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In Transition: Moving Across State Lines, Plus Dabbling in Short Story Work

Did Gailie disappear after six months of savoring her first published novel’s debut? Well, kinda.

In November, I moved back home with the whole family, to the state of our roots: Indiana. There were lots of reasons, but one being that in comparison to 200 miles, being only “50 miles of good road” away from our parents and in-laws with our two young children is so much more joyful for us all. The pandemic taught us how much we missed them.

Chaos. It took months to recover from buying/moving in the fall housing market of 2021.

The homebuying process that fall of 2021 was insane and inspired lots of tears, but we managed to get a decent deal after much wrangling, and my hubby started his new job in the new (old) state very soon after–just before the moving truck came for me and the kids. It was rush and chaos, but also extreme kindness from neighbors and friends helping us get packed that got us through.

So that was November; December was getting unpacked and doing all the Christmas things and learning two new church congregations for hubby & me to serve in, all at once. That’s right: I also started a new “day job” in church administation and got my eldest enrolled in the local district school that winter. And found childcare for my youngest, also a huge adjustment.

But here’s the other big news: I accepted another challenge from my publisher (the ones who published my novel, Fearful Symmetry): “Hey, Gailie, send us a short story!”

I hadn’t written a short story since college. My brain sees short stories as episodic things, less coherent and sweeping in scope and reader investment than the long-game that novels present. So I’ve been nervous to dive in, every time I hit the keyboard, like a nearsighted diver on the bank of a murky swimming hole out in the countryside with no one nearby to play lifeguard.

Yes, it’s a Pride & Prejudice-world based tale, so that’s familiar. But the processing and computing behind plotting and executing it has been entirely new for me!

Wish me luck. It’ll be going into an anthology from Quills & Quartos Publishing during the holiday season of this year (2022). I’ll post more details once they release more!

Also, I’ve missed you guys! Thanks for your patience.

-Gailie Ruth


Where Has Gailie Been? On a Blog Tour (Recap Post)!

What a whirlwind March and April have been with the release of Fearful Symmetry! And yet, as a mom of young kiddos, May somehow completely floored me. Again. Like it does every year. End-of-school-year activities, summer scramble, Mother’s Day, graduation events–it all hits at once. I apologize for neglecting this blog for so long!

For those of you not on social media, you might enjoy a chance to see what I got up to this spring during the book’s big release: a blog tour! And quite a tour it was. Here’s where I went:

I had way too much fun visiting all these pages–some for dropping book excerpts, some for interviews, and all for good fun and spreading the word about Fearful Symmetry!

(Please note that any competitions mentioned are now closed. Big thank you to the blog mavens and Quills and Quartos Publishing, my publisher, for putting it all together!)


Stop #1: Austenesque Reviews: featuring an excerpt from the book!

Stop #2: Babblings of a Bookworm: featuring a fun author interview with moi! I so enjoyed being her guest!

Stop #3: Interests of a Jane Austen Girl: featuring a book review!

Stop #4: From Pemberley to Milton: featuring a fun deleted scene!

Stop #5: Austenprose: featuring a preview scene (with Mr Darcy in the bathtub. Oh my!)

Stop #6: Probably at the Library: book review!

It was quite a fun/busy time, followed by ALL the nail-biting as I absorbed reactions to the book from readers after it launched. That kind of feedback was SUCH a rewarding way to spend my spring! Thank you for your patience with me. I think I’m just now catching my breath!