The Magic of Storytelling with Ruth A. Casie

Today on MuseTracks, we welcome Ruth A. Casie. I met this wonderful, spunky little lady at the Romance Writer’s of America’s national conference in New York City this past summer. I must say, we hit it off well. Seems saucy women stick together. She is a fellow Carina Press author with her new historical time travel Knights of Runes released earlier this month. Take a peek at her yummy cover!

Without further ado, I present Ruth.

The Magic of Storytelling

Stories are an important part of our society and culture. We find stories in the books we read, movies we watch, painting we study, music we listen to, even in the news of the day and the liturgy of our religion. You can see its impact on the people in every culture whether being listened to or told and even re-told. Storytellers have shaped our society and our ways of thinking. Their stories are used to entertain, teach, and pass on knowledge and wisdom. Stories define our values, desires, dreams, as well as our prejudices and hatreds.

No one knows when story telling began. All we know is that it is an ancient well respected art and played an important part is society. We can only guess what promoted the first story. Perhaps a hunter came back from the hunt and told of his heroic deeds or was it to explain why he came back from the hunt empty handed? Did a mother try to calm a child’s fears or doubts? Did a Shaman or tribal leader tell of an important event? The storyteller held an important position in these early societies. They were typically the priest, judge or ruler. People found their stories interesting and listened to them. Storytelling days were considered important.

Before man learned to write, he had to rely on his memory to learn anything. For this he had to be a good listener. With the importance of the story established, the listeners paid close attention. These stories were not only told amongst themselves but, when people traveled they shared their stories with others in faraway lands when they traveled. And when they returned home, they brought back exciting new stories of exotic places and people.

The oldest surviving story is believed to be the epic tale of Gilgamesh. This story tells of the deeds of the famous Sumerian king. The earliest known record of storytelling was found in the Egypt. Cheops’ scribes recorded the stories told by Cheops’ sons who told their father stories to entertain him.

There are all kinds of stories myths, legends, fairy tales, trickster stories, fables, ghost tales, hero stories, and epic adventures, and that over time these stories were told, and retold. Passed down from one generation to the next, these stories reflect the wisdom and knowledge of early people. Stories were often used to explain the supernatural or unexplainable, confusing events and disasters. It was common for people to believe in the stories of gods that bound them to a common heritage and belief.

Most historians and psychologists believe that storytelling is one of the many things that define and bind our humanity. Humans are perhaps the only animals that create and tell stories.

Tell me your favorite story in a comment and your email address here and one person will be randomly selected to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

Winner of the $5 Amazon gift card: Christie Craig

Ruth’s Bio

For twenty-five years she’s been writing for corporate America. Encouraged by her family and friends this ballroom dancing, Sudoku playing, aspiring gourmet cook has given way to her inner muse. She’s let her creative juices flow and started writing a series of historical time travel romance stories. Her debut novel, Knight of Runes published by Carina Press is now available. She hopes you read her stories and that they become your favorite adventures.

Recent Reviews:

The characters are strong, vibrant, true to their nature, and albeit very heroic.  The author, Ruth A. Casie, weaves an exciting and beautifully told legendary tale that is both rich and engaging.  It is full of, ‘on the edge of your seat’ suspense, mind-boggling drama and a forever-after romance. Ms. Casie’s sparkling new novel, KNIGHT OF RUNES is a winner! ~ Romance Junkies – 5 Blue Ribbons

I totally enjoyed this time travel romance. I actually felt like I was Rebeka immersed in her adventure. I found this book well written, warmhearted and believable. I loved the use of runes, magic and ancient Druids as part of her plot. The romance was heartfelt and not overly mushy. ~ Bookloons – 3 Books

Knight of Runes

It’s the 21st century and time travel is still a Wellsian fantasy but not for Rebeka Tyler. While on an impromptu tour of Avebury, she takes a misstep at the standing stones, and finds herself in the right place but tossed back into the 17th century. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style he is intrigued.

Rebeka is desperate to return to her time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to help find out what’s killing Arik’s land to get access to the library. But as she decodes the ancient runes that are the key to solving his mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. To defeat him, Arik and Rebeka must combine their skills. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

9 Responses to The Magic of Storytelling with Ruth A. Casie

  1. christie says:

    Great post. Great cover and reviews. Congrats, Ruth.

    I love story telling almost as much as I enjoy writing. Maybe in a past life I stood around a campfire and avoided all the hassle of having to spell and work with computers. LOL.



    • jbrayweber says:

      And I LOVE hearing Christie’s stories.
      I can imagine all the folks gathered ’round the fire, listening for the sage moral of the story, but instead snorting their ale out their noses from laughter. 😉


  2. jeff7salter says:

    And many of the early stories were remembered and ‘told’ as songs.

    Enjoyed the column, Ruth. I can’t think of any particular story to fit in this box, but my wife’s dad grew up reading stories about a character named “Fatty Coon”. It wasn’t long before he would entertain his siblings with stories of that raccoon (among other wildlife). When my wife and her sister were children, their dad told them Fatty Raccoon stories — most were made up … far beyond the bounds of those few original stories he’d read many decades before. When our kids were old enough, ‘Grandpa’ told THEM Fatty Raccoon stories. Of course they also wanted those stories when grandpa was NOT around, so Denise and I began inventing Fatty Raccoon stories. Now that we have grandkids, we make up new stories about Fatty Raccoon and I’m sure that our daughter has added some to the mix to tell her kids. What’s particularly gratifying to me is that our 9-yr-old grandson Jacob has been known to make up his own Fatty Raccoon stories to tell his younger sister.


    • jbrayweber says:

      Awwww….Jeff! That is fantastic. To be able to capture something as cherished as old stories from your father-in-law and pass them down through the generations, it’s like passing along his legacy. Big hugs, my friend.


  3. barbaralongley says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Knight of Runes!


  4. @Christie

    Story telling around the campfire is a wonderful way to spend the evening. My problem would be remembering them. I have some great story ideas but if I don’t write them down, they’re gone forever.


    What wonderful memories you must have and how terrific that the tradition continues. Sounds like you have the beginning of a children’s story here.


    You’ve been wonderfully supportive through this entire process. Thanks so much Barbara.

    … Ruth


  5. @jbrayweber

    You’re a wonderful host!


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