In today’s “Meet the Author” series, I have a Ruth Danes. She has written couple of books. Ruth Danes is a pseudonym because writing fiction is a private part of her life. She has enjoyed both history and fiction since her childhood and she has lived in four different countries. These interests and experiences inspired her to write the “Life on Another Island series”, which is set in a world where many characters unexpectedly start new lives in foreign, sometimes seemingly hostile, lands.
She lives in the heart of England and she works in administration. When Ruth is not at work or busy with my imaginary friends, she likes to dance, travel and walk in the countryside with good companions. Isn’t this interesting. Come on, lets know more about her
Ruth, welcome to my “Meet the Author” Series. Thanks for being here on my blog.
What and who inspires you to write books? When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book when I was thirteen. I tried to get it published, but failed. In hindsight, I am glad because it was terrible writing! I am inspired to write by what I see and hear around me. Events and experiences trigger my imagination.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
A good story that is well told with interesting characters. I can overlook typos and other minor mistakes if these three elements are present.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
How the story always changes from when I first plotted it. Characters take on a life of their own and take me on journeys that I did not predict.
When you were young, did you see writing as a career? Can you make a living out of writing books?
When I was young I did see writing as a career but I now realize how hard it is to get published let alone to sell enough copies to make significant money. I am one of the majority of writers who cannot afford to give up the day job.
What does literary success look like to you?
Writing what interests you while receiving positive feedback and being paid for it.
What is your work schedule, while you are writing? How do you jiggle with your family time vs writing time? (I.e. if you do any other job apart from writing)? How long does it generally take you to write a book? What’s you next book you intend to write?
I fit writing around my day job in admin and my other hobbies by snatching time when I can. I have written my seventh book in lockdown. At 85,000 words it is nearly complete, and I have been writing it since April. However, it usually takes me longer to write. I have had a lot of spare time due to lockdown. My next book will be a stand-alone book but set in the same world as my seventh.
How important is marketing a book in the present condition when every day we see new titles coming up? Any tips to Share?
I am tempted to say that good marketing is almost as important as good writing because there are literally millions of books out there. Bargain Booksy promotions are good. I also recommend having a social media presence but being careful not to use it only to advertise your books.
Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook?
No, but I would consider doing this in the future.
What do you hope your readers take away from your book?
I want to entertain them by taking them on a journey away from the real world.
Can we look forward for more books from you in future? What else are you currently writing? Can you share more details on that?
I will keep writing. My current book is alternate history/ action-adventure. It involves a woman from our world travelling to a fantastical world. My next book will be set entirely in that world.
Share something fun or interesting
To clear your head for writing, put on some music and stomp about the room.
Why do you write under pen name. Do you wanna let our readers know about your real identity? If so, please go ahead
I write under the name Ruth Danes to keep my writing separate from the rest of my life. I am careful with how much I share about myself when I use my pen name because I want to be judged purely on my writing.
What books defined your childhood or got you into reading?
I remember devouring Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I wanted to have adventures, too!
Who is the author you admire most? Favorite Book?
I admire Jane Austen the most for her sharp observation. She saw the world clearly and expressed herself eloquently.
Which is your personal favorite book from the one’s you have written and why? (Need tochoose from the book you have written)
My second book, Life on Another Island. I am most proud of how I developed the characters and wove the plots together. It has my favourite stories in there.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Trying Her Best!
I aspire to become
A best-selling and critically-acclaimed author.
Writing book for me is
A necessary escape from the mundane.
How many books are there in your bookshelves?
Many, and they are all old favourites. I also own a Kindle.
Lastly, what else do you want your readers to know? Your interests and hobbies, your favorite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind (Apart from what’s in your bio)
I really enjoy ceildhs – Scottish country dancing – and miss going to them because of lockdown. I can’t wait to start dancing again!
Connect with Ruth : https://www.ruthdanes.com/
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