The Journey of Ruthie Belle by Imani Wisdom
Publisher: Pink Noire Publications, LLC
Book rating: R (not suitable for those 17 and under)
Book contains: domestic violence, racial epithets and sexual violence against women/children/men
BookBios.com (BB.com): What is your book about?
Imani Wisdom (IW): How does one find redemption when they feel there’s nothing to redeem?
The Zion’s Road series continues with The Journey of Ruthie Belle, as Ruthie Belle finds her path to redemption and healing from the small town of Tulla Springs, Mississippi to a place where second chances are given opportunity, but discovering the reality of the truths are not. During her passage, she meets a few people from her past—along with some unexpected surprises.
Discovering things aren’t the way they seem with these truths may change the outcome to her quest, contradicting everything she believes. Will new revelations keep her from her pursuit to redemption? Or will the haunting of her past stop her cold in her tracks?
BB.com: How did you pick the topic for The Journey of Ruthie Belle?
IW: The Journey of Ruthie Belle goes back before the story of Zion’s Road. Unlike Harold Smith’s journey, I wanted to switch up this character’s journey – to make it darker and to go deeper what Zion’s Road is. Both stories had been in my head ever since I was little girl. So, the need of releasing years of bent-up imagination into a book wasn’t just relieving but fun.
BB.com: How is The Journey of Ruthie Belle different from other books that cover the same or similar information?
IW: My characters will take you on their journey – you may laugh with them, cry, or get angry whenever there’s an unexpected plot turn. Now, I’m not saying my book is better than the next author’s, but I will say anything I write I try not to disappoint.
BB.com: What did you like most about writing this book?
IW: I love how the leading character, Ruthie Belle, grown mentally and emotionally throughout the novel. To see where she had been, and then developed into a strong woman was fun to write. I also have a few other characters that I enjoyed writing, and especially one character that I know the readers will love to hate (these type of characters are my favorite).
So, writing the good, the bad, and the down right horrible made this book overall fun to write.