Thursday, August 18, 2016

Romantic Fiction Author Rusty Blackwood Brings Romantic Fiction To A New Level Through Combining Classic Themes With Contemporary Events

Blackwood's 'Passions In Paris' and her latest 5 star romance novel, 'Willow's Walk' offer readers engaging romantic stories based in reality

Canadian indie author Rusty Blackwood produces engaging works of romantic fiction with a difference - her storylines hit home with readers as they are partially based in reality and real world situations that readers find highly relatable. The end effect of this approach is that readers can often put themselves squarely in the stories she presents. While that is the goal of many fiction writers, few can do it effectively.

Rusty states that the presentation of her themes come from personal experience, embellished with dramatic fictional events. She believes that most writers' inspiration comes from life experiences. She uses this to her advantage. In that respect, much of the nuance and flavors of the personalities of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.

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 the late Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher.

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. She is a firm believer in Karma and the adage that whatever you put out in life revisits you.

"From the time of early childhood I have always had an active imagination," Rusty stated. "My dad had a great love of poetry and art, finding color, dimension, and texture in all areas of the three which he passed along to me. I remember him telling me to find the soul in whatever I looked at, and along with Mrs. Carroll's stellar encouragement to express my words in the way I felt them, it would often lead to stories and poetry that could be viewed in many ways."

"I often used, and still use poetry as therapy to help me cope and come to terms with unsettling happenings in my life. It has always helped me, for it is through written word that I can better express myself, much more so than verbally. I enjoy writing many genres, but romance has always been my favorite. I am a hopeless romantic, and though I myself have not had the best luck in love, I continue to believe that there is that special 'someone' for each of us, regardless of how much time it takes to find them. This was very much the mindset behind the writing of 'Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary'. I have always had a great affinity for Paris, France - anything Parisian for that matter - so I wanted to write a love story that was set there, one which told of a love that could exist throughout time; a love that could never be broken no matter what was set in its path. It took me ten years to write it, and I took parts of my life and inserted them into the story, embellishing them in ways that would make them more appealing to the reader; hopefully more entertaining as well." 

"My newest novel, 'Willow's Walk', was derived very much in the same way, based in part on my own life experiences, and expressed in ways that hopefully not only entertain the reader, but might help them to realize what can derive from an innocent Internet salutation, or what is believed to be friendship. Many times it can be. It can also be safe to pursue; then again it might not, and the outcome can affect one's life in ways that is not only derogatory, but totally dire. One reads of these happenings everyday, yet people still venture forth, thinking all is well and it won't happen to them. Hopefully it won't, but it is always best to approach with caution, as you would with anything where you have no way of knowing the outcome."

"Writing brings me an outlet in which to express  thoughts, emotions, and to entertain not only my readers, but myself. It helps to read a story that brings satisfaction, or takes you down a road you would like to travel if you could. I did this in the pieces I have written, and I hope to continue to do so in the coming pieces I write. I don't think there is day I don't remember those encouraging words I was given so very long ago. I am extremely thankful to be able to express myself in an open manner, and in the many ways that I choose to."

'Willow's Walk' has received a number of 5 star reviews from professional reviewers. Maria Beltran stated, "I highly recommend this book." Gisela Dixon said, ". . . I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of a person presented in such a wonderful manner." Another said, "I was touched by the bittersweet conclusion that sometimes purpose and happiness are only found through great tragedy ..."

'Passions In Paris' has also received rave reviews. Linkk Kula Kane said, "Passions in Paris I think stands its ground with these other powerful romantic stories like 'The Notebook' by Nicolas Sparks." Reader Fred Pifer stated that 'Passions', " . . .is a fascinating book of a love story that seemed to be written with me in mind. In the book 'Love Story' by Erich Segal, he told of a deep abiding love story that reminds me of Cullen and Joy’s in Ms. Blackwood’s book, but the twists of intrigue and mystery that she adds keeps the reader on edge throughout."

Information on the new romantic fiction release, including a new book trailer, is available at Blackwood's site on the 'Willow' page. Readers can get more information on the paperback and Kindle versions of both books at Amazon sites worldwide, including

Rusty Blackwood is available for interview in the Toronto and Niagara areas and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at her website at


Rusty Blackwood is a prolific Indie author of romantic fiction, short story comedies, contemporary and traditional poetry and children's books. Her first love is romantic fiction, but she crosses genres with ease.


Rusty Blackwood