What is Midwest Fiction?
The characters in my novels are Midwestern to their core. Here’s what you’ll find about the Midwest in Ruth’s Garden and her sequels:
It’s the setting…
Thunderstorms & Lake Effects
Corn and bean fields
Sunrises as spectacular as the sunsets
Magnificent skies, day or night
It's the people...
Whether they have a little or a lot, their hearts are filled with gratefulness.
They are self-aware and mindful of the affect their behaviors, decisions, and actions have on others.
They are neighborly, and look out for each other, whether across the street or across the county.
They are hard-working in mind, body, & spirit and will work diligently to make sure their loved ones and neighbors don’t go without.
They know how to rest. Whether the Lord’s Day, an evening on the front porch, a long country drive, or a program on television, they take great pleasure in and appreciate the power of rest.
It's the attitude...
Don’t know a stranger, but you’re not considered ‘from’ a town unless your granddaddy was born there.
Anything can be fixed with biscuits & gravy or a casserole/hotdish.
Holding doors for anyone and not caring they’ll beat you in line because of it.
The two-finger wave as you pass another vehicle on a country road is considered proper etiquette.
Friendly to their core, Midwesterners smile as they walk through the aisles, let other cars over into their lane, and insist someone with five items checkout ahead of them.
You Know You're From the Midwest if...
You’ve had a genuine argument over whether dogs belong in the house or not.
You drag the lawn chairs into the driveway when the storm sirens sound.
Dinner is at noon.
You’re either boating, camping, having a bonfire or mowing this weekend.
The sunrise is as spectacular as the sunset.
It’s always allergy season.
At least once during the summer, you’re heading to “the lake.” Each state has their own.
You give and get directions around landmarks that no longer exist. “Turn where Charlie’s barn used to sit.”
Casual Friday means wearing your favorite Big Ten gear.
You have a relative who's driven the lawn mower to the bar or convenience store.