Introducing my guest
Today on my blog I am delighted to introduce a dear friend and her amazing new book, Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout Of Other People’s Choices. This book has so touched my heart and I know it will touch yours, too.
Cynthia Ruchti is an author and speaker who tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her fiction, nonfiction, and speaking for women’s and writers’ events and retreats. Her novels have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, Retailers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, the Carol Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, about.com, and other nominations and awards. Her recent novel—When the Morning Glory Blooms—was awarded 4.5 Stars (top honor) and a Top Pick from RT Reviews. Her nonfiction—Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices—is also an Abingdon Press release. You can connect with Cynthia at www.cynthiaruchti.com or www.hopethatglowsinthedark.com or www.facebook.com/CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage.
What’s a novelist doing in nonfiction? It’s because life sometimes reads like a novel—with more than enough drama, conflict, tension, black moments, and even villains.
While writing and producing a daily 15-minute radio broadcast for 33 years, I had one foot in each camp. The radio drama/dialogues were fiction slice-of-life stories. The devotional thoughts that concluded each program and linked those stories with the truths of God’s Word were the nonfiction side of me.
That’s been a pattern even while I invested time and energy to learn how to write full-length novels and novellas, much of that education coming through ACFW (www.acfw.com). I wrote devotionals for online ministries and for books like His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not (http://www.cynthiaruchti.com/books/his-grace-is-sufficient-decaf-is-not). I wrote monthly columns for both online and print publications. I provided devotions for A Joyful Heart Guideposts publication and will have 40 or so devotions in the upcoming Mornings With Jesus 2014 from Guideposts.
Now, just a few months after the release of my latest novel—When the Morning Glory Blooms (http://www.cynthiaruchti.com/books/when-the-morning-glory-blooms/) I’m celebrating the release of the nonfiction book, Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (http://www.cynthiaruchti.com/books/ragged-hope/).
So what’s a nonfiction author doing on a novelist’s blog? Drama, conflict, tension, black moments, villains—Ragged Hope has them all. The catch is, they’re true stories of people like you and me struggling to breathe through the fallout ash of someone else’s lousy decisions. They’re stories of people left to pick up the pieces from someone else’s shattered life, or left to shoulder the burden of having been the one shattered at someone else’s hand.
Hope takes a beating when the conflict doesn’t let up or when the story seems to have no resolution, no denoument. And yet a hero with a capital H is in every scene, ladling grace with a generous spoon, pointing to the places where hope is hiding, holding us when we can’t blink much less breathe for the pain.
To be more accurate, I don’t have one foot in each of two camps. It’s all one camp, with two different storytelling methods that share far more in common than they have in differences.
Whether a story is true or the product of imagination truthfully told, another common denominator is the all-important character arc.
In what ways has life intersected a little too closely with a novel you’ve read or written?