Ditch Lane Diaries
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: D.F. Jones
Date of Publication: July 25, 2015
Number of pages: 173
Word Count: 61,570
Cover Artist: Amanda Northcutt, Jones Media
Ruby’s Choice is a coming of age story set in the late 1970’s in Middle Tennessee with a splash of paranormal which will blossom in the second and third books of the series.
Ever since Ruby discovered an amber-encased spider web in the Campbell Ridge Cave, she has had dreams of births, deaths and glimpses into the future.
Ruby’s shift is coming to a close at Everglade General Store. As she stacks the last row of bath soap, Ruby recalls the delicious dream she had the night before. In the dream, a gorgeous guy is kissing a tickle spot, just behind her left earlobe, sending shivers up her spine. If only that dream could come true, instead of the one where a state trooper gives her a seventy-five dollar speeding ticket!
Ruby snaps back to reality when she hears the store’s front door bells chime. If she didn’t know any better, she’d say the frickin’ Adonis from her sexy dream just walked through the door.
Reed Jackson and Brent Brown introduce themselves to Ruby as members of the local baseball team her brother, George, manages. Brent mentions they specifically came out to the store to meet George’s hot, little sister. Ruby is slightly confused when she hears Reed murmur Tap It under his breath, but then she remembers the rumor going around campus about Reed and Brent’s dating game, where the two best friends compete to have a girl profess undying love to one of them. And Tap It is a winner takes all—all of what, though, Ruby has no clue. Ruby decides that she’ll play along, but according to her rules. She’ll suss out if either of these players is worthy of her love and respect.
One thing is for sure, Ruby is no pawn.
Who will be Ruby’s Choice?
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About the Author:
D.F. Jones is a native of Middle Tennessee and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. After college she landed a job with the ABC Affiliate in Nashville as a broadcast consultant. She opened her advertising agency in 1998. After years of writing creative for other people through her media company, she decided to write something for herself. It turned into her debut novel, Ruby’s Choice. If you love to read and get immersed into the characters of a book, then you will catch a small drift of how incredible it is to write your own characters and breathe them into life.
Where are you from? Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Tell us your latest news? I just released Ruby’s Choice, book one of the Ditch Lane Diaries in July and I have a short titled, “Antique Mirror” which will be released this month in a Halloween Anthology series titled, Mirror, Mirror with Kate Baray, Steve Statham, S.R. Bond and MG Heron
When and why did you begin writing? I started writing when I was twelve. My parents were in a bad car accident and my mom was in and out of hospitals for two years, and writing became a form of therapy for me.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I have been writing creatively for many years, but last year, September 17, 2014 I began writing what would become my debut novel, Ruby’s Choice.
What inspired you to write your first book? September 2014, I was watching online the Outlander panel at Comic Con and Diana Gabaldon. I love her work. She talked about how Outlander was her practice book and how she wrote one chapter at a time. It didn’t seem as daunting to write one chapter versus an entire manuscript. I thought, maybe I could write one page at a time. Three months later, I had a rough draft.
Do you have a specific writing style? I want my characters to be authentic and real. I want my characters to grow as the story pushes forward. I do write in third person limited point of view and I switch narrators on occasion for emphasis or clarity. I want my story to be fun and I draw upon my background as a southerner to turn a phrase, but I use accents sparingly.
How did you come up with the title? My grandmother’s name is Ruby. I have always loved her name.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes. The main message: We all have choices and with every choice we make, there are good and bad consequences.
How much of the book is realistic? Murfreesboro, MTSU, Nashville, Opryland and Henry Horton are real places.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes, I use to swim at Henry Horton and I loved going to Opryland every summer. I’m a proud MTSU Alumni and for years, we had a boat on Centerhill Lake. Many of the backdrops are real. The characters and their experiences in the book are fiction.
What books have most influenced your life most? The Bible has by far been the greatest influence in my life. I can read it over and over and every time I find a new verse or story that opens up a new meaning to me. I also love with the Outlander series.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Diana Gabaldon.
What book are you reading now? The Paris Effect. It was written by an old colleague.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Monica McCabe
What are your current projects? I am currently working on Anna’s Way, book two of the Ditch Lane Diaries.
What would you like my readers to know? Live your dreams because life is so short. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams.
I have always loved reading since my mom gave me Thumbelina as a kid. But, I have found that writing is a more intense journey into the life of a book. It amazes me how I will have a scene mapped out and then I start writing and that scene evolves and takes a new turn. I love it!
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