Interview with Ruby

When did you first start writing?
I've always kind of been into writing since I was a teenager because I've always loved books but I didn't think I could take it anywhere or do anything with it. I knew that usually it's so difficult to get anything published but with digital publishing now I just thought... 'go for it.'
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What I really love is exploring human relationships, how complex they can be and how much we hide from one another. There always seems to be an inner monologue that doesn't match up to that characters external demeanour and I find that fascinating because that's how I am anyway, all the time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love biographies or auto biographies actually, they're some of the best books that I have read, especially Charlie Chaplin's. I also think Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is a stroke of genius.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working in my day job, with my family and friends, keeping fit and thinking about stories and sex.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Doing something new, something I haven't done before. I need challenges otherwise I get restless and bored.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of The Rings - one of the first major books that I read.
Biography of Charlie Chaplin - Amazing man and I love biographies
Biography of Elizabeth Taylor - Pretty much same reason as Charlie Chaplin's but Taylor was an amazing woman instead.
The Casual Vacancy - The way J. K. Rowling writes about relationships in this book made me hate the fact that it ended.
The Folly by David Anne - Only because it always stuck in my head, the plot's quite vague, something about rabid rabbits but I remember enjoying it when I was a teenager; wished I hadn't given it away.
Describe your desk
Anywhere where I can put my laptop; coffee shops are nice too.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What's the story behind your latest book?
I decided that I wanted to concentrate on short stories after writing longer fiction in the past and I wanted to concentrate on sexual fantasy and scenarios. I enjoy reading erotic fiction as long as it's fairly honest and not too romantic otherwise I can't take it too seriously so I wanted to reflect that, the honest side to the way people feel and react to sex and lust. I include the emotional side but that's usually more to do with how a character copes with the physical attraction and trying to figure out when, where and how to act upon it or whether they should act upon it at all.
What are you working on next?
Not sure but probably more short stories, I find them more satisfying to write and I personally prefer to read short stories overall myself. Probably more sex plots... who knows?
Published 2014-03-10.
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