up from bottom, was refreshing and made the subject matter so real. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-written book and a good story.

The way the author unfolds the main character’s family events is creative, and hits a lot of the right notes. Almost as if one were unwrapping a gift very slowly.

Windows to the future are partially opened, which gives hope, but nothing feels cliche or superficial. The writer’s light touch when showing us crisis events gives us space, and that makes the burden tolerable. You will be astounded by the many plot strands that are skillfully woven into a fantastic read.

Part 2 of my blogs about this book will be coming soon. The second part will feature an interview with the author, Cynthia Ruchti.

This post is by romance author: Susan Karsten

Review: A Dance in Donegal, by Jennifer Deibel

This book, which I received from the publisher, is an enjoyable Christian historical fiction book, recently released.

A Boston-bred gal named Moira accedes to her mother’s dying wish. She must go to Ireland and become a teacher in the village where Mother was raised.

There’s some mystery about her mother’s background that skitters around the edges of Moira’s experiences with the community. Some townspeople are friendly, but quite a few seem to have something against her. As you read, you’ll be swept up into the past and ride the waves of Moira’s adventures as a teacher, and as she finds love.

This review is by Susan Karsten, whose books are also available on Amazon.

Review of The Moonlight School, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I received this book when I agreed to do a blog post about it. I am happy to chatter about this compelling Christian fiction book.

The book opens with a tragedy involving a kidnapping. When the story moves on from that, some time has elapsed and we travel to hillbilly land with a privileged, kind young lady named Lucy Wilson. She is a teacher, and hatches a plan to help with the adult literacy problem in the community.

The twists and turns are interesting, and it’s pleasant to read as Lucy gains purpose and strength through serving others. Added interest comes by way of the fact this is all based on real-life historical events.

Review by Susan Karsten, author of five works of fiction, all available on Amazon

An Escape for Ellie, by Susan Karsten

Here’s the back cover blurb for book #3 in the Honor’s Point series:

Escaping an impending forced marriage, Ellie runs from a loveless match. Rescued and hiding out as a lady’s companion,  she makes the best of her circumstances. When dashing Lord Dare captures her affection, Ellie can’t reveal her true feelings or identity, and is torn from her refuge by an evil abductor. Will true love arrive in time?

An Escape for Ellie is available for pre-order (use the link above). Though available only digitally at this time (due to c*vid), I’d appreciate your support with a purchase at $5.99. Even if you don’t prefer using an e-reader, it would be very nice if you’d just do it for me!

Also, you can go to Amazon and read some of it for free, and read an additional description just to see if you like it.

Thanks, everyone!

Susan

Softly Blows the Bugle, by Jan Drexler

Review by: Susan Karsten

This book is a well-crafted historical romantic suspense. Many Amish-themed books are set in today’s world, but this one takes you back to the post-bellum world of Weaver’s Creek, Ohio.

Meet Elizabeth Kaufman, relieved widow. Her husband has died in the Civil War. He was wicked, and she is emotionally scarred by the events of that marriage.

A wounded amputee soldier arrives home with her brother, at the same time, another veteran who is slick and handsome arrives in the community. Good dollops of action and mystery are woven into an engaging novel. Without giving away any more of the story, I will simply recommend this book as a good read and an excellent combination of genres: Amish fiction + romantic suspense + historical fiction.

Enjoy!

Buy it here:

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox – a review

From the title, to the cover, to the way the story draws you immediately in, this debut novel delivers.

On top of characters I can relate to, this book contains several high-interest elements. I enjoy reading about adoption mysteries, estate sales, and inheritances – all of which are contained in this book – and I am sure many other people like to read about these situations.

I recommend this very highly.

Something Worth Doing, by Jane Kirkpatrick – a book review by Susan Karsten

Kirkpatrick has developed a successful writing career with her historic fiction, many set in the northwest of the United States. This latest book combines pioneer life, with women’s suffrage.

The first part of the book details how heroine Abigail Scott, a frontier teacher, finds love and marriage. Some interesting details in this section involve a man who wants to marry her for the bonus land it would gain for him. She’ll have none of that, and her father lets her have her way.

Don’t worry, I won’t tell too much and spoil your reading fun!

Through these pages, you will learn about primitive childbirth, experience a serious life-threatening storm, and much more.

I recommend this book.

Here’s the cover of my own latest book:

Available on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle, and in paperback, all on Amazon.

Book Review, Peace in the Valley, by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin really pushes the boundaries of the Amish romance genre with this story. Nora is already set with her special friend Levi. but when a wildfire burns down their town, she becomes a refugee. She goes to a relative who has left the conservative Amish life and is part of a charismatic Amish congregation.

The relatives that give her shelter are pretty pushy with Nora, trying to get her to leave the conservative Amish ways.

So, since the romance is already established, this book is more about the conflict between two types of Amish. That makes it unique and quite interesting.

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So, I think you will enjoy this, the latest in author Irvin’s excellent books revolving around the Amish and their lifestyle.

I’ve recently released a book myself:

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Aveliable on Amazon! Thanks. Susan Karsten

Book Review: A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

This was a pleasant, non-suspenseful romance. Agnes Pratt becomes a schoolteacher after fleeing from the East, and from a relationship. Why did she flee? We can tell it wasn’t anything she did wrong, nothing the man, James Harris, did wrong — so what was it?

The events of the book include a Scarlet Fever epidemic, the shock of her former love showing up in “her” town, and the attentions of a second contender for her heart.

A light, enjoyable Christian romance in a Western setting is sure to please the romance reader.

Isn’t that an attractive cover?

Thanks for reading my latest review,

Susan Karsten, author of newly-released cozy mystery: