Exclusive Interview with Alicia G Ruggieri

by IFEOMA SAMUEL
I am truly excited to have my first interview on this blog. And my friend Alicia agreed to it. Thanks a lot Alicia. Here goes the interview.
  
Exclusive Interview with Alicia G Ruggieri
Meet Alicia A fourth-generation New England native, Alicia G. Ruggieri writes stories about the possibility of redemption for all
things through the Cross and the cost of true mercy. With a degree in Communications and History, Alicia loves spending her days researching, writing, and caring for her family. She and her husband Alex recently celebrated their two-year anniversary and are the proud parents of a very needy pug. 
Hubby, Alicia and their pug
 
How did you become a writer and when you decided to get published?
I’ve been creating stories since I learned to write, from plays to short stories to novellas. I seriously began pursuing publication about five years ago, and my first novel, The House of Mercy, released a little over a year ago.
This past November, my second novel, The Fragrance of Geraniums, released, followed a couple of weeks later by my middle-grade fiction book, The Regency Adventures of Jemima Sudbury: The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks.
 
What triggered your passion for Christian fiction i.e. “Christian historic writing” and why focus on young people?
 
 
I think people naturally write from their worldview, and “Christianity” is my worldview. As C.S. Lewis says, “I believe in Christianity not because I see it, but because by it, I can see everything else [clearly].” So, the Scripture and my relationship with Jesus Christ – those are the lenses through which I view the world, and, of course, that comes out in my writing.
I decided to focus on middle-grade fiction because there is a lack of high-quality, wholesome, and exciting fiction for girls in that age group. There’s a lot of secular fiction for 8-12-year-old girls, but not too much strongly-Christian fiction. Thus, I wrote Jemima Sudbury to help bridge that gap.
 
How do you get inspiration to do your novels?
From all different places and things and people! I do a lot of people-watching, a lot of reading, and, yes, a lot of eavesdropping in coffee-shops! Songs might also inspire me, or a verse of Scripture, or a situation that I’m going through or that I witness someone else going through.
 
How does Your Christian faith affect your writing?

Well, like the Bible says, to live is Christ. So, naturally, whatever I write will be influenced by what I believe.
 
How did you feel releasing your first book?

Glad to finally have the finished story in readers’ hands; grateful to the Lord God for the opportunity to bless others with a gift He’s given me; excited to see the fruit of my labors!
 
Are you still as excited?
Yes, and even more so as I see the positive impact my books are having on readers’ lives and hearts.
 
Writing and family how do you cope?
I set aside specific time to write, scheduling it as best as I can. When that doesn’t work out, I
write when I can!
 
What advice for upcoming Christian women who would like to be authors?

To practice your writing; to read wholesome, great literature; and to pray, seeking God’s specific will for your life and work.
 
What next after this?

I have a children’s book releasing in late January! It’s called Mr. Portly the Pug Finds His Purpose and is about discovering about where your true worth is found. This winter, I’m working on the research for another historical fiction book, which I have to keep under wraps for now!
 
Thank you for your time. May you continue to have good success in all your endeavors
in Jesus Name.
 
Thanks for having me here! I enjoyed it. If you’d like to find out more about my books and my life, you can visit me at:Alicia Ruggieri

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God Bless.

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9 comments

Hazel Moon January 8, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Congratulations on filling the gap where good Christian literature is there for young girls. Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comment.

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IFEOMA SAMUEL January 8, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Thank you too, for coming this way I am truly grateful.

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Alicia G. Ruggieri January 8, 2015 - 9:06 pm

Thanks so much for having me here, Ifeoma! Your blog is a blessing. 🙂

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A.M. Heath January 9, 2015 - 3:41 am

I loved your answer to the question about how your relationship with Christ influences your writing. Well said!! This was a wonderful interview. I enjoyed getting to know you better!

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IFEOMA SAMUEL January 9, 2015 - 9:15 am

Thank you so much Alicia for granting me the opportunity. God Bless you richly.

A M Heath, thanks for stopping by and your kind comments about Alicia's interview. God Bless you.

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Linda@Creekside January 9, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Your interview makes me want to close down my laptop and go curl up with a good book!

I'm on my way!

Weekend joys …

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IFEOMA SAMUEL January 10, 2015 - 3:41 am

Thank you so much Linda. I am very grateful for your comment.

Alicia's books are interesting, wholesome and educative. You are sure going to enjoy reading them.

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Charmaine Odusina January 12, 2015 - 9:24 am

Fantastic Interview Ifeoma. I am always inspired by women who blend their faith and their calling. I'm looking forward to many more. <3

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IFEOMA SAMUEL January 12, 2015 - 10:16 am

Hi Charmaine, been a while. Yes, I have at least two more interviews this month.
Great to have you here today.
God Bless.

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