Angela Ruth Strong survived breast cancer, works as a flight attendant, and uses her own crazy life experiences as inspiration for the stories she writes. Her books have earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been nominated for a Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. She and her husband also got to play extras when her novel Finding Love in Big Sky was adapted for film. To help aspiring authors, Angela started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho and blogs regularly on inspyromance and learnhowtowriteanovel.com. She’d love to have you visit her at angelaruthstrong.com.
Introducing Gemma from Hero Debut
Do you have any quirks?
I daydream a lot. Others can see that as flighty. Probably because I miss turns when driving or space out in the middle of conversations. Most people don’t know it’s because my thoughts run so deep.
What traits do you most admire or dislike in others?
I don’t like being compared. Thus I hate envy. And it’s also what I struggle with the most.
Do you have any siblings?
I have a twin who is way ahead of me in life. But she also gave me my niece and nephew, who are probably my most favorite people in the world.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Reading books like Ramona the Pest.
What is your worst childhood memory?
Being referred to as Ramona.
How have you most changed since you grew up?
My twin was the go-getter when we were young. I was her shadow. When I developed some allergies in high school, I lost a lot of weight and became the pretty twin. She resents me for it. I resent me for it. Though I now get more attention than her, it’s not in good ways.
What is your deepest, most closely held secret?
I want someone to be there for me, rather than for what they can get from me.
How do you feel about your occupation?
I adore teaching my students to love stories as much as I do. The best part is writing the senior play for them every year and getting to see my words come to life on stage. It creates an itch inside that I don’t think will ever be scratched until I get to see one of my screenplays produced. Maybe then people will take me more seriously. Or at least my sister will.
More about Hero Debut:
“Another sparkling feel-good romance, brimming with perfect doses of heart and heat!”– Bethany Turner, award-winning author of The Do-Over
Gemma Bennett is the leading lady of her own life, and her true love is writing screenplays. With her trusty pink notebook in hand, she signs up for the Citizen’s Safety Academy to research her newest blockbuster hope, a rom-com with a police officer as the hero. And the fact that the handsome and heroic Lieutenant Karson Zellner is the one leading the training? Well, who can blame her for wanting to spend evenings with the man she swooned over months ago when he responded to a call at her apartment?
Karson already has his fair share of problems before Gemma shows up, and he’s not exactly a fan of the ditzy blonde who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The last thing he needs is a damsel in distress to rescue; there are plenty of people in real need of his help. The fact that she seems to think his job makes him a superhero is just one more strike against her. This isn’t a movie, and he feels like the furthest thing from a leading man.
Gemma can’t seem to stop doing the worst, most embarrassing things at just the wrong time. And as time goes on, Gemma begins to realize that the scripts for a perfect screenplay and a real-life happily-ever-after are two very different things. Can she step out of her own way to find the hero her story needs?
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