Author of the Week: Ruth Carmichael Ellinger

Ruth Carmichael Ellinger is the author of two novels, Wild Rose of Lancaster and Wild Rose of Promise (Ambassador). She’s too modeset to tell us, says friend Deb Coty, but her books have sold over 10,000 copies…a home run in the world of Christian novels! The following is an excerpt of a longer interview that can be found at Grit for the Oyster’s blog.

Welcome, Ruth!
Can you give us a little bit of information about your publishing history?

I have written for many years now, mainly for Christian ministry, short articles and stories for secular magazines as well. I have always had it in my heat to finish my writing endeavors with my paternal grandmother’s life story. I wove this colorful tale into an inspirational novel published by Ambassador International.

What has been the best part about being published?

The best part of having a book on the shelf is knowing the message of love and hope that Jesus wanted published is indeed available for anyone to read. I have been blessed many times over by readers telling how my book inspired them to have faith in God, to believe again.

Will you share with us how you come up with ideas for your books?

I began the “Wildrose Series” with my grandmother’s life story and went from there. There is so much wonderful history. It could fill many books. I don’t think I will ever run out of material or ideas.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given/learned in your life as a writer?

That my works and my life, all that I do, including my writing, are in the hands of God.

What do you wish you had known when you first started out as a writer for publication?

I wish I could have joined a writer’s group when I first started writing in 1975. It is vital to our writing endeavors to be involved in the writing community. I wish I had attended more conferences and workshops.

Ruth’s novels can be found or ordered at Christian bookstores and at Amazon or

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.