Alicia G. Ruggieri author Christ-centered historical fictionHello! I’m Alicia G. Ruggieri, and I’m so delighted that you’ve come to visit me here at my little squirrel-nest on the Internet. If you’ve clicked on this page, you’d like to learn a bit more about me, maybe because you’ve read one of the books God has given me to write.

I grew up in New England with both the thick, fragrant pine forests and the unbound, briny Atlantic Ocean no farther than a five-minute walk away ~ what a blessing. My mother poured books into my sisters and me like we were the widow’s vessels in the Second Book of Kings ~ from Eloise to Prince Caspian to Homer Price.  That whetted an appetite for stories and storytelling that has stayed with me through the years since then.

In grade school, my teachers encouraged my storytelling ~ and the seeds of what would become ~ several years later ~ The House of Mercy were planted in middle school. In 2013, that story ~ a loosely-historical Arthurian tale ~ became my debut novel. I followed that with the A Time of Grace trilogy ~ a 1930s series based in my native Rhode Island. {The first book of that trilogy, The Fragrance of Geraniums, finaled for the reader-nominated Grace Awards for Christian fiction.} My current project is a historical novel based on the story of Colonial American Indian missionary David Brainerd and Jerusha Edwards, planned to release in Spring 2018.

Given my book-filled childhood, I have a desire to see children reading. And not just reading anything, but reading nourishing, fulfilling books. My hope is that parents and children will find that The Regency Adventures of Jemima Sudbury {still underway!} and Mr. Portly Finds His Purpose will engage them toward that end.

Today, my husband and I live in a tiny town in the Midwest, where we hear the clip-clopping of Amish buggies pass by on Sunday evenings, where I try my hand at gardening, and where I lament the lack of New-Englandy coffee shops. 🙂 And where God continues to show His love and mercy in both good times and bad.

I’ve filled my library with: George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, John Bunyan, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Michael Phillips, Ravi Zacharias, Beverly Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Catherine Marshall, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot, Eric and Leslie Ludy, George Herbert… and the list goes on! If you ever need a book recommendation, I would love to give you one! 🙂

Why I write: I write to present the love, grace, mercy, and holiness of my Savior and my God through stories of commonplace individuals who are sin-broken people in a broken world… and healed through an extraordinary, loving God. This God – this Savior – is Jesus Christ, the One who has proven sufficient to meet my every need, from salvation from my sin through His death on the Cross, to day-to-day struggles on my pilgrimage. My stories often whisper of times-gone-by, perhaps because that gives the encouragement that He who was faithful in times past will remain faithful today.

I love to hear from readers, and I try to write back as much as possible, friends. Feel free to contact me at: mailbox (at) aliciagruggieri.com … or you may message me on Facebook HERE.

Alex, Alicia & Mr. P

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