Because her name is easy to mistake with that of a certain blonde amateur sleuth in a little blue roadster, Nancy Rue often finds more name recognition than she expects. This is somehow fitting, because it was partly her childhood admiration for Nancy Drew–in the days when she read everything she could get her hands on–that made her dream of becoming a writer. At first, daunted by the criticism of well-meaning high school English teachers, Rue majored in English at Florida’s Stetson University in order to become a high school English teacher herself.
“There was so much damage I wanted to make up for in my own classroom,” she says.
She earned her master’s degree in education at the College of William and Mary. Rue’s teaching experience fanned her dream of writing as she attempted to make writing more relevant and fun for her students. Every assignment they had to do, she herself did, as well, and both her love for writing and her confidence that she could be good at it grew. She spent fifteen years getting up at 4:00 a.m. most mornings to write before going off to teach school, until she was finally able to pursue freelance writing full-time in 1995.
2016 marks Nancy Rue’s 35th year as a published writer. In that time, she has become a best-selling author of books for ‘tweens, teens and adults. Over her career she’s written 125 books and has won two Christy Awards as well as the Women of Faith Novel of the Year distinction. Her recent tween girl trilogy, The Mean Girl Makeover, gave rise to the So Not Okay anti-bullying movement. Nancy has expanded her offerings to include a mentoring program called From Shadow to Shelf for budding authors with dreams of their own. She travels North America speaking and teaching at writers’ conferences, and holding writing intensives.
She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Jim. Their daughter, Marijean, son-in-law, Brian, and five-year-old granddaughter, Maeryn, live in nearby Nashville. The Rues’ yellow lab, Geneveve, and tabby cat, King Arthur, share Jim and Nancy’s home, and without them, writing would be difficult.
“I try to live a God-guided life,” says the author, “doing what I was meant to do, what I love to, what allows me to give what I’ve been given. I spend as much of my time teaching, filling my well, hanging out with the people I love, as I do writing, and that has made all the difference.”
For more information about Nancy, visit www.nancyrue.com and www.fromshadowtoshelf.com.