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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 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 new heart-touching romance/drama, “Passions In Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary” now available at the online bookstores of CreateSpace, Barnes&Noble, and Amazon worldwide. This beautiful romance novel is expected to be followed by the romance/drama,’Willow’s Walk.’
Rusty is often asked how much of herself is found in her heroines, and she has been quoted 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 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.
Ms. 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.
Please visit Ms. Blackwood’s Journal where you will find an assortment of information, and for those wishing a poetic interlude may do so by visiting Ms. Blackwood’s poetry site, ‘Inspiration in Thought’ at: http://www.poetrypoem.com/rusty5
You may contact Rusty via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on her Journal/Blog.