Ach du Lieber! It's WIPpterview Time With Ruth Nestvold

**Quick note, because I forgot to post my ROW80 update yesterday. That’s because I was busy working on my ROW80 goals! Full update coming on Wednesday.**

Hey, it’s Monday again. Some folks actually have off today. Me, not so lucky. I’m here, slogging away at the day job, nothing to keep me entertained…well, except for another outstanding WIPterview. Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming, all the way from Germany…


…the talented, multi-lingual Ruth Nestvold

Join me in making her feel at home. Monkeys, why don’t you welcome Ruth. *holds up hand and lowers voice* They took some on-line German classes just so they could properly say hi. They’re very excited about it, so I need to indulge them.

Flying Monkey: Ooo-oo ah-oo-oo ah-ah-ahhh. Oo.

kls: *clears throat* I think that means, “Löschen Sie die Tabelle, und setzen Sie dem Papagei seinen Hut auf.” Which seems awfully long-winded for, “Hi, and welcome to the Blog.” But what do I know? I don’t speak German. Except for ‘nein’ and ‘Gesundheit’.

RN: I’m still pretty impressed that you’ve got monkeys who chatter in German! And, uh, very friendly they are too …

kls: Well then, now that the monkeys have had their moment. *glares* Let’s move on. First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

RN: My name is Ruth Nestvold, and I live in a house with a turret. German parrots often perch on the trees outside my window. Now if that isn’t a great setting for a fantasy writer, I don’t know what is.

kls: No way! A house with a turret? Color me green. I’d love to live in a house with a turret.

RN: Well, to be honest, we only have one floor of said house, so it’s not like we have our own castle or anything. Just our piece of an Art Nouveau building. Anyway, to help pay the bills, I also take on translation jobs, German-English. For a while, after my novel Yseult was published in translation by Random House Germany, it almost looked like I was on the way to becoming a writer who could live off her writing, but I took a couple of wrong turns, and now I’m back to translating again. Ce la vie!

kls: I think life is all about wrong-turns. Sometimes they even wind up being the right one, we just don’t know it for a while. Okay, enough with me waxing all Wise Woman-like, let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to our irrepressible gang?

RN: I came to the WIPpeteers through either Eden or Shan, I don’t remember exactly — but for sure it was someone I knew through ROW80. I went through the links and got a kick out of the excerpts and decided to give it a try myself.

kls: And I, for one, am glad you did. Yes, fangirl moment. *tries to blush* *fails* Well, then, what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

RN: I’m not being very consistent, I fear — I always have so many writing projects at once! I started with my Aphra Behn time travel, Chameleon in a Mirror. After I finished editing that, I posted excerpts from the third book of the Pendragon Chronicles, A Wasted Land. In between, I posted some snippets from my YA fantasy, Island of Glass. Most recently it was a couple of paragraphs from something completely different, an as yet unnamed thriller / mystery that I started writing for Nano.

kls: Always good to have a few projects going at once. That’s my motto anyway. What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

RN:  It’s great sharing work with a bunch of other writers. I used to participate in an online writing workshop, but at some point that started to feel more like work than fun. The snippets are pure fun! I also like the way that posting an excerpt on a regular basis helps to keep me on track with my projects. I need to have something new for my blog each week!

kls: Outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

RN:  I have some notes and scenes for a prequel to the Pendragon Chronicles series, Ygerna. That’s on hold until I finish A Wasted Land, though.

kls: Okay then, you know what comes next. Time for some horn-blowing. *passes over ginormous Alphorn* *winks* Yeah, see, did a little Googling and some research, wanted you to feel at home and all that. You do know how to use this thing, right? *jumps out of the way* Careful, now! Now, blow that thing and tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

RN: I have two series I’m working on right now, The Pendragon Chronicles, and a science fiction series, Looking Through Lace. The first two books in each are available through Amazon and elsewhere. I’ve published a number of collections of my previously published short stories as well.

What’s coming next: I’m hoping to get Island of Glass and Chameleon in a Mirror out soon, two books I’ve shared with the Wippeteers.

Where to find my fiction: I have a book page on my blog (which I need to update!):

A list of my trad short story publications is on my home page:

And then there’s my Amazon page:

I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but I don’t use them much. The best way to connect with me is through my blog:

kls: *takes horn back* Settle in and get ready, it’s the ever-popular, oft misunderstood, quicker than two shakes of a lamb’s tail, Lightning Round!

Coffee or tea? Both — coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon

Rock or country? Rock!

City, country, or seaside? For living purposes, I’m a city gal — at least as long as there are parrots and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. For vacations, seaside.

Favorite color? Turquoise

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Only one? *Pout.* Reading, cooking, playing with my granddaughters, traveling, gardening, hanging out with the love of my life … I guess I’m not very good at lightning, am I?

kls: *sigh* That’s okay. It seems to be a WIPpeteer trait. Next time I think I’ll call it the Please Get as Wordy as You Like round. Well, anyhow, I think that’s all I, and the monkeys, have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

RN: Thanks for having me, Kathi! To many more snippets on Wednesdays. 🙂

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  1. Reblogged this on Ruth Nestvold – Indie Adventures and commented:
    I braved the flying monkeys to enter Kathi’s lair for an interview on “My Random Muse” — check it out!

  2. Great interview! I’m jealous of the turret, too.

    Don’t encourage us to be verbose. You know you’ll only regret it.

  3. Fun interview! I think we all take our share of wrong turns on this writing journey. I wonder if I’m still in one, LOL.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jennette. I wonder, if we take a wrong turn but eventually end up where we wanted to be…was it really a wrong turn? O_o Yes, it’s early and I’m only on one swallow of coffee at the moment. I’ll stop now.

  4. Thanks, folks! It was a lot of fun doing an interview for Kathi — very unusual …

    • Unusual. 🙂 Yep, that’s a good term. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Um…by the way…have you seen the Alphorn? It seems to have gone missing.

  5. German parrots and a house with a turret… wunderbar!

  6. Love these interviews. Ruth your life sounds so colourful – parrots and turrets, not a combination I’d considered before – but I like it! And I’m glad you’re another working on multiple projects. I’m sure I caught that habit off some of the other WIPpeteers. *hard look at Kathi*

    And I’m not one for accepting a wrong turn, – I’d rather think of it as a detour to somewhere better!

  7. Wish I had a turret!
    I enjoyed this interview and the opportunity to meet Ruth.

  8. There are German parrots? My mind is blown! Although I once did see a flock of wild parrots in Malibu, California, so anything’s possible, I suppose!

    Also, way cool about the turret. 🙂

  9. Pingback: The turret, and more from A Wasted Land for #WIPpet Wednesday | Ruth Nestvold – Indie Adventures

  10. Actually, the bar is in the ground floor. *g*

    Since the turret made such a big impression, I posted a picture in my most recent blog post:


  11. I used to live in a house with a turret too…. (come to think of it , that’s where I got a lot of my initial writing started). We had a basement apartment in it, but it was still cool. Color me envious (and nostalgic).

    No German parrots though. The only native North American parrot went extinct in the 1920s… The Carolina parakeet. And even then… it only hung out in Southern New York at the most.

  12. Mmm… a turret. Sounds fantastical and romantic! I’m jealous… Great interview. Seems like you’re quite prolific in your writing. 🙂

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