We're excited to welcome Roxanne Rustand today! She will be giving away an ebook version of her book, Falling for the Rancher, to one lucky commenter!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’ve been published since 1999. I started out writing secular light romantic suspense, then switched to writing inspirational romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired in 2007. I’ve also been writing for the indie market—full length novels and also some novellas that were part of multi-author anthologies. It’s been fun to see the huge change in publishing opportunities over the last few years!
And your newest book?
My June, 2017 Love Inspired novel, Falling for the Rancher, is the last title in my Aspen Creek Crossroads series for Love Inspired. All five novels in the series are set in the scenic St. Croix River Valley area of Wisconsin. Some readers like to own an entire series before they start reading any them, but the Aspen Creek books are loosely connected, and each is a stand-alone story.
Falling for the Rancher was such fun to write! We live on an acreage in the country, where we have three horses, two rescue dogs, and five cats. I love animals, and could never say “no” to any pets our kids wanted while they were growing up. So this novel, about two veterinarians who couldn’t be more wrong—or more right—for each other meant I could incorporate subplots involving animals. The story also involves loss and betrayal, and the challenges of moving beyond past wounds to finally reach the joy of an abundant life.
What are you working on at the moment?
Our daughter and her husband lived along the Gulf for the past three years, but sold their house in May and are living with us while house hunting. It is such a delight having them back with us.I know that all too soon, they will be moving to their next home, and then we won’t get to see them nearly enough! So this summer has really been all about “family time,” though I also need to finish a novella during the next week.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Juggling time for family, a day job, other interests and writing has always been a challenge, as it is for every writer. I did quit my day job a few years ago (as a clinical dietitian) which helped a lot!
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Coming up with new ideas is the easy part. Implementing them is the challenge!