Miss Blackwood's photograph shot exclusively by Miss Carson E. Doan of Carson Doan Photography, St. Catharines.

Miss Blackwood’s photograph shot exclusively by Miss Carson E. Doan of Carson Doan Photography, St. Catharines.


Hair by Heather’s Hair Studio, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Cropped sweater by Nine West.

Jewelry, Miss Blackwood’s own.


Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.

Canadian born Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combing both the colour of her russet hair with her husband’s great, great, Scottish grandmother’s maiden name, grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.

She has written an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional poetry, publishing her first collection in October of 2009 entitled, “Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought,” which was later re-released in a second collection with additional content in 2011 under the title, “Impressions: A Poetic Rhythm in Emotion”. Feelings was followed in April of 2010 by a collection of assorted short stories for children, as well as the young at heart, entitled, “Young Minds,”  which was later re-released as a second collection with additional content in 2012 under the title, “Through the Eyes of Innocence.”  In March of  2012 Rusty released the short-story comedy, “The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom.” 

Following a previously hard fought, misguided, and misleading publishing road into the competitive world of main-stream fiction with her first two-part romance/drama, ‘Passion in Paris’– Connections to the Past and Directions of the Heart respectively — Rusty was finally given the chance to accomplish what she had originally set out to do, and this exciting reprieve can be found within the pages of her 4-star, heart-touching romance/drama, “Passions In Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary,”, now available in paperback and Kindle at, as well as all Amazons worldwide, paperback and NOOK at, in paperback at, and on all reading devices at
In the immediate St. Catharines area, paperback copies of this exceptional novel can be directly obtained from Miss Blackwood by e-mailing her in the Contact area on this website.

‘Passions in Paris’ will be followed in fall 2015 by the riveting romantic fiction drama, ‘Willow’s Walk.’

The 5’1″(154.94 cm) spunky redhead is often asked how much of herself is found in her heroines, and she has been noted to say a fair amount, adding that most writer’s inspiration comes from many different aspects of life experience and reaping from them all that one can to use to one’s best advantage, so in that respect she would have to say that many sides, aspects, and flavors of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.

Rusty has always loved the Arts in their many unique forms and this is demonstrated in the two Interior Decorating and Design diplomas she holds, as well as her many years spent on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band, The Midnight Ramblers, and the country- rock – blues band, MIRAGE  respectively as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist.

Rusty firmly believes in going after what she wants, doing whatever is required to make it happen, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who says it cannot be done. She has faced many challenges throughout her life,  emerging more determined with each, but make no mistake about her methods, for she is a firm believer in Karma and the adage that whatever you put out in life revisits you, so be sure your intentions are proper.

Miss Blackwood now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.

Rusty invites you to browse her site, check out her Journal/Blog where you find the latest news, and upcoming events, and she invites you to contact her regarding your views, questions, or to simply say hello.







Please visit Ms. Blackwood’s Journal where you will find an assortment of information, opinions, and thoughts. Comments are always welcomed.

Those wishing a poetic interlude may do so by visiting Rusty’s poetry site, ‘Inspiration in Thought’ at:

And for additional information, catch up with Rusty  at:

You may contact Rusty direct via e-mail at: or by leaving a message on her Journal/Blog.