We love the same children’s picture book and write in the same genre, but that doesn’t mean all romance writers are the same — I haven’t read many of Angela Ruth Strong’s favorite books, but I’m planning to add them to my TBR pile. Have I piqued your curiosity? Keep reading!
Hello, and thanks for being here! Let’s start with your earlies books: what was your favorite picture book as a child?
I still have some books memorized from childhood, but the one that I get most excited about is The Monster at the End of this Book where Grover from Sesame Street tries to get the reader to stop turning pages because he’s scared of the monster (even though it’s him). Such a fun read aloud.
I love that book! What was the first adult novel that you read (not “adult,” but not in the young adult section)?
My very favorite book of all time is The Scarlet Pimpernel. We read it in 8th grade, and I wasn’t supposed to read ahead, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve reread it a few times, and, as an adult, I realize that what I love so much are the hidden identities (first hero with a secret identity) and the romance.
What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
I love the book Secret Life of Book Club by Heather Woodhaven, and I was really bummed when I had to quit reading to go teach a yoga class. So what I did was give the class extra time for relaxation at the end then I could just lie on my mat and think about the characters. Besides hidden identities and romance, I also love humor, and that book is soooo funny.
If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
I have an upcoming book, currently titled Husband Auditions. It’s about a modern-day woman who uses an actual article from a 1950s McCall Magazine on ways to get a husband. I’d love to see it made into a movie, and I’d cast Emelia Clarke and Henry Golding who made Last Christmas my favorite movie from last year.
If you could turn any book into a movie (yours or someone else’s), which would you pick?
I want a better film version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I want it to be the quality of The Count of Monte Cristo, which is my favorite film. (Again, the hidden identity and romance.)
Share five books from your TBR (to be read) pile.
Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg
Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche
Stay with Me by Becky Wade
Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner
A Latte Difficulty (CafFUNated Mysteries #3) releasing April 1.
Can two baristas track down a gunman after the espresso shot heard ‘round the world?
When Marissa witnesses an attempted murder during the 4th of July parade, it starts a battle for her independence. She is forced to hide out in a safehouse, leaving her co-owner, Tandy, to run their coffee shop, track down the criminal, and, worse, plan Marissa’s wedding. Thankfully Tandy has help, but can she really trust the P.I. in a bow tie, her new deaf barista who acts more like a bartender, or a wedding planner who’s keeping secrets?
The threat on Marissa’s future goes from bad to worse when her bridal gown is covered in blood. Though her fiancé, Connor, agrees to give up his identity to join her in the Witness Protection Program, Marissa refuses to wave the white flag. Instead, she enlists Tandy to help her fight for truth, justice, and the Americano way.
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.