Friday, March 20, 2015

Author Norma T. Rudolph

Day Ten:  Norma T Rudolph

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Mother of 3 girls, married to a sculptor, born and raised in Wyoming, soon to be the worlds most famous and wealthy author (I can dream can’t I?), blah blah blah, need I say more?  

2. What do you do when you are not writing? When I am not writing, or doing household chores, I like to read, watch movies, crochet or knit (often while watching movies), go for long walks, garden, and eat.

3. What is your favorite smell? Fresh rain.

4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? It’s hard to pin down exactly. I wrote poetry in high school, so I guess that’s when I started. I started writing novels about the time the Harry Potter craze was going strong. One day I was wishing I could write and make money like that and the thought popped into my head, “How do you know you can’t if you never try?” I finished my first novel a few months later and have been writing ever since.

5. If you had 24 hours to live, excluding spending time with your family, what would you do? Travel somewhere warm and soak up some sun maybe? Never really gave it much thought.

6. Do you ever experience writer’s block? Not really.

7. Do you work with an outline, or just write? I usually have a little bit of an outline, sort of a point A to point B and on to how it ends, but I mostly let the story unfold as I write.

8. What is your favorite kind of cheese? Oh dear, It’s really hard to choose. I like almost all cheeses. Think Wallace of Wallace and Grommet. My fingers are curled and my teeth are showing. “CHEESE!” I guess I’ll be boring and say cheddar, the sharper the better.

9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you growing up or as an adult? Wow, that’s a hard question. There are so many I can’t choose. A few would be, Mary Stewart, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Barbara Michaels, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, the list goes on and on.

10. Would I find anything growing in your refrigerator right now? Ha ha ha. At the moment it’s dirty, but I think the hairy things are pretty much under control. I do have some carrots from my garden that are starting to sprout.

11. How would you describe yourself in three words? Creative Introverted Fun

12. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? The girl, Summer, is artistic. I was very into art growing up.

13. Who is your favorite author? Since most of you will probably say me ;) please tell me then, who is your second favorite author? Again, hard to choose but probably Mary Stewart. I like both her gothic romances and her Merlin trilogy.

14. What was your favorite part of writing and why? I like letting the day dreams out of my head and seeing them come to life.

15. Chocolate or Brussels sprouts? Duh, chocolate. Does anyone really like Brussels sprouts? Well, actually they can be pretty good if they are super fresh, cooked just so, and dripping with butter but that’s hard to find.

16. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? I really stink at punctuation, but I’m working on that.

17. What has been the best compliment given to you as an author? That a book I wrote stays with them and things from it come back later to make them think.

18. What is your least favorite smell? Vomit.

19. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Write a good book. The rest is easy.

20. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers? I hope they enjoy reading them as much I love writing them.

Norma T. Rudolph was born and raised in the wilds of Wyoming where she spent far too much time alone as a child making up silly day dreams in her head. 

She served a mission for her church, got a degree from Brigham Young University in fine arts, married a sculptor and then realized that two artists of that variety in one family were too many, so she turned her art into words. Finally, she learned that the cure for living in her head was to put those crazy things onto paper.

She still lives in the prettiest part of Wyoming, has three beautiful daughters, and the amazing sculptor husband, who works hard and lets her stay home to tell her stories.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry Gammon

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