Saturday, December 7, 2013

The NINE Author Interview - Hold on to your hat!

A Ruby Christmas - written by NINE different authors.

NINE authors. NINE settings covering THREE continents. ELEVEN chapters. ONE jet-set, tricky dog. A crèche with pieces collected from across the globe. And RUBY, the heroine who travels around the world, and brings back JOY for Christmas at the ranch.

I (metaphorically) sat down with (most of) the authors of this fun Christmas Novella. Here’s what we talked about:

Why participate in a multi-author project like this?
Marji: Besides the opportunity for me, as a new writer, to earn a publishing credit, I've loved getting to know my other co-authors. And I'm blown away by how the Lord weaves our chapters together to create a moving, cohesive story!

Dianne: I spend most my time writing nonfiction and I really want to write some fiction. It was challenging to work off of someone else’s brainstorming and story, and to make my part of it fit. But it has been a most amazing journey that has touched me personally in many ways.

Ruth: Because it's fun!! And also because I get to work with some amazing authors.

What makes Ruby's Christmas special?                

Dianne: I’m not sure how to answer that question for anyone else but me. This story has touched me personally because some points in my life paralleled Ruby’s. You can read about it here.

Phee: I think Ruby's life was somewhat joyless before her father sent her on the quest for the nativity. As she found each piece, she also learned more about Jesus, who is the source of joy.

Ruth: I love the idea of her collecting pieces of the nativity from locations all around the world. That makes her crèche valuable in ways that money can't buy.

Julie: Ruby is special due to her foreign travels. That was challenging to coordinate and required a lot of creativity on the parts of the authors.

Who will the story appeal to?

Dianne: The story will appeal to anyone struggling through the loss of a loved one, searching for what’s most important in life, and who has faced some of life’s fire.

Phee: All the people who don't want to let the busy Christmas season overwhelm them.

Ruth: Families. I know a lot of families who look for things to read together during the holidays. It is clean and family friendly.

Julie: Anyone who looking for a curl-up-by-the fire, gentle, humorous story. And dog lovers.

Fay: A Ruby Christmas will appeal to those folks who love to settle down in front of the television and watch the Hallmark Movie Channel Christmas movies. Ruby is a sweet tale with just enough romance blended in.

What is your greatest passion when it comes to writing?

Ruth: Stirring people's emotions. I think Ruby will do that.

Julie: To go beyond entertaining and leave a meaningful message in readers' hearts.

Fay: Layering plots into story.

Jennifer: painting with words and evoking a response.

What is your favorite nativity set - one you own or one you've seen? Do you have any special Christmas memories involving a nativity scene?

Marji: We have a little stuffed scene, well-worn and well-loved. My oldest girl would carry around Baby Jesus like a treasure, both hands close to her body. Such a precious memory. But one of my favorites, a scene I pinned up on Pinterest is made up of S'mores! What an eye-catcher!

Ruth: My favorite nativity set was white porcelain. Plain, yet so elegant.

Julie: My favorite "nativity set" is actually like the one in the story. We've had a couple of different sizes. One of our German exchange students brought the big one (2ft tall) over as a gift from her parents. I love setting it up every year.

Check out the novella:
Ruby Joy Buckner, cowgirl, has never left the Lone Star State, but at her father’s request, she takes her faithful canine companion and travels the world in search of Nativity pieces. As Ruby collects the pieces, she also collects a few unexpected surprises, including an awareness of the beauty in other cultures, and quite a menagerie of new friends, thanks in part to Yippee Ti Yi Yo who charms everyone they meet. Ruby’s budding awareness of life outside Texas opens her eyes to a world of whimsy, and the Nativity pieces she collects are unusual. Will her father approve her eclectic collection … and the changes that travel brought to Ruby’s life?

Our Authors:
Jerusha Agen             MarjiLaine                 Ruth O’Neil
Dianne E Butts          FayLamb                   Phee Paradise
Jennifer Fromke        J.A.Marx                   Debbie Roome
Write Integrity Press has done it again! Last year, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt sent Grace on a whirlwind trip. Nine authors plotted her journey and in the process, created a story enjoyed by tens of thousands.

This year, the same publisher has brought together many of the same authors (and a few new ones!) for a new Christmas story, A Ruby Christmas. The first 9 chapters will be published via blog, one each business day for the first two weeks in December. Then the entire novella (with the 10th and 11th chapters) will be available for free kindle download December 13-16 and available for sale after that.

There’s so much going on, here’s how you can JUMP IN!
Catch up on the daily chapters from the beginning here
Visit the Pinterest contest board.
Hop over to Goodreads and add it to your “Want to Read” list.

Mark your calendars for the kindle release date and the first of FOUR FREE days on Amazon: December 13.

As a special bonus for all the readers who persevered to the end of this post, I have a closing thought from the publisher of A Ruby Christmas, Tracy Ruckman: I love our joint projects like A Ruby Christmas and The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. God always manages to surprise me with the final outcome. During the development of A Ruby Christmas, I came to know our authors on a different level. I am so appreciative of their talent, creativity, dedication, and hard work – lots and lots of hard work. My favorite football coach, Bear Bryant, said, “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.” That describes our journey this year with A Ruby Christmas. I pray this story touches the hearts and funny bones of readers all around the world. 


  1. What a fun interview with all the authors. Thanks for putting this together, Jennifer. It has been a fun project to be a part of.

  2. This was great! Thank you so much.

  3. I'm loving the story so far... :)

  4. Loved getting the different perspectives from the different authors. A Ruby Christmas is bound to be a wonderful read!

  5. Thanks everyone . . . I like getting a small dose of the same story each day . . . something to look forward to. :-)

  6. I love this roundup! Thanks for compiling it, Jennifer!

  7. Thanks for doing this, Jennifer. I enjoyed being part of it. So glad your blog readers are enjoying A RUBY CHRISTMAS! I bet they're looking forward to your chapter on Monday!

  8. The roundup was great! I know A Ruby Christmas is a fantastic book. Thanks ya'll!

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